Advent Prayer

As streets fill with shoppers,
bright lights and tempting offers,
Christmas songs and children’s laughter,
You lead us along a different path,
to a desert and a prophetic voice,
a call to repentance,
a call to service,
a call to immerse ourselves
in living water that will never run dry,
a call to prepare a way in our own lives
for the Saviour of the world to enter in,
to know the touch of tender mercy
and rest in your forgiving love.

Amen

Throughout Advent

Holy Communion at 7:45 am each Thursday – a simple service largely by candlelight. Over by 8:15 at the latest.

 

Advent reflections – on Sunday 8th and 22nd December at 6:30 pm.

 

 

School Christmas Fair

This Saturday 7th December 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Many attractions including Father Christmas.

Our annual celebration of Christingle will be on Friday 6th December at 6:30pm in All Saints’.

We celebrate the light of Christ and support the Children’s Society who bring that light to children in the UK living in darkness.

Please help to make the event a success… bring along your friends and family to the concert. Enjoy looking around the display. Relax and sample some refreshments or even do some Christmas shopping!

More details are found in the December newsletter.

If you would like to help in any way – by being a steward or helping to assemble the display, please let one of the wardens or flower team know. All help greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you at the festival!

Many of you will remember Hayley – a teacher at All Saints’ Primary School, coming to church to tell us about her pending visit to a village in Uganda.
Unfortunately there has been some tragic news since she has returned.  There has been  an unprecedented amount of rain in the village which has resulted in  several landslides.  The last severe landslide  killed 3 women and washed a baby away.  The baby is Feredericko’s(All Saints’ sponsored child) baby sister and one of the women was his mum.  Poor Feredericko is now orphaned.
Fund raising is now underway to rebuild the home, sponsor the children who are old enough to go to school so they are safe; and then to rebuild the toilets at the primary school that had just been  finished when Hayley was  there and which were also washed away by a landslide.
If you would like to help you can make  a donation here.
More photos and information can be seen on the School’s website.
Thank you.

Next Sunday –  the Feast of Christ the King

Please join the Benefice Communion and Conformation Service

at 4:00pm in All Saints’ Church

THERE WILL BE NO MORNING SERVICES.

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt. Revd. Julian Henderson will preside, preach and confirm. This will be the only service this day and hopefully everyone will come and worship together.

Please pray all those to be confirmed.

 

 

Posada

The word comes from “Las Posadas’ – the Spanish for ‘Inns”. It is a religious festival which originates in Mexico and parts of the United States and is celebrated between 16th -24th December . Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to baby Jesus.

A little Mary and Joseph will travel house to house around the parish en route to Bethlehem. If you would like the to call at your house please sign up on the sheet at he back of church.

Thank you

Prayer for the poor and needy

Lord God, You came to give honour to the least,                                                                                                 those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.                                                                                                           You came to give first place to the last,                                                                                                                    those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.                                                                                             You came to give a warm welcome to the lost,                                                                                                       those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.                                                                                            Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.                                                                                                     Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.                                                                                Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.                                                                                           Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.                                                                                 You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.                                                                                         Lord, hear our prayer.                                                                                                                                               Amen.

(A contemporary prayer for the poor and vulnerable from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Read more at: https://www.lords-prayer-words.com/topics/prayer_for_the_poor.html