The Benefice Cross of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesely

Holy communion using historic language on the third Sunday of Advent

From Sun 17, December, 2017 11:30 am until 12:30 pm

Welcome to a Holy Communion using the historic liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer on the third Sunday of Advent

Come and enjoy Holy Communion at the start of Advent, the season of waiting the churches keep before Christmas. The Book of Common Prayer is one of the sources of liturgy for the Church of England, and although it was written in 1662 it speaks of God in simple, dignified and awe inspiring ways. Come and try it out!

We promise that if you've never worshipped using the Book of Common prayer it will be an experience - and we will help you with anything you aren’t familiar with.

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About Holy Communion as we draw near to Christmas?

Christmas is drawing near. Even as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus we need to be resourced by the meal he gave us as his life on earth was drawing to a close: Holy Communion.

This, the meal that Jesus gave us is a core part of Christian practice, and we welcome anyone who has been baptised to join us, however much you are struggling, or feel you are failing, in following Jesus to the communion table.

In celebrating Holy Communion we are mystically linked with every other follower of Jesus who has ever lived - and perhaps will ever live. To use the awe inspiring language of the Book of Common Prayer, used Sunday by Sunday since 1662 is a profound reminder of that.

If you aren't sure about participating, or have no idea what this is all about please feel free to come forward, and we will be delighted to pray for God's blessing to be with you. Our Vicar or clergy will be very happy to have a chat.

The third week of Advent

This service marks the third of the four weeks of Advent. It is a time of searching and waiting for something important. Both the coming of Jesus as child in Bethlehem, and his future return as king to make right all the wrongs of the earth.

The special prayer for this week, the ‘Collect’, in the Book of Common Prayer contains a plea for churches and God’s ministers everywhere to be welcoming and encouraging to visitors, and helpful to them questions they may have about meeting God.

As Christmas draws ever closer we rightly celebrate the birth or nativity of Jesus. However if this isn’t a great time you - for health, family or any other issues, we are ready to pray with and for you. We are also here if you want to know more about who Jesus is and what he has done.

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