The Pew Sheet for the fourth Sunday after Easter and the programme of music for Lavenham in May have been published.
With much of secular society now putting away the decorations, it’s worth bearing in mind that we are still only half-way through the twelve days of Christmas in terms of the church calendar. We celebrate the coming of the Lord through to the festival of the Epiphany, on the 6th of January (and beyond, of course!).
This Sunday we mark the naming and circumcision of Jesus. There will be an 8am Holy Communion in Lavenham and a 9am at Preston St Mary. The choir will be resting this Sunday after their heavy duties last week, so the 10.15 Eucharist in Lavenham will be said rather than sung…
…but we will have carols so you can start the New Year on the right note by coming to church and joining with us in our celebration of new beginnings.
Details of these services, the litany and dates for your diary in the week ahead are on the Pew Sheet for 1 Jan 2012
This morning’s Gospel (Matthew 25.1-13) tells of Jesus relating the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. It is a reminder of the necessity of preparedness, concluding “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” [of the coming of the Lord]. The Rev’d Stephen Earl reminded us, in his sermon, of the advice of Robert Baden-Powell, to “Be prepared!”.
Fittingly then, here are some dates for your diaries, of services and events this week…
A busy Wednesday
On Wednesday the 9th Holy Communion will be celebrated in Lavenham at 10am.
The funeral of Keith Taber will be held on Wednesday at 12.30pm.
We are delighted that the induction of our erstwhile curate, the Rev’d Annette Shannon will be held in Tattingstone at 7.30pm on Wednesday. If you would like to attend this service, please sign the relevant form at the back of the Lavenham Church, so that travel arrangements can be made. The service starts at 7.30pm but we will need to be seated by 7.10pm.
Armistice Day, Friday 11th November
Morning Prayer will be held in the Lady Chapel at 10am.
A Service of Remembrance will be held in our sister church, St Mary’s, Preston St Mary at 10.30am.
An Act of Remembrance will be held in Lavenham, beginning at 10.50am.
The Choir Practice will take place in Lavenham at 7.15pm.
Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. Details of services will be posted later this week.