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Second Sunday in Advent

Jesus Christ, we seek you through our Advent journey. Fill the unrest of our troubled world with your peace and fill the emptiness of our hearts with your hope. Save us by the power of your living word and give us voices to speak for your justice. Jesus Christ, we wait for you. Jesus Christ, we welcome you.



 WEEKLY NOTICES

 

 

Second Sunday in Advent


Sunday 8 December 2019


10.30am  


  Worship led by Mr D Gayton

 

†  Bible: Isaiah 11:1-10 (p696); Romans 15:4-13 (p1141); Matthew 3:1-12 (p967)

  

Prayer ministry: Rm3 after service




THIS WEEK


Sun 8 Dec

6.30pm

Town Carols at Centenary

Mon 9 Dec

2.30pm

Monday Afternoon Fellowship

Mon 9 Dec

7.15pm

Badminton at Zion; newcomers welcome!

Tue 10 Dec

11am-2pm

Crossroads Lunch Club at Restore Church

Tue 10 Dec

3.15pm

Carol singing at Woodville Road Co-op; 3.15pm to 4.45pm

Tue 10 Dec

7.30pm

The Way Fellowship; Brothertoft Road

Wed 11 Dec

12 noon

Funeral service for Alma at Zion

Wed 11 Dec

7pm

Short mat bowls at Zion; new members welcome

Thu 12 Dec

9.30am

Drop-in coffee morning at Zion, including short service

Thu 12 Dec

1.30pm

Carol service at Mayfields

Thu 12 Dec

2pm

Westside House Group; Margaret Drive

Thu 12 Dec

7.30pm

Eastside House Group

Thu 12 Dec

7.30pm

Boston Choral Society ‘Celebrate Christmas’ – see notice below

Fri 13 Dec

2pm

Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO); suggested donation £1

Fri 13 Dec

2pm

Christmas Afternoon, Swineshead; tickets £6 Jenny 

Fri 13 Dec

7.15pm

Choir practice for Candlelit Carol Service (22 Dec)





Carol singing at Woodville Road Co-op


Tuesday 10 December


3.15pm


Thanks to those who have volunteered for the carol singing at the Co-op in Woodville Road this Tuesday. We will be meeting at 3.15pm at the Co-op come rain or shine (or snow), as we have been invited into the shop if the weather is bad. If you haven't signed up - don't worry, you will of course be welcome as we sing our Christmas message to the community.

 



 

Carol service at Mayfields


Thursday 12 December


1.30pm


The folk at Mayfields are very keen to be reconnected with Zion so please come along and support with lots of singing. We have past members of Sunday School and Badminton Club attending and they are rarely able to leave the building so it would be good for as many of us as possible to join them there. This will be a Carol Service and not Communion 



 

 

‘Celebrate Christmas’


Thursday 12 December


7.30pm


Celebrate the music and traditions of Christmas with Boston Choral Society at Graves Park Social Club in Kirton. Mince pie and mulled wine. Tickets £7 in advance, £8 on the door, under 18s free. Online tickets via the website: www.bostonchoral.com

 



 


OTHER NOTICES



Advent reflection


Rev Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Conference


In many churches and concert halls at this time of year there are performances of George Frederick Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. A short orchestral overture (the ‘Symphony’) gives way to the tenor voice’s thrilling opening words, ‘Comfort ye, comfort ye my people’. There are those who argue that Messiah should be performed at Easter (and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be) but that clarion call from Isaiah chapter 40 is the message of Advent. God calls on God’s messenger to comfort God’s people.

 

‘Comfort’ is a powerful word. It can, like all words, be misunderstood. Isaiah’s call to preach a word of comfort is not simply about making people feel better, either by ignoring or shutting out the reality of their situation. The comfort that is offered is a combination of sympathy and strength; it is established on God’s continued identification with God’s people; it recognises that rough places need to be made smooth; it speaks from love to give confidence and hope.

 

‘Comfort ye my people’ is a proclamation to an oppressed and depressed people that God is with them and that God will act for and through them.

 

I don’t think that there has been an Advent in my lifetime when that message of comfort has been so desperately needed. The political uncertainty of the UK’s impending exit from the European Union has been compounded by a General Election campaign conducted in the darkest days of the year. For many, the political climate is one not of hope but of despair; the old certainties are gone and it is not yet clear what realignment will replace them. New forms of media bombard us with information whose veracity cannot be established and accusations of untrustworthiness abound.

 

Members of minority groups voice their fears about the future and some no longer feel welcome in the places they have lived for many years.  We live under the shadows of knife crime and terrorist violence which serve to perpetuate the divisiveness of our society. The need for urgent action in the world to tackle climate change is all too apparent while in this country the number of children living in poverty continues to grow.

 

In that context, the Church proclaims the message of comfort that was given to Isaiah. God loves and cares for God’s people; God enters into God’s world not with bluster and false promises but in vulnerability; God experiences oppression and suffers with the despairing – and God allows neither oppression nor despair to have the final word. The curious juxtaposition of polling stations in schools producing nativity plays will be an inconvenience for many an Head Teacher on 12 December, but it is a powerful proclamation that beyond and within the current situation God is with us and we can experience true comfort.

 

The Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, Secretary of the Methodist Conference

 


 


 

Can you visit someone who is lonely?


People who used to come to church but are no longer able to regularly, really miss the social side and would love to have a visit to keep in touch. If you would be willing to visit someone please speak to Jean B. Church is not confined to a building and it would be lovely if we could visit those who would really appreciate it.

 

 



Boston Emergency Night Shelter at Centenary


This has been open for some nights this week due to the cold weather. It opens when the temperature is forecast to ‘feels like 0 degrees or less’ for 3 nights in a row.


If you would be willing to volunteer for future dates please email ctib2012@gmail.com.


Updates on when it is open are posted at: www.mybostonuk.com/boston-emergency-night-shelter/

 



 

Spreading a Little Happiness


Boston’s Rotary 2019 Shoebox Project, with the slogan “Spreading a Little Happiness”, has finished.

 

Altogether, 263 Christmas shoe boxes were filled for poor children, families and elderly folk living in the Ukraine. The gifts of toys, household goods and warm clothing will bring a little happiness to someone, someone who the givers will never meet.  Boston Stump acted as a distribution and collection point for the town and the Methodist Churches joined in.  Boston West, Staniland, Fishtoft and St Mary’s schools were visited by the Rotary team and all contributed generously. What items families actually gave is relatively unimportant, what is important is that the givers gave willingly and that the recipients know that someone cares about them. In addition to the probable total £4000 value of the gifts, nearly £500 cash was given to cover transport costs.

 

St Botolph Rotary Club is grateful for the response shown by the town, the churches and the schools. So once more some happiness, Christmas cheer and warmth has gone out to those in need.

 

In 2018 Zion filled 40 boxes and the challenge was to fill more; now, 45 boxes have gone from Zion and there is a certificate on the noticeboard to prove it!  So thank you Zion.

 

John Wright, Rotary Shoebox Co-ordinator




 

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Hampers


Each year, CAP like to bless all of their local CAP Families with a lovely hamper for Christmas. This year they have 30 hampers to make up and would very much appreciate your assistance.

 

There is a shopping list which has been shared via Christians Together in Boston (CTiB). They are not expecting anyone to buy every item on the list but if we all make a small contribution then these families will feel the love of Jesus in a very practical way this Christmas.

 

Ideally Hannah would like to collect donations by Sunday 15 December.


For more information about the work of CAP: www.capuk.org

 

 


Secret Santa – Action for Children


For most of us, the festive season is a time of joy and family celebrations. Unfortunately, there are thousands of children in the UK right now who are facing a Christmas without food, warmth or love. Action for Children is working to change this – and they need your help.

 

They are asking you to be a Secret Santa for a vulnerable child this Christmas to help them make a vulnerable child’s Christmas safe, warm and bright.

 

You can sign up to become a Secret Santa and donate by texting, APPEAL to 70607 or visiting the Secret Santa website: https://secretsanta.actionforchildren.org.uk/

 



 

JPIT: #LovePrayVote


The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT – Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church) have produced briefing notes on key election issues: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/general-election-2019/

  

A Prayer for Voters


Loving God, we face a choice.

 

Be with us as we consider the options, weigh the arguments, and assess the claims and the candidates.

 

But also prompt us to listen: to the voices on the margins; to the cry of the earth; and to those who reach a different conclusion to us.

 

God, we pray that you would stimulate our minds, stir our hearts, and sanctify our choosing.

 

Help us to remember your command to love our neighbours, both during and after this election.

 

Amen.









RoadHoG News - December 2019


See church noticeboard and online for the latest RoadHoG news: www.roadhogbus.org.uk 


Also see Prayers





Fun and Faith at 3Generate 2019


3Generate 2019 was the most successful Children and Youth Assembly yet with over 1,500 young people from across the country gathering in Southport over the weekend 22 to 24 November. The event’s growth means that 3Generate will be moving to the NEC in Birmingham for 2020. Find out more at: https://www.methodist.org.uk/about-us/news/latest-news/all-news/fun-and-faith-at-3generate-2019/ 

 



Church Weekend Away


Friday 27 March to Sunday 29 March 2020


Details and booking forms are available from Jean Burgess. Deposits need to be paid to Jean in early December.

 

 



Do something extraordinary this Christmas with All We Can


Inspire generosity and raise money for All We Can’s Extraordinary Christmas Appeal.


Find an extraordinary gift for friends and family: www.allwecan.org.uk/shop/.


Watch this film to be inspired:  

 

 


Follow the Twitter Nativity this Advent


The Nativity story will be told on social media during December. The ‘Natwivity’ will encourage followers to dig deeper into what the nativity story has to offer us today. It will explore how God uses voices from the margins of society to share the story of Jesus’ birth, and encourage followers to consider how voices from the margins of society today have an important message to share. The ‘Natwivity’ can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 


 

Love, pray, vote – General Election


Thursday 12 December


The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) are continuing to publish resources to help churches and individuals as we head towards December's election. Resources are being uploaded throughout the campaign and are available at: http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/love-pray-vote/ including a video by Thelma Commey, the Methodist Youth President, encouraging us to Love,


Pray, Vote: https://youtu.be/K1iMniEYhtI

 

“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them:

1.    To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy

2.    To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and

3.    To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side”                                                                                                               John Wesley



Meet and Eat


I wonder how many of you have considered this to be a great tool in which we can share our stories of faith with each other. There’s something about the unthreatening way of sitting alongside someone, where you don't have to have face to face contact and allowing the conversation to flow. This is a great event to live out the Mission and Outreach of our church, and I would argue it's one of the easiest!!  Please do consider joining the team and use it as an opportunity to share stories - although do let Irene Cock know if you plan on going so you can be included in the numbers for catering purposes! Rev Ann

 

 

Fundraising


I know this is often a sensitive issue, money, but can I ask you all to consider how we may raise funding to keep our balances much healthier. If you have any ideas, please speak with the Stewards or myself.  Thank you. Rev Ann


 






 




 

 

 










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