This Week's Prayer Theme:

17th Dec. 2017

Despite the festive tinsel and jollity, many people find this season a sad and bitter time, for many reasons.

Please pray;

- for those bereaved, or coping with the illness of loved ones.

- for refugees, the homeless, and sad and lonely people, with little joy in their lives.

- for charities giving help to those in need, and for the work of food banks. 

"As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people".

Galatians 6; 10a.

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This Week's Readings:

Zechariah 2:10-13 (NIV)

10“Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord.
11“Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.
12The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
13Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”

Matthew 11:1-15 (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,
27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God.
31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be calledb the Son of God.
36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.
37For no word from God will ever fail.”
38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Prayers & Prayer Requests:

At the church we regularly pray for the needs of our local community and its people, as well as the needs of the wider world. If you have any particular prayer requests, please contact us. These requests will be handled confidentially.

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