Letter to Parishioners 14th December 2020
16th December 2020 - 30th January 2021
THE PARISH OF ST NICHOLAS, MIDDLETON
FATHER WILLIAM MARSTON, M.A., VICAR
106, ELMER ROAD,
MIDDLETON ON SEA,
01243 586348 firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 14th December 2020 St John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher, 1591
I write to wish you a very happy, blessed, and peaceful Christmas, and God’s Blessing for 2021.
You don’t need me to point out that this has been a disrupted year, given COVID. For some of you, it might well have been a year that you would like to forget.
Those of you who cannot come to Church are very much in our minds, and thoughts and prayers.
Any of us might have had, or still have, problems that are unrelated to COVID. However, now is a time to celebrate that God became in Jesus a human being, to show us what God is like (self-giving Love), supremely seen in His Love for us on the Cross, leading to the new life of the Resurrection.
As I type, it is a mixed day of weather. The sun is peaking through, reminding us that Spring is not too far away.
To me, given all that has happened in the past few months, it is very important that we join together to celebrate this wonderful Season in as traditional a way as possible. At our Services, I am sorry to say that we are not allowed to have Carol Singing, but there will be Carols to listen to on disc, along with the traditional Readings and prayers. There will be the beauty of the Church to enjoy, with the Flower Guild’s wonderful decorations, and the exuberance of the Christmas Trees in our Display. The Church bell will ring out again, and we can look at (in the day-light) the newly restored stone-work of the Spire.
I sense that that there is a great desire to worship in our village Church, and we have made arrangements so that, given COVID, all can come along.
The Services are:
Sunday 20th 6.00 p.m. Nine Lessons and Carols
Thursday 24th Christmas Eve
4.00 p.m. Crib Service
11.00 p.m. Carols, then 11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass
Friday 25th CHRISTMAS DAY 8.00 a.m./10.00 a.m.
Do invite others to come along!
For those of you, who cannot, sadly, join us for Services, but would like to follow the Readings in January, they are:
Sunday 3rd January THE EPIPHANY (transferred from 6th) 8.00/10.00 a.m.
Isaiah 60. 1-6 Ephesians 3. 1-12 Matthew 2. 1-12
Wednesday 6th 8.00 a.m. 1 John 4. 11-18 Mark 6.45-52
Thursday 7th 10.00 a.m. 1 John 4.19-5.4 Luke 4. 14-22
Sunday 10th January THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST 8.00/10.00 a.m.
Genesis 1. 1-5 Acts 19. 1-7 Mark. 1-4-11
Wednesday 13th St Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367
8.00 a.m. Hebrews 2. 14- 18 Mark 1. 29-39
Thursday 14th 10.00 a.m. Hebrews 3. 7-14 Mark 1. 40-45
Sunday 17th January CHRISTIAN UNITY 8.00/10.00 a.m.
Jeremiah 33. 6-9 Ephesians 4. 1-6 Matthew 18. 19-22
Wednesday 20th Richard Rolle of Hampole, Spiritual Writer, 1349
8.00 a.m. Hebrews 7. 1-3, 15-17 Mark 3. 1-6
Thursday 21st St Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304
10.00 a.m. Hebrews 7.25-8.6 Mark 3. 7-12
Sunday 24th January
THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL (transferred from 25th)
Acts 9. 1-22 Galatians 1.11-16 Matthew 19.27-30
8.00 a.m. Hebrews 10. 11-18 Mark 4. 1-20
Thursday 28th St Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Philosopher, Teacher, 1274
10.00 a.m. Hebrews 10.19-25 Mark 4. 12-25
Sunday 31st January
CANDLEMASS/THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (transferred from 2nd February)
8.00/10.00 a.m. Malachi 3. 1-5 Hebrews 2. 14-18 Luke 2. 22-40.
I can’t help but end with this Seasonal, and in terms of 2020 topical, joke, which you might know already:
“Why couldn’t Mary and Joseph join their work conference call? Because there was no Zoom at the inn.”
As ever, do please contact me at any time, whether to say a prayer with me, to discuss a serious matter, or just to have a chat, especially if at Christmas you are feeling worried or lonely.
With my good wishes and prayers,