The Parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the Benefice of West Purbeck
Our Services today, 1st December 2019  
8am Holy Communion at Bere Regis
10am Parish Communion at Affpuddle 
10am Parish Communion at Wool
6pm Benefice Advent Liturgy at Bere Regis
Welcome to worship today.   
Happy New Year!  That’s the Church year of course.  Advent – the season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.  As it says in our first reading, ‘now is the moment for you to wake from sleep’.  We move from darkness to light, especially symbolic in the Advent Liturgy held this evening through readings and Advent carols.
Rev Sandra
Collect for today 
Almighty God, 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.
Post-Communion prayer 
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.
Epistle Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;  the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light;  let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Holy Gospel Reading:  Matthew 24: 36-44
Jesus said,  ‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,  and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.  Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.  But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
For the Church and the community of Christ 
At the start of our Church year we prepare ourselves for the Advent of Christ: so may we prepare ourselves in prayer, thought and deed for the celebration of Christmas. Inspire and sustain all who lead the Church we ask: our two Archbishops, our bishops and particularly Nicholas, Karen and Andrew; also those who minister to us in this benefice:  Reverends Carol, Sandra, Jenny and Judy. And Reverend Robert Marsden in our neighbouring parish of the Lulworths and Winfrith. We pray for those who minister on places of hostility or deep troubles around the world – in places of culture intolerant to Christian faith, countries where there is instability or war, and places of deep apathy.   In our diocesan link with Sudan and South Sudan we pray for the Episcopal churches there and today for the Rt Revd Thomas Tut Gany, Bishop of Duk.
For the world and its leaders                                                                                
We pray for all the world’s leaders that decisions may be made that give peace: so we pray for political leaders especially those who control troops in current combat and  for military decision makers. We pray for all victims of war, from the very old and very young to combatants and those whose lives are still affected by war many years afterward.    We pray for our Royal family, for the Queen as head of state and as head of her family: also for all its members in their many challenges. For politicians at every level during the election campaign. We pray for Hong Kong, its political leaders, student leaders and civil rights activists. 
For our parishes and community 
Lord, be close to those who suffer and are marginalised; sustain those who can help. So we pray for the financially struggling in our communities throughout Purbeck and Dorset; for the good work of our foodbanks and those who facilitate them. For those in poor housing and the housing associations and landlords who can help. For the homeless and those who provide night shelter.  We pray for the housebound, those who rely on carers for getting up, washing and food preparation and also their carers who may struggle with a demanding itinerary.
For the sick and their carers   
We pray for all who are ill, particularly for those in hospital or hospice. For all undergoing out-patient treatment, whether short or long term. For those with mental health issues and those prone to depression at this time of year. For all who provide medical expertise. In our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, John Dewey, Mary Fegan and Jenny Silavs.
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                           
We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died recently including John Watts, Irene Skinner, Peter Clarke and Roy Comben.  And for those we have loved whom we miss. We pray for comfort for all who mourn.    
Last Sunday’s concert by Wareham Town Band raised a net figure in excess of £250 for St Laurence Church Funds – thanks to all who provided the splendid tea and those who helped in any way.
Advent course in Affpuddle parish
This course consists of four sessions on Monday evenings, 7.15 pm for 7.30 until 9.00, beginning on 18th November and ending on 9th December, open to anyone in the benefice.  Venue is Bladen Tye, Briantspuddle, the home of Mrs Audrey Grindrod.  This year we have a musical theme, based on pieces chosen, and material provided, by Dr Richard Hall.  Richard’s themes for the four sessions will be (1) Prophecy, (2) Mary, (3) Advent, and (4) Christmas.  You can attend any or all of the sessions.  Please advise Jonathan Haigh, on 01929 471768, if you are thinking of attending, to aid room planning etc.
Wednesday 4th December    mid-week Communion  
10am Holy Communion at the D’Urberville Centre, Wool
Services and concert next Sunday 8th December, Second Sunday of Advent
10am Parish Communion at Affpuddle 
10am Parish Communion at Wool
11am Family Service at Bere Regis (following Junior Church at 10am)
3pm Local singing group Canzonetta will give a concert of seasonal songs, carols and readings at Wool Church – there will be a retiring collection and mulled wine and minced pies too!