Dear Church member
Warm greetings for Epiphany and the New Year!
The subtitle in the Book of Common Prayer of Epiphany, one of the principal feasts of the Church, is ‘The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles’. From the moment of the incarnation, the good news of Jesus Christ is for all: Jew and Gentile, the wise and the simple, male and female. Nothing in the Greek text of the gospels indicates that the Magi were all male: even the idea that there were three and they were kings is a much later, non-scriptural, tradition. Jesus has come for all people, and Christians are called to share the light of that hope with all.
In a new year and a new lockdown we continue to be God's Church, seeking to be - as well as to proclaim - God's good news to a needy world, but we will do so in new ways.
We will not currently be having services in our church buildings, but every Sunday we have the following opportunities to worship together
We also have weekday opportunities to meet online for homegroups and also for The Prayer Course which will be starting on Thursday evenings from 21st January. The Prayer Course is an eight week journey that will help us to grow and deepen our prayer life. Each week of the course is made up of a video, discussion questions and practical prayer activities. For further information and to register your interest, please click here.
From 9am for a pre-recorded online service found here, with the opportunities to interact via Zoom - details/dates to follow
At 10.30am for a Zoom-based family service - details from Sarah or Melanie
At 6pm via the telephone for services of Evening and Night Prayer - details here
Please be in touch if you need any practical, emotional or spiritual support at this challenging time. The Lord makes us into a church family so that we can support and encourage one another; to do so is both our duty and a privilege.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Yours, in Christ,
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey
Rector of Harwell with Chilton