Amesbury Parish Church
The Abbey Church of St Mary and St Melor

This Week's Pew Sheet

Christ the King

Sunday next before Advent

(Red) Year B

21 November 2021

COLLECT

Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 

TODAY'S READINGS 

Daniel 7.9-10, 13-14; Revelation 1.4b-8; John 18.33-37

REFRAIN FOR THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM

As the running deer seeks the flowing brook, even so my soul longs for you, my God (4 vv.)

POST COMMUNION

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today's Reader:          David Felgate

Today's Intercessor:   Barbara Maddocks

In our prayers this week:

 

THE SICK:

Margery Gill; Steven Harding; John Cullen; Kim Gibbins; Tony Cash; Canon Alan Gill; Barbara Lepper; Pauline Jones; Jo Davenport; Jean Harding; Reg Wood; Peter Davenport; Sophie Moody

 

THE DEPARTED:

Arthur Mundy; Maureen Randall

Anniversaries of death:

22nd - Sally Swinger

25th - Stanley Lavender

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;

and let light perpetual shine upon them.

May they rest in peace; and rise in glory.

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READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK

Jeremiah 33.14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3.9-end; Luke 21.25-36

PARISH/DIOCESAN CYCLES OF PRAYER

21st – Bible study and prayer groups/ Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas, Milton and Blandford Deanery

22nd – Our choir/ Bridge Parishes

23rd – Our vergers/ Milton Abbey Community

24th – Our flowers arrangers/ Wimborne Deanery

25th – The Friends/ Alderholt

26th – Amesbury Hoppa bus/ Canford Magna

27th – Stonehenge Deanery Chapter/ Colehill

TODAY’S ANTHEM(S)

10am – Let all mortal flesh keep silence (French traditional melody)

NOTICES

 

WELCOME to church for this morning’s services! Please join us for refreshments in the North Transept after today's Parish Eucharist.

Today at 12 noon, we welcome Daisy and Denali Harris for Holy Baptism. Please pray for them, their parents and godparents as Daisy and Denali are received into the Church. 

 

Next Sunday is Advent Sunday. In addition to our usual 8am and 10am services, the Advent Carol Service, with its theme of ‘darkness to light’ is at 6pm. All welcome – tell (and bring) your friends! 

If you receive this pew sheet electronically and attend worship, please consider printing a small number of copies for the benefit of others and place them on the table near the font. Thank you very much. 

Parking for church users is increasingly at a premium. Please give priority to those with limited mobility. If the gravel drive area is full please use the parking at the rear of the church. It would be much appreciated if the entrance to the Vicarage could be kept clear for safe access at all times. Thank you. 

COVID-19 update. The PCC will continue to review and update its risk assessment measures in the light of further guidance from the national Church and Diocese. However, the following adjustments are in place:

  • Pre-booking is no longer necessary, but please book in on arrival at church.

  • Seating will be fully open.

  • The wearing of face coverings continues to be encouraged, but is a matter of personal choice. 

  • Full congregational singing will resume (see below). Seating will be available in the Quire for those who would prefer not to sing). 

  • Whenever possible the church will be open during the day for private prayer and visitors, between the Daily Offices on weekdays.

 

The Parish Eucharist will continue to be live-streamed, as previously, at 10am on Sundays. You can join us via our Facebook page or the website – details of which are at the end of this pew sheet. 

The Daily Offices of Morning Prayer (8.30am) and Evening Prayer (4pm) take place most weekdays in the Jesus Chapel. All are welcome. 

 

The Midweek Eucharist is held on Wednesdays at 11am in the Jesus Chapel. Face coverings are recommended when attending. Thank you. 

As our Primary School resumes coming to church for their special services, it would be lovely to be able to offer them our hospitality. If you would be willing to assist with the refreshments please let Fr Darren know, who can confirm the dates and times for you. Thank you for your support. 

On Sunday 5 December there is the annual Tree of Lights Service in the central car park at 5pm. 

 

There will be Compline at 6pm on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 December. This is a lovely, short reflective service. All welcome. 

Our Bible Study Group meets at 7pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in church (though we will be reviewing this now that the colder nights are here!). All are welcome to join us. We are currently working through a booklet on the Parables. Thank you to Janet Darg-Forsyth for kindly arranging copies of the ‘Cover to Cover’ study booklets, which are available for participants at a cost of £4.50 each, including postage.  

Would a daytime Bible Study Group suit you better than the evening one? Please let Sophie Moody know. If there is sufficient interest we can try to establish an extra group. 

 

Forthcoming funerals:

Maureen Randall RIP – Tuesday 30 November at 2pm, in church, followed by Committal at Recreation Road cemetery. 

Arthur Mundy RIP – Friday 10 December at 2pm, in church, followed by Committal at Stockport Avenue cemetery.

Our Christmas services are as follows: 

Sunday 19 December – 6pm Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Eve – 4pm Crib and Christingle Service (details to be confirmed); 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – 8am Holy Communion (BCP); 10am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 26 December – 10am (said) Parish Eucharist only.

Please let Fr Darren know if you or someone else would like him to contact you/them in the coming weeks. Please also remember to provide a contact telephone number. 

 

Notices for the weekly pew sheet should be sent to Fr Darren by email, please. They will be included at the earliest available opportunity.  

Parish website www.amesburyparishchurch.org

 

Find us on Facebook @amesburyparishchurch.org

Fr Darren can be contacted on (01980) 259054 or fr.darrenacourt@gmail.com. His usual day off is Friday. He would be grateful to be spared all but emergency calls on that day.

Parish Mission Statement

Serving the community and growing in Christ.