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Bowland Benefice
Pews News 27 November 2022
Advent Sunday
Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes!
The Saviour promised long:
Let every heart prepare a throne,
And every voice a song.
Collect
Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin
to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
This week in the Benefice
Sunday
27 November

9.00am Holy Communion in
White Ladies Aston
10.30am Hymns and a Prayer
In Upton Snodsbury
11.00am Holy Communion in
Peopleton

Tuesday
29 November

10.00am Graveside funeral
service for Jeanne
Hartshorne at
White Ladies Aston
Rest in Peace

Wednesday
30 November

9.30am No Morning Prayer
in Peopleton
(see below)

Friday
2 December

11.00am Funeral service for
Alfred Mitchell at
Churchill
Rest in Peace

Sunday
4 December

10.30am Christingle Service
in Upton Snodsbury
11.00am Holy Communion in
Peopleton
6.00pm Evensong in White
Ladies Aston
Claire is unavailable to lead Morning Prayer this week
in Peopleton as she is attending a Quiet Day with the

Bishop at Holland House.

Next Sunday in St Kenelms’, the annual Christingle
service takes place at 10.30am. If you hold a
Children’s Society Collecting Box please do bring it

along to church.

Upton Snodsbury’s Church Warden Helen writes:
St Kenelm’s Christmas Tree Festival takes place

in St Kenelms’ church on
Saturday 10 December 10 30am – 4 00pm and
Sunday 11 December 2 00pm – 4 00pm

£2 entry

There will be refreshments – a raffle – and various
items for sale (mostly handmade).
Everyone is welcome to visit!!!!

Advent

The word Advent comes from the Latin Adventus,
meaning coming. During the 4 th and 5 th century it
was a season of preparation for the baptism of new
Christians at the Festival of Epiphany. 40 days were
spent in penance, prayer and fasting.
By the 6 th century Advent was tied to the ‘coming’
of Christ – his second coming in the clouds as judge

of the world.

During the Middle Ages Advent became linked to
Christmas. Nowadays there are 4 Sundays in
Advent, balancing elements of remembrance and

anticipation.

The first 2 Sundays look forward to Christ’s 2nd
coming and the last 2 look backwards to remember
Jesus’s 1st coming as a baby in the manger.
It is difficult to keep in mind, during the hustle and
bustle and stress of December, that Advent is
intended to be a season of fasting, and reflection
on all the evil in the world. A time to cry out for
God to make things right and to put death’s dark

shadows to flight.

A time to look at our own lives and where we have
gone wrong. A time of contemplation on our need
for God’s grace and healing touch.
O come Thou Day-Spring
Come and cheer
Our spirits by thy Advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Revd Claire says:

The Seasons of Advent and Christmas can be difficult,
lonely and painful times for people. 2022 for a variety
of reasons, I feel may be much worse than previous

years.

If you feel you need just to talk or you know of
someone who would benefit from a bit of tender
loving care, please do contact me -Revd Claire, on
07921101320 or revdclaireb@btinternet.com
If you are grieving the death of someone you love, a
way of recognising the loss you feel and benefitting
others, is to donate to Pershore Rotary Tree of
Remembrance. This year the funds raised will go
towards Acorns Children's Hospice, Alzheimer's
Society and St. Richard's Hospice.
Details can be found on:
www.pershorerotary.club/treeofremembrance
A thought for the week ahead

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us
memories of goodness and thus to open doors of

hope. (Pope Benedict XVI)

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