‘You, Lord, are from everlasting‘
A very warm welcome to all
Christ the King
Readings: Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1: 4b-8
Gospel: John 18: 33-37
Rest in Peace
It with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Millie Rose Dyer, daughter of Bishop Anne and her husband, Fr Roger, late in the evening of Monday the 15th of November. We as a diocese are now in mourning for their loss, and I ask that you find time to offer prayer for Millie as she now rests in peace in the arms of Jesus and Bishop Anne and Fr Roger. Bishop Anne said: “Dear friends in Christ This comes to tell you that our daughter Millie died peacefully last night, 15th November. We thank you for your prayers for Millie, and for us, through these last days. The Lord has been very present with us. We thank God for the gift that Millie has been to us. Millie Rose Dyer 16 October 1991 – 15 November 2021. She now rests in peace and will rise in glory. With our love, +Anne and Roger” Should any of you wish to send cards/flowers/emails/messages of support etc, please do this through me as it has been agreed that I act as a conduit for +Anne and Fr Roger during this period.
In today’s Gospel
Today is the last Sunday after Pentecost and we celebrate ‘Christ the King’. In this brief Gospel reading from John, the journeys of these two sons – one that began at the heart of the Roman Empire, the other beginning in a small working class village in Galilee – intersect in the heart of Jerusalem. Jesus, who only recently was swept along by cheering, adoring crowds from Jericho to Jerusalem in advance of the Passover Feast, now finds himself at the mercy of a jeering, contemptuous crowd anxious to turn him over to the authorities. A man beloved and proclaimed by many as the Messiah just days before now finds himself very much alone.
1st Sunday in Advent
Next Sunday the 28th, is the 1st Sunday in Advent, and as well as the usual 8 am and 10 am services, there will be a Choral Evensong commencing at 4pm. Please consider attending this service which will be a very calming and spiritual end to the daylight as the evenings draw in ever quicker.
On the 4th of December at 4 pm, there will be a Carol Service here at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and we will have some choristers to encourage us along with our participation. On the 18th of December at 3 pm, we will hold a Christingle Carol Service. This service is always appreciated by children so those of you who have children (or grandchildren) why not consider bringing them along. A full outline of Services in Advent will form part of a separate document which should be available within the next few days.
Our annual raffle tickets have arrived and they consist of books of five tickets, priced at £1 per ticket. Envelopes of raffle ticket books are in a box next to the font. Please take what you wish and return the stubs together with the relevant amount of payment. We hope to distribute ticket booklets to the many families/individuals who still do not feel ready to return to church, and we hope that those of you who do now attend regularly, consider purchasing what you are able to afford. Details of prizes etc, will be published soon. Watch this space.
St Mary’s Calendars
Mrs Gillian Rose has organised the compilation of a St Mary’s Calendar for 2022 using some of the photographs that were submitted for our recent photograph competition. They are now available and offered for sale at £8 each. I hope you will consider them as an ideal Christmas/New Year present to a friend or a loved one.
Selection Box Appeal
The collection of confectionary selection boxes in the lead up to Christmas continues. When you are next out shopping, please consider buying a selection box to donate towards this appeal. We shall continue to accept donations up until Sunday the 19th of December, after which we shall ensure that they are distributed to an appropriate charity organisation who can help brighten up a child’s Christmas, who may have otherwise missed out on such a small treat.
You will find a calendar of events on our website at www.stmaryscardenplace.org.uk covering the next several months. We will also place a few of these event calendars around the church for your perusal and diaries.
Service of Memorial and Thanksgiving
I am looking at providing a service of memorial and thanksgiving for those who suffered loss during the height of the Corona Virus pandemic, and also to give thanks to the wonderful and dedicated members of our NHS who worked, and continue to do so, in the battle to keep on top of this devastating virus. I am hoping that it can be an ecumenical event with contributions from different faiths and denominations. Please watch this space.
Services/Events at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral w/c Sunday the 21st of November 2021
Sunday 21st November at 8 am, Holy communion (Cn Terry – 1970)
Sunday 21st November at 10 am – Christ the King Sung Eucharist (Cn Terry – 1982)
Monday 22nd November Cn Terry Day Off
Tuesday 23rd November at 10 am – Morning Prayer (Cn Terry)
Wednesday 24th November at 10 am – Holy Communion (Cn Terry – 1970)
Sunday 28th November at 8 am – Holy Communion (1970 – Cn Terry)
Sunday 28th November at 10.00 am – Christ the King Sung Eucharist (1982 – Cn Terry) followed by Teas and Coffee.
Sunday 28th November at 1pm – Zoom Brunch
Sunday 28th November at 4 pm – Choral Evensong (Cn Terry & Mr Matthew McVey)
“Jesus is not an impractical idealist; he is the practical realist”
(Martin Luther King Jnr)
Rev Canon Terry Taggart