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December at St. Bede's

Welcome to January at St Bede’s

The first Sunday in January this year is the 12th day of Christmas, January 6. In church tradition it is the day we celebrate the arrival of the sages from the East at Bethlehem to witness the birth of a new born king, Jesus.  They are guided there by following a star.  This invites us to reflect on which stars, which people, we allow to guide us in the calendar year ahead.
The sages show their wisdom by taking care to read between the lines when King Herod wants them to reveal where Jesus is located.  In our own time we are invited to take care when listening to what the political powers of our own time say, and to read between the lines to ensure the vulnerable in our community receive the care and attention needed.
During January we are invited to spend some time in prayer and reflection in preparation for the year ahead.  There may be behaviours or habits that we might like to change. John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus by calling people to repent, to change from damaging practices. On Sunday January 13th we hear the story of Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist, following John’s call for us to be honest, just and merciful.

The focus window for this month is the John the Baptist window.


Prayer for this Month

(based on Isaiah 43:1-7)

The God who breathed this world alive
And sustains it day by day
Whose hands flung stars into space
And controls our destiny
Says, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”
The God who filled the ocean depths
And set tides on their way
Who caused mountains to be raised up
And rainbows to display
Says, “I have called you by name, you are mine.”
The God who made the fertile earth
And seed within to sow
Whose artistry creates butterflies
And the early morning dew
Says, “You are precious in my sight.”

Source: Copyright©John Birch, 2016, http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Epiphany.htm#ixzz5amz7va00


Our hymn this month is Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3NmfmVGblw