10 Nov 2022 • General news
Malachi 4. 1-2a
1See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13
6We command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 8and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. 9This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. 11For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. 12Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. 13Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
Luke 21. 5-19
5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’
7They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ 8And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.
9‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ 10Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.
12‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.
Those who are sick or in need of our prayers
Today the service in church will be slightly shorter as we shall be meeting our friends from Walsgrave Baptist Church for an act of remembrance at the war memorial at 11.00am followed by coffee back here at St Mary’s.
Junior Church next meets on the 20th November when they will be looking at this years Nativity which they will perform on the 18th December. We are still in need of more Junior Church leaders so if you think that you might be able to help, please see Revd Tom or Stephen Baker.
On the 4th December we shall be holding a Toy Service at which we collect new toys, which this year are to be donated to Coventry City Mission.
Today is the last day for chocolate donations for a tombola in aid of Children in Need, which can be put in the box in the foyer.
Christmas Church and Community Choir
This choir aims to bring people from across the community together around the joy of singing Christmas carols together. It meets every Sunday from 4.00pm until 6.00pm at St Mary’s and the first meeting is this Sunday. You don’t have to be able to read music, just enjoy singing.
September’s first prize won by Kevin Foxon and the second by John Aspden.
October’s first prize won by Gillian Tompsett and the second by Samuel Liggins.
Revd Lesley Johnson
Lesley has sent a card thanking the congregation for their friendship during her time with us as well as the cards and gift. Her card can be found on the noticeboard in the church centre.
Walsgrave Baptist Church – Open Door
A warm space, with a welcome and hot drink is offered at the Baptist Church from Monday to Thursday from 10.00am until 12.00pm. On Friday there is an invitation to join them at their Open House.
The following services are to be held:
18th December 10.00am – Holy Communion and Nativity
20th December 6.00pm – Carols by Candlelight
22nd December 6.00pm – Nine Lessons and Carols
24th December 3.00pm – Christingle joint service with the Baptist Church
24th December 11.00pm – Midnight Mass
25th December 10.00am – Holy Communion
Coffee club will meet every week following the morning service at 10.45am. A donation of £1 for tea/coffee and biscuits and occasionally cake would be much appreciated but not compulsory. All welcome