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ADVENT WEEK THREE – WAITING

For a child, waiting for Christmas is part of the excitement. Many still enjoy the Advent calendar countdown, whether or not accompanied by chocolate!

Prayer is not an instant fix with immediate answers to your personal requests. It is much more like a kind of waiting, perhaps even a longing.

As we listen, watch and learn to wait, we become aware of our own deeper needs and, just as importantly, the longings and cries of others.

Prayer is not giving God a shopping list. It is putting into God’s hands things that worry us or issues with which we struggle; it is waiting for God’s answer and help. When we pray we share the cries of those near us, and far from us, who wait for healing, or love or justice.

Hannah is broken-hearted because she has no child, and is made fun of by others. She comes to the temple and prays, her grieving lips moving silently.  She waits and God hears her.

Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk.… Hannah answered, ‘No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.’

In what ways this week are you being asked to wait? As you pray this week, pray with an open heart, to wait for God’s love. 
Read 1 Samuel 1.9-17

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Welcome from the Arhchbishop of Canterbury
Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Two – Watching

Advent Week Two – Watching

The lights of Christmas – in shops, on streets and in our homes – are bold, beautiful, colourful and often dazzling. Occasionally one small light catches our eye – perhaps a candle’s flickering flame – and we see something new.

Prayer is taking time to look. It’s pausing long enough to see the goodness, wonder and beauty around you.

Prayer is refusing to rush out the door in the morning before stopping to see the good things that shape and fill your life.

It’s making time to see, what might otherwise remain unnoticed, the signs of God’s presence in the world and in the people you encounter today, and in your own life. The signs are there and you will see them if you open your eyes.

Jacob, running away from home, stops to sleep in the desert and dreams a colourful dream. He sees a ladder stretched from earth to heaven, with angels going up and coming down. He wakes and knows that God is in this place.

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

Where this week can you recognise the presence of God? As you pray this week, pray with open eyes, to see God’s presence around you. 
Read Genesis 28.10-17

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Welcome From The Archbishop of Canterbury
Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Three – Waiting

Advent Week One – Listening

The weeks before Christmas can be busy and noisy.  There are moments and places where silence is a gift, like the quiet of a city street or country lane after a fall of snow.

Prayer does not begin, or end, with words.  It starts in stillness and finds its fullest expression in silence.

As we are silent, we learn to listen.  We discover how to pay attention to what is going on within us and to what is happening around us.  Listening to your heart and to the world begins to enable you to listen to God. You might only hear him faintly, but as you do so you can catch his whisper of love.

Elijah, the prophet, was fed up and angry.  He walked 400 miles complaining to God that everyone else had given up and abandoned him.  God waited until Elijah had finished and was quiet and then God spoke; not in a violent wind, or an earthquake or a raging fire, but in a breath of silence.

Now there was a great wind, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.

Where this week can you find a moment of silence?  As you pray this week, pray with open ears, to listen to God’s whisper.
Read 1 Kings 19.1-12

Welcome from the Archbishop of Canterbury

Christmas is, for many, a busy time of year filled with the joys of carol singing, presents and celebrations with family and friends. For others, Christmas can be a lonely time shaped by sadness and memories.

Christmas can also be a time to pause and reflect. In fact, that’s one of the ways we can unwrap the true gifts of Christmas – a moment of peace in the busyness, a breakthrough of hope in our sadness or a rediscovery of love in a relationship that has become stressed.

#GodWithUs: Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life. The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence.

My prayer is that these reflections help you unwrap in your own life God’s gifts of peace, hope and love. May your Christmas journey lead you closer not just to the heart of Christmas, but to the person of Jesus whose birth we celebrate in this wonderful season.

Archbishop Justin Welby

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Advent Week One – Listening
Advent Week Two – Watching
Advent Week Three – Waiting

CHRISTMAS AT SAINT MARTIN’S CHURCH

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. We hope that you will find the time to join us during this festive season to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December

The return of our very popular Christmas Tree Festival.
Full details here.

Sunday 17th December

3:30pm:  Children’s Christmas party followed by Christingle service.  Please phone Fr Victor (01908 372825) or Iola Samuels  (0785 5757005) to let us know your children are coming to the party.
6:00pm:   Carol Service.  A seasonal offering of well-loved Christmas carols, poems and readings.   Following the service some festive refreshments will be served.

Sunday 24th December

10:00am:  Parish Mass, including  crib service for the children.
11:00pm:  Midnight Mass, including blessing of the crib.

Monday 25th December

10:00am:  Mass of the Holy Nativity with carols.

 

LUNA ROSSA IN CONCERT

SATURDAY 19th MAY 2018

We are very pleased to welcome Luna Rossa, who will be performing their beautiful, bewitching music in the intimate and historic setting of St Martin’s church.

LUNA ROSSA are Anne-Marie Helder and Jonathan Edwards,
award-winning songwriters who are best known for their work with the rock band PANIC ROOM, and before that KARNATAKA.   Luna Rossa began life as a ‘little sister’ acoustic project to Panic Room, where Anne-Marie & Jonathan could create the perfect outlet for their more folky / rootsy material.  Since the first Luna Rossa album was released in 2013, the project has taken on a shimmering identity of its own and has won critical acclaim internationally. 
Luna Rossa’s very special guest at this concert will be  the lovely singer-songwriter Sarah Dean, aka The Incredible String Blonde.   Sarah is much in demand for her stunning, versatile vocals, which take her from folk to blues to rock and everywhere in between!  However, it is the Celtic Harp that allows Sarah to create the rich textures and atmospheres that take audiences to another place with its magical & mesmeric soundscapes.

Tickets are just £17 (£20 at the door) and include a buffet meal. 

Please note that St Martin’s church does not run a licensed bar.  However, you are positively encouraged to bring your own beer and wine to this event!  (Soft drinks will be available.)

Tickets available from:  Luna Rossa Tickets

Alternatively send a cheque payable to St Martin’s Church PCC to:

St Martin’s Church
Aylesbury Street
Fenny Stratford
Milton Keynes
MK2 2BU

No booking fee, but please enslose an SAE for return of your tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased direct from St Martin’s Church after any service.

There is ample free parking in the car park off George Street, almost opposite the church.  There is also limited on street parking along Aylesbury Street.

 

 

October Devotions

In Honour Of Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin Mary

BVM Rosary

Service of Light, Rosary and Vespers

Sunday 8th October at 5:00pm

After the service high tea will be served in the vestry

Also, every Saturday at 10:30am throughout October

Rosary and Intercessions at our Walsingham shrine in church

Advanced Nurture Course

Fr Victor will be running a new advanced nurture course aimed at those that want to go deeper and develop a real appreciation of their Christian Faith. The course will be particularly suited to those that wish to exercise leadership roles within the parish.

This will be a seven week course beginning on Tuesday 3rd October at 7:15pm at the Vicarage. Each session will last an hour and a half and will involve active participation by those taking part.

Participants will look at core aspects of Christian belief, examine some of the moral questions arising from the practice of the Christian tradition, and learn how to Catechise and pass on the precious gift of faith to others.

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival 2

Our Harvest Festival takes place on Sunday 1st October.

Please join us at our 10:00am Parish Mass when we give thanks to God for His great goodness in providing the bountiful harvest of crops and  fruit upon which we all still depend.

Gifts of dried and tinned foodstuffs donated at this service will be used to help vulnerable and temporarily disadvantaged families in the local community.

 

OUR PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Join us as we celebrate the feast of our patron Saint Martin.

A great example to all Christians and an inspiration to our church community.

St martin

Friday 10th November:

 7:00pm Festal Mass, including  Confirmation of our five candidates. 

Celebrant & Preacher:  Bishop Jonathon

After the service refreshments will be served in the vestry.

 Saturday 11th November:

Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Festal Vespers & Procession of the Relic of Saint Martin  at 6:00pm, followed by the St Martin’s Day dinner. 
Our Guest speaker at the dinner will be Fr Ian Thomas

Tickets for the dinner are £15, or £17.50  with wine.  Booking forms are now available on the table at back of church and should be returned with your payment to Neil Grice by Sunday 5th November.