Wrington Website All Saints’             Daily Retreat & Notices           Contributor: Andrew Hemming             Reflection                                  Friday 3rd December
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Please pray for: Unwell/Recovering within the Benefice: Helen Ayres, John Bennett, Robin Brooks, Wendy Davey, John Millman, Dave Palmer, Valerie Tincknell, Mike Wool, Ros Young, Joseph (14) Outside the Benefice: Ken Bailey, Nick Ball, Harry Banks, Sheila Doleman, Phoebe Dowling, Tom Ekin, Tracey Gray, Alan Justice, Shirley Kite, John Millman,Hannah Montagu, David Parkes, Jean Pitt, Janet Richards, Henry Schofield, Mike Wilkinson, Peter Worle, Ann, Sara, Sarah Recently died: Ray Leaper. Years’ Mind: Ethel Jones, Jean Lawson, Peggy Clements, Stanley Bryant, Derek McGill, Cecilie Palmer, Basil Burnett, Ann Gowar Intercessions: for Sue our Curate and her family following the death of her father for an end to the violence and a spirit of tolerance in Afghanistan a fostering of self-responsibility as legally-binding Covid cases increase once again our NHS - particularly for those staff exhausted by the demands of the last 18 months a fair distribution of the coronavirus vaccine across the world those who are sick or ill as a result of the coronavirus and those who have been bereaved
Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to thee Take my life and let it be, consecrated, Lord to thee
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2) Considering Christ to be our ‘New Born King’, we are to be His subjects; holy and acceptable to God. That sends shivers down my spine, for I think of myself as anything but those things, especially when the will of God is defined as ‘good and acceptable and perfect’. Having said that, I consider anything that is ‘perfect’ to be unchangeable, set for ever and so dead. Yet God is perfect and at the same time He changes; He moves and acts, hears our prayers and responds to them. So let us reconsider what it means to be ‘good and acceptable and perfect’. Earlier in the text it calls us to present ourselves as a ‘living sacrifice’. Here again we need to reconsider, this time the meaning of the oft overused word ‘Sacrifice’. The first image to come to mind might be of a lamb being sacrificed on an altar, killed in an attempt to win God’s forgiveness. In Psalm 51 it says how God does not require burnt offerings, but a contrite heart. To me the archetypal ‘Contrite Heart’ is that of the Prodigal Son, a man who had sinned a plenty but, recognising that sin and turning again to his father, knows that this is where he should be and helping his father is what he is called to do. It requires considerable sacrifice to turn away from our egocentric lives, to turn our backs on the unending search for bigger and brighter and better, to serve Jesus in a life of simple humility; simple and humble, but joyous. There is one further ingredient required if we are, through being a living sacrifice, to become good and acceptable and perfect, and that is Jesus Christ in our lives. It not mentioned explicitly in the quoted passage, but runs through the whole of Paul’s letter to the Romans and the gospels. Through His incarnation, life, death and resurrection Jesus makes us acceptable to God. We cannot achieve it alone, but He does it for us. Jesus, God made human, dwells in our hearts, giving us access to God’s forgiveness and life with the Eternal. I sense that the life this passage is calling us to, the sacrifice that Jesus calls us to, is not one in which we give up all that we have grown into, all that life has made of us, to try to become a caricature of perfection (remember the film ‘Stepford Wives’). The sacrifice we are called to is to give all of ourselves to Jesus, to follow in His footsteps and commit ourselves to His work; to give all that we are warts and all, leave nothing out, and so bringing Jesus into our lives. This is what God has made us to be and what, I believe, is ‘holy and acceptable to God’. Prayer: Father, this is our gift to you, ourselves. Pray accept our gift as we accept the gift of your Son. Amen.
The King and his Kingdom Andrew Hemmings continues our series of reflections for the Advent season
Churchill Music Singing for fun and be a happier, healthier you. Every Friday 1.30-2.30pm. Wrington’s All Saints’ Church All are welcome. Scientific research shows that singing, with others is good for physical and mental wellbeing. It improves heart rates, reduces blood pressure, stress & anxiety and makes us feel happier. Sing for Fun is a chance to do just that! NO singing expertise needed. Rekindle those well-loved, uplifting songs with our choral leader, Alison Blundell. All words provided. Free: Any donation to help cover costs is hugely appreciated Churchill & Langford minibus will be running. Contact 01934 852589 to book.
Friday 3rd December 8:30am Holy Communion in the Round at All Saints’, Wrington Saturday 4th December Animal Nativity Wrington Churches Together brings you Starring: Jesus, Mary and Joseph and some special guests There are two showings on Saturday 4th December: 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Location: Hares Park, Wrington (BS40 5PA) Seating available! We invite families to bring a picnic blanket to sit on at the front. We ask that you please do a Covid Lateral Flow test before coming to the show. And keep your distance before, during and after the performances. Refreshments will be available after the performances. Please leave all furry friends at home. Tickets are free. However donations will be accepted for Clevedon Food Bank and Somewhere to Go (a homeless charity based in Weston) Sunday 5th December - Advent 1 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion at All Saints’ Wrington 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Burrington 9.30 am Family Service at St Mary's, Langford Cafe worship at All Saints’ Sunday morning sees the return of Cafe worship at All Saints. Do come along to enjoy a time of fellowship, discussion and praise. This time we're thinking about what Advent means for us as disciples of Christ. We'll be discussing Malachi 3: 1-4 11.00 am Family Service at Christ Church, Redhill 4.00 p.m. Christingle at Christ Church, Redhill 4.00 p.m. Christingle at St Michael's, Butcombe 6.30 p.m. Advent Carol Service at All Saints’
Wednesday 8th December Advent Gathering Do come along for an opportunity to think through what Advent means to us as Christians - and we can best prepare for this season of Advent. All Saints' Wrington 3pm Everyone welcome Tuesday 14th December
Congregational carols, readings and sacred music for Advent from Cantiamo Singers directed by Michael Taylor Do come along and enjoy this evening of preparation for Advent. There will be a retiring collection for the organ restoration.
All Saints’ Standing Committee
Have determined that, in spite of the temperatures, we will keep the three wooden doors ajar during our main services but only by approximately 1 inch. After a great deal of deliberation, we felt this was the best balance between keeping everyone warm and a sensible approach given the increased risk from Covid. We do of course keep such matters under constant review.
7:30pm - 8:00pm at Churchill Primary School (Pudding Pie Lane)
8:45pm - 9:15pm at The Old Rectory, Wrington (opposite the Golden Lion)
Carol Singing with Trinity Singers