Readings

 

READINGS FOR NOVEMBER

Eucharists - Sundays and Holy Days
8.00 am & 10.00 am
Evensong - 3.00pm (Nov to March) 6.00pm (Apr to Oct)

(Where there is a choice of first reading at the Parish Eucharist the asterisk denotes the favoured text.
Where two page numbers are given for the same text, the first is for the Authorised Version used at 8am and Evensong and the second for the Revised English Bible used at the Parish Eucharist).
 

Sunday 3rd

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY (4th before Advent)
Isaiah 1.10-18
2 Thessalonians ch.1*
Luke 19.1-10




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Sunday 10th

 

 

Evensong
3 pm

The Third Sunday before Adven
Remembrance Sunday

Job 19.23-27a*
2 Thessalonians 2. 1-5, 13-end
Luke 20.27-38

1 kings 3.1-15
Romans 8.31-end

 

 


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Sunday 17th

The Second Sunday before Advent
Malachi 4.1-2a
2 Thessalonians 3. 6-13*
Luke 21.5-19

 


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Sunday 24th

 

 


Evensong
3 pm

CHRIST THE KING
Sunday Next Before Advent
Jeremiah 23.1-6,
Colossians 1.11-20*
Luke 23.33-43

1 Samuel 8. 4-20
John 18.33-37

 



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Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the cross of Jesus constant will remain

These words from Onward Christian Soldiers are particularly apposite in November when we honour the memory of those who died for the sake not only of a crown and kingdom but for values and dignities which we believe to be godly.  Remembrance Sunday is one of few occasions in the calendar now which still commands widespsread assent across the nation and not only from Christians, but from others faiths and none. Its focus is on the past yet it emphasises commitment to striving for peace and justice in the present and for the future. Rightly so, yet our experience of the world is that it doesn’t get better and that we don’t actually learn from the horrors of the past. Crowns and thrones will perish and kingdoms rise and wane for as long as life endures but the distinctively Christian festivals of November, All Saints’ Day and Christ the King remind us that the Kingdom of God does not fail. We press on committed to working for peace and justice not because it is within our grasp to achieve it and preserve it for ever, but because as citizens of God’s kingdom we are witnesses to the ultimate peace which passes all understanding. This is God’s gift by the Holy Spirit, a gift to sustain his people until time yields to eternity.

Charles Booth


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