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JANUARY BENEFICE LETTER

Epiphany Season

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-bearing travellers from afar

to find and worship the Christ-child.

A light which leads us to you, now revealed in Jesus Christ.  

In Your name we pray,

Amen

Dear Friends,


Writing this letter for the January magazine in mid-November does seems rather strange. The poppies have been put away and our Advent wreath has been retrieved from its box and dusted off. As the days flow by I begin once more to sense the expectation and anticipation of the start of the Season of Christmas, the Season which concludes with Epiphany.   


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-generational narratives of England, Somerset, Yorkshire, NE Scotland, Cumbria, Sri Lanka, Portugal and Australia. Now five months old, the fact that Averley comes from a line of strong women is already being revealed as her character and personality emerge! Yes, we see flashes of her mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers but we see also those little things which are clearly just Averley. We are blessed.


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

Blessings

Jonathan

Interim Minister.




SERVICES


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 Matins


09:30  Great Wishford

  Holy Communion


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 Family Communion

  

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    Evensong



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Contact Warm & Safe Wiltshire for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements as well as registering for the Priority Services Register.  Advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone.  Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.  


If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch. Call 0800 038 5722 .email warmandsafe@cse.org.uk
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Prayer Page


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








South Newton


Oakapple Christmas










Great Wishford


CAROLS









At Great Wishford


Posada Crib Service











South Newton


School Remembrance








On the Great Wishford page


Remembrance  Sunday at Stapleford

More on the Stapleford page


Benefice Lenten Quiet Day

Saturday 23rd March 2019


10:00 - 16:00 Langford Lakes Nature Reserve,

Steeple Langford SP3 4PA


 

To reserve a place on the Lenten Quiet Day

please contact


 Rev'd Jonathan Plows, jonplows@aol.com, 07793 553189



Posada Service at

Great Wishford School








On the Great Wishford page

 

CHRISTMAS  CAFE









St Giles, Great Wishford


A message from the Archdeacon, Venerable Alan Jeans


'Following my last message to you in the summer, I wanted to let you know that we will be meeting with the churchwardens of Wylye and Till Valley Benefice in the early New Year to discuss the plans for the appointment of a new incumbent in 2019. I have been delighted to hear of all the good things that are happening in the benefice during the vacancy, and would wish to acknowledge especially the contribution of your interim minister, churchwardens and the wider ministry team. I also thank you all for faithfully continuing your part in the mission and ministry of this place.'