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Happy New Year
Dear Friends, Almost as soon as the sound of the bells ringing in the New Year have faded, we promptly put away all the Christmas trees, lights and decorations for another year. In all probability we have seen too much of them already, since the shops and many homes are decorated and lit up before the end of November, well before even Advent arrives. It can suddenly appear dreary and depressing without them on our dark January days. Some psychologists suggest that we leave the lights up as they make us feel more cheerful. In fact they suggest that we should consider having them around at any time of year to keep us feeling happier, but especially in the darker months in order to combat seasonally affected depression. However, we do have to consider the electricity bill! It seems that our world is now better lit than ever. Photographs taken from various space missions show that whole countries, which once were largely dark, now are visibly illuminated from space. Of course this can mean that where there is light, life is a bit safer for living, working and travelling. I am told that during the first year of the last war, there were more deaths on the roads due to the government of the day imposing a complete black-out, than had been caused by enemy action. Light has many blessings. I know that our mission partners in Uganda campaigned for solar lighting so that midwives could deliver babies in greater safety. But the price we pay for all this brightness is that we no longer see the starry skies, unless we can find a place where there is less light pollution, then the heavens look spectacular and useful for navigation. Perhaps the most spectacular ‘light-up’ ever was not created by lamps and electric cables but by angels bringing good news to the world and ‘the glory of the Lord shone around’. Not many people saw it, just a few simple shepherds out in their field. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem the world was not the way God intended it to be. Into this moral and spiritual darkness came Jesus bringing light and life to all (John 1.4).And it was looking to the heavens for navigation that the wise men saw the light of the guiding star which led them to the place where Jesus was. As we contemplate travelling through the New Year, the best guiding light we have is by focussing on Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8.12). Jesus asks us to be light in the world for others, for there are many others who need to see the light of Christ in a world that is still not as God intended for us. Father in heaven, may we share the light of Christ with others today. Amen. May I wish you all a very blessed and peaceful New Year. Yours in Christ,
Andrea Swarbrick. Reader 3
Dates for your diary (in addition to the regular Sunday & Wednesday Services) 1st -
January The naming of Jesus - see page 6
2nd - Basil the Great - champion of the Church Basil was most people’s idea of the perfect diocesan bishop. He was a theologian of distinction, who as a monk devoted himself to much prayer and teaching. He leapt to the defence of the Church from the persecution of the Arian emperor Valens, but also appreciated great secular literature of the time, gave away his inheritance to the poor, knew how to run a soup kitchen, and counted thieves and prostitutes among his converts. Not your everyday bishop!
Epiphany - see page 7
Nathalan - an early farmer in Scotland In this 21st century where Food Banks have become the norm, it is worth remembering Nathalan (died c.678). Scotland in the 7th century must have been a hungry place but according to legend Nathalan was a nobleman in the Aberdeen district who decided to cultivate his land as a way of serving God. He wanted to feed the people in times of famine and gave most of what he produced to those in need.
10th - PCC Meeting at 7.00pm in the Cantelupe Centre 12th - Antony Pucci - poor, plain and tongue-tied - see page 14 18th - Amy Carmichael – see page 17 25th - The Conversion of St Paul Celebrating probably the most famous conversion of all when Saul on the road to Damascus to organise a purge of Christians was blinded by a bright light and heard a voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ leading to him becoming convinced that Jesus was in fact the Messiah
26th - Timothy and Titus The books of First and Second Timothy and Titus are what are known as the three pastoral letters, where Paul writes to ministers in charge of important churches instead of writing to the churches themselves. Paul gives both Timothy and Titus explicit instructions for how to shepherd the sheep in their care.
Advance Notice The next Sunday Lunch will be on February 4th after the morning service. 4
New Year Celebration by Celia Standish
Baptism The New Year’s days are white with snow, The winds are laughing as they blow. Across the ponds and lakes we glide, And o’er the drifting snow we ride, And down the hills we gaily slide, For it is winter weather. December 3rd Caleb Charles Copp DOB 21/9/17 (Service conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)
Each rushing stream is warmly dress’d, An icy coat upon its breast, And on each branch of every tree, Packed in as close as close can be, The next year’s leaflets we can see, All nestled close together.
The Peace of God From Poems of the Western Highlanders
December 9th Emma Elizabeth Mawson & Martin James Ellis (Service conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)
When war did cease upon the earth, The stars looked out, the heavens rang, The small Lord Jesus came to birth, A lilt of peace His Mother sang. A lilt of peace ‘mid snow-clad sheen, Goodness-peace, forgiveness of sin, Confession-peace, penitent-clean, Peace with God and the peace within. Peace with God and goodwill to men, The peace of triumph on the Tree, The rising peace that followed then, The peace of God for you and me.
November 17th Hilary Megan Pearce (Service conducted by Revd. Carole Lloyd)
The peace of God, lake-waters by, The peace of God, mist o’er the sea, The peace of God, ascending high, The peace of God, unceasingly. 5
Magi from the East – it isn’t a lot to go on. The Magi had originally been a religious caste among the Persians. Their devotion to astrology, divination and the interpretation of dreams led to an extension in the meaning of the word, and by the first century the Magi in Matthew’s gospel could have been astrologers from outside of Persia. Some scholars believe they might have come from what was then Arabia Felix, or as we would say today, southern Arabia. Certainly, in the first century astrology was practised there, and it was the region where the Queen of Sheba had lived. She of course had visited Solomon and would have heard the prophecies about how one day a Messiah would be born to the Israelites and become their king. Matthew’s gospel (chapter 2) is clear that the Magi asked Herod: ‘Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’ So it is possible that in southern Arabia the Queen of Sheba’s story of how a Messiah would one day be sent to the Israelites had survived. Certainly, there are a number of other early legends that connect southern Arabia with Solomon’s Israel. To many people this makes sense: that the ancient stories of a Messiah, linked to later astrological study, prompted these alert and god-fearing men to the realisation that something very stupendous was happening in Israel. They realised that after all these centuries, the King of the Jews, the Messiah, was about to be born. One more interesting thing that gives weight to the theory that the magi came from southern Arabia is this: if you study any map of Palestine as it was during biblical times, you will find that the old Arabian caravan routes all entered Palestine ‘from the East’. 7
1918 was the final year of the Great War. This year, Canon David Winter will look back on highlights of those critical 12 months, when the very shape of modern world history was being hammered out on the battlefields.
Diary of a Momentous Year: January 1918: STALEMATE In January 1918, my mother was working as a telephonist in London. My father, whom she had yet to meet, was somewhere on the Western Front in France serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher-bearer. Decades later they spoke of the helpless mood of people, as the War simply became a permanent feature of life. Whatever had happened to ‘over by Christmas’? The front line stayed more or less where it had been for years. Yet week by week the official Gazette published page upon page of British casualties. People at home were still reeling from the appalling slaughter of the battle of Passchendaele. No one seemed to know what to do about it. Even the most gung-ho generals had stopped thinking that the next great offensive would defeat the German army and bring the war to an end. Food was becoming scarce, but hope was even scarcer – and that was as true for the enemy as for the Allies. However, there were the Americans. They had arrived late in the War (in April 1917), just a few months before Russia retired from it, battered and bruised and without huge swathes of its former territory. No one was quite sure what the Americans would do, but in the first month of 1918 – the 8th of January, to be precise – Allied questions were dramatically answered. In a speech to Congress, President Woodrow Wilson spelt out Fourteen Principles which America considered fundamental to a peaceful solution of the seemingly endless war in Europe. 8
The ‘principles’ included several based on the those of the American Constitution – democracy, freedom from oppression and self-determination. But he also raised issues of free trade between nations, freedom of navigation and a requirement for an all-round and significant disarmament – ‘no more than is necessary for defence’. He touched, too, on a contentious issue that is often overlooked in the background of this war – competitive colonialism. Britain, Germany and France all held large parts of Africa and defended their ‘right’ to do so vigorously. Woodrow Wyatt’s Fourteen Principles certainly lifted many hearts in Britain. At least someone in power was talking about peacemaking rather than victory. Governments were cautious, but an influential voice had crossed the Atlantic. Was it possible that in these Principles there was a key that might eventually unlock the Gate of Peace?
Miscellaneous Observations on Life Money can build a house, but it takes love to make it a home. A budget is a method of worrying before you spend, instead of afterward. A recession is a period when people do without the things their parents never had. No matter how bad prose is, it might be verse.
Another way to ‘donate’ to St Mary’s The insurance cover for St Mary’s Church is provided by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc and they have recently celebrated 130 years of insuring Anglican churches. They have written to me as nominated correspondent for the church to thank us for trusting them with the provision of our insurance and to announce a new charitable donation scheme. When a new home insurance policy is taken out by any member of our church family, for their own home, between now and October 31st 2018, Ecclesiastical Insurance will make a donation to the church of £130, for every new policy issued. A letter and poster are displayed on the church notice-board with details of how to contact the company and pointing out that they have been ranked first by their customers, ahead of 46 other insurers, in the independent ‘Fairer Finance’ rankings. Both Carole and I have had experience of their service in the event of a claim and have both had very favourable experiences. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask.
Cantelupe Event on December 1st At the switching on of Ilkeston’s Christmas Lights, a large sign outside St Mary’s pointed the way to an event in the Cantelupe Centre. Refreshments were served in the Flamstead Room, craft activities held in church and fundraising activities amassed nearly £1,000 towards the Roof Appeal. 11
… I went into a church or, to be more correct, I went into a cathedral - Wells Cathedral in Somerset. The west front is considered one of the finest in Britain, embellished with statues of saints, angels and prophets but at the time of my visit, most of the front of the building was obscured by scaffolding. As you can imagine, the exterior was not the thing that impressed me - on the contrary, it was inside. It was not so much the building itself that impressed me, beautiful as it is. No, it was a “feeling” as I entered. There were seven of us visiting Wells. We were on holiday at nearby Weston-Super-Mare and had decided to spend the day sightseeing. My uncle was one of the seven. Having suffered a stroke, he was unable to walk very far and had to use a wheelchair. Most buildings in the early 1980s didn’t seem to think about access for disabled visitors but at the Cathedral, a wooden ramp had been provided at one of the doors. As we walked into this magnificent building, there was such a feeling of welcome and caring - it is really difficult to describe but it was as though we were drawn into someone’s welcoming arms. All the local residents who were working as guides and attendants smiled and greeted us warmly as we admired the beautiful interior. As we hesitated at the steep winding steps up to the Chapter House, debating who should go first and who should stay to keep Uncle Gordon company, we were approached by a charming old gentleman who, it transpired, was the Verger at the Cathedral. He had heard our discussion and told us all to go and he would “keep the young man company until we returned.” Gordon was capable of very little intelligible speech following his stroke but he nodded vigorously in agreement so we left them together and ascended to the Chapter House. 12
This turned out to be a delightful octagonal structure which had been added to the Cathedral in the early fourteenth century. Its most striking feature is perhaps the ceiling with its tracery of stone ribs (right). One wonders how all those years ago, craftsmen were able to construct such a building without the aid of modern technology and equipment. Filled with wonder, we returned down the steps to Gordon and the Verger who we found were deep in conversation, smiling and obviously not missing the rest of us at all. It was an added delight to see them conversing like two lifelong friends â€“ a truly fine example of Christian love in action. We thanked the Verger for his kindness and continued round the Cathedral. Another feature in the Cathedral which also dates from the fourteenth century is an astronomical clock and is one of the earliest examples of its kind in the world. It shows the hours on a twenty four hour dial, the minutes, the days of the month and the phases of the moon. We joined other visitors and stood in quiet anticipation in the north transept as the minutes ticked by to witness the jousting knights that surmount the clock and whirl into motion every quarter hour. The clock brought to mind the water clock in the Victoria Centre at Nottingham and again added to the appreciation of those craftsmen of years gone by. Looking back to my visit to Wells, I can honestly say I have never been in a church where the feeling of welcome and love was so strong. The Chapter House image in this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic Licence ttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
12 January - Antony Pucci If you have nothing much going for you, Antony Pucci (1819-92) should be your patron saint. He came from nowhere – a peasant family in Tuscany. He went nowhere – he spent his life as a parish priest in Viareggio. He was unattractive to look at. He wasn’t good with words – people found him awkward and shy. So why do people still remember him today? Because he used the one gift he did have in the service of others. He was an excellent organiser and served his people brilliantly. His care for the sick in the epidemics of 1854 and 1866 was outstanding. Antony used his gift for organisation as a way of showing his charity, and for that he was loved. So – if you relate to Antony, don’t despair. Ask God to show you what gift He HAS given you and use it in the service of others. In giving to them, you will receive! It is when we lose our lives for His sake, in His service, that we truly find them.
All in the month of January It was: ★
150 years ago, on 8th Jan 1868 that Sir Frank Dyson, British Astronomer Royal (1910-33), was born. His observations during the 1919 solar eclipse helped support Einstein’s theory of general relativity. He also introduced the Greenwich time signal ‘pips’.
90 years ago, on 2nd Jan 1928 that the BBC radio broadcast its first Daily Service – a 15 minute daily religious service. It is still running today.
75 years ago, from 24th to 31st Jan 1943 that the battle of Stalingrad took place. Adolf Hitler ordered the German 6th army to keep fighting to the death, even though they had no chance. But German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus finally surrendered.
65 years ago, on 31st Jan to 1st Feb that the North Sea flood of 1953 took place. North-western Europe was hit by extensive flooding when severe gales combined with a Spring tide. Several thousand people were killed.
60 years ago, on 1st Jan 1958 that the European Economic Community (EEC) began operating. It was incorporated into the European Union (EU) in 1993 as the European Community (EC).
50 years ago, on 2nd Jan 1968 that South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s second human heart transplant. The patient lived for 19 months.
10 years ago, on 11th Jan 2008 that Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and Antarctic explorer, died. He and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay were the first two people to conquer Mount Everest.
See page 16 for “Joyce’s Jottings” as Joyce Rich delves into Ilkeston Library’s archives for the month of January 15
Joyce’s Jottings from the Ilkeston Library archives for …. …. JANUARY 1971 On New Year's Day, 1971, it was reported that a brass eagle Lectern which had once belonged to St. Mary's Church, Ilkeston, had survived the Nigerian Civil War and was still being used at church services there. Several years ago, when St. Mary's Lectern was being replaced, the old one was given to the Anglican Emmanuel Church in Umunnachi, Nigeria. Recently, the Revd. Arthur Robertson, Vicar and Rural Dean of Ilkeston, had received news that the Church at Umunnachi had been destroyed in the fighting. Undeterred, the congregation continued to hold the usual services and daily prayer in a poultry house. A letter from the Church said that the Lectern survived the war, though slightly damaged.
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18 January - Amy Carmichael Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship Not many teenagers, on becoming a Christian, will devote themselves to winning others for Christ in a foreign land. Amy was such a person. She left Britain to live in a tiny village in Southern India. Here, for the next 56 years, Amy rescued hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children, and served her Lord in Dohnavur. Amy Wilson Carmichael had been born in Ireland on 16th December 1867, into a devout Presbyterian family in Belfast. When she was 16, Amy had become a Christian, and decided to start a mission for mill girls. When she came into contact with the Keswick movement, she sensed a call to serve abroad. At first, Amy planned to go to China, but ill health prevented her from travelling. Later, for 15 months, she worked in Japan, but the climate was detrimental to her health. In 1895, she went to India to evangelise around Bangalore, and then, in order to escape rising political violence, she moved on to Dohnavur. Here she met a girl called Preena, who had escaped being a slave in a Hindu temple. From that moment, Amy knew she had found her true calling. She dedicated the rest of her life to rescuing girls and boys who had been given by parents or relatives to serve in the temple as prostitutes. Amy donned Indian dress and learnt about the Hindu culture and showed the love of Christ through her compassion. Overcoming much hardship and danger, Amy expanded her evangelistic work to establish a centre for homes, schools and a hospital. The Dohnavur Fellowship still continues today. In 1931, Amy suffered a severe injury that virtually confined her to bed for the next 20 years. Despite this, she wrote 13 of her 35 books and many thousands of letters. Amy based her life on prayer and trusted God for all her needs. She died on 18th January, aged 83. 17
Crossword Puzzle Across 8 How the Abyss (NIV) is described in the Authorized Version (Revelation 9:1) (10,3) 9 Frozen water (Ezekiel 1:22) (3) 10 The Ten Commandments (9) 11 In Roman Catholic theology, neither heaven nor hell (5) 13 Des cons (anag.) (7) 16 ‘Though [your sins] are red as — , they shall be like wool’ (Isaiah 1:18) (7) 19 Keen (Romans 1:15) (5) 22 Repugnant, loathsome (Jeremiah 24:9) (9) 24 Drink like an animal (Judges 7:5) (3) 25 First and last (Revelation 22:13) (5,3,5)
Down 1 Father of Ahi, a Gadite (1 Chronicles 5:15) (6)2 Where David found the stone with which he killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40) (6) 3 ‘Hour by hour fresh lips are making thy — doings heard on high’ (8) 4 ‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their — at night’ (Luke 2:8) (6) 5 United Society for Christian Literature (1,1,1,1) 6 ‘If he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would — — or a tax collector’ (Matthew 18:17) (1,5) 7 Where Paul was taken when things became difficult for him in Berea (Acts 17:15) (6) 12 Istituto per le Opere di Religione (Vatican Bank) (1,1,1) 14 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new — ; the old has gone, the new has come!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) (8) 15 Used to colour ram skins red for use in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:5) (3) 16 Vat car (anag.) (6) 17 ‘Be joyful — — , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:12) (6) 18 ‘The parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts — — special treatment’ (1 Corinthians 12:23) (4,2) 20 Ancient rowing boat (Isaiah 33:21) (6) 21 Say again (2 Corinthians 11:16) (6) 23 What Jesus did in the synagogue in Nazareth after he stood up (Luke 4:16) (4) 18
Solution on page 29
A New Yearâ€™s Resolution for everybody Here is something very easy, and very good, for you to do this year: simply eat more slowly. It could save your life. Recent research in Japan has found that diners who gobble their food quickly are five times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, the name for a cluster of dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Those of us who eat quickly are also more than three times more likely to gain weight. Scientists believe that eating quickly prevents the brain from noticing when the body has taken in too many calories. Unused calories are then stored as fat, which places pressure on the heart. Eating fast also appears to cause spikes of blood sugar, which can stop insulin from working effectively. Metabolic syndrome affects one in four adults in Britain. 19
Star-struck Priests Keep Herod In The Dark Have you ever thought about how the events of some 2000 years ago would be reported if they occurred today? With Facebook, Twitter and the like we’d no doubt have them splashed all over social media almost before they had happened writes Anton G Werth. Many of the stories as well would just be treated as “Fake News” and ridiculed by the masses. In that respect I don’t suppose the reaction would be all that different to the first century AD. Before the advent of the modern technology explosion that has led to the internet being accessible from many a mobile phone, a book called “The Bible Chronicle” under the general editorship of Derek Williams was published in 1997. The book retells “The events and teachings of the Bible integrated with the history of the ancient world” in the style of modern journalists who work on tabloid and broadsheet newspapers. Copyright restrictions prevent me from reproducing articles in full from the book but perhaps a résumé of how the visit by the Magi is reported will give a gist of the style. Under the headline of “Star-struck priests keep Herod in the dark” the article begins by saying that three high ranking visitors from Babylonia had slipped out of Judea without saying goodbye to the King and that he was not amused!. It goes on to describe how they had come to find the newly born King of the Jews and brought appropriate gifts with them. The final paragraph of the article records how Herod was furious at the diplomatic snub by the Magi and paranoid about potential rivals, orders all children under the age of two in the area to be killed. It concludes “It is not known if his wishes are being carried out, but the family concerned is believed to have sought refuge in Egypt.” So I ask again. If you were to read this in the newspaper or on social media, how would you react to such a report today? Are you ready to accept the second coming of Jesus or would you be with the majority and reject it as “Fake News”. As the new year begins it is something to ponder. 20
A Day Out in Matlock Bath By Sheila Spencer It is easy to have a good day out in Matlock Bath. It is only about 20 miles by car from Ilkeston or you can get the Transpeak bus from Derby. If you enjoy a train ride there is an hourly service from Long Eaton. The latter gets you in a good position to use the cable car to Abraham`s Heights. A short walk from the station and you can be flying over the A6. There are two mines up there to explore as well as a tower with wonderful views of Derbyshire. If you have children with you they will be well entertained by the play grounds. The cafĂŠ can be recommended and if you are lucky you can get a seat near the window overlooking the whole of the valley.
Matlock Bath Cable Car
There is nothing nicer than a stroll down the main street. Window shop but do not forget to admire the amazing selection of motor bikes parked along the main road. Then cross over the river using the many bridges and enjoy the peace and quiet as you walk along. If you are fit you can climb the many paths up onto High Tor or if not try the cafe at the pavilion. The food is good here and they let dogs in.
Whilst at the Pavilion I can recommend the Mining Museum. It records the history of lead mining in the area. This was common in Saxon and Roman times right up to the Elizabethan era when the lead ran out. It was very much a small scale operation. It is said that if a miner could fill the pockets in his waistcoat he had enough income for the day. 22
The largest item in the museum is a water pump which was found in an abandoned mine one year when there was a drought and the flooding receded. It was recovered by members of the Peak District Mining Society and transported to the venue. There was a lot of interest from the National Science Museum because it is the only one of its kind in the country. There are lots of smaller exhibits and mine shafts for children to climb. Across the road there is Temple Mine where you can enter an authentic lead mine. Any time of year is a good time to visit but check if things are open first.
The Gate of the Year At the end of his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939 when Britain was at war, King George VI quoted some lines by Minnie Haskins (1875-1957). They were from a poem titled "God Knows" published in a collection in 1908 and were drawn to his attention by Queen Elizabeth. Although at war, the King identified Christmas as "above all, the festival of peace" and said "I believe from my heart that the cause which binds together my peoples and our gallant and faithful Allies is the cause of Christian civilisation." He ended the broadcast with a message of encouragement for the new year with these lines from the poem: I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way." 23
This letter “On what clergy do after Christmas” is another from the elderly Anglo-Catholic parish vicar Eustace, to his nephew Darren, a low-church curate.
My dear Nephew Darren I am glad you enjoyed your post-Christmas break from the parish, although a
week of skiing in the Alps does seem a little excessive. In my day, an extra hour in bed on Boxing Day was considered quite sufficient. Curates are clearly paid too much. While your week after Christmas was spent falling down mountains at excessive speeds, mine was used with the traditional activity of making apologies. Apologies are always sent out to all those ladies who had fur coats ruined by guttering candles at the Carol Service. But as I feel obliged to point out, at least they were ruined with the best beeswax money can buy. Had they attended Saint Agatha's, our next-door parish, they would have been ruined by paraffin wax, which is most inferior. A general apology was also necessary in the parish magazine. That our thurifer was slightly over-zealous with the incense at the midnight Service was quite excusable at such an important Service; that the organist improvised during Communion on the tune "Smoke gets in your Eyes" was not. I also felt duty-bound to apologise to the landlord of the public house which adjoins the church, as his customers were blocked in the pub car park with cars of those attending our midnight Service. But since his customers were obliged to stay in the pub for an extra two hours, he asked if we could make the same mistake in future years. I also received several letters of thanks from those who were unable to return home until the early hours. One even made a donation to the church in appreciation. Apologies were also made to the 8am Christmas morning congregation, the Service having been taken by Canon Rogers for the last 25 years. Now in his 97th year, he is becoming somewhat forgetful. Beginning the Service by wishing the congregation a very happy Easter was not entirely helpful. I may have to think about finding him a replacement. My final apologies were given to Lady Duckworth who, having tumbrilled her returning children to church, discovered that strangers were sitting in her pew. Since her family has sat there for the last 400 centuries, she has always assumed squatters’ rights, and so being obliged to sit at the rear of a side aisle was not at all appreciated. And so we both begin a new year, you exhilarated from a week's strenuous activity and me energised by knowing that I will not have to apologize to anyone about anything for another 12 months. Your loving uncle, Eustace 25
Prayers .... .... for Wisdom to Redeem the Time by Christina Rossetti O Lord God of time and eternity, who makes us creatures of time, that when time is over, we may attain your blessed eternity: With time, your gift, give us also wisdom to redeem the time, so our day of grace is not lost, for our Lord Jesusâ€™ sake. .... at Epiphany by Daphne Kitching Lord of all, Creator of all, Please shine your light into this dark world. Reveal yourself afresh we pray. Bring new sight and understanding to eyes blinded by commercialism, materialism, self-seeking and cynicism. At the start of this New Year, Lord, soften hearts and give wisdom, so that many will search and find you, just as the wise men searched and found you. And for we who already know and love you, Lord, shine on us that we might reflect your light and make a difference, day by day. In Jesusâ€™ name. Amen.
Crossword Puzzle Solution From page 18 ACROSS: 8, Bottomless pit. 9, Ice. 10, Decalogue. 11, Limbo. 13, Seconds. 16, Crimson. 19, Eager. 22, Abhorrent. 24, Lap. 25, Alpha and Omega. DOWN: 1, Abdiel. 2, Stream. 3, Wondrous. 4, Flocks. 5, USCL. 6, A pagan. 7, Athens. 12, IOR. 14, Creation. 15, Dye. 16, Cravat. 17, In hope. 18, Need no. 20, Galley. 21, Repeat. 23, Read.
Overheard on the wise men’s journey to Bethlehem “OK, we got the gold. We got the frankincense. We got the myrrh. Think we should also get something more practical, like nappies, maybe?” “I thought this was supposed to be a weekend trip... my wife is going to be furious.” “All this star-gazing from the back of a camel is making me sick.” “What's so WISE about wandering around the desert for three years?” “You know, I used to go to school with a girl name Beth Lehem.”
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Sunday 8.00am -Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
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10.00am - Main Service Followed by Coffee and Fellowship
First Sunday of the Month J.C. Club and Creche Wednesday 9.30am Holy Communion (Common Worship) Followed by Coffee and Fellowship
Other Regular Events Thursday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Bell Ringing Practice Contact: Colin Shaw – 0115 932 7072
Last Saturday of Each Month Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard 10am - Working Party (Mar-Oct)
Uniformed Groups Rainbows Contact: Candy – 0115 932 8244
Brownies Contact: Brown Owl Lynne Cresswell – 0115 877 1592
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