“Weekly News” for
THE UNITED BENEFICE OF PADSTOW
ST. MERRYN and ST. ISSEY with ST. PETROC MINOR
December 3rd 2017 – FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.
Jesus says: “Stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Let us come before God, looking for our promised redemption with joy and with repentance.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
TODAY’S READINGS (Page 377/379 – Year “B” Readings start today)
First Reading Isaiah 64: 1-9
God’s people reflect upon their own guilt and come back to God, seeing themselves as clay in the hands of a potter, wanting to be shaped anew by him.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Christ’s coming has filled us with immeasurable depth of grace, to equip us for the fullness of Christian life and prepare us for whatever comes.
Gospel St. Mark 13: 24-37
Although false prophets declare that the “end is nigh”, no one knows when Jesus will return, so our task is to continue the work of the kingdom in the present and leave our future to God.
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Advent Candle Ceremony
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – The Candle of Christian Hope
All: We have this Advent Ring to remind us of the Coming of Jesus, the Light of
ALL SING: The holly and the ivy,
Are dancing in a ring,
Round the coloured Advent candles
And the shining Christmas King.
Said together: (as first candle is lit)
All: We light this candle to remind us of God’s people who in every age watch for His Coming.
ALL SING: And one is for God’s people
In every age and day.
We are watching for His coming,
We believe and we obey.
ST. MERRYN A Treasurer /Book-keeper is required for St. Merryn Church. Can anyone help? Please contact Phil Gorse 520544 or Moira Gill 520418 for further details.
Johnny Cowling Concert tonight is now sold out.
Christmas Bazaar Saturday 9th December in the Church Hall at 2.15 pm with Stalls- Cakes – Christmas Gifts- Tombola- Produce-Decorations– Raffle- Water into Wine- Pot of Gold- Cracker Game – Teas with Mince Pies and Cream- and Father Christmas arriving from the North Pole at 2-45 pm Free Entry so come along and capture the Spirit of Christmas.
ST. ISSEY AND ST. PETROC MINOR – Congratulations to George Eustice on his confirmation by Bishop Chris at Truro Cathedral.
Sunday December 10th at 3.00 pm in St. Issey Church. South Camel Christians Together Advent Carol Service.
Sunday December 17th at 3.00pm in St. Issey Church. Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas.
** Lighting of St Issey Village Christmas Tree **
This will take place on Monday 4th December at 5.30pm. Singing of carols and a blessing by Revd. Katie Kirby.
PCC meeting for St. Issey and St. Petroc Minor Wednesday 6th December. 7.30pm
In the Osborne Room.
Do you have a crib or nativity scene or a Christmas quilt that you would like displayed? Then please contact Sue (01841 532902) or Linda (01841532183). Set up for the Exhibition will be on Wednesday 6th December from 10.00 a.m. so please come along and bring your cribs to be displayed.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
A Rota is on the churchwardens’ chest at the back of the church if anyone can spare a couple of hours to steward the exhibition.
Also posters are available if anyone can help distribute them around the town, shops, in the neighbouring parishes etc.
If anyone could spare time to bake a cake or some mince pies that would be greatly appreciated.
This is great Outreach as we can involve the youngsters of our community and it gives them the opportunity to learn about the different cribs and the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you. Sue and Linda.
The Royal British Legion will be holding a social evening in the Padstow Social Club on Wednesday 13th December at 7.30pm. We have the Padstow Carollers with the St. Minver Silver Band, a pasty supper and lots of good raffle prizes. The cost is £5 per head which includes the pasty. We need as many people as possible to support us, so please come and enjoy a jolly social evening. More Information from Alan Veck.
SUNDAY, 3RD FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR B BEGINS)
8.00 a.m. (No service during transition) Padstow
9.30 a.m. MORNING PRAYER – B.C.P. St. Issey
9.30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST- Common Worship Trevone
11.00 a.m. SERVICE OF THE WORD – Common Worship Padstow
11.00 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST- Common Worship St. Merryn
12.45 a.m. HOLY BAPTISM for Jack David Long Trevone
6.00 p.m. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Padstow Bandstand
REGULAR PRACTICES: –
Bell Practice: Monday afternoon 2.00 -3.30 p.m. Padstow
Choir: Wednesday afternoon at 2.00 p.m. Padstow
5.30 p.m. Lighting of St Issey Village Christmas Tree
10.30 a.m. Said Eucharist Osborne Room
11.15 a.m. Joint Council Meeting for Catholic and Anglican. Padstow Church
Wednesday, 6th Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c326
10.30 a.m. Said Eucharist Trevone
2.30 p.m. St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor PCC Meeting Osborne Room
9.30 a.m. Said Eucharist *Please note earlier time* Padstow
10.30-4.40 p.m. CRIB AND QUILT FESTIVAL Padstow
10 -7.30 p.m. CRIB AND QUILT FESTIVAL Padstow
11.00 a.m. Funeral Service for the late Peter Lintott St. Merryn
10 – 4.30 p.m. CRIB AND QUILT FESTIVAL Padstow
SUNDAY 10TH SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9.30 a.m. SERVICE OF THE WORD – Common Worship Trevone
9.30 a.m. SUNG EUCHARIST – Common Worship (Trad) Little Petherick
11.00 a.m. SUNG PARISH EUCHARIST – Common Worship Padstow
Celebrant and Preacher Revd. Chris McQuillen-Wright
11.00 a.m. MORNING PRAYER – B.C.P. St. Merryn
12-4.30 a.m. CRIB AND QUILT EXHIBITION Padstow
3.00 p.m. SCCT ADVENT CAROL SERVICE St. Issey
4.00 p.m. “TEATIME” FAMILY CHRISTINGLE SERVICE Trevone
6.00 p.m. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CAROL SERVICE Padstow