Pews News - w/c 10th December 2023

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Astwick Vale Pews News 10th December 2023

SERVICES FOR 10th December, 2nd Sunday of Advent 9.30am Evenley, Holy Communion 9.30am Farthinghoe, Holy Communion 10.00am Aynho, Morning Worship 11.00am Croughton Holy Communion Colour Purple Readings Isaiah 40:1-11, 2Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Jesus is the light of the world. A light no darkness can ever put out. Advent candles tell their story as we watch and pray, longing for the Day of Glory, ‘Come, Lord, soon,’ we say. Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness changed for gladness, on that Day. Prophet voices loudly crying, making pathways clear; glimpsing glory, self-denying, calling all to hear. Through their message challenged, shaken – hearts awaken: God is near! Amen

Collect O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and Advent 2 – the Prophets wickedness we are grievously Today we think about the hindered in running the race that is prophets Jesus said, ‘Do not think that I set before us, your bountiful grace have come to abolish the law and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ and the prophets: I have not your Son our Lord, to whom with come to abolish them but to you and the Holy Spirit, be honour fulfil them.’ and glory, now and for ever. Come soon, Lord Jesus! The first and second candle is Amen. lit

The Churches of Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe, Hinton and Steane 01280 702861 new website address

Advent- a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus

Post Communion Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

SERVICES FOR 17th December, rd 3 Sunday of Advent Carol services in the Benefice 4pm, Croughton 5pm, Aynho 5pm, Evenley 5pm, Farthinghoe 5pm, Hinton (plus Christingle)

We pray for all who live or work within the parishes of our Benefice, and for those known to us who are sick in body, mind, or spirit, at home or in hospital and who need God’s loving touch at this time. --Among them are



Paula, Pip & Katie, Douglas, Jackie, Suzanne, Norman, Derek. We pray for Sara Lyford, her daughter and the expected twins. For all those struggling with health issues, especially those in hospital. 4yr.old Holly who is in the second year of treatment and thankfully can attend school each day of the week (allowing for treatments) For all the churches and people of our Benefice. Wendy & Jeremy For all those affected by situations worldwide & especially the conflict in the Middle East. We pray that a peace will be found. Such a sad world at this time – so many need our prayers. Our churches are always open for private prayer; all are welcome. - (Croughton by appointment only)

DECEMBER 2023 8 , Farthinghoe 10.00am – 11.00 coffee, mince pies & chat in the vestry – all welcome th 9 10.00 – 2pm Craft Fair at Brackley Baptist Church th

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Advent- a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus 12th Evenley 12.00 – 1.15pm Village Soup Lunch. Usual menu plus mince pies. 17th Carol services in the Benefice 4pm Croughton 5pm Aynho, Evenley, Farthinghoe, Hinton.

18th , Brackley, Christmas concert at St Peter’s Church from 7.30pm. Free admission. th 19 8.00pm Evenley Village Hall - Gardening Society Christmas party 22ND Winter Solstice – winter begins. 24th 11.00pm Evenley Benefice ‘midnight’ Holy

Communion-(church bells will ring at 10.30pm) th, 25 We celebrate Jesus’ birth. st31 midnight -Evenley bell ringers will continue the tradition of ringing in the New Year

January 2024 1st New Years Day Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none. May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright,

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Advent- a period of preparation for the birth of Jesus

healthy and peaceful new year. TH 9 , Evenley, 12.001.15pm, Village Soup Lunch. Usual menu th 12 , Farthinghoe 10.00am – 11.00 coffee, cake & chat in the vestry – all welcome Astwick Vale Benefice covers five churches, Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe and Hinton with Steane Have a look at our Benefice website. Also email address Telephone number (01280) 702861

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Please note that we continue in a period of Interregnum for the foreseeable future.

Church contacts Ministry Teams Assistant PriestRevd Terry Richards 01869 811251 Lay Readers Carrie O’Regan 01280 702300 May Leng 07903 801143 Wardens Aynho: Andrew Bellamy 01869 810847 Kathy White 01869 810418 Croughton: Angie Robbins 01869 811445, Evenley: Jose Golding 07708 539191 Farthinghoe: Position vacant Hinton-in-the-Hedges: Sam Mainds 07860 465000 And finally A prayer for winter We need a winter in our lives, a time of rest, a time to stand still, a time to reacquaint ourselves with the faith in which we live. It is only then that we can draw strength from the one in whom we are rooted, take time to grow and rise through the darkness into the warm glow of your springtime to blossom and flourish, bring colour and vitality into this world, your garden. Thank you, Father, for the seasons of our lives.

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