Second Sunday before Advent
Sunday 17th November
8.30am Holy Communion St. Andrew’s Church
10.00am Parish Communion All Saints’ Church
Services During the Week
8.15am Morning Prayer - Monday All Saints’ Church
8.45am Morning Prayer - Tuesday & Friday St. Andrew’s Church
- Wednesday & Thursday All Saints’ Church
Sunday 24th November
8.30am Holy Communion All Saints’ Church
10.00am Parish Communion St. Andrew’s Church
Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion Prayer
Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Mal. 4. 1-2a
See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
2 Thess. 3. 6-13
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
Luke 21. 5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’
They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.
‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.
The Week Ahead
Mon 18th 9.00am Monday Mugs All Saint’ Church
Tues 19th 7.00pm Church Development Meeting TBC
Weds 20th 2.30pm Funeral for Brenda Cave Mendip Crematorium
Sat 23rd 3.30pm Messy Church All Saints’ Church
During November will be supporting Carymoor Environmental Trust. A donation will be made from the plate collections in each church, but additional donations can be put into one of the designated envelopes by the notice boards and handed in with the offertory or put in the wall safe.
Wanted for Messy Church – Messy Church need cardboard tubes from the middle of toilet/kitchen rolls for activities on the 23rd November. If you have any please leave them in All Saints’ Church for the team.
Prayers in All Saints on Tuesdays at 5pm to seek God’s guidance for the future of All Saints’ church. We’ll be meeting weekly. For more information contact Sue Kellagher on 351992.
We need people to take on the following roles within the church. Please consider them for yourself and think of other people who might do them. If you think of someone, ask them, and if they are interested get them to speak with the relevant person who can explain more of what is involved. Or tell the relevant person yourself.
(a) Vergers, to occasionally set up for weddings and funerals and to welcome people to the church. Speak with Madron Osborne (351275).
(b) PCC Treasurer. This person does not need to be an accountant; we have one who can offer advice and inspect the accounts. Neither do they need to be able to bank money each week; someone else can do that. We need someone to keep the accounts, pay the bills, and advise the PCC. Speak with David Baldwin (359000).
(c) Administrator. A paid post for several hours a week, much of which can be done at home. Speak with Katya Duncan (351581)
Festival of Stars - on 14th & 15th Dec there will be a “Festival of Stars”, on the same lines as the Festival of Angels held 2 years ago. Flyers & entry forms are now available in both churches, from the Market House & Bailey Hill Bookshop. We are hoping as many people as possible will make “star” themed exhibits & fill the church with Christmas Stars! Please take a flyer and get creative!
Once again Churches Together are producing a Christmas card for every house in the town with details of all the main Christmas services in all the churches. Could you help deliver it? The more deliverers there are the easier it is. If you can help deliver please let David Osborne know on 01963 351275 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you have an area you would prefer to deliver, please say.
Castle Cary Big Christmas takes place on Thursday 5th December. With your help, Churches Together, would like to give Mince Pies to visitors. Gifts of Mince Pies, could be left in either Church, or my porch, 15 Priory Close. Thank you Val Chainey.
The Maesbury Singers on Sunday 8 December at 19:30 at All Saints’ - A concert of Christmas Music - Old and New. Includes music by John Shepard and William Walton with readings and carols. Tickets £10.00 (adults) and £5.00 (children 6 to 16) are available from Bailey Hill Bookshop, The Market House, on the door or from 01761 232042 or David Baldwin.
Revd. Liz will be Leave from 17th November to 22nd November
Gluten free wafers are available. If you require one please contact the churchwarden.