St Barnabas Church
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that, when he shall appear,
he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service
and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
25 ‘There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’
29 He told them this parable: ‘Look at the fig-tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 ‘Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 ‘Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.’
Psalm 25: 1-9
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Points for Prayer
* The Christingle service that will go out on Facebook. Pray for people to think about who they could give Christingle packs to.
* The families and friends of all the migrants who drowned in the Channel
* Everyone recording carols to put on Facebook in Advent
* The preparations that are starting to be made for the Christmas services
* The NHS as pressure continues to build and it prepares for a difficult winter. Pray for everyone waiting for routine care especially those in severe pain.
* Schools having to manage outbreaks of covid. Pray for headteachers, teachers and all the support staff as they struggle to keep teaching our children.
* The PCC as it prepares to meet on December 2nd and seek God’s direction for St Barnabas
* The outline drawings for the garden redesign project to be agreed soon
* The Yanez's work in Spain which St Barnabas is supporting..
* John Statham for successful rehabilitation of his shoulder.
* Sue Williams recovering from a cataract operation and heart problems which kept her in hospital longer that expected.
* Pray for Claire Fenlon and her family following her mum’s funeral last week
* For those with health concerns: Sue C, Sue W & Alan, Diane, Heather & Jackie J