Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 5 November 2017: 4h before Advent liturgical colour Ã?Â?Ã?Â¢Ã?Â??Ã?Â?? Green
|Posted on November 4, 2017 at 2:00 AM|
Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’ Luke 14. 13,14
The Christian seeks to help those in need for no other reason than they are in need, no matter who they are. And the only reward they hope for is the one our Lord offers to those who helped others in his name.
He sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. Luke 14. 17, 18
No doubt we think that we would never behave like the people in the parable. But the truth is that we do exactly that when we place our earthly concerns ahead of the demands of the Kingdom.
Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14. 27
Discipleship costs. What sacrifices do you make for your faith? And do they truly come at a cost to you – or are you instead fooling yourself into thinking what is easy and convenient for you is more than it is?
'Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.' Luke 15.7
And whose work is it to bring those lost sheep to repentance? It is the work of all Christians. As for those who think it is work for someone else, perhaps there is more about the lost sheep about them than they would care to imagine.
'And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.' Luke 16. 8
People go to great efforts to manage their affairs in this world, over things that do not last and often are of little worth. How much more then should we apply our skills and efforts towards laying up treasure that lasts in heaven?
+Saturday 11 Nov (Rector's Day Off)
'No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’ Luke 16.13
We live in this world and must work to pay our way. But even in that we must seek to serve God and take care that the pursuit of wealth, material goods, fame, or anything else of this world does not become an end in itself.
+Sun 12 Nov, 3rd before Advent (Remembrance Sunday); Liturgical colour Green (2nd Sunday of month; Service according to usual schedule – see below)
Coming up this week
+Thursday 7pm Autumn Fayre Organising Meeting
Notes & advance notices
+10 Nov 10.30 am – 12.30 Coffee morning, St Canice's Cathedral in aid Errislanan Church Appeal (the church near Clifden, Co Galway, desecrated by vandals recently).
+Please contact your treasurer to see if you need to 'top up' your giving before 31 Dec. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our church community.
+The annual collection for the Carlow Protestant Orphans Society is now taking place. This charity has provided great support to families in this Union both in the past and currently. Please get donations to Mrs Marion Minion as soon as you can.
+Bilboa 'Sale' money now due; Comer/Colliery grass money €40 due.
+Parish Confirmation date: 15 April 2018. Please give names to the rector
+24 Nov 'Comer Autumn Fayre
+1 Dec: Christmas Whist Drive, Wandesforde Hall 8.30pm. There will be a beginners/refreshers class at 7.30pm on the night.
+17 Dec Carol Service, The Colliery, w/the Castlecomer MVC
+24 Dec Sunday 11am Holy Communion, St Mary's
+24 Dec Christmas Eve: 7pm Bilboa, HC; Christmas Eve: 9pm The Colliery, HC
+25 Dec Christmas Day: 10 am Mothel, HC; 11.30am St Mary's HC
+31 Dec Sunday (& New Year's Eve) 11am HC The Colliery
+April 16th - 25th 2018 'Tour To Israel'; contact Rachel at 087 9905059 for details
Rector: Rev Patrick Burke: 056 4441677 [email protected]
The Colliery 9.15am / St Mary's 10.30 am;
Mothel noon 1st and 3rd Sun; 2nd Sun Evening Prayer 7pm;
Bilboa noon 2nd & 4th Sunday, & 10.30am on 3rd Sundays.;
5th Sundays 11am, in rotation
Please use recorded giving (envelope, etc)! The parish gets 45c extra for every euro you give, if you pay tax, from Revenue (if you give €250 pa or more) if it is recorded!
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