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THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US. WE HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY. John 1:14

Soren Kierkegaard tells the story of a prince who fell madly in love with a beautiful peasant maiden in his kingdom. He wanted to marry her, but how? He could order her to marry him, but that coercion would not be love. He could make a grand entrance in his carriage, but she might simply be overwhelmed with awe. So instead, he gave up his kingly robe, moved into her village, and lived as a peasant. In time she grew to love him for who he was and because he had first loved her.

This story simply and beautifully illustrates the incarnation God came and lived among us. Why is this so important? Because it shows that God is with us, He's on our side, and he loves us. And, further, it gives us a glimpse into the mind of God. When we're asked what God is like, we can point to the person of Jesus. The Creator of the whole universe was willing to enter into our world, speak our language, eat our food, share out suffering. The reason? So that, you, I our colleagues and friends might be rescued and come to a living relationship with him.

God is not distant. One of His names is 'Emmanuel', which means 'God with us'. He sees your hopes and dreams, your disappointments and hurts, your fears and hang-ups. He knows the good and the bad about you. He wants to journey with you.

And in the physical absence of Jesus, He gives us the privilege and responsibility to be his hands and feet in our broken world - to incarnate his message of love, acceptance, mercy and sacrifice. Think how you might do that today. Choose Life, S. Guillebaud

SERVICES AT CHRISTMAS..

Christingle Service 19th December at 3pm

Bring the children and grandchildren to start their Christmas by helping to decorate the tree and dress the crib.

Christmas Day Holy Communion at 8.45am

Christmas Day celebration at Buttsbury to welcome the Christ child into our hearts.

Carols by Candlelight Sunday 2nd January at 3.00pm

A service to express our joy at His coming.

....AND AFTERWARDS

Plough Sunday January 16th at 3.30pm:

A special country service for plough Sunday. There will be tea, coffee, biscuits and (hopefully) cake after the service.

CHURCH REPAIRS

THE PORCH

We are so fortunate to have as a volunteer Paul Butterworth who has taken on the task of repairing and repainting the porch which was built c1800. Whilst repairing the horizontal planks to the left of the entrance he has discovered, beneath an upright timber, two circular indentations about the size of 50p coins. What were these for?

Was it perhaps for a secret hoard?

THE EAST WINDOW

On 1st November the east windows were removed by Craftsman Glass Ltd to be taken away for repair and restoration. From a distance all looked well but up close there was cracked and missing glass and the saddle bars were rusting away; one had rusted completely away where it entered the masonry allowing the glass panel to swing free in the wind. The window is scheduled to be reinstalled on 8th and 9th December in good time for the Christmas services. The cost will be about 7,800.


VOLUNTEERS' WORKING PARTY

On Saturday 30th October 10 volunteers including some church members gathered together to tidy up the church garden. Timed to begin at 10am the start was delayed until noon due to rain. The sun then shone for the rest of the afternoon. The roadside and south hedges were cut, the grass on the edges of those hedges and of the graves was cut, the shrubs in the flower beds were trimmed and there was a bonfire worthy of any Guy Fawkes night. Alison provided a spread of rolls, cakes coffee and tea. Our grateful thanks go to all who helped. The remaining hedges have since been cut.

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