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St George’s Church, Great Bromley

Newsletter

December 2021

From the Churchwardens

Happy Christmas from St George’s to all our readers. We look forward to seeing many of you at our events: the Festive Coffee Morning 4th December, (see details below), and our Christmas services. Thank you for your support in 2021; we hope you enjoy the newsletters. Don’t miss the MFPA Christmas art and our special selection of Advent and Christmas music.

With best wishes

Gregory and Jenny

St George’s Services in December

  • Dec 5th Advent 2 ~ Parish Eucharist (BCP) 10.30am

  • Dec 12th Advent 3 ~ Parish Eucharist (CW) 10.30am

  • Dec 19th Advent 4 ~ Evensong (BCP) 6.30pm

  • Dec 24th Christmas ~ Churchyard Crib Service 4.00pm

  • Dec 25th Christmas ~ Parish Eucharist (CW) 10.30am

  • Dec 26th Christmas 1 ~ (see Little Bentley)

Services at St Mary’s, Little Bentley and St Mary’s, Lawford

Forthcoming Events

Rector’s Letter

*** LOVE *** LIGHT *** LIFE *** PEACE ***

As I write, there is some uncertainty about Christmas, whether turkeys and toys will be freely available, how bad covid rates will be and whether we will be able to celebrate Christmas normally. All the doubts that we have become accustomed to since the pandemic are back again. We look back to pre-pandemic times with nostalgia. And the whole climate change debate has racheted up our levels of anxiety.

How are we to view the Christmas message in the light of all the gloom and doom? When Jesus was born, two thousand years ago, times were hard. The country was occupied by foreign overlords. Droughts and famines and plagues were common. A tyrannical king ordered the slaughter of all Jewish baby boys, so Jesus’s parents fled to Egypt to protect him. Poverty and illness were common. But the light came into the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.

The God we celebrate at Christmas is a God of Love, a God who loves each and every one of the people he has created. The God we celebrate is a God of Light, who shines in the dark places. The God we celebrate is a God of Life, who offers fullness of Life to those who trust him. The God we celebrate brings peace, he is the King of Peace.

*** LOVE *** LIGHT *** LIFE *** PEACE ***

What better things could we celebrate this Christmas? We may not be able to eat turkey, we may not have been able to buy all the things we had planned, but we can still celebrate the birth of a helpless baby whose coming transformed the world.

We wish you a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a healthy and joyful new year. You will be VERY welcome at any of our services over the Christmas period. Or if you prefer peace and quiet, just pop into the church at Gt Bromley or Lt Bromley and enjoy the love and light and life and peace of the Christ Child.

And may you have a happy and healthy and peaceful New Year, whatever it may bring.

The Revd Laura Garnham

Prayers for Advent and Christmas

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

God our Father, whose Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem: may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.

Saints’ Days in December

Recent Events

December Charities

Thanks to all who have contributed to charities at St George’s recently: Baptism ~ £37.50 to Cancer UK; Thanks & Hope ~ £85 to Cheshire Home and NHS; Harvest~ £120 Manningtree Foodbank; Light a Candle ~ £203 St Helena Hospice

Music

Vienna Boys’ Choir ~ Christmas Album

Vienna Boys' Choir ~ Christmas Album

The Choir of Liverpool Cathedral ~ Long ago, Prophets knew…

Long Ago, Prophets Knew

King’s College, Cambridge ~ In the bleak midwinter

In the bleak midwinter (Darke) | King's College Cambridge

Magdalen College, Oxford ~ This is the record of John

This is the record of John

Choirs

We are so fortunate now to have three choirs supporting our worship: St George’s Choir, Choir 2, and the Deanery Choir. In this way, with distancing, we hope to have a small choir at all our services. We thank our singers and organists for their skills and commitment, and for all they add to beautify our worship at St George’s.

Books

If you would like to read more about the work of Malcolm Guite and hear him read one of these poems, go to his blog.

Giving to St George’s

Thank you all for your support which is invaluable to the continuing work of St George’s. If you would like to help, please see the Donation details on the website.

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