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Bulletin for Christ the King 22 November 2020

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

Dear Friends

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King, normally have a bring and share lunch, sadly we can’t do this with lockdown – but there is nothing to stop us from feasting in our households.
Today the Gospel reflects God’s heart for the poor, the lonely, the lost. What are the acts of mercy God is calling us to today? Jesus says ‘When I was cold and hungry were you there?’ Jesus the King laid down His life for us. Each of us will have to give an account of our lives when the King of kings returns to earth. Jesus says to those who follow Him ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’
We are called to show acts of kindness, and acts of mercy to those who are hungry and thirsty. Taking the strangers in, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and visiting prisoners. This is God’s nature, the character of the God we believe in – the one who gives out His love freely to those in need.
May we continue to pray for each other and keep that sense of togetherness this lockdown – please see the daily prayers for 6pm each day. Additionally, each day we have Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer 7.30pm in the vicarage household. ZOOM Ecumenical prayers are at 7.30pm on Thursdays and 8.15 am on Fridays. Please join us by Zoom if you are able to.
We continue to hold in our prayer all families in need, – particularly, Mitford and Bev’s sister Patricia, that the Lord will minister His love and healing. We pray too for all those who mourn the loss of loved ones. There will be opportunity again to come and pray in church from 3 – 7pm on Sundays.

For those who wish to give to the Church, account information is as follows:
Account Name: Christ Church, West Green with St Peter
Sort code: 089299
Account Number: 65156465

Have a blessed week!
Revd Gita Deborah Bond

Collect for Christ the King (Sunday next before Advent)
Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of
heaven that He might rule over all things as Lord
and King
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at His
feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever.
AMEN

LITURGY
First reading Ezekiel 34: 11 – 16; 20 – 24
Responsorial Psalm 95: 1 – 7 ‘the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods.’
Second Reading Ephesians 1: 15 – 23
Gospel Reading Matt 25: 31 – 46