United Benefice of

St Mildred’s, Whippingham

and

St James’, East Cowes

28th November 2021 : Advent Sunday

CURRENT AND FUTURE WORSHIP ARRANGEMENTS

Please continue to be vigilant and to observe social distancing measures at all times. Cases on the island are heading in the right direction, but we still need to maintain due caution, especially remembering that to have had two vaccinations does not stop people from carrying the virus.

Meanwhile the diocesan website www.portsmouth.anglican.org still has a direct link to parishes that are streaming live worship, while for those unable to access such resources this pewsheet continues to contain material for offering a “spiritual communion” at home. You must do whatever feels right and safe for you.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK:

Give thanks for: the work of the emergency services and HM Coastguard

Pray for: the migrants lost in the English Channel and their families; all victims of human trafficking gangs

PRAYERS FOR THOSE IN NEED:

Emergency prayers needed for: Paul and family; William and family; Alistair; Lusia; David.

Long term, please pray for: Charles; Stuart; Reg and Eileen; Irene and Henry; Richard G; Bob; Beryl; Joy and Dave; Maureen; Margaret; the family of Emily and Sammie; Richard S; Peter; Mike; Marie

Give thanks for: all people involved in producing and administering the Covid vaccines

If you wish particular names to be added to the prayer list, please inform Rev Susan. All names are reviewed on a monthly basis. Please keep Rev Susan updated if you would like a name to stay on the list beyond the current month.

PRAYERS FOR THE DEPARTED:

Mary McDonagh; all those whose anniversary falls at this time.

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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.

READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING Jeremiah 33 : 14-16

14 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. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 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.’

GOSPEL Luke 21 : 25-36

Jesus continued, 25 ‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’

29 Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34 ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

From the book of Jeremiah

The prophet looks forward to a time where God will place a virtuous ruler over his people. Do you think we are meant to take this prediction at face value? Is Christ the same sort of king for us today as David was to the Israelites three thousand years ago? How might we, as members of his Church, be the means by which he brings about justice and righteousness?

From the Gospel of Luke

Jesus advises his followers to take care that their ability to receive the kingdom of God is not hindered by the effects of revelry and overindulgence. As we enter the season where material extravagance starts to appear all around us, might we be at risk of getting so carried away by gift shopping and party preparations that we overlook the real meaning of Advent? Are you thinking more about cards, presents, wine and turkey than about your own discipleship?

Jesus also warns us that the common anxieties of everyday living might prevent us from answering God’s call just as much as excessive food and alcohol. Is there anyone you know whose life is so afflicted by family, medical, or financial worries that they are unable to connect with God? Might you be able to help ease their anxieties and free them to receive the Gospel message?

INTERCESSIONS (supplied by Gill Jackson)

Gracious God, as we gather in prayer on this first Sunday in Advent, we give you thanks for the blessings we enjoy compared to many people in the world. Help us to stay faithful to your will in our lives.

Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer

We pray that Churches will unite to bring people together so we can strengthen each other, and that people everywhere will show an increase in kindness towards the poor, the elderly, the vulnerable and the lonely.

Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen, our Government, and all politicians. We pray, Lord, that you might grant wisdom to all in authority, enabling them to act for the common good, and for all people to act with common sense out of respect for others.

Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer

We thank you, Lord, for our families and friends, whether at home or abroad, and in this season of goodwill help us to reach out to those we may have lost touch with.

Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer

Compassionate Father, we pray for all who are in pain or suffering at this time and those caring for them. We bring before you those awaiting operations or in hospital and thank you for all working in our NHS, Care Homes and Emergency Services. In a few moments of quiet, we pray for all who have been taken from us, and for the bereaved.

Lord, in your mercy . . . hear our prayer

Loving Father, at this Advent-time guide us into a closer relationship with you, and help us to stay spiritually alert as we await your second coming.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PREPARING FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

In union, Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the sure hope that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all my being. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.

You might like to sit in silence for a while, then pray:

Post Communion

O Lord our God,

make us watchful and keep us faithful

as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;

that, when he shall appear,

he may not find us sleeping in sin

but active in his service

and joyful in his praise;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

To conclude, either follow the links below to our new YouTube channel or simply rest quietly in God’s presence

O come, O come, Emmanuel – AMHS 45 – YouTube

Hills of the North – HON 209 – YouTube

UPDATE FROM REV SUSAN

Charles continues with his course of chemotherapy and is currently doing well. We remain very grateful for your thoughts and prayers.

Now that I have returned as celebrant, I will need to maintain a degree of social distancing at the giving of communion. I ask everyone kindly to respect my need to take such precautions and to avoid crowding me at the altar.

Rev Susan

PEW SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

For the foreseeable future, administration of the pew sheet will continue to be handled by Stuart McKerracher. Please send any prayer requests, intercessions, and other notices to him by Wednesday evening each week.

His contact details are stuart_mckerracher

ST JAMES’ CHRISTMAS FAIR

A big thank you to all who took part in making the Christmas Fair at St James’ a big success, and particular thanks to Rose for overseeing the organisation. We raised a grand total of £408.40, so well done everyone!

CANCELLATION

Unfortunately, Messy Christingle on the 4th of December has had to be cancelled. However, the Crib service will go ahead as planned on Christmas Eve at St Mildred’s.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE AT BROOK

On Sunday 5th December at 6pm, a service of lessons and carols for Advent will be held at St Mary’s Church, Brook. Music will be sung by the liturgical ensemble Cantus Vesperi, who kindly provided us with a carol service at St James’ last year and will be offering an Epiphany carol service at St Mildred’s on the 9th January.

ADVENT COURSE

Advent course booklets have been ordered and will be available to pick up from the churches from next Sunday.

If anyone would like to join an Advent study group, All Saints’ Ryde will be holding one online via Zoom. Ask Rev Susan for the link.

ST JAMES’ COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning will be held at St James’ church hall on Tuesday 14th December from 10.00 to 12.00. Do come along and support us.

BROWSERS LIBRARY

Have you been along to the Browsers Library at St James’ yet? Do drop in on Saturdays from 10.00-12.00 for a coffee, choose a free book, buy a jigsaw or just have a socially distanced chat.

DOG WALKING VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of free pet care. They are looking for volunteers to help a resident of East Cowes whose delightful dog would love to go for a good walk.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can download a volunteer registration form from their web site appeals. If you would like to have a more in-depth chat about becoming a volunteer, please call during office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) on 01736 758 701.

FOOD BANK

There is still a need for the following items, if you can help:

Packet rice

Tinned spaghetti

Tinned potatoes

Squash (750ml)

Pudding (rice/sponge)

Biscuits

Coffee

Laundry tabs/powder

Washing up liquid

Toothbrushes (single)

Razors

Toothpaste

Shaving gel

They now have plenty of cooking sauces, baked beans, tinned fish, tinned meat, tinned veg, pasta, cereal, soup, tinned fruit, tinned tomatoes, tea – so no more of those for a while, please!

Rev Susan