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29th November 2020.   First Sunday of Advent. 

 

Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come.             Mark 13, verse 33.

 

 

Services this week.

The service at Llanos this week and next week have been cancelled due to the latest Covid restrictions.

 

Mojacar church service is a Eucharist The service will begin at 11.00. If you would like to attend this service please contact Pam Carter, Church Warden at Mojacar each week to reserve one of the limited number of seats in Church.

 

 

Collect

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

 

 

Introduction and Call to Worship

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year. Today we begin the season of anticipation and preparation for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

 

 

Hymns today at Mojacar.

  357    Jesus where

  181    For I’m building a people of power and I’m making a people of praise,

  438    Make way, make way, for Christ the King in splendour arrives;

  361    Jesus stand among us at the meeting of our lives.

  128    Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;

 

 

Todays Readings

First Reading Isaiah 64:1-9

Isaiah recalls how God has been revealed to the people. He regrets that God’s people have turned away and begs God for forgiveness.

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Paul rejoices that the people of Corinth have been given the gifts and strength they need as they wait for the second coming.

Gospel Mark 13:24-end

Jesus tells his followers to be on the lookout for signs that the second coming is near, and to be prepared at all times.

 

 

Introduction to the Peace

God is faithful. By God you were called into the fellowship of the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us share that fellowship together. The peace of the Lord…

 

 

Post Communion Prayer.

O Lord our God, as we wait for the coming of your Son our Lord, preserve us in watchfulness and faith, that when he shall appear he may not find us asleep in sin but active to serve him and joyful to praise him; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Blessing

Be alert, keep awake and watch for the signs of Christ’s coming as we journey together though Advent and life.  And the blessing of God almighty…

 

 

OTHER INFORMATION.

 

Online service    Please look online in our website www.almeria-anglican.com for Rev Vincent’s latest short service this Sunday.

 

 

Just a thought.    “Bless you”. For people of our generation we were taught this as a response to someone sneezing, but why? In our host country they say Jesus, although pronounced in a different way to us.  Around the world most countries have some sort of response to someone sneezing. Some say it came into use during the plague pandemics of the 14th century. Blessing the individual after showing such a symptom was thought to prevent possible impending death due to the lethal disease.  In Renaissance times, a superstition was formed claiming one's heart stopped for a very brief moment during the sneeze; saying bless you was a sign of prayer that the heart would not fail. Some even thought the soul was expelled by a sneeze, and blessing them would prevent Satan capturing the soul before it could return to its body. In many societies the response to a sneeze is Health. Once again I would recommend you look up “God bless you” on Wikipedia to find out more.

It occurs to me that we should bless each other more often, after all the highest achievement is to have God’s blessing. All Christians have God’s blessing in our lives, so let us share it with all we come in to contact with. Let everyone see how having Gods blessings has changed our lives forever. -Alwyn.

 

 

Prayer for this week,    Heavenly Father, bless us with your presence and the gifts we a granted through our companionship with your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

Covid Restrictions    We now know the latest covid restrictions have been extended, until mid December. As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

 

 

Hacked email    And finally, some of you may have received a strange email supposedly from Tony Noble. Most of you have realized something was wrong and queried it. Tony’s email has been hacked and he, like I had to do several weeks ago, will have to start again with a different email address. So if you receive a message asking for money or vouchers you need to ask yourself, is this OK, and then find another way of verifying it. DO NOT reply to the email as only the hacker will see it and they will assure you everything is OK.

 

 

Please remember Do Not Ever send money or vouchers to anyone you are not in verbal contact with. The only people who gain from this are the scumbags that believe it is OK to deceive people who only want to help a friend. -Alwyn.

 

Priests                                                   Rev. Canon Vincent Oram             603 659 139.

                                                               Rev. Canon Alan Bennett.             680 243 436.

 

Church Warden                                    Pam Carter.                                    675 927 460                            

                                                                            pamwyns36@gmail.com 

 

Church Warden                                    Janetta Causton                             661 575 606

                                                                            janettacw@gmail.com

 

Secretary to the Church Council        Terri Lyndon                                    634 319 412

                                                                            terrilyndon@gmail.com

 

Electoral Roll Officer                            Alwyn Carter                                   675 927 460

and Owl Editor                                                  alwyncarter69@gmail.com

 

Safeguarding Officer                            Darren Ellsum                                634 360 875

                                                                           safeguardingcostaalmeriacalida@gmail.com

 

 

Readings next week, Sunday second of Advent.

 

                                Isaiah 40. 1-11                                                                                                            

                                2 Peter 3. 8-15

                                Mark 1. 1-8

MEDIA INFORMATION

 

THE WEBPAGE:   www.almeria-anglican.com    Webmaster: Robert Carson.

 

FACEBOOK PAGES: “Anglican Church of Mojacar” and “Anglican Church, Llanos del Peral”.

 

THE ARBOLEAS FORUM:  There are pages on this website covering Mojácar, Llanos del Peral and Aljambra churches.

 

Pastoral Care.  If you personally or anyone you are aware of, requires pastoral care please refer this to a member of our worship team.

 

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