This Sunday is the Universal Day of Prayer for Students – or Student Sunday for short! We will be celebrating our student community through prayer, and members of the University community will be leading throughout our worship, including the Rev. Anthea Colledge from the University Chaplaincy who will be sharing with us on the topic “Building a house/church/lives where love can dwell”. This will be based around Isaiah 58:6-12 and Matthew 16:13-18
What a perfect way to celebrate our university neighbours and members! Do come and join us at 10:30am.
Sunday is Candlemas.
“Candle what?” you might say.
Candlemas is all about promise and hope and light, things we desperately need in the dark, cold, damp days of winter and Graeme Hay will be sharing with us his thoughts about Candlemas in our meeting at 10:30am on Sunday.
So, what is Candlemas? I’ll let Malcum Guite explain:
Though the 12 days of Christmas ended at Twelfth Night and Epiphany, there is another sense in which this season, in which we reflect on the great mystery of God in Christ as an infant, continues until February 2nd, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.
This feast came to be called by the shorter and more beautiful name of Candlemas because the day it celebrates, recorded in Luke 2:22-40, is the day the old man Simeon took the baby in his arms and recognised him as ‘A Light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.’ It became the custom of the church to light a central candle and bring it to the altar to represent the Christ-light, and also on the occasion of this feast to bless all the ‘lights’ or candles in the church, praying that all who saw that outward and visible light would remember also and be blessed by the inner light of Christ ‘who lightens everyone who comes into the world.’
It had always been prophesied that God would one day come into the Temple that human beings had built for him, though Solomon, who built the first temple had said ‘even the Heavens are too small to hold you much less this temple I have built’. Candlemas is the day we realise that eternity can come into time and touch us in the form of a tiny child, that God appears at last in His Temple, not as a transcendent overlord, but as a vulnerable pilgrim, coming in Love to walk the road of life alongside us.
As this is the first Sunday of the month we will be having Taize style worship and the meeting will be followed by a bring and share lunch.
This Sunday is the second Sunday after Epiphany and one of our readings tells how Jesus helped to celebrate the wedding at Cana by turning water into wine. It didn’t seem as though Jesus could do the right thing according to some people as he was accused of enjoying parties too much!
Our readings this Sunday are Isaiah 62:1-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and John 2:1-11 and Jon Dorsett will be sharing with us his thoughts.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of 2019 and also, this year, coincides with Epiphany which falls on 6th January and traditionally is the day when we celebrate the visit of the Wise Men to see Jesus (and we usually take down our Christmas decorations!)
We will be having a quieter, more reflective service this Sunday based around Taize music. After the service, as it is the first Sunday of the month, we will be having a bring and share lunch together – do join us!
On the Fourth Sunday of Advent the Gospel reading is about the events involving Mary and Joseph that led directly to the birth of Jesus. Because the announcement of Jesus’ birth was made by an angel the candle that we light for the first time on this Sunday is sometimes known as the Angel’s candle.
This Sunday we will be meeting at 10:30 am, we will be lighting the fourth candle and reflecting on the song that Mary sang as a result of the angel’s message:
My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.
This Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent and is also known as Gaudete Sunday or Rose Sunday – you can read more on Wikipedia or by using Google. Gaudete is the Latin word for Rejoice, and this Sunday is going to be full of rejoicing as we have an “All Hallows’ has got talent” event and a Sacred Wing concert in the evening. This Sunday’s meeting starts at 10:30am and everyone is welcome to come and rejoice and have fun with us.
This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent, traditionally a time to think and reflect on prophets and their message that we need to change our ways as God’s Kingdom of Justice and Peace is near. In these times of fear, uncertainty, doubt, despair, Brexit and Climate Chaos it is definitely a time to pause and reflect on how we live and how our lives affect the rest of God’s amazing creation.
This Sunday we will be meeting at 10:30am and Toby Parsons will be sharing his thoughts with us. After the main service there will also be time for Messy Church and a meeting of the Environment Group.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent, a time of longing for Christmas, a time of longing for the coming of Jesus. We will be meeting at 10:30am and Jan Betts will be sharing her thoughts on the meaning of Advent.
As Saturday is World Aids Day we will also be remembering and praying for all those who suffer as a result of AIDS.
It is also the first Sunday of the month so will be having a shared lunch together, do bring some food to share if you can.
This Sunday is All Hallows’ “Vision Sunday”. We will be meeting as usual at 10:30am and spending our time thinking about what sort of church community we are and want to be. We will be thinking and praying about all that we do, what we would like to do and where we might focus our energies. But it is not all about doing, it is also about being! Hayley Matthews will be leading us in our thinking.
There will be a shared meal after the meeting so that we can continue to talk and think together so do please bring some food with you if you are able along with your hopes and dreams!
After last week’s Remembrance Day travels, this Sunday we will be meeting at All Hallows’ at 10:30am when Heston will be leading us in thinking about looking after ourselves as well as loving one another. If we are called to love others as we love ourselves then we do need to be able to love ourselves in the first place. Some of us may find that difficult but fortunately God doesn’t!
We will also have an extra service at 6:30pm at All Hallows’ with a focus on healing.