PARISH OF AMERSHAM WITH COLESHILL

WEEKLY NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2020

Christ the King

The Sunday next before Advent

 

               

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus 

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

 

Ezekiel 34:15-16 “I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.’

 

TODAY: As Advent and Christmas approach we remember not just the baby in the manger but that Christ is cosmic king, who promises one day to call us and the world to account.

 

Collect for Christ the King: Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Collect for the Sunday next before Advent (BCP): Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded;  ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Readings:  Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24: Ephesians 1.15-end: Matthew 25.31-end

MP: Psalm 29: Isaiah 4.2-5.7:  Luke 19.29-38

EP: 2 Samuel 23.1-7: Matthew 28.16-end

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY SERVICES THIS WEEK (AND THE PATTERN FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS)

9am Morning Prayer BCP Zoom

10am A short service of Holy Communion with Tim and Rosie Harper (livestream)

6pm Evening Prayer BCP Evening Prayer (livestream)

Wednesday 10am BCP HC Zoom

For access details see below.

 

In addition, the Rector will livestream a short time of evening prayer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 6pm.

 

WARDENS SWEARING OATHS! The Archdeacon gave permission for Incumbents to read in wardens for the current year, so they duly had a good swear of serious oaths on the Rectory doorstep, Coleshill School and St Mary’s Church. Thus all are now legally in office. It is wonderful what swearing a few good hearty oaths can accomplish!

 

OLWEN MORRIS UPDATE Given her current indisposition and the uncertainty of churches reopening, Olwen has kindly agreed to give a short recital in St Mary’s in the spring in favour of ‘Young Minds’. Details to follow in due course.

 

STEVE POULSON Steve has sent his latest update on working as our CMS Mission Partner in Honduras. Download HERE.

 

DEANERY SYNOD REPS We need to fill up to 5 vacancies. The Deanery is the association of local Anglican churches and exists for mutual encouragement, sharing of good practice and financial planning. Our own, Amersham Deanery, is one of the largest and most active in the country. The Rector would appreciate some help from the parish in coordinating all this. Please have a word with him. It is not a huge task and can be very interesting.

 

PRAYER IN THE SECOND LOCKDOWN. The Archbishops have invited every Christian to pray at 6pm every day during this present lock-down.  A link to the resources available is here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation

A simple prayer booklet can be found here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-11/PftN%20Booklet%20spreads.pdf

 

RESOURCES FOR ADVENT 2020. Advent this year will be unlike those of previous years. It’s unlikely that study groups will be possible after 2nd December even if the second lockdown ends as planned. Advent is a season of expectation and preparation – we prepare to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation and look ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. Here are some resources for individual use:

Books  At Home in Advent,  by Gordon Giles. A series of daily thoughts accompanied by questions, activities, and prayers, offering a “domestic journey” from Advent to Epiphany.

Frequencies of God: Walking through Advent with R. S. Thomas, by Carys Walsh.  This study guide uses the poetry of the Welsh priest and poet R. S. Thomas to explore the ideas of waiting, accepting, journeying, birthing, and seeing.

Waiting in Joyful Hope - Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas 2020-2021, by Michelle Francl-Donnay. A set of brief, down-to-earth reflections that bring prayer and Scripture into everyday life in a thought-provoking and lasting way.

All these are available from your preferred Christian bookshop online, and can also be downloaded from Kindle stores.

Online resources will be posted shortly.

 

CHURCHES CLOSED FOR WORSHIP IN LOCKDOWN

Please note that St Mary’s and All Saints are open for private prayer but now closed for public worship until further notice. St Mary’s is open 9am -4pm daily and All Saints’ is open on Wednesday and Sundays 11am-3pm. All services will take place by Zoom or on the parish livestream. For access details see below in the ‘How to access’ section.

 

PARISH OFFICE Will be open as usual but virtually. Please contact Dorothy by phone or email (see below).

 

SPARE/OLD CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Pratt House has asked if anyone has any spare or old Christmas Decorations they could have in order to decorate the home for the festive season as many of the residents won’t get to see their families this year. Contact Georgia on 07399 472911-

or drop off at 24 Longwood Lane, Amersham HP7 9EN

 

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL We meet by Zoom on Tuesday 24th November at 7.30pm. The invitation and paperwork will be sent out the week before.

 

DEANERY SYNOD We meet by Zoom on Thursday November the 26th at 7.30pm.

 

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES We are making plans consonant with government regulations, but who knows how things will develop. The earliest we can reopen is currently Sunday 6th December.

 

GIFTS FOR OLWEN AND CHARLES We have been asked about collections for parting gifts for Olwen and Charles. We think as many people are not ready to return to church yet, if you would like to contribute, please send a cheque to the Parish Office, stating who the funds are for. If you would rather give cash, please envelope it and put through the Parish Office door (quite secure). If you would like to put a message with your gift, please do this on a piece of paper and we will put something together, so Charles and Olwen receive all of these.

 

CONFIRMATION AND ADULT BAPTISM A number of people have decided it is time for them to declare their faith in Christ, so a service will take place in the new year. Any more takers?

 

RADIO CHRISTMAS – Please see the poster at the end of the notices.

 

DONATIONS TO ST MARY’S AND ALL SAINTS While the buildings are shut there is likely to be a significant drop in income for the parish. If you would like to make a donation or catch up with planned giving and have online banking the easiest way is to make a BACS payment – please contact the Parish Office to get the details (it has been brought to our attention that the information previously displayed could be hacked from the notice). Many already donate by Standing Order so please let our Treasurer know if you want any help in changing to this. Please contact Graeme Coles at Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com For All Saints Coleshill the details are: Please speak to Peter Clackett on 01494 433044

 

 HOW TO ACCESS STREAMED CHURCH SERVICES EACH WEEK

 

SUNDAYS 

9am Morning Prayer or HC (BCP) Zoom: Please apply to Rev Tim Barnard for meeting joining details, see the contact list below.

10am Holy Communion and Evening Prayers log in to: www.facebook.com/stmarysamersham 

 

ANOTHER OPTION is to take part in streamed services from the Diocese of Oxford. Going to https://www.oxford.anglican.org/livestream/ will give you both the link to the streamed service and the download of the service order. The Eucharist can also be watched on demand.  

 

TAIZE SHEETS They can be accessed from this site: http://www.taize.fr/en_article1854.html

  

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS:

Those who are ill:  Keith Barker, Jan Galloway, Edith Humphries, Magi James, Stuart Tennant.

For those that have died:

The family and friends of those that died a year ago:

 

 

 NAMES AND ADDRESSES:

Rev’d Canon Tim Harper Rector 01494 724426   harpervic@yahoo.co.uk

Tim’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency    

Rev’d Tim Barnard Hon Associate Rector 01494 728478 timbar_uk@yahoo.co.uk 

Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday – please only contact him then in an emergency

Rev’d Sue Gill Hon Assoc Rector 01494 451485 susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield Reader 01494 571766 smshield@aol.com                                              

Charles Howlett Reader 01494 728623 Charleshowlett57@btinternet.com                      

Susan Pounce Churchwarden  01494727674 susan.thomaspounce@btopenworld.com

Howard Hughes Churchwarden 01494 723110 hwhughes1502@gmail.com                                       

Petrina Clackett Churchwarden 01494 433044    petrina.clackett@coleshill.net

Howard Pool Churchwarden 01494 727687 howardpool@hotmail.com                                        

Graeme Coles Treasurer  07703 963990   Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com                                  

Clare Atkinson Planned Giving stmarysgiving@btinternet.com                                              

Christine Ray (All Saints) 07714 836885 christine_ray@btinternet.com                                   

Steve Poulson Mission Partner 07783 506692 steve@streetkidsdirect.org.uk                    

Parish Office Dorothy Potter. Church St, Amersham. Bucks. HP7 0DB       

01494 729380                        stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officers for the Parish

Steve Johnson  stevejohnson60@hotmail.com 01494 722230

Clare Samuels:  07966 425206 clare@noiinclare.co.uk.

St Mary’s website:  www.stmaryschurchamersham.com                                                                                   

Coleshill website:  www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saintschurch.html