They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
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Our upcoming Sunday services, together with any ferial, festal or seasonal services are listed below:
Week Beginning: 11th November 2018
Twenty-fourth week after Trinity ~ Proper XVII ~ REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) ~ Meonstoke
9.30am ~ Village Remembrance Service ~ Meonstoke
10.50am ~ Centenary Requiem for the Fallen ~ Droxford
3.30pm ~ Village Remembrance Service ~ Exton
6.30pm ~ Remembrance Evensong ~ Corhampton
Week Beginning: 18th November 2018
Second week before Advent ~ Proper XVIII
8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) ~ Exton
10am ~ Informal Service ~ Droxford ~ The Blessed Virgin Mary
10.30am ~ Mattins ~ Corhampton
Week Beginning: 25th November 2018
The Sunday next before Advent ~ Proper XVIV
8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) ~ Corhampton
9.30am ~ Informal Service ~ Meonstoke
10.30am ~ Sung Eucharist (CW) ~ Exton ~ CHRIST THE KING
Week Beginning: 2nd December 2018
Advent Sunday ~ Proper XVV
8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) ~ Droxford
10.30am ~ Sung Eucharist (CW) ~ Meonstoke ~ PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND TOY SERVICE
6.30pm~ Traditional Advent Carols and Lessons ~ Droxford
Week Beginning: 9th December 2018
Second Sunday after Advent ~ Proper XVVI
8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) ~ Meonstoke
10.30am ~ Sung Eucharist (CW) ~ Droxford
3.30pm ~ Evensong with carols ~ Corhampton
to all the couples married in the Bridge Benefice Churches in 2018.
GDPR arrived on 25th May
Well Done and Thanks
Thank you to all those who contributed to, helped organise or attended our recent events:
- To Mother Samantha and all those who support the ‘Light Party’ on 3rd November.
- All those who help clear the Churchyard in Droxford on 3rd November
- All those braving the elements on Saturday 13th October for the Meonstoke & Corhampton Churchyard Clear-ups and for walking in witness on the St Wilfrid Trail to East Meon
- For all those who prepared our churches for Harvest so beautifully.
- For those who ran the Bank Holiday Monday Bring and Buy Sale in Exton – it was a great success
- For all those who are cleaning the churches, arranging flowers or maintaining the churchyards.
From the Rector
The War to End all Wars!
Harvest in the Meon Valley was better than expected in 2018 despite the cold wet spring and the scorching summer, but 100 years ago, whilst the harvest was of great importance to feed the nation, the cutting down of young men at the front and civilians in air raids continued until the Armistice was signed at 11 am on 11th November 1918. Having said that, British forces continued to fall in action in Russia until 1919 and many more died of their wounds in the year ahead.
Peace was a precious commodity in 1918 and it remains a prize in 2018.
Lest we forget
Unusually, I am taking the step of offering some words of prayer on the subject of peace in the context of the Centenary of the end of the Great War and invite you to use them, alone or with others, as we approach 11.11.18. (From churchofengland.org/first-world-war-centenary).
Jesus said: Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ (Luke 10.5)
‘Do not repay anyone evil for evil; bless those who persecute you, and where possible, live peaceably with all.’ (Romans 12.14,17)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matthew 5.9)
Spirit of God teach us your ways, that we may walk in the paths of peace.
Lord God, your Son proclaimed your peaceable Kingdom in both word and deed,
open our hearts and minds, we pray, to receive his Easter gift of peace.
And as we seek to witness to your purpose of peace, give us generosity of spirit in times of disagreement, patience in times of difficulty, the desire to pray for those who oppose us, and above all make us to be interpreters and bridge-builders between those who are at enmity.
This we ask in the name of Christ who has destroyed every wall that divides us, and whose sacrifice has made our peace with you, the Father of all humankind. Amen.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness light;
where there is sadness joy
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. After St Francis of Assisi
God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
Fill us with your Holy Spirit, O Lord, that we may be ambassadors for Christ and messengers of your reconciling love. Amen.
Meon Valley Food Bank – PLEASE HELP
Thank you so much for all your kind donations.
Follow MVFB on twitter @MeonValleyFB or at www.meonvalleyfoodbank.co.uk.
Hackney and Bishop’s Waltham Deaneries Link
For many years the Deanery has collected food and clothes for a variety of church needs in Hackney to be taken up in December. Earlier this year our friends in Hackney told us that they now have built up their local contacts including food collections in their local Waitrose and several Schools so that they no longer need distance support. They have asked us to convey their warm thanks for our help over the years. Because of this there will be no collection of food and clothes for Hackney this Autumn. We shall still be grateful for any gifts of money which can be made payable to Bishop’s Waltham Deanery and will support our seven partners including the Winter Night Shelter.