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Weekly Sheet 28 November 2021

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Readings for Advent week 1, year 2

Monday:          Isaiah 4. 2-6; Psalm 122; Matthew 8. 5-13

Tuesday:          Isaiah 52. 7-18; Psalm 19. 1-4;  Romans 10. 12-18; Matthew 4. 18-22

Wednesday:    Isaiah 25. 6-9; Psalm 23; Matthew 15. 29-39

Thursday:        Isaiah 26. 1-6; Psalm 115. 19-24; Matthew 7. 21-27

Friday:             Isaiah 29. 17-24; Psalm 27. 1-4, 13f; Matthew 9. 27-31

Saturday:         Isaiah 30. 19-21, 23-26; Psalm 149. 1-11; Matthew 9. 35—10. 1, 5-8

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And so tomorrow the church year comes to an end, affirming the power of Christ the King and moving on to a new perspective. We start looking forward to Christmass, our annual celebration of Immanuel, God becoming Man (though the sudden realisation that I haven’t even thought about presents does my peace of mind no good). The Christmass tree festival begins on Tuesday (43 trees this year) and then a whole range of performances, meals and concerts (regulations permitting).

But, of course, Advent is not just about Christmass.

Historically there are four great themes – Heaven and Hell, Death and Judgement, a series just made for Fr Mark. That is where this Sunday’s readings start us off, because Advent is not just about when Jesus did come (no real doubt about that) but also about when Jesus will come (no doubt about that either). We affirm this every Sunday ‘He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end’ – words (like too many) we say without thinking when they are put before us. So we will spend some time not just on the baby Jesus in a manger but on the King we have just celebrated coming again, looking forward as well as back. As the hymn puts it

‘Nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that will surely be,
when the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.’

Nearer and nearer draws the time as well when the Margam Ministry Area will come into being (though not as a sign of judgement). To mark this there are two changes to the format of the weekly sheet. A KitKat for the first person to spot them (clergy excluded).

Don’t forget From Darkness to Light at the parish church at 16.00 on Sunday and take care in the high winds.

Fr Philip