Berwick St James
Fisherton de la Mere
JANUARY BENEFICE LETTER
God of all time,
we praise and adore you for breaking into the darkness of this world
with the glorious light of your presence.
A light which made your love for the world visible
in the babe born in Bethlehem—
Jesus Christ, your Son, our Saviour.
A light which guided those gift-
to find and worship the Christ-
A light which leads us to you, now revealed in Jesus Christ.
In Your name we pray,
Writing this letter for the January magazine in mid-
Epiphany is the highpoint of the Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from December 25th until January 5th. In most traditions, the day before Epiphany is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the evening of which traditionally called Twelfth Night. The Benefice will be celebrating Epiphany on Sunday January 6th.
So why is Epiphany so important?
Epiphany means "to show" or "to make known" or "to reveal."
I spent the whole of October in Melbourne, Australia, where I had the joy of holding our first grandchild, Averley, and spending time with her parents. To cradle Averley, this beautiful, vulnerable gift, was as emotional and wonderful as I had expected – and so much more. Memories of my two children at that age came flooding back. Yet, there was also the realization that Averley was only part ‘me’: that in her DNA flow the inter-
Epiphany is the Season of remembering the coming of the Gentile ‘wise men’ bringing gifts to the Christ child, and who in so doing "revealed" Jesus to the world, acknowledging Jesus as Lord, King and the Incarnate Christ. This powerful moment surely corresponds to Simeon’s blessing of Jesus at Candlemas as the "light for revelation to the Gentiles" (Luke 2:32), and as such, further revealed that Jesus came for all people, all nations, all races, and that the work of God in the world would not be limited to only a few.
Epiphany allows us, then, time to look ahead to the mission and life of the church in this Benefice in light of the Nativity, the Incarnation. This is a significant moment for the Benefice as we reflect on who and what we are, and we begin to discuss future pathways with confidence. Above all, this Season of Epiphany is the opportunity to reflect on how we, the Church, can reach out to, and work with, others in our villages, acting as new yeast across the community, to both create and renew as we "reveal" the certainty of Jesus as the Saviour of all.
May I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year
Family Communion + Baptism
Berwick St. James 10:00am Matins
Stapleford 11:00am Holy Communion
Wylye 11:00am Matins
South Newton 6:00pm
Special service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity followed by refreshments
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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Please visit this page for prayers for daily use. Currently displayed are the Benefice Prayer Grid for January, Epiphany Prayers, the Collects until June 2019 and Prayers for Christian Unity.
These documents may be downloaded and printed out.
There are also links to other websites which support personal daily prayer and Bible reading.
Christmas Carols, Glenside
Posada Crib Service
Remembrance Sunday at Stapleford
Benefice Lenten Quiet Day
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Steeple Langford SP3 4PA
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Rev'd Jonathan Plows, email@example.com, 07793 553189
Posada Service at
Great Wishford School
Sunday January 20th, South Newton 6.00pm
A special Benefice Celebration for Week of World Prayer for Christian Unity
(followed by refreshments)
to which everyone is invited.
Do please come and support this special service.
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