Even though it is not yet quite November my thoughts are increasingly drawn towards
Christmas. Partly because we are already planning our Church services and celebrations,
and partly because we are trying to begin planning our family celebrations.

This year as we approach Christmas and as we remember the end of the First World War,
my thoughts are drawn to the famous prophecy in Isaiah chapter nine of the child who will
be born the Prince of Peace:

















Isaiah is clear that the peace which this child will establish is far more than simply a cessation
of conflict and violence. It is Shalom. which can be translated “peace”, “well-being”,
“security” even “salvation.”

It is a state where even the threat and fear of violence is absent. The weak no longer fear the
strong, there is justice in the land and all the people have all that they need for a joyful and
peaceful life.

It is, of course, a vision - a promise of God’s kingdom. May this vision of the peace which is
much more than simply an absence of violence and conflict guide our thoughts and prayers
and lives as we mark the end of the First World War; as we remember those who have died
in the many, many conflicts since then.

May the peace of Christ, the Prince of Peace, fill our hearts and minds, our relationships and
our world. Amen.
Tim
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This famous prayer is often wrongly attributed to St Francis of Assisi. While it is very much
in the spirit of Francis the peacemaker and reconciler, it is actually not a very old prayer. In
fact it was written [1] at the start of the First World War. For this reason it will form a focal
point in the Remembrance commemorations on November 11th.

The prayer is not simply a prayer for peace; it is a commitment to peace. When we pray this
prayer we dedicate ourselves to peace-making. “Peace in the world has to begin somewhere -
let it begin with me” is the attitude of the one who makes this prayer their own.

As we approach the 11th November and begin to think more about the violence in our
world, about the human cost of conflict, and about those who bear that cost, we could pray
this prayer every day. We could commit ourselves to be peacemakers in our homes and
neighbourhood, among family and friends.

And as we pray for peace we could pledge to do everything that we can, even if it is only a
very little, to build bridges and to make peace in our world.

We do this as members of the one human race, and, if we are Christians, we do it as disciples
of the Prince of Peace.
Amen

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis
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November is always a busy month in Church. The tone of the month is set by special services
of remembering: All Saints’; All Souls’ and Remembrance. This is particularly the case this
year as we will be commemorating the centenary of the first Armistice Day which marked
the end of what was supposed to be ‘the war to end all wars.’ Sadly, that proved not to be the
case!

We begin the month with an all age celebration of
All Saints on Sunday 4th November at
10am.
Later, in the early evening of the 4th November at 4pm we hold our annual ‘All
Souls’ Memorial Service to which we invite all those who have been bereaved in the past year.

On
Saturday 10th November 7.30pm in Church we a delighted to welcome back the
Mastersingers for a concert in Church.

On
Sunday 11th November, Remembrance Sunday, we host the village commemoration
of Armistice Day. The service begins in
Church at 10am and we will move to the War
Memorial for the 11am Act of Remembrance
. As this is the centenary of the end of the
First World War there will be many visitors and also displays in Church. We will keep
church open after the morning services until the evening worship for visitors.

Ecclesfield in Bloom are holding a Coffee Morning in Church on Saturday 17th
November starting at
10am.

On
Monday 19th November there is a meeting in Church at 7.30pm to plan the
Christingle and Crib services
. Anyone who would like to help to plan and help with these
services is invited to attend.

On
Sunday 25th November we celebrate the feast of Christ the King 10am Eucharist
and 6.30pm Prayer and Praise
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Finally, looking ahead to early December on
Saturday 1st December we are holding our
annual
Christmas Fayre. While on Advent Sunday 2nd December we will celebrate the
beginning of the new Church Year with a special service of
Advent Carols at 10am.

God bless you,

Tim
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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;
and 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
For a child has been born for us,
 a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
 and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
 Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
 and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
 He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
 from this time onwards and for evermore.
                                                                          (Isaiah 9:6-7)