Pews News 20 Nov 2022

† St Andrews
Proclaiming Christ in Clewer
20 November 2022
Sunday next before Advent
Christ the King


WELCOME

Christ the King is the feast day that brings us full circle in the church calendar.
Who is this Jesus, our King?

Jesus is the Son of Man. He has lived among us and knows what it’s like to be human in an uncertain world. He has experienced the many shades of emotions that colour our days, sometimes all at once. As our friend and brother, he may not be able to save us from suffering, but he can and does walk alongside us with compassionate understanding so that we are never entirely alone.

Jesus is the Son of God. He is the Son of a living and loving creator who wants only to be reconciled with his children whatever the cost to himself. He has the power to forgive sins and to remain true to himself in the face of hatred and cruelty.

Jesus is Christ the King. He has the first place in everything, and his reign is absolute and eternal. Perhaps that is the greatest certainty that we can have, and it will hold all things together until the kingdom of Christ is fully realised.

Today is a day to step back and look at Christ the King, to see in him our human selves living in this world and our spiritual selves, living in this world but centred on the kingdom of God where we are always remembered and loved.

Blessings for your week.
Revd Rosie

COLLECT

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.
All Amen

READINGS

Jeremiah 23.1-6

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, 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. Then 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. I 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.

The 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. In 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.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, 
   a very present help in trouble;
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, 
   and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
Though the waters rage and swell, 
   and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
   the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her;
      therefore shall she not be removed; 
   God shall help her at the break of day.
The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, 
   but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.
The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Come and behold the works of the Lord, 
   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.
He makes wars to cease in all the world; 
   he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
      and burns the chariots in the fire.
‘Be still, and know that I am God; 
   I will be exalted among the nations;
      I will be exalted in the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Colossians 1.11-20

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for 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. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He 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.

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and 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.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.

Luke 23.33-43

When 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. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And 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!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

INTERCESSIONS 

Almighty God, your son Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords and the redeemer of the human race; look down upon us, your earthly subjects, as we humbly lay ourselves and our intercessions before you. We are Jesus’ people, and we wish to be more closely united with him in all we do and say.  Search the heart of each one of us as we freely consecrate ourselves today to your his Sacred Majesty.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for your world where many indeed have never known about you and your son; but where sadly many, have rejected you. Let Jesus be King, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken him, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned him altogether.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We pray for our new King, Charles III. Bless his reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness flourish among us We pray too all earthly leaders , kings, queens and rulers; encourage them all to serve their people following Jesus’ example constantly seeking the common good in all that they do.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, Lord of the past and the future: we thank you for all the good things that have happened during the past Church Year. We thank you for our church officials, the fellowship and joy of our worship together as a community and for all those who have worked so hard to run and maintain our church here in Clewer.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for all those who suffer in any way.  We pray that they will know the presence of your Son alongside them and the power of Christ the King within them bringing peace and healing for them and help and encouragement for those caring for them in their hour of need

We pray for the suffering, who have asked for our prayers, or whose needs we know: Blake, Sam, Don, Karl, Sarah, Joanna, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Sylvia, and Mary. We pray too for Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, when we have to part from those whom we loved it hurts; so when the loss we have sustained turns to anger and when we find words of comfort hard to hear, surround us with your love, turning our grief to hope. We pray now for the recently departed and those whose anniversary falls at this time.

We pray for the souls of the departed: Betty Hughes, Hugh Roddy, and all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Lord God, Almighty, we give thanks to you for all that you do in our lives.  At the end of this church year we commend to you all those for whom we have prayed throughout the year and ask that you continue to use us and our prayers to make a difference in their lives.

Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

From the Chaplaincy of the Holy Spirit Costa Blanca

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Listen to Revd Rosie’s Sermon from last Sunday Morning
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Listen to Canon Brian’s Sermon from last Sunday Evening
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NOTICES

SUNDAY EVENING 

The Sunday Evening Service will be BCP Evening Prayer, via Zoom. We will send the order of service later.

Readings:
Psalm 72
1 Samuel 8.4-20
John 18.33-37

SERVICES FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS

Evening Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday at 5.00pm via Zoom

Church Open every Wednesday 10.00am – 12.00

Sun 20 Nov 10.30am Christ the King, Eucharist
                      5.00pm Evening Prayer Zoom

Sun 27 Nov 10.30am 1st Sunday of Advent, Eucharist
                                   No Evening Service, Carol Service in the park instead

Wed 30 Nov 12.00     Eucharist for St Andrews Day

Sun 04 Dec 10.30am 2nd Sunday of  Advent, All Age Eucharist
5.00pm Eucharist in Church

Sun 11 Dec 10.30am 3rd Sunday of  Advent, Eucharist
5.00pm Carol Service and switch on of Christmas Lights WILD WORSHIP

Please note that the 20 Nov Wild Worship has been cancelled, because of the recent heavy rain.


PLEASE PRAY FOR

The Suffering: Blake, Sam, Don, Karl, Sarah, Joanna, Holly, Hugo, Frank and Barbara, Bill, Suzanne, Christopher, Jackie, Norman and Diane, Sylvia, and Mary. Refugees, Prisoners, the Homeless and those who mourn.

The Departed: Betty Hughes, Hugh Roddy, and all those recently departed this life, and those whose anniversaries fall at this time.

Those baptised this month: Russell and Dexter.

Community Prayers: Clewer Green School, the head teacher Martin Tinsley and all the pupils, staff and governors. For all our Care Homes, for the safety of residents and staff. We pray also for Windsor Christian Action, and the work of the Homeless Project, Street Angels, FoodShare, and The Night Shelter.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for all who live or work in Little Buntings, Tyrell Gardens, Duncroft, Perrycroft, Ryecroft, Rydings, Ellison Close, and Addington Close.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: please pray for The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean. Please pray also for the churches in these dioceses: Niger West (Nigeria), Nike (Nigeria), Nimule (South Sudan), Nnewi (Nigeria), Norwich (England), and Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island (Canada).

Please continue to pray for and support your neighbours and families in any way you can whilst keeping yourself safe.



CHRISTMAS MARKET

On 03 December we’ll be having our Christmas Market from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Donations of plants, home-made jams etc appreciated, and help generally. Please see Jane if you can help. HUGH RODDY FUNERAL

The funeral of Hugh Roddy is on 22 Nov at 1.30pm at Slough Crematorium. ADVENT WHATSAPP DAILY

This year the Rector is offering a daily Psalm and prayer, like opening an Advent calendar but on your phone!

Please sign up on the form in Church if you would like to receive a daily message, or email the office office@clewerparish.org including your mobile number.

ADVENT PREACHING

For Sunday morning preaching during Advent, Canon Brian will be leading us in a series of study/reflection on the lectionary readings as we prepare the coming of Christ at Christmas.

ADVENT STUDY ONLINE VIA ZOOM ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

TRAVELLING LIGHT


The Bible is full of comings and goings. People travel, sometimes long distances, sometimes just locally. Some travel willingly, others reluctantly; some carry a lot of stuff with them, others take little or nothing. All these movements become times of learning for those involved, part of how they grow in relationships with each other and with God.

In this Advent course, we come alongside a few of those travellers. We journey with them, reflecting with them, almost getting into conversation with them about their experiences. As we walk together with them, we notice things about where we ourselves have come from and where we are heading. We hope to find inspiration, to put a spring in our step; also guidance about the route ahead; and perhaps some warnings which may prompt us to change our own direction of travel.

In all this, we move on –  towards the celebration of Christmas and towards the new year that lies beyond it. As followers of Jesus Christ, we walk with him, discovering more of the light which Christ brings and finding ways to share that light with others.

Email the office if you would like to join us 7.30pm on 30 Nov, 7, 14 and 21st Dec. office@clewerparish.org

THE RETURN OF THE POSADA

It will be lovely to send out the Posada on Advent Sunday – please ensure you have signed up to take part and host the Holy Family on its journey to the stable, returning at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FAIR – 27 NOV 2022

St Andrews will have a stall at the Community Christmas Fair, at the Pirate Park on 27 Nov. Donations of Chocolate for the Chocolate Tombola would be welcome.

CHRISTMAS FLYERS

Our Christmas flyers will be available next Sunday, please take some and give to your neighbours and friends.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS & CHURCHYARD TREE DECORATION

On 11 December we’ll be lighting up the churchyard again, as we did last year. If you would like to support this popular event, by contributing towards their cost, please see Revd Rosie. Alternatively, you could provide some battery powered lights. Battery lights need to have a timer on them please so that we don’t have to keep switching them on and off every day.

If you’d like to decorate a tree please see Revd Rosie.

WINDSOR FOODSHARE

From their Facebook and Twittter Pages:
https://www.facebook.com/windsorfoodshare
https://twitter.com/WindsrFoodshare

PLEASE CAN YOU HELP ?
We are low on some of our toiletries and cleaning products. We give out toiletries once a month from foodshare. We make up over 80 bags for the families.
In the bags they receive shampoo, deodorant, shower gel, razors and shaving gel when we have them. Toothpaste, toothbrush, cleaning spray, washing up liquid, washing detergent and toilet rolls. 

All items can be dropped off to the church:
Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smiths Lane, Windsor, SL4 5PE
9.30am-1.30pm Wednesdays
9.30am -3.00pm Thursdays.

or alternatively they can be brought from our Amazon wish list. The address they are delivered to are saved to Amazon to make your life a little easier 😀.
https://amzn.to/3a1IMAk

Thank you all for your continued support and for helping to feed local families.

More information, and to donate online:
https://www.windsorfoodshare.org.uk/food-donations

Did you know that Windsor Foodshare has its own just giving page. If you are donating with just giving don’t forget to tick the gift aid box that way we get an extra 25% on top of your donation.  Every single penny we get given goes to help feed local families. 
https://www.justgiving.com/windsorfoodshare

If you would like any further information please contact   manager@windsorfoodshare.org.uk

CHURCH FINANCES – MESSAGE FROM ANDREW

Thank you to everyone for all you have been able to give in this difficult time. Please consider continuing your regular giving by paying directly to our bank account, the details of which are:
HSBC Bank, High Street, Windsor
Sort Code: 40-47-37
Account number: 11373366 
Account name: PCC St Andrews Church
                       or if your bank doesn’t like this
                       Parochial Church Council St Andrews Clewer Parish
 
You may wish to consider transferring to the Parish Giving Scheme,
which we promoted in previous years. Details are on our page on their web site: https://bit.ly/2XCLuCr

[https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/find-your-parish/clewer-st-andrew-windsor/]

We also have the printed application forms available, please contact the Parish Office by email.

CONTACTS
 
The Parish Office is now closed.
The Office Number is: 07490 094261
Email:  office@clewerparish.org

Parish Website: www.standrewsclewer.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/standrewsclewer

Churchwarden: Stuart Cockman
 
Safeguarding Policy: www.standrewsclewer.org/safeguarding-policy
Safeguarding Officer: clewerparishsafeguarding@gmail.com

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