Castlecomer Union Pew News & Prayer Diary 12 Nov 2017: 3rd before Advent liturgical colour â?? Green (Remembrance Sunday)

Posted on November 10, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Please remember to maintain Holy Silence both before and after the service to allow others to pray quietly before the Lord


+Monday 13

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!' Luke 17.1

Reflection Each person is liable for their own sins; but the one who leads another astray, whether by the example of their life or the exhortations of their lips, is by no means innocent and they will be held to account.


+Tuesday 14

'So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!” ’ Luke 17.10

Reflection God has given us everything – life itself and the means to sustain it. Why then should we think that he is in some way in our debt because we have followed his laws?


+Wednesday 15

Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean?' … Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’ Luke 17.17-19

Reflection God gives of his bounty to all, the grateful and ungrateful alike. But a much greater gift falls to those who give him glory – the spiritual gifts that lead to eternal life.


+Thursday 16

‘The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed … For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.’ Luke 17. 20,21

Reflection Those of Jesus' time mistakenly thought the Messiah would bring about an earthly kingdom rather that a spiritual one. Neither must we, in this materialistic age, put our faith in the things of this world; but rather keep our hearts on higher things.


+Friday 17 (day of discipline and self-denial)

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating & drinking, & marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Luke 17. 26,27

Reflection The great and terrible day when the Lord comes again will come without warning. Those who would be ready must live every moment as if our Lord will come in the next.


+Saturday 18 (Rector's Day Off)

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. Luke 18.1

Reflection It is important to persevere in prayer. And the Christian at prayer seeks to conform himself to God's will, rather than trying bend God to his.


+Sun 19 Nov, 2nd before Advent ; Liturgical colour Green (3rd unday of month; Service according to usual schedule – see below)


Coming up this week

+Tuesday pm MU the Wandesforde Hall; 'Seasonal Flowers' with Marion Graham. All welcome .

+Thursday: Youth group 7pm, the Hall. Burgers & a film. Bring a cushion & €2!

+ Friday Nov 17 Bus Route 817A - Castlecomer to Kilcullen (Ring-a-Link) service which departs Castlecomer at 8.30 a.m. daily ends today due to low passenger uptake.


Notes & Advance notices

+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.


+24 Nov 'Comer Autumn Fayre 7pm (set up the night before from 6.30pm) Helpers needed – and cakes! (suggestions: Tray bakes, tea bracks, biscuit cakes, small Christmas puddings?)

+25 Nov 2.30-3.30 pm MU Prayer Vigil against gender-based violence, St Laserian's

+26 Nov The noon Eucharist in Bilboa will also serve as a memorial to John Graham. His brother, Canon Isaac Graham, who lives in Canada, will take part in the service.

+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

+Parish Confirmation date: 15 April 2018. Please give names to the rector

+April 16th - 25th 2018 'Tour To Israel'; contact Rachel at 087 9905059 for details


Rector: Rev Patrick Burke: 056 4441677 [email protected]

Sunday Services:

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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