Wednesday 9th December 10.00 am The Eucharist said with quiet time for prayer and reflection at St Michael's Stokenham.
Morning and Evening Prayer: Said daily at 9.00am & 6.00pm by Fr Michael with prayers for Parish and People. Please join him at these times in your homes. You might like to use the Form of Morning and Evening Prayer for Advent which is available on the website, or your own Book of Common Prayer.
Reading the scriptures:
If you would like to use some notes to help you make a daily short reading of the Bible and reflect on it then you might try Bible Alive (a Roman Catholic publication but follows our daily and Sunday cycle of readings) at https://www.alivepublishing.co.uk/publications/bible-alive/ or
Bible Reading Fellowship
'Daily Hope' is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Now that we have begun public worship again and have the streamed service online, the weekly reflection has come to a natural end. But those unable to join us in either way can access this free telephone line to hear hymns, daily prayers and reflections: 0800 804 804
Reflection for Advent:
With thanks to Bishop Jonathan Goodall, Assistant Bishop in our Diocese
‘Every parent—especially every mother—yearns to see the face of any child that is being carried in the womb. It is a long process of expectation and waiting; it involves a longing and a desire that can no more be stifled than it can be stopped. Mary and Joseph and their small family circle must have longed and desired to see the face of Jesus in just this way – perhaps even more so given what had been prophesied about him. Mary was, we sing in one Christmas hymn, “Most blest to bring to human birth the Long-Desired of all the earth’. During Advent, in some of our most loved hymns, the Church too remembers and sings about her longing and desire to see the Lord’s face when he comes again, and in our Christmas festivities we celebrate that we will not be disappointed: we will come to the goal of all human life — that is, to see God and be united with him for ever.
But for now it is like we are blind, like the ‘two blind men sitting by the roadside’ (in Matthew 20.30-34) who, ‘when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”’ Commenting on this passage in a sermon St Augustine says, the goal of ‘all of our work in this life’—all our Christian discipleship—‘is to restore to health the eye of the heart so that God may be seen”. Restoring to health the eye of our hearts. This is the purpose, he says, of the Sacraments, the preaching of the word, all our training and effort to live a good moral life, and all the changes that have to happen in our lives so that we may be rid of whatever prevents us from seeing God. That is also the purpose of our prayers.
Return to the Eucharist
From early Advent we will be able celebrate the Eucharist together again. Please go to church if it is safe for you to do so. Do not neglect to gather together: St Paul is always urging Christians not to stay away from the Eucharist. We need it! so that, although the Lord will come suddenly to those who cannot see, like a thief in the night (see 1 Thess 5.4), ‘we shall see him as he is’ (1 John 3.2)’.
Our prayers this week for:
Alison Shaw Our Rural Dean ...our part in proclaiming the coming of God’s kingdom…H M The Queen and her family…growth in our Churches…the fair distribution of vaccines...those resident in care homes and their relatives…Kingsbridge Area Foodbank …those who have lost their work or business and their families…the depressed, lonely and anxious... our home communicants...all who have asked our prayers including the sick and among them Gill and Trevor Moore, Jean Flawn, Bobby Parsons, Dick Lloyd, Gill Mickel, Evelyn Hedger, Keith and Jackie Rollinson, Katherine Yandell, Jamie Cooke, Andrew Graner, Carlene Whittington and Marjorie Godden... those who have died and those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them Irene Barrow, Iris Perkins, Nicola Lynn and Gladys Lamble, Beverly Brown, Edna Collins, Margaret Stevens.
Visiting & Home Communions
I am recommencing visiting and home communions provided it is safe for me to visit. I shall contact folk first and please expect me to come wearing a facemask.
If you would like to contact me about any personal or pastoral matter please do so, I should be very happy to help you. Please leave a message on my phone 01548 580908 or send me an email.
Your Church remains here for you, please know we are praying for you, for those in need, and for all those you love. Please do get in touch if there is anyone or anything I can pray for or if I can help you in any way.
With my prayers and very best wishes
Priest in Charge: Fr Michael Berrett, The Vicarage, Stokenham, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2ST 01548 580908 firstname.lastname@example.org