od of Life and Joy, on this third Sunday of Advent we joyfully celebrate your promise of a renewed creation. We rejoice in anticipation of your servant Isaiah's vision that calls for wasteland to be turned into fruitful and blossoming land. We shout for joy, exalting you with all your heart. For "we shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."
Help us prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, our Lord, the light of the world. Illuminate our waiting and watching, our praying, thinking and our acting with the light of the gospel so that we may produce the fruit of patience. We need the spirit of patience in our lives, the spiritual source of all joyful hope.
Giver of inexplicable joy;
bless the church of Christ that we may celebrate with tender care the incarnation of your love in
May the whole world recognize the healing and saving ministry of Christ through us as we reach out to a world filled with shadows. Amen.
Rev. F. Schaefer (alt)
Mary Weavers who died this week; all the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: a young man called Jack, Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Ethan Connolly, Catherine Coyne, Margaret Cripps, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Larry Gilfedder, Maureen Gingell, Teresa Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Bernadette MacConkey, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Darcie Sharp, Fred Simpson, Margaret Smith, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Michael Swift, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Pamela Verdon, Cecily Waite, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Graham Wilkes, John Williams & Colin Wright.