Prayer and Meditation for October
May the Lord support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.
"We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe." St. John Henry Newman.
Sunday 10th November
3rd Sunday before Advent
God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1st Reading: Job 19.23-27a
‘O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock for ever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2.1-5, 13-17
As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose, he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.
Gospel: Matthew 5.1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he sat down his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’
Processional: 582 O God of earth and altar
Gradual: 746 O God, our help in ages past
Offertory: 577 Eternal God, before whose face we stand (tune 594)
Communion: 566 Put peace into each other’s hands
725 Make me a channel of your peace
Recessional: 584 All my hope on God is founded
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Kathy Wright, Neville Brind, Ray and Rose, Julia, John Crocker, Margaret Moyle, Margaret Russell, Robert Britton, Jason Victory, Eryl Lloyd Parry, Matthew, Geoff Stock, Alistair and Callum Hunt.
Please pray for the recently departed, Michael Larcey and David Walker
and in our Year’s Mind: Leonard Iggulden (10th), Peggy Allen (12th), Michael Mannox (14th), and Eddie Styles (14th).
David Wells, Julian, Brian Blancharde, Freddie Leaworthy, Mandy, Vivien, Fran, Laurel Springette; Glenys Mills, Martin, Sophia Vyroni-Dickson; Des Tucker. Becky Goodwin; Glyn Jenkins
David & Pauline Perkins, Mollie Tucker, David Wright, Bill Thorn, Margaret Willey, Jack Webster, Stuart Neale, Christine Adams, Eunice Day; Michael Crocker, John; Liz Dunmall
Avril Platt, Terry Lee, Angela, Marylou Thonger, Ruth Burton, Robin & Audrey, Martin Nicholls, David Staynings, Kathie Wright, Anna George, Margaret Moyle, Frank
Margaret Sahir, Geraldine & John, Allyson Wild, Robin Wootton, Charlotte Hill, Margaret Cooke, Kay West, John Dando, Sister Sue; Sheila White; Andy Hill
Anne Hepper, Ken Thomas, Annie Prosser, Roger Ellis, Felicia, Fiona Bates, James Wilson, Margaret Heron, Kathy Seaman, Thomas Otterstad, Diane
Dates and Announcements
Wednesday, 13th November - HFG Meeting
A talk on Macular Degeneration by Judy Pride. Parish Hall 7.45pm. All welcome.
Also, a reminder that our Christmas shopping trip to Cardiff will be on Saturday 30th November. Leaving the Parish Hall at 9am.
Saturday, 23rd November, 6.45pm St Edmund’s Mass with Hymns (In Church)
7.30pm - St Edmund's Celebration Dinner (in the Church Hall)
Tickets are £15 each, which includes a welcome drink, and will be on sale in the Church Hall for the next three weeks. Alternatively, contact Kate Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org (tel. 07833 714647) or Carolyn Larcey, email@example.com (0753 1274948) for tickets.
St Edmund's Dinner - Raffle prizes needed - if anyone has anything they can donate, please can you let Kate Davis, Carolyn Larcey or Emma Bickford have them, or leave in church, clearly marked. Thank you
Thursday, 14th November, 2.00 pm in the Helliwell Room - Mothers' Union meeting for a crafty afternoon led by Marianne. Visitors welcome to come and join us.
Craft sale and coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK
On Saturday, 23rd November, from 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, our annual craft sale and coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK will be held in Horfield Parish Church Hall. There will be handmade gifts for children and adults, the home and the garden; Christmas decorations and cards; pickles, preserves and cakes for sale. There will also be a raffle with prizes of a nativity scene, Christmas cake and Christmas hamper. Do come and join us for coffee and cake and buy your Christmas presents!
Raffle tickets will also be on sale on Sunday 10th and 17th November, after 10.00am Mass, in the church hall.
Saturday 14th December, Christmas Fayre
We will be holding a Christmas Fayre in the Church Hall from 10am – 3pm on 14th December. We have lots of different stalls from cakes to jewellery, flowers to hand made knitted items. If anyone would be able to donate prizes for the raffle or even an hour of their time to help run the event it would be much appreciated. If you have any questions, please see Maggie in the office.
BRISTOL CHURCHES WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
Horfield Methodist Church will be hosting guests as part of the Bristol Churches’ Winter Night Shelter Project again this winter and will be open on Saturday nights (as last year) from 11 January until 15 February. Last year’s project was a great success thanks to the willingness of volunteers at Horfield, including some from Holy Trinity. There will information about signing up as a volunteer shortly and about training before compiling a volunteer rota for Horfield. If you interested in knowing more, please contact Rev Patrick Stonehewer via firstname.lastname@example.org
COFFEE SHOP - The next coffee shop will be held at Horfield Lodge on Saturday, 7th December, between 10.30 am and 12 noon. We will be raising money to support Myeloma UK. Myeloma is a blood cancer and the charity Myeloma UK has been a valuable resource for Glyn and Lyn Jenkins over the past 11 years, providing information, support and research.