THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT (REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY)

 
THIRD SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT
(REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY)
 
The Parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the
Benefice of West Purbeck
 
Our Services today, 10rhNovember 2019  
8am Holy Communion at Wool
9.15am Parish Communion at Affpuddle after a 9am act of remembrance for the fallen in the Church Peace Garden (there is a separate act of remembrance at 11am at the Bladen Valley memorial)
11am Remembrance Day Service at Bere Regis (following the parade from the Scout Hut at 10.30)
11am Remembrance Day Service at Wool
 
Welcome to worship today.   
In the chapel, at The National Memorial Arboretum, is a wood carving of children gathered around a storyteller, who appears to be Jesus.   Various adults listen in.   On the front, are engraved the words, 
'The past is the key to the future.'
 
Remembrance Day reminds us that we cannot afford to forget the past.
It speaks of lessons learned; Of the evil humanity can stoop to; Of the price of peace; Of courage, commitment and sacrifice.  And on Remembrance Sunday we are reminded that we’re not in this alone for ‘Christ Jesus, himself human, (who) gave himself a ransom for all.’ (1 Tim 2:5b-6) Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for all humankind with commitment and courage by laying down his life for us, his friends, to give us a place in heaven. Our Gospel speaks of love and peace, and this must be our message to the whole world. 
Rev Sandra
 
Collect for today 
God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.      Amen. 
 
Post-Communion prayer 
God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom and restored the broken to wholeness of life: look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your healing power make whole both people and nations; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.   Amen. 
   
Epistle Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-5 and 13-17
   Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,  not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us – whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter – asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.  Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
   Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
  But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
   So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teaching we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.
   May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
 
 
        Holy Gospel Reading: Luke 20: 27-38 
      Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question.  ‘Teacher,’ they said, ‘Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.  Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless.  The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?’
       Jesus replied, ‘The people of this age marry and are given in marriage.  But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord “the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.’
                                                  
                                                          Prayers 
For the Church and the community of Christ 
Lord, infuse each of us, every church community and all Christian denominations with your Holy Spirit, such that your love and wisdom is effective in the world. We pray for Church leaders – our Archbishops in the Church of England, for the Pope and others. We pray for our benefice of West Purbeck and especially for Reverends Carol, Sandra, Jenny and Judy. We pray for the work of chaplains in the Army, Navy and Air Force, for sharing faith in times of crisis, sometimes in foreign places or at sea. We pray for the faith and fellowship of Christian groups throughout our services. In our diocesan link with the Sudans we pray for the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan and today for the Rt Revd John Jok Chol, in the Diocese of Akobo.
 
For the world and its leaders                                                                                
As we remember those who died in conflicts over the past 120 years we earnestly pray for peace throughout the world particularly in Syria and Iraq. That leaders will turn from military action to constructive negotiation. Please help us bring an end to the loss of human life, the injury and the misery that war causes. We pray for those who work to prevent human trafficking, slavery and the exploitation of the poor: governments, border officials and police. We continue to pray for the relatives of the 39 who died in the refrigeration container in Essex. For those contemplating crossing the Mediterranean. For the people of Colombia and elsewhere threatened by drugs, guns and corruption. For this country we pray for respect, fairness and honesty from all campaigning in the general election. 
 
For our parishes and community 
Thank you for the sacrifices made by those we have remembered in name at war memorials this morning. And for the pain and privations of so many others from our villages throughout two world wars and subsequent conflicts. Thank you for the peace and freedom we are privileged to enjoy. We pray for service people and their families who live or have been brought up locally. We pray for the work and welfare of those service communities in this area: Bovington, Lulworth, Blandford and Poole.
 
For the sick and their carers   
We pray for all who are ill, particularly for those in hospital or hospice. For all undergoing out-patient treatment, whether short or long term. For those with mental health issues and those prone to depression at this time of year. For all who provide medical expertise. And for carers - professional carers, family and neighbours. In our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, John Dewey, Mary Fegan and Jenny Silavs.
 
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                           
We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died recently including June Bullock, John Watts, Irene Skinner and Peter Clarke.  And for those we have loved whom we miss. We pray for comfort for all who mourn.    
Notices
www.fscinet.org/christmas-box.  There will be an empty box or two at the back of Bere Regis Church for any donations of new or newly new items (see leaflet for details).  The closing date is 21st November.
 
Advent course in Affpuddle parish                                                                           
This course consists of four sessions on Monday evenings, 7.15 pm for 7.30 until 9.00, beginning on 18th November and ending on 9th December, open to anyone in the benefice.  Venue is Bladen Tye, Briantspuddle, the home of Mrs Audrey Grindrod.  This year we have a musical theme, based on pieces relevant to Advent and Christmas chosen, and material provided, by Dr Richard Hall.  You can attend any or all of the sessions.  Further information from Jonathan Haigh, 01929 471768, and please advise him if you are thinking of attending, to aid room planning etc.
 
To contact Rev Sandra:
01929 792235
Usual days off Monday, Tuesday & Saturday
 
 
     
Services Next Sunday 17th November, Second Sunday before Advent
8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Bere Regis 
10am  Service for all ages at Wool
6pm  Evensong at Bere Regis
 
 
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.”                  
 
(from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                     
 
 
 
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