Tim Erridge Bleadon ChurchReflections - Rector's Letter

Last Sunday before Advent

On this last Sunday before Advent, we traditionally focus on seeing Christ as our King.

As we recognise him more today, may we become more fully all that he is calling us to be.

We Pray together:

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

ruler and judge of all,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

In the darkness of this age that is passing away

may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy

surround our steps as we journey on.

May we reflect your glory this day

and so be made ready to see your face

in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

Bible Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-13

11 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12 As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land.

Thinking together:

As we focus on Christ our King today, and read from Ezekiel, we hear of God seeking and rescuing us and others. As we hear that, I wonder what we hope for? As we trust these words, what changes in us? How do we picture this happening for us and for those we know and love, here and now? These words help us see something of the character of our King. As you read them today, what is it about Christ our King that stands out most to you?

Do give a friend a phone call and see what stands out to them to!

As you do that, may your faith in him grow in a way that gives real hope here and now.

May the peace of Christ the King be always with you. Tim

We Pray together:

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory. Amen.

[Take a moment now to notice God with you in simple silence, then speak your own words to him either silently our out loud.]

O God of the shared burden through the tiring day,

our anxieties and cares make it difficult

for us to recognise the companionship and kingship of your son.

Help us to welcome him as our shepherd

as he places his light and love before us,

Lord of lords and King of kings for ever and ever. Amen.

Let’s pray the Lord’s prayer and the Grace together:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, ever more. Amen.

Rev'd Tim Erridge

Parish Priest: Bleadon and Bournville

Tel: 01934 815 404