WEEKLY NEWS

for the United Benefice of

 Padstow, St. Merryn and St. Issey with St. Petroc Minor

 SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER – FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

A warm welcome to visitors who join us today.  Please take our love and prayers to your home parish.

INTRODUCTION

As we approach Christmas we become aware of the mystery of God’s action in our lives, often uncovered through our relationships with others.

THE COLLECT FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge;

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 744/746)

First Reading                                        Micah 5:2-5a

Gifts from God often appear from unexpected sources: a small, if historic, town south of Jerusalem and an unknown, unnamed young girl. Mysteries are slowly uncovered over long years.

 

Second Reading                             Hebrews 10:5-10

God uncovers the new reality of the meaning of sacrifice. Built on the foundation of the Jewish Law, but transformed and perfected in Jesus.

 

Gospel                                                   Luke 1:39-45

The mystery of God’s incarnation begins with humble people in secrecy until the right moment occurs to uncover the momentous gift.

 

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised saviour:  fill us your servants with your grace,

that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

THE ADVENT RING CEREMONY

Said together: (As the first three candles are lit)

 

We have this Advent Ring to remind us of the Coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.

SING:            The holly and the ivy, are dancing in a ring,

Round the coloured Advent candles, and the shining Christmas King.

 

Said together: (as the fourth candle is lit)

 

All: We light this candle to remind us of Mother Mary

who told God she would obey.

SING:           And four for Mother Mary: “I cannot see the way,

But you promise me a baby, I believe you, I obey”.

ST. PETROC’S SOCIETY FOR THE HOMELESS.

Collections at Padstow, Trevone and St Issey. There is still time to donate using the yellow envelopes in the pew.  Please pop in your donation for this worthy cause. You can place your envelope in the collection plate on any Sunday in Advent or over the Christmas period.  Thank you.

A MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR’S OFFICE

Christmas Hours:  Office shut Tuesday 25th for one week.  Re-open on Tuesday 2nd January.

Fr Stephen Holmes –  post Christmas break 26th December – 31st December, with the exception of the Benefice Eucharist on the 30th. For part of the following week he will be at a clergy conference.

Sunday, 6th January 2019 – The Feast of the Epiphany

St Saviour’s, Trevone, 7 p.m.

A Service of Meditation in the Taizé Tradition

All Welcome!

 

UNITED BENEFICE CALENDAR OF CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve

St. Petroc’s, Padstow

4.30 p.m.                     Nativity Play

St. Issey

5.00 p.m.                     Village Crib Service

St. Merryn

9.30 p.m.                     Sung Christmas Eucharist

St. Petroc Minor, Little Petherick

11.30 p.m.                   Midnight Mass

St. Petroc’s, Padstow

11.30 p.m.                   Midnight Mass

 

Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day

St. Petroc’s, Padstow

9.00 a.m.                     First Mass of Christmas (Roman Catholic Mass)

St. Saviour’s, Trevone

9.30 a.m.                     Sung Christmas Eucharist

St. Issey

9.30 a.m.                     Sung Christmas Eucharist

St. Petroc’s, Padstow

11.00 a.m.                   Sung Christmas Eucharist

St. Merryn

11.00 a.m.                   Christmas Family Service.

**There will be NO Said Eucharist at Trevone on Wednesday 26th December**

Thursday 27th December 10.30 a.m. Said Eucharist, Padstow.

Friday, 28th

2.30 p.m.   Funeral Service of William Hoskin                                            St. Issey

Saturday, 29th

5.30 p.m.      Roman Catholic Mass                                                             Padstow

 

Sunday,  30th December at 10.30 a.m.

 United Benefice Eucharist at St. Petroc Minor, Little Petherick

DECEMBER 30TH 2018 – 1st SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

 

INTRODUCTION

Today is the day to stand aside from all that the world makes of Christmas. To look for a moment at the true miracle that Christmas is – the coming of the Son of God, God himself into the world to be our salvation.

 

THE COLLECT FOR 1st SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image
and yet more wonderfully restored us
through your Son Jesus Christ:
grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,
so we may share the life of his divinity;
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 762/764)

First Reading                                      1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26

Samuel served the Lord in the temple.  His mother would bring him a new robe each year when she visited the temple with her husband.

 

Second Reading                                Colossians 3:12-17

In the space of six verses St. Paul characterises the very heart of the Christian Way.

 

Gospel                                                  St. Luke 2:41-52

Jesus knew where he his first duty should be – serving his father in the temple.  May we, like him, make our love for God our first priority in our lives.

 

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth

the life of an earthly home:
help your Church to live as one family,
united in love and obedience,
and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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