The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 2020

 

The newsletter this week covers Sunday 20th December and also includes the Christmas services. I hope you will be able to celebrate with us this Christmas, either in person or on the internet. Christmas is painfully different this year and the pandemic presents huge challenges for us all. Some of us might not be able to be with family and friends in the way that we would normally, and that brings sadness and loss. However, the message of Christmas does not change. Each year we remember that Christ is with us, bringing hope, peace and the power of God’s love here on earth.  Christ is born among us and I pray that you will draw ever closer to the flame of that love this season.

 

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

2 Samuel 7.1-11,16, Canticle: Magnificat or
Psalm 89.1-4,19-26, Romans 16.25-27
Luke 1.26-38

 

Zoom Coffee Time!

For those joining us at home on Sunday 20th, when the 10am live stream of the service finishes you have five minutes to make yourself a cuppa and join us for a Zoom coffee time.  Join Zoom Meeting

JOIN COFFEE TIME HERE

Meeting ID: 846 7654 6296, Passcode: 281524

 

Pop up table sale and fundraising

Weather permitting, there will be a few tables outside after the 10am Sunday service selling some items from the Christmas Fayre. The fayre raised more than a £1,000. An amazing result for a wet and windy day! Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Children

 Sea Lights is in the hall this Sunday. There will be preparations for the Crib Service. Please email Daisy if you would like your child to attend the session on 20th December. cogssundayschool10@gmail.com

 

Christmas tree Thanks to the Christmas tree seller at the Longshore roundabout for our lovely tree.

Prayer Chain

Joy will be taking prayer chain messages from Dec 23-26. Please contact her with any prayer requests. Tel: 01273462584

 

Christmas Services

 

Christmas Eve, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Children’s Crib Services – in church, please book

Christmas Eve, 11.30pm

Midnight Mass – in church, please book

This service will be live streamed

 

Christmas Day 10am

Family Communion Service – in church,

 please book

This service will be live streamed

 

Collect for Christmas Eve

Eternal God,

in the stillness of this night

you sent your almighty Word

to pierce the world’s darkness with the light of salvation:

give to the earth the peace that we long for

and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven

through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

Readings

Isaiah 52.7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1.1-4[5-12]
John 1.1-14

 

Collect for Christmas Day

Lord Jesus Christ,

your birth at Bethlehem

draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:

accept our heartfelt praise

as we worship you,

our Saviour and our eternal God.

 

Readings

Isaiah 9.2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2.11-14,Luke 2.1-14[15-20]

 

How to book for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Booking for these services is open between Friday 18th December to Tuesday 22nd December.  This is the booking link for all four services (Christmas Eve Crib services, Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Family Communion)  https://www.trybooking.co.uk/XEI

If you are unable to book on-line, please phone the office (01273 440202) Monday, Tuesday or Friday during office hours, and Sue or Jenny will book you in.

How to book for next week’s Parish Communion service in church, Sunday 27th December, 10am

  • This is the TryBooking link for booking places https://www.trybooking.co.uk/TKB
  • Booking will be open from Sunday 20th to Wednesday 23rd December for the service of the 27th. NOTE DIFFERENT BOOKING TIMES.
  • You will only be able to book one week in advance. This is to prevent the same people booking every week, as it may be that more people than we can accommodate wish to come to the services.
  • If you are unable to book on-line, please phone the office (01273 440202) Monday, Tuesday or Friday during office hours, and Sue or Jenny will book you in.
  • 22 places will be offered. Once they are full, if you have been unsuccessful and would like to attend the following Sunday please tell the office immediately (email or phone) and you will be given a priority place ahead of the Monday to Friday booking times.

 

And finally…

 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Blessings and prayers for you all this Christmas season.

God of comfort and joy, may we know your presence with us today and bring your gentle, joyful love to others, this Christmas and always. Amen.

 

Revd Jane Email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com.

Tel: 079355 38085.

Church website: www.goodshepherdshorehambeach.org.uk

 

 

Services this Week

Sunday, 20th December

8am – Holy Communion in church with Revd Jane, no need to book.

10am – Parish Communion in church with Canon Ann.

You need to have booked to attend.

 

You can watch the 10am service live streamed on our You Tube page CLICK HERE

 

Or our church Facebook page CLICK HERE

 

 

Tuesday, 22nd December

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

In church with Revd Pat. No need to book.

 

Christmas Eve

3.30pm Crib Service please book

 

4.30pm Crib Service please book

 

11.30pm Midnight Mass with Canon Tony and Revd Jane please book

You can watch the service live streamed on our You Tube page CLICK HERE

 

Or our church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Please note there is no Celtic Evening Prayer

 

 

Christmas Day

10am Family Communion with Revd Jane

You can watch the service live streamed on our You Tube page CLICK HERE

 

Or our church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Please note there is no Meditation with Morning Prayer  

 

Evening Prayer

This is said at 5.30pm at St Marys on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, no need to book. It is via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm.  If you want to attend contact Canon Ann for the link. Email: annwaizeneker@gmail.com

 

 

 

If you’d like to donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you!

 

 

If you have a notice for the newsletter please email Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon