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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.

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Services

HOLY TRINITY, MINCHINHAMPTON

SUNDAY

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

WEEKDAYS
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

SUNDAY
9.00 a.m. Eucharist with hymns.

WEEKDAYS
8.00 a.m. Wednesday – Holy Communion

For additional services please use the Calendar.

Wednesday Cuppa

Wednesday Cuppa
 
Takes place every week from 2:30 until 4:00pm in the Porch Room or if really nice weather outside the church as in the picture.
 
Church members attend as well as non-church goers and a warm welcome and good cake awaits you. The Wednesday walkers often join us as they finish ready for a sit down and a cuppa. It is a good social gathering of friends and all are welcome to come and chat and meet new people.

Parish Magazine Articles

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A selection of articles, including Greenfingers is chosen each month and can be viewed by clicking here.

Letters and Notes from Ministry Team

Each month our rector writes a letter to the Parish and this is published on this website and in the Parish Magazine. In addition Notes are produced in which you will find information on events and happenings that have taken place or are to take place in the near future. To view these publications Click Here
 

Sermons

The sermon delivered at the Sung Eucharist Service held on Sundays at 10.00am is usually recorded and an MP3 version posted to this website. Normally the recordings are available for up to three months before being removed and if you wish to listen to any of them please go to our Sermons page.
 

Daily Prayer

The Church has a tradition of daily prayer which embraces the three key elements of praise, intercession and engagement with scripture.

This page links to the C of E Daily Prayer website allowing us all to join in this daily pattern of prayer. When using the Offices individually read both the priest's and people's part.

The Offices are from the Book of Common Worship for today GMT.