Second Sunday Before Advent


 

 

 

 

THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE ADVENT

Three services in our benefice today: Prayer Book Communion at Affpuddle at 8am, then our Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis in the school hall at 10am and this evening Evensong in the school hall at 6pm. A warm welcome to all.

 

Collect for today

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to

make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns

with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

New Testament Reading : 1 Thessalonians 5, verses 1-11

 

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to

you,  for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in

the night.  While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety’, destruction will come

on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not

escape.

  But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should

surprise you like a thief.  You are all children of the light and children of the

day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.  So then, let us not be

like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.  For those who

sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 

  But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as

a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint

us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He

died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together

with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as

in fact you are doing.’

 

The Holy Gospel : Matthew 25, verses 14 -30

 

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and

entrusted his wealth to them.  To one he gave five bags of gold, to another

two bags,and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went

on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and

put his money to work and gained five bags more.  So also, the one with two

bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went

off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

  ‘After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled

accounts with them.  The man who had received five bags of gold brought the

other five. “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I

have gained five more.” His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful

servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of

many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

The man with two bags of gold also came. “Master,” he said, “you

entrusted me with two bags of gold: see, I have gained two more.”His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

  Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”

His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 ‘“So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.  For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

 

Prayers 

For the Church and the community of Christ

May we put those blessings each of us has to your use in this world, Lord, may our achievements be in your name and to your greater glory ~may we each be aware of what you ask of us and let us go forward in your strength ~a prayer for our leaders locally, our Archdeacon and Rural Dean and especially Charles and Bob, in carrying out the ministry of Christ in this place ~ for all those in training for ministry at colleges, and for their teachers and mentors ~we pray for the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan: for the Diocese of Yambio, and for the Most Revd Peter MundeYacoub, its bishop and archbishop of the Province of Western Equatoria.

 

For the world and its leaders

Particularly for leaders dealing with crises: of war and violence - Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, for local leaders and internationally (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the West)and above all for peace ~also for the victims of war and violence : the injured and disfigured, orphans, the traumatised, broken families and refugees ~for all who suffer starvation and hunger: in the above countries and elsewhere, and those with poor sanitation and water resources ~for calm and peaceful transition in Zimbabwe ~ we again ask for your guiding hand for our environment: those working to implement the Paris Protocol and each of us in our daily lives

 

For our parishes and community

We give thanks for our communities and those services that we value so much - schools, surgeries, shops, transport and more ~we pray for our relationships in all aspects – in the family to be supportive and stimulating and free from conflict or abuse; in the wider community to be caring and tolerant; in the workplace to be healthy and constructive not abusive or exploiting ~and we pray for all we love whether near or distant

 

For the sick and their carers We pray for all who are ill or in pain, whether in hospital or at home ~for those awaiting a date for an operation or consultation ~all those in the post trauma of treatment or in recovery and convalescence ~ those we know and locally for Jane and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh, Jo Powell and Benny Hazlehurst

 

For the deceased and those who mourn

For the souls of all those who have died: in conflict as in Syria, or starvation as in Yemen or natural disaster as in Iran ~locally for those we have known and miss ~for all trying to come to terms with grief

 

Post Communion Prayer

Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Services next Sunday 26th November (Christ the King):

8am Holy Communion Bere Regis

9.15am Parish Communion Affpuddle

11am Songs of Praise Bere Regis (school hall)

 Bere Regis Church Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 25th November at the School Hall 10.00am till 12 noon: produce, cakes, toys, children’s craft and games etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rough Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Welcome to our Churches at Bere Regis and Affpuddle. The services for today, 3rd September are 10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis, 11am Mattins with a shortened Communion at Affpuddle and at 6 pm Evensong at Bere Regis. A special welcome to visitors to the area.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel : Matthew 16, verses 13 to 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rough Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Welcome to our Churches at Bere Regis and Affpuddle. The services for today, 3rd September are 10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis, 11am Mattins with a shortened Communion at Affpuddle and at 6 pm Evensong at Bere Regis. A special welcome to visitors to the area.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel : Matthew 16, verses 13 to 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rough Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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