Advent Sunday 1st December 2019 Year A

Advent Sunday 1st December 2019 
Welcome to
St. Mary Magdalene, Bolney
Please stay for refreshments afterwards.

8:00Holy Communion
BCP (Said)
Service will be at BOLNEY today

Sung Eucharist

Service of Light
I:      See sheet     
P: 480  O come, O come Emmanuel
G: 263  Hark, a herald voice is calling
O: 381  Let all mortal flesh keep silence
R: 405  Lo, he comes with clouds descending(sheet)

Isaiah 2: 1-5; Psalm 122;
Romans 13: 11-end
Matthew 24: 36-44

We are delighted to welcome Rev Francis Pole again to celebrate our Sung Eucharist.
Please note that we will use the Advent Acclamations for our Introit and also for pre and post Gospel reading. You will be handed a sheet with the wording which also contains the prayer for the Blessing of the Advent wreath.

Tonight: Service of Light at 6pm!

Year's mind: Jamie Cross,  Graham Barker, Wendy Lambourne and  Graham Parsons.

Intercessions - Please continue to pray for those who are sick and in need within our families and community especially - David Robins, Adrian Morris, Hannah Buhler, Jo Clements, Richard Ford, Les and Christina Hamstead, Louise Carter, Michael Hudson, John Humphreys, Helen James, Sarah Jenks, Kerry Parsons, Flora Young, Henry Parsons, Steven Stone, Trevor and Lucy Mitchell.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Peter Webster who has died recently. He and Doreen had been resident in Goldbridge Nursing Home but had lived in Spronketts Lane for many years prior. Pray for Doreen and their son,David as they mourn.

There is a comprehensive list in our Prayer Corner at the side of the organ for all those we wish to pray for. Please add any other names.

A prayer for our interregnum for us all to use regularly.
 A vital point that we can all participate in prayer during this time:

Loving God, as we journey together through this period of interregnum,
let us look to the journey of our Patron, St Mary Magdalene, for inspiration:
As she and the other disciples walked alongside Christ, give us joy in each other,

as we share responsibility for our church and our community
and may the gift of interregnum be a period of deeper love and fellowship.
As she stood at the foot of the Cross give us courage to face our future and embrace the unknown.
As she waited and watched by the Tomb give us patience to wait and wisdom to live and trust in the waiting.
As she witnessed Christ in the stillness of early morning grant that we may witness his presence with us at all times

and let us look forward to rejoicing in that presence with our new Vicar.  Amen

The Week Ahead  -  What's New  -  Coming Soon

Said Eucharist on Thursday 5th December at 9.30am

Second Sunday in Advent 8th December  
8am Holy Communion (Said BCP) at Cowfold
9.30am Sung Eucharist
Rev Peter Sills will preside

Please refer to the website for updated information

Isaiah 11: 1-10; Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19;
Romans 15: 4-13;
Matthew 3: 1-12

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 Dates for your Diary

Advent and Christmas services are all on the website and leaflets in church.

St Peter's, Cowfold are staging a Christmas Tree Festival
on the weekend of 14th and 15th December.
Bolney will be staging a tree!

Holy Trinity, Cuckfield are also staging their annual Christmas Tree festival on
6th and 7th December.

Bishop Richard's Farewell Service before he translates to Hereford
will take place at All Saints Church, Eastbourne on Saturday 18th January 2020 at 3pm.
All are welcome to attend.

Please note that Taize at Cowfold on 15th December has been  cancelled.

Family Support Work
FSW are appealing to anyone who would like to donate their winter fuel allowance to those families in the Diocese are struggling to keep warm. Please take a leaflet from the table at the door for information.

Faith in Sussex
The latest edition of our Diocesan magazine is available in church. Please take a copy - they are free!
Please help by being vigilant
Some churches in the Diocese have experienced recent break-ins and metal theft.  If you see anything untoward in or around church, please report it to the police and notify the churchwardens.
It has come to our notice that mobile phones have been stolen from unattended bags and coats in churches around the diocese.

Plastic milk bottle tops
Please continue to save your plastic milk bottle tops and drop them in the bin in church (washed!) They raise funds for the Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice resources. It is worth noting that these tops cannot be recycled in your wheelie bin.

Once you have made provision for your loved ones in your will, please consider leaving a legacy to our beautiful church.
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