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"To Know Christ and Make Him Known"
ADVENT - JESUS WILL COME BACK
"So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour
you do not expect"
(Matthew 24: v44)
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
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From the Rectory
“Today is Advent Sunday. Advent is Latin for coming or arrival. Yes, we are looking forward to celebrating the first coming of Jesus incognito Into our world at Christmas. But the real point of Advent is not countdown to Christmas. It’s a time to remind ourselves about the inescapable certainty of Jesus’ glorious public second coming at the end of time, when he comes in power and glory and in judgement.
Jesus and the other New Testament writers talk much about Jesus’ second coming. Jesus will come again. The earliest recorded prayer of the early Christians was ‘ Maranatha’ which means Our Lord come. . They knew that when He comes again then there would be judgment but they also knew that they were safe because the Lord Jesus had taken away their sin by His death on the cross. They had no need to fear their own death if it happened first and no need to fear His second coming if that came first. Eternal life was theirs .It is the same for us .
The great truth that He will come again is there at the heart of our faith. In the Communion service. We say together, ‘Christ died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. It sounds terrifying. And it will be, but at the same time the prospect is wonderful, awesome.
In God’s time our world and indeed the whole universe will end. Some day Jesus the King of Kings will come back to our world. There will be judgement and then a whole new creation where Jesus will rule over a new Heavens and new earth. It’s no good speculating about when this will happened. No one knows that.
Nor do we know much about the exact way Jesus will return . The most important fact we do know it will be very public. There will be no room for doubt- no room for escaping – ‘At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow’. And the time for repentance will be over.
We are to be ready for His coming and constantly alert, always obedient to His great Law of love. Jesus couldn’t be more emphatic - eternity is at stake.”
There will be 2 Bible studies on preparing for Christmas on Tuesday 29th November and Monday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Lodge.
Then a Christmas social with carols on Wednesday 14th December at 7.00pm.
Do also join us for the next Church Social event;
With prayers and best wishes
Rev Ann Templeman (Rector)
69 Liverpool Old Rd
Lancs PR44RB 01772448515 mob 07877659156
Safeguarding - As a Church we have adopted the House of Bishops ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church. Details of our Parish Safeguarding Officer can be found in the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website. We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our Church. All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
New Years Eve
Our usual Sunday Services are as follows
9.00am Holy Communion (said)
10.30am Parish Communion 1st 3rd and 5th Sunday
Morning Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday
Sunday School takes place during the service every Sunday at 10.30.