A very warm welcome to this service, wherever you are worshipping across the Langtree Team Ministry area. May Christ the King rule in our hearts and in our lives. We’ll be thinking at Checkendon this morning about the Kingdom – what it is, what it means, and how we can live in the rule and reign of our Lord and Saviour Jesus.
Don’t forget the market in the Barn is going on all day today at Ipsden, and there is a wonderful Tea Concert at St Mary’s at 3.30pm to round off the day. Everyone is welcome to this free concert, and there will be tea and cake to share too.
Members of the congregation at St Leonard’s may like to know that the funeral of Peter Aldridge will be held in church on Friday (30th) at 2pm.
If you are wondering how you might stave off the material onslaught that usually marks the start of Advent, may I recommend Alan and Margaret’s Advent course (details inside this sheet) and/or the Advent reflection evening at St John’s Stoke Row, on Thurs Dec 6th. Anyone from across the wider Team area is very welcome to either of these gatherings.
Members of the staff team have also been attending the Bishop of Oxford’s Study Days, encouraging us to consider Christian Formation, and the processes of Discipleship and learning that are now in use across sections of the church. We hope to be sharing some of our discoveries with you as congregations through the coming months.
The Coming King
A final footnote; next Sunday marks the beginning of Advent, traditionally one of the two major fast seasons of the Christian calendar. Could I challenge you all to consider making a daily act of repentance, renunciation, or revocation? In other words, give something up each day – a sin, a greed, a habit, an overburden? And in the space that you create, offer yourself afresh to the Lord who comes with power and humility to redeem you.
Your Rector Kevin Davies