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“IN TOUCH” THE YEAR OF PRAYER “The Church at the heart of the community” VICAR: Father William Marston The Vicarage, 106 Elmer Road, Middleton on Sea, PO22 6LJ 586348 w.marston@btinternet.com SUNDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2017 Welcome to any visitors or newcomers. We are delighted to have you with us. 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (said). Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11 1 Thessalonians 5. 16-24 John 1. 6-8, 19-28 Response in Psalm 126 at 8.00 a.m. Service: “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.” NO 9.45/11.15 a.m. Services, as we are all invited to a special Celebration Carol Service at 5.00 p.m., followed by mulled wine, fruit juice, and mince pies. Please spread the word. Today the third Advent candle is lit. The first represents the Patriarchs (Abraham etc.), the second the Prophets (Isaiah etc.), the third St John the Baptist, the fourth The Blessed Virgin Mary, and the final white candle Jesus, the new born light of the world. Why is today’s pink, a festive colour? Traditionally, for those fasting during Advent, today is a day of respite, like the fourth Sunday of Lent, otherwise known as Refreshment Sunday, or Mothering Sunday. PLEASE TURN OVER Response at Offertory (8.00 a.m. Service) to: Priest: “Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours” ALL RESPOND, please:“All things come from you, And of your own do we give you.” Retiring Collections after all Sunday morning Services leading up to Christmas, for the Childrens’ Society, St Nicholas being the patron saint of children. Please pray for those who are unwell, and for their families: Pam Haybittle, Norma Dutton, Lisa Hunt, John, Reg Knights, William LeFort, Bryan Perry. MONDAY 18th 10.30 a.m. Coffee and Fellowship WEDNESDAY 20th 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion THURSDAY 21st 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion, then 10.30 a.m. Coffee Morning. 24TH DECEMBER 2017 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT/CHRISTMAS EVE 8. 00 a.m. Holy Communion. NO 9.45/11.15 a.m. Services. 2 Samuel 7. 1-11, 16 Romans 16. 25-27 Luke 1. 26-38 4.00 p.m. Crib Service 11.00 p.m. Carols, 11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2017 CHRISTMAS DAY 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion (with carols) 31ST DECEMBER 2017 FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S EVE 8. 00 a.m. Holy Communion. NO 9.45/11.15 a.m. Services. 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion (sung) 10.00 p.m.-12.30 a.m. NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, in the Church Hall. You are invited to bring some food/drink to share. Music will be provided. There will be some prayers at 10.30 p.m., thanking God for the good things of the past year, and praying for His Blessing in 2018; so, please arrive at least a few minutes before 10.30 p.m. Family, friends, and neighbours are all welcome.

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