St Michael's and St Martin's will also both be open to all for private prayer and reflection each Sunday. We will be doing this between 10.00am - 12.00noon at St Michael's and 10.00am – 4.00pm at St Martins on Sundays. You are very welcome to come in for any period, however short. Bring your prayers, for others, for our world and for yourself, your Bible, and most importantly, an intention to simply be in God's presence.
Thank you!... to the brave band of cleaners who have done such a fantastic job in cleaning St Martin’s Church in readiness for Christmas so thoroughly this week.
And THANK YOU very much from Fr Michael and Janie to those who have sent Christmas Cards and greetings, they are much appreciated. We have not sent cards but are making a donation to the Kingsbridge Foodbank instead.
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 & Christmas
‘The great God of heaven is come down to earth,
His mother a virgin, and sinless His birth;
The Father eternal His Father alone:
He sleeps in the manger; He reigns on the throne.
A Babe on the breast of a maiden He lies,
Yet sits with the Father on high in the skies;
Before Him their faces the seraphim hide,
While Joseph stands waiting, unscared, by His side.
Lo! here is Emmanuel, here is the Child,
The Son that was promised to Mary so mild;
Whose power and dominion shall ever increase,
The Prince that shall rule o’er a kingdom of peace.
The Wonderful Counsellor, boundless in might,
The Father’s own image, the beam of His light;
Behold Him now wearing the likeness of man,
Weak, helpless, and speechless, in measure a span.
O wonder of wonders, which none can unfold:
The Ancient of Days is an hour or two old;
The Maker of all things is made of the earth,
Man is worshipped by angels, and God comes to birth:
The word in the bliss of the Godhead remains,
Yet in flesh comes to suffer the keenest of pains;
He is that He was, and forever shall be,
But becomes that He was not, for you and for me’.
(Henry Ramsden Bramley; New English Hymnal 37)
Our prayers this week for:
Robert, our Bishop…peace in our world…ourselves, that like Mary and Joseph we may play our part in bringing Jesus to the waiting world… H M The Queen and her family…growth in our Churches…Kingsbridge Area Foodbank …those who find Christmas difficult…those 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 and Marjorie Godden... those who have died recently, and among them Marie-Christine Kerr and Carlene Whittington…those whose anniversaries we keep at this time and among them Leonard Birchell, Mary Heath, Shirley Gilbert, Clifford Sheppard, Dorothy Spicer, Roger Avery, Barbara Cape, Peggy Burton, Donald Turner (priest), Aileen Graham- Smith and Irene Kenderdine.