19 Nov 2022 • General news
Jeremiah 23. 1-6
1Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. 2Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
5The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
Colossians 1. 11-20
Brothers and sisters: 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, 12while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Luke 23. 33-43
33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ 38There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ 39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ 40But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ 42Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 43Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
Those who are sick or in need of our prayers
A new area has now been created in church at the back of the North aisle for families with small children.
Junior Church meets this Sunday 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.
Christmas Church and Community Choir
It is not too late to join this choir which aims to bring people from across the community together around the joy of singing Christmas carols. It meets every Sunday from 4.00pm until 6.00pm at St Mary’s and you don’t have to be able to read music, just enjoy singing. If you want to know more, have a word with Tom.
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.
Concert – Rob Halligan will be performing as part of his Christmas Tour, supporting Children at Risk with Global Care. Saturday 26th November at 6,30pm, tickets £10. Further information and ticket via available firstname.lastname@example.org or 07941 678189. Please see the poster on the noticeboard.
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.
Christmas Services Postcard
The postcard showing our services which we produce in conjunction with Walsgrave Baptist Church has now been printed and is ready for distribution. They are in the church centre and have been divided up into roads, could you please help by delivering some, even if it’s just the ones around where you live. Thank you in anticipation of your help.