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   ST JAMES, ST MARY'S & ST BOTOLPH'S CHURCH WELCOME SHEET- 20TH DECEMBER 2020    20 December, 2020

The Benefice of St. James, High Wych, St. Mary, Gilston and St. Botolph, Eastwick

Sunday 20th December – Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.30am Holy Communion, St James, High Wych

5.30pm Community Carols at Eastwick War Memorial – THIS HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December – Benefice Midnight Mass, 11.30pm at St James, High Wych

Christmas Day, Friday, 25th December – Benefice Holy Communion, 11am at St Mary, Gilston

Our churches are open for services, but with the added restrictions necessary for Tier 3

Benefice churches will be open for private prayer.  St James is open on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2pm until 4pm. An information notice is displayed inside and outside the church.

For advice on opening St Botolph’s and St Mary’s Churches, for private prayer.  Please contact Sarah Bagnall who will advise. 

Prayer for this time of uncertainty

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen

Please pray for those who are ill and those who care for them: Mary Bates, Tara King, Sue Benson. Susie Borquez.

(Please let me know if anybody is now better and needs removing from this list, or needs to be added to the long-term sick list)

And for the long-term sick:

Jenny Pemble, Jennifer, Ruth Ashton, Kelly Osborne,

Donna Reynolds, Ian Neilson, Emma Wharton, Doreen Cunningham, Malcolm Law, William Monk, Jean Beeching, Rita Bird, Adele, Rosemarie, The Rev’d David Wright (past priest for our Benefice), Deidre and Harold Rawlings Sue Saunders, Linda Wilby, Daphne Austin, John Ross, Andrew, and Len Castree.

Recently Departed and those who mourn them:

Joyce Sullivan.

Anniversaries of Death

Harry Wakeling, Robert Fredrick Turner, Roy Earnest Walker, Mavis Sybil Walker, Simon David Branch, Heather Roseline Wakeling, Jaen Madeline Hudson, Stanley Clifford Kempthorne, Michael Barrington Pohl, Ivy Mercy Vernon.

For Prayer, this week:

  • Rev.d Su Tarran, for the time and care she is giving us during our vacancy.
  • Bishop Alan, Bishop Michael and Bishop Richard.
  • The Parish of Bishop’s Stortford St Michael.  Parish Priest Derwyn Williams, Assistant Curate Derek Hinge & June Knight and (R) Rob Kincke
  • Welwyn and Woolmer Green (Welwyn Hatfield) Revd. David Munchin, (Rs) John Burnapp, Colin Hull, Usha Hull, with prayers for the ministers and people of this parish during this difficult time
  • ACP: Pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world.

 

Readings: -

This Sunday – 20th December – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Old Testament: 2 Samuel. 7. 1-11,16

Psalm: 89. 1-4, 19-26

New Testament: Romans 16. 25-end

Gospel: Luke 1. 26-38

Midnight Mass- 24th December

Old Testament: Isaiah 52: 7-10

New Testament: Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)

Gospel: John 1: 1-14

Christmas day – 25th December

Old Testament: Isaiah: 9: 2-7

New Testament: Titus 2: 11-14

Gospel: Luke 2: 1-4, 15-20

Sunday -  27th December - First Sunday of Christmas:

Old Testament: Isaiah. 61.10  62.3

Psalm: 148

New Testament: Galatians 4. 4-7

Gospel: Luke 2. 15-21

Prayer for Growth

God of Mission send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness. Help our churches grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you and service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

St Albans Diocese advice about Coronavirus, how it effects church services and precautions can be found on,  www.stalbans.anglican.org  this is updated daily.

Food Bank – items are always needed for desperate families; please leave items in St James or donate in-store while you shop.  

During our vacancy, please contact the Readers or the Church Wardens if help is needed.  Thank you.

Benefice contacts:

Readers:   Joy and Roger Burridge:  01279 444870

Judith Denton:  01279 723714

Lay Leader of Worship:  Janet Bellingham 07882743627

Church Wardens:

High Wych:

Janet Bellingham 07882743627     

Sam Clark 07717542524

Gilston & Eastwick:

Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

Michael Shaw: 01279 726792

Safeguarding Officers

High Wych: Cath Sharples 01279 600996

Gilston with Eastwick: Sarah Bagnall 01279 441644

High Wych PCC Secretary Gemma Martin 01279 427906 stjameshighwychpcc@gmail.com

Gilston with Eastwick PCC Secretary: Christine Law 01279 411646. Christine.law2@btinternet.com

“Eastwick & Gilston Parish Magazine” Editor. Christine Law

 “The Link” for High Wych. Editor:  Ali Geller 01279 723677  ali@alexgeller.com  Articles are always welcome for both magazines. Unusual experience? Different holiday? Write about it and send it to Ali or Christine.

Web site: www.stjameshighwych.org.uk

Events to be advertised on the Welcome Sheet, please contact

Christine Law 01279 411646  christine.law2@btinternet.com

ADVENT 4

COLLECT

God our redeemer who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

FIRST READING

2 Samuel 7.1–11, 16 A reading from the second book of Samuel

Now when David, the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.’ But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the LORD: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you, David, that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.

SECOND READING

Romans 16.25–27 A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

To God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith – to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever! Amen.

GOSPEL

Luke 1.26–38 Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

POST COMMUNION Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised saviour: fill us your servants with your grace, that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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