Good afternoon, Friends,
I was so sad to miss last Sunday with Bishop Jeremy, but you wouldn’t have wanted me there, coughing and wheezing; it turns out I don’t have Covid but do have bronchitis, and I hope (and ask you to pray) that I will be well enough for Sunday. Chris Albany has once again stepped into the breach and will take tomorrow morning’s service and the Advent Study Groups- I am deeply grateful to him.
Covid is once again spreading rapidly through the community, so I urge you to take care. I hope the fear of contagion won’t stop too many people from attending church over the Christmas Season; we can always wear a mask, hand sanitiser is available, and the air-conditioning in the church brings in fresh air, so it is as safe as it can be- and probably safer than the crowded shopping centres!
This Sunday evening at 7pm is our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and we are still in need of readers. Please contact the office if you would like to do a reading email@example.com
This is a lovely service of listening to the Christmas story and singing our favourite Christmas Carols; it isn’t a communion service, so it’s an easy service to invite family and friends to come with you. I hope lots of people come along and make a joyful noise.
Today is St Nicolas (Nicholas) of Myrna’s Day, and is also the 18th anniversary of my ordination as a deacon. Here is the Collect Prayer for him:
Nicholas of Myra, bishop and philanthropist (d. c. 342)
O God, our heavenly Father,
who raised up your faithful servant Nicholas
to be a bishop in your Church
and to feed your flock:
give abundantly to all bishops and other pastors
the gifts of your Holy Spirit,
so that they may minister in your household
as true servants of Christ
and stewards of your holy mysteries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Reverend Lorna A M Green