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The Second Sunday of Advent

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort will draw them near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the prince of Peace. Amen.

Verse of the week: Isaiah 11:6 ‘The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.’

Today: Thought: Is Jesus being the light of the world something we can rely on or simply a nice idea at Christmas time?


Collect for The Second Sunday of Advent:  O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen

Collect for The Second Sunday in Advent (BCP):  Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou has given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


Readings:  HC: Isaiah 11.1-10: Romans 15.4-13: Matthew 3.1-12

MP: Psalm 80: Amos 7: Luke 1.5-20

EP: 1 Kings 18.17-39: John 1 19-28



SUNDAY 4th December 2022 2nd Sunday of Advent

8am BCP Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham

9am BCP Matins on Zoom

9am CW Holy Communion All Saints’ Coleshill

10:30 CW All-Age Christingle with Holy Communion St Mary’s Amersham (Streamed from Church)

6pm BCP Evening Prayer St Mary’s Amersham (Streamed from Church)

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



The Truth From Above (Vaughan Williams) & Chorale Prelude, Wachet Auf, BWV 645 (J. S. Bach)



Link for this Sunday  https://youtu.be/y7bmLvrlxss This link will take you to the 10.30am service and our site. For 6pm Evening Prayer service at St Mary’s the link is https://youtu.be/u8mkLtBZogo



Please note that due to the afternoon Christingle service at All Saint’s this Sunday there is no choral evensong at All Saints’ but instead there will be said Evening Prayer at St Mary’s at 6pm.



We will be holding an Advent course as a way to reflect on our faith journey during the season of Advent. The sessions are on Tuesdays ay 10:30am in church. We will be exploring Sally Welch’s book ‘Sharing the Christmas Story: From Reading to Living the Gospel.’ Although it’s worth trying to pick up a copy, the sessions will not require having the book, so do come along and see what it’s all about! If you have missed the first session you are still welcome to attend all future sessions.


Old Amersham Christmas Evening

On Friday 2nd December there is a Christmas Evening in Old Amersham hosted by the Old Amersham Business Association. The turning on of the lights will be at 6pm by the market hall.


Mayor’s Carol Service:

Everyone is welcome to the Mayor’s Community Carol service at St Mary’s on Thursday 8th December at 6:30pm.



Our next all-age service will be on 4th December at 10:30am. If your child/children would like to be involved in the service please speak to Jonny.



I shall be making Christingles for next Sunday in the Drake Chapel on Friday 2nd December at 2pm. If you would like to help, it would very much be appreciated. Just turn up. Thanks, Simon.


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE -All Saints’ Church, Coleshill

Christingle Service will take place on 4th December at 4pm.



St Andrews Bookshop, Great Missenden, is holding their annual Orange Sale is now live with great authors such as Timothy Keller, John Mark Comer, Danielle Strickland, Tom Wright and much, much more! Rather than the sale being for just 1 day ( as it takes a lot of work to put together ) we will keep it going whilst stock last! With books and CD’s from £1.00 you’re sure to find some bargains! Take a look – https://standrewsbookshop.co.uk/orange-friday-2022/ We also have lots of lovely Christian Charity Christmas cards still in stock.



Will take place at All Saints’ Church, Coleshill on Saturday 3rd December at 10am. All welcome.



Will take place in St Mary’s Church on Monday 5th December at 2.15pm. All Welcome.



The Flower Groups are having a cake stall during coffee time on Sunday 11 December after the 10.30 service. There will be cakes and biscuits and many good ideas for Christmas. We need to raise money for the Flower Festival in September so that the money raised during the Festival can all go to the chosen Charities. Please remember to bring some cash if you can.


AMCHOR Winter Concert –  Saturday 03 December, 7.30pm, in St.Mary’s

Works: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Benjamin Britten: Saint Nicolas Conductor: Nick Austin Amersham & Chesham Bois Choral Society with Tenor soloist Lawrence Thackeray, orchestra and The Taplow Girls’ Choir. Tickets: £16/£8 students, available from Perfect Pitch, Chesham; The Record Shop, Amersham;  www.wegottickets.com/amchor or 07748 154089



If you would like to be involved in planning social events across the parish then please be in touch with Jonny to find out more!


Planned Giving Envelopes

Envelopes for 2023 will be available for collection from St Mary’s from Thursday 24 November. Please do pick them up as soon as possible. If you would like some or think that there should be some out for you and there are not, please do let me know. Thank you. Clare Atkinson



If you’re a young person who would like to be admitted to communion but haven’t told us yet please talk to or contact Revs Jonny, Tim or Sue . A reminder: you will need to have been baptized, have the support of those with parental responsibility, and be prepared to do some preparation. You should also be over 7 (although we may have some discretion on this). Please also say if you’re thinking about confirmation rather than admission (again, ask a Rev if you’re not sure).



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.



Do contact any of the clergy for a chat by phone, facetime or Zoom about anything that is concerning you. Time we have!



SUNDAYS 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 via the codes listed

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.



Those who are ill:  Pam Atkinson.

For those that have died:  Gordon Ashford, Max Davidson.


Rev’d Jonny Rapson Rector 01494 724426 rector@amershamwithcoleshill.org

Jonny’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency.

Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 timbar_uk@yahoo.co.uk

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 susangill01@gmail.com
Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 smshield@aol.com
Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674 susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com
Valerie Simmonds: Churchwarden 01494 724693 valeriesimmonds@btinternet.com
Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044    petrina.clackett@coleshill.net
Howard Pool: Churchwarden 01494 727687  howardpool@hotmail.com
Graeme Coles Treasurer  07703 963990   Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com
Clare Atkinson Planned Giving – both churches: stmarysgiving@btinternet.com
Simon Hollett Children’s Workerstmarysamershamkids@gmail.com 07926 575851
Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 steve@streetkidsdirect.org.uk
Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB

01494 729380                        stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officers for the Parish

Clare Samuels:  07966 425206 clare@noiinclare.co.uk.

St Mary’s website:  www.stmaryschurchamersham.com
Coleshill website:  www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html