A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Verse for the Week: Jeremiah 33 14-16. Jeremiah 33 vs 14-16 :The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.
Today: The voice of our loving Father beckons us towards His light, wherever we are.
Collect for the First Sunday of Advent: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Collect for First Sunday of Advent (BCP): Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and to put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and for ever. Amen
Readings: HC: Jeremiah 33.14-16: 1 Thessalonians 3.9-end: Luke 21.25-36
MP: Psalm 44: Isaiah 51.4-11: Romans 13.8-end
Advent Carols: Separate order of service
PUBLIC WORSHIP FROM NOVEMBER
The clergy and wardens have decided on the following in the light of experience and most recent central Church of England advice:
- Pews and seating arrangements have been restored to pre- pandemic settings. For those who have concerns about maintaining social distancing, cards are available for worshippers to request others to leave space next to them free. At St Mary’s there is slightly more space in St Catherine’s Chapel, in the south transept and the south aisle.
- Our track and trace paper version has been removed but the NHS QR code remains in place.
- The government has stated that it “expects and recommends” that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed settings to protect themselves and others. Those attending services are asked to be mindful of the concerns others may have in being in places where face coverings are not worn.
- Communion will continue to be offered in one kind only, the bread.
SUNDAY Advent Sunday
9am BCP Morning Prayer (Zoom)
9am HC BCP All Saints Coleshill
10.30am HC CW St Mary Amersham (streamed from church)
6pm St Mary Amersham Advent Carols (streamed from church)
Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom
For all access details see below.
In addition, the clergy team will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm
VOLUNTARY THIS WEEK at St Mary’s Church:
Veni Emmanuel (Carter)
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES
The full roster of our special Advent and Christmas Services can be found on the Parish Website.
Please continue to keep the next steps of advertising, shortlisting and interviews in your prayers, and that God will guide the right person to be our new rector.
MARTYRS COMMUNITY PLAY
15-26 March 2022 (put the date in your diary!). If you would like to be part of this amazing community event – as actors, townspeople, musicians, stage management, costume making or front of house – please contact our Co-director, Stan Pretty or Producer, Martin Pounce; or look up the website Amersham Martyrs Play 2022 – Amersham Museum
Next Sunday 5th December we will be welcoming Steve Poulson to preach at our morning services.
We will have Christingles at the 10.30am at St Mary’s and the Christingle Service at All Saints’ will be at 4.00pm. Christingle making will be Thursday 2nd at 10am in the Drake Chapel, if you can spare an hour!
Andrew’s Bookshop in Great Missenden has lots of Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars in stock. On Saturday (27th November) in Great Missenden from midday until 8pm there is a Christmas Festival in the High Street. The High Street will be closed to traffic but full of stands and fun activities for the whole family.
DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS’
If you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment – please contact the Parish Office to get the details.
PARISH STREAMING POLICY
We currently stream the 10.30am and 6.00pm services from St Mary’s every Sunday. If you have concerns about being in shot for yourself or others when services are streamed, please consult our parish streamjng policy that can be found under Key Documents tab on the parish website.
Do join us at St Mary’s for this wonderful service at 6pm tonight. The light of Christ slowly fills the church. Music and readings focus our thoughts on his coming. (While children are most welcome at this service parents please note it is not particularly suitable for little ones.)
RESOURCES FOR ADVENT
Advent is traditionally a time for us to pause and reflect on the real significance of Jesus’s birth and to step back from the hurly-burly of the usual Christmas preparations. New books for Advent this year are few on the ground, but you could try Music of Eternity: Meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill: The Archbishop of York’s Advent Book 2021 by Robyn Wrigley-Carr; An Advent Book of Days: Meeting the characters of Christmas by Gregory K. Cameron; and The Art of Christmas: Meditations on the birth of Jesus by Jane Williams.
A PASTORAL CHAT
Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!
HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK
9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.
10.30am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to: www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham
ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to https://www.oxford.anglican.org/livestream/ will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand.
They can be accessed from this site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Those who are ill: John Ainsworth, Keith Atkinson, Christopher Davidson, Brian Fawcett, Peter Lawrence, Richard Simmonds.
For your Private Prayers at home: Stuart Tennant
For those that have died: Keith Remnant, Susan Warner.
For the family and friends of those that died a year ago: Elizabeth Clark, Dorothy Goodwin, Magie James.
MARY’S CHURCH DIARY – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
Sunday 28th 3-5pm Martyrs rehearsal
Tuesday 30th 8-10pm Martyrs rehearsal
Thursday 2nd 8-10pm Martyrs rehearsal
Saturday 4th all day AmChor – rehearsal and concert
|NAMES AND ADDRESSES:|
|Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency
|Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485 email@example.com|
|Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Susan Pounce Churchwarden 01494727674 email@example.com|
|Valerie Simmonds: Churchwarden 01494 724693 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044 email@example.com|
|Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Graeme Coles Treasurer 07703 963990 Treasureremail@example.com|
|Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Simon Hollett Children’s Worker – email@example.com 07926 575851|
|Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB
01494 729380 email@example.com
|Safeguarding officers for the Parish
Steve Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 01494 722230
Clare Samuels: 07966 425206 email@example.com.
|St Mary’s website: www.stmaryschurchamersham.com|
|Coleshill website: www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html|