Pewsheet for Week Beginning 14 January 2018

Advent, Christmas, Pewsheets

Click here for the pewsheet for the week beginning Sunday 14th January 2018.

Also please note, if you have any submissions for next parish magazine, please send to Sue and the team at magazine@worthparish.org by 21 January.

Many thanks.

From the Rector…

Pewsheets

Have you every missed a bus or train for which you were waiting because you were so engrossed in doing (or thinking about) something else?  This week, I read an Advent meditation by Paula Gooder – a theologian for whom I have considerable affection and respect.  She wrote about two kinds of waiting:  an active waiting that demands we are alert, with our senses finely tuned to what is going on around us, looking keenly for the signs of the arrival of that for which we wait; and a passive waiting that is simply about the passing of time, with senses dulled or focused on something else.

Advent is supposed to be the former, but too often we can become so engrossed in getting ready for Christmas (writing cards, buying presents, planning and cooking meals …) that when the great feast comes – that moment when we celebrate God becoming flesh amongst us – we are so tired, or bored or still so focused on those preparations that the moment passes us by.  Let’s not let that happen to us.  Rather let us follow the example of Elizabeth and Mary in our gospel reading.

Here two pregnant women, Elizabeth who has waited almost too long for her pregnancy and Mary who bears the long-awaited Messiah.  As they meet their dynamic, active waiting gives over to a deep recognition (shown by John’s leaping in the womb) of God’s blessing.  And, significantly, that recognition flows out into praise.

Paula’s prayer is mine too: “may each one of us experience this kind of Advent waiting: a waiting that ends not in a whimper of exhaustion, but in joyful recognition and praise of him for whom we wait.

Every blessing for the rest of Advent and a joyous Christmas when it comes,

Anthony


Nine Lessons and Carols, Sunday 20th Dec, 18.30

Christmas

We’d love you to join us for the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service at St Nicholas’ Church, Worth, this Sunday 20th December at 18.30, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

The music will include popular carols for all to sing, such as O little town of Bethlehem, The first Nowell and Hark! the herald angels sing and the choir will be performing the pieces including:

  • Remember O thou man, Thomas Ravenscroft
  • Adam lay ybounden, Boris Ord
  • Lullay my liking, arr. Phillip Lawson
  • A babe is born all of a may, William Mathias