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We encourage you to take a moment to watch today’s video from Carl Knightly. Carl is the Chief Executive of Faith In Later Life, a charity that seeks to reach, serve and empower older people in every community, through the local church; and to encourage older people in their faith.
Today, on the Sunday called “Christ the King”, we start our journey towards Christmas under the heading “Worship in the Waiting”. We don’t want to rush into Christmas busyness but set aside time to wait and prepare. Find all links below.
Reader: Andrew Walker
Preacher: Nnamdi Maduka
Intercessor: Heather O’Regan
Advent is a time of waiting and preparation (it literally means arrival).
On the Saturday before Advent Sunday, we are setting aside time to pray – from 7am to 9pm.
You are invited to spend one hour during the day in silence, worship and intercession to bring the needs of our world before God.
Hourly slots can be booked by more than one person, so please pick the time that suits you best.
From Thursday, 26 November, this page will offer you a simple suggestion on how you could spend this hour in prayer.
Wherever there is the grace of God, human beings pray. God works in us, for we know not how to pray as we ought. It is the Spirit of God that incites us and enables us to pray in a fitting manner. We are not skilled to judge whether we are worthy or capable of praying, or whether we have sufficient zeal to pray. Grace in itself is the answer to this question. When we are comforted by the grace of God, we begin to pray with or without words.
—Karl Barth, Prayer
Christmas is coming and it will not be cancelled, no matter what the media may suggest. In fact, this Christmas the message of comfort and joy – that God is with us and becomes one of us in Jesus – is more needed than ever. Sometimes we tend to forget that Jesus came into a world of crisis: a nation oppressed by an occupying superpower; a young, pregnant mother, having to go on a long journey with her fiancé; a manger as the bed for her newborn son; soon after the birth, they become refugees in another country to save his life.
Jesus knows all about Christmas in a Crisis!
We have a fantastic Christmas programme, no matter what the COVID regulations will be in December and we need you to get out “The Great Christmas Invitation”!
This week we ordered 500 more issues of the Christmas edition of Denham Parish News and 1,000 Christmas flyers (attached as a PDF). I don’t want us to throw a single one away at the end of Christmas. So how can you help?
If you live in Denham, could you distribute our magazine and Christmas flyer through every letterbox in your street?
If you don’t live in Denham, could you ‘adopt’ one or two streets in Denham and do the same?
If you are not able to get out at this time (and everyone else!), would you please email the attached Christmas flyer to friends, families and neighbours and put it on social media?
Your contribution will be crucial in letting everyone know, so please be part of the Great Christmas Invitation.
How does it work?
Please email email@example.com and let Victoria know which road you will cover and how many copies you require. Once we run out of church magazines you can still distribute the Christmas flyer; but wouldn’t it be great if your neighbours received the magazine, too? So please don’t wait – send off your email today. If you’d like to help with distribution, but aren’t sure which roads to cover, just tell Victoria and she can assign you a road or two.
Are there other ways in which you can contribute to Christmas this year?
Yes there are!
You will find the latest updates (and various links to register etc.) on this Christmas page, which is now live and will be updated continually.
Every good work of God begins in prayer
This coming Saturday, 28 November, we are inviting you to take part in a day of prayer. Set aside on hour between 7am and 9pm. You can register by clicking here… and before Saturday we will provide you with a simple suggestion how you could spend the hour in prayer (find it at on our blog (The Latest) from Thursday next week). The sign-up sheet allows multiple people to book the same hour slot, so please choose the time that works best for you.
From Monday, 30 November, we are offering daily advent prayer at 6pm from Mon to Fri. Again, the links will be available on our website (click “The Latest” in the menu).
With my best wishes for a hope-filled Advent and Christmas 2020,
“Lord, in these dark and difficult times, grant us grace to seek Your face with undiminished love. Replenish our reserves for the road is long. Surprise us with glimpses of Your goodness, hints of your holiness, and a song of hope in this very strange land. AMEN.”
As we enter a second lockdown, we are called to pray! Here are some ways in which we will pray as a church community – please join in!
All resources for prayer can be found on this website – simply click on “The Latest” or go directly to www.denhamparish.church/blog
1 Praying Daily at 6pm
Set aside time as often as you can to bring the needs of the world, our nation, our community and those we know and love before God.
2 Praying Together Weekly: Thursdays at 6pm
Once a week we are invited to pray together for 15 minutes on Thursdays at 6pm. Find the link here on this website or on our FaceBook page…
3 Making Fridays a Day of Prayer and Fasting
Fridays have been days of prayer throughout the history of the church. Could you make Friday a special day of prayer? Integrate prayer into your normal daily rhythm – when you get up, saying grace before meals, in the car, as you go about your business. Use your senses to see, hear, observe and turn that into prayer.
On Fridays our associate minister Nnamdi Maduka will also be posting suggestions for prayer on this website.
At a time of crisis many Christians decide to fast – why not try fasting on a Friday, maybe by skipping just one meal or a regular treat such as chocolate or alcohol?
NB: Please make sure that you take medical advice if fasting could be detrimental to you!
Read a guide to fasting for beginners here…
4 Come to St Mary’s Church for Personal Individual Prayer
In November, St Mary’s will be open for personal prayer on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
5 SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER: A DAY OF PRAYER FOR ADVENT
Set aside on hour between 7am and 9pm. You can register by clicking here… and before Saturday we will provide you with a simple suggestion how you could spend the hour in prayer (find it on this page or at www.denhamparish.church/blog from Thursday 26 Nov). The sign-up sheet allows multiple people to book the same hour slot, so please choose the time that works best for you.
“On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable. And we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love. It is a gift that God gives to all – whether you are a regular pray-er or not – bring your cares and the cares of the nation to God. For God loves and hears and holds. Prayer changes things.”
Archbishop Justin Welby
Maranatha- Come Lord Jesus
During the month of November Christians have been called to make prayer a priority. Join us for 15 minutes to pray and listen to God together.
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