Notices 7 Jan 18

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Epiphany:
Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3.1-12, Matthew 2.1-12

9am                  Holy Communion           Orcheston
10.30am            Family Communion        Tilshead
5pm                  Bible Study & Prayers   Chitterne

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 14th January 2018, Epiphany 2:
1 Samuel 3.1-10 (11-20), Revelation 5.1-10, John 1.43-end

9am                  Holy Communion (BCP) Shrewton
10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne
4pm                  Evensong (BCP)           Tilshead

WEEKDAY SERVICES
The following services take place during the week.
Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton
Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton
Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne
Thus     9.30am Morning Prayer    Tilshead
Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston
Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

FOR OUR PRAYERS
Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Christopher, Daisy, Emily, Jerry, Jim, Judy, June, Karen, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Sarah, Simon; all who are grieving, especially the family of Julie, and Susan who is grieving for Robert and Oliver; For those who face the New Year with anxiety.

COLLECT
O God,
who by the leading of a star manifested
your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Friday 12th January, 1pm, St Mary’s Shrewton
Funeral Service for Robert Wilson

Ash Wednesday, 14th February, 10am, St Mary’s Shrewton
A Service to mark the beginning of Lent.  All welcome.

A LENT COURSE FOR SALISBURY PLAIN BENEFICE As you may have seen in the flyer distributed over Christmas, this year we will be holding our own tailor-made Lent Course in the parish. Sessions will run on a Monday evening and be repeated on a Thursday morning, commencing on 19th February and 22nd February respectively. Topics to be covered include our church services, prayer, the Bible, and music, under the headings ‘Worship’, ‘Pray’, ‘Study’, ‘Reflect’ and challenge. More information can be found on the flyer. If you are interested in further details please contact the church office.

THE MINISTRY TEAM HAVE BEEN READING…
…some pure escapism over the Christmas period. ‘Excellent Women’ and ‘A Glass of Blessings’ (among others) both sum up church life from the perspective of the parishioners during the middle of the last century. Some elements (the jumble sale and the church lads’ group) seem terribly antiquated now, but Barbara Pym draws her characters beautifully, and for that reason there is still much enjoyment to be had from her observations of ordinary lives and our everyday worries and joys.

God’s Belongers: How people engage with God today and how the church can help’ Written by the present Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, this book provides a fascinating insight into how people feel connected to the church, and how in turn, we might need to amend our approach towards our community. How do we connect to visitors, newcomers, people who love our building but never come to a service, people who love committees and those who decidedly don’t; and those who love an ‘event’, but whom we see little during the rest of the year?

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