THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT - JOHN THE MESSENGER
John the Baptist is so named for obvious reasons, but we could almost as easily call him John the Messenger. He is never in any doubt as to who he is. He knew he was the messenger, the one sent to prepare the way. He consistently proclaims Jesus as the one who is greater, the anointed one of God. Had he pretensions to power, it could so easily have been different. He had huge numbers of followers. He was baptising many as they repented and listened to his words. He had many disciples - we know this because later Jesus' own disciples will turn to Jesus and ask him to teach them to pray the way John has taught his disciples. He is a profound figure of influence, perhaps even influencing some of how Jesus conducted his own ministry. Herod will become only too aware of the threat he perceives from John, and will put him in prison and execute him. He will later fear Jesus is John the Baptist raised from the dead (rather than being afraid Jesus might be the Messiah!). He stands as a fiery figure, one foot in the Old Testament (preaching wrath!) and one foot in the New (preaching social justice and new ways to come which are beyond his understanding). A powerful figure rising up in the desert - he could easily have led a revolution. And yet... John recognises to what he has been called by God. Someone who knows he must become less, so that the one who is coming can become more. That is not an easy role to play. But in a way, it stands as a reminder to all of us: it is never about us. Our vocation, our sphere of influence: it is all about service. All about God. We too must become less, that God may be allowed to become more.
HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON
8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
10.00 a.m. Sung Parish Eucharist except First Sunday - All Age Service.
5.30 p.m. First & Third Sunday: Evensong (BCP).
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sunday: Said Evening Prayer
8.00 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday - Eucharist
11.00 a.m. Wednesday - Eucharist (BCP)
4.30 p.m. Friday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
5.30 p.m. Monday - Thursday - Said Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel
ST. BARNABAS, BOX
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion
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