Sunday is Christ the King and that marks the last Sunday in
the church's year. It's also sometimes called Stir Up Sunday,
when traditionally it is the day to make your Christmas puddings
- we made ours several weeks ago. The reason it is called
Stir Up Sunday is not just because of stirring the Christmas
pudding but because of the prayer that is said on this Sunday.
'Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that
they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may
by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.'
It is a prayer asking God to stir up us, wake us up, give
us a good shake that we would bring forth good fruit. For
me that starts with the fruits of the Spirit - love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self- control. I wonder which of these you need to ask
God for this coming week? When we have these fruits of the
Spirit then many of them lead on to good works eg. kindness
and love overflow to blessing others. As we make a Christmas
pudding to share with others so the fruits and gifts of God
to us are meant to be shared also.
The making of Christmas puddings came from the Victorians
and they had many traditions that went with the making. One
of them was that each member of the family gave the pudding
a stir and as they did they made a wish. I wonder what you
long for in your heart as we draw close to the end of this
unique year? Yesterday I was reading a great book on prayer
by Pete Grieg called How to Pray - I can well recommend it.
He was saying that if an angel came to you and told you that
the next day your one prayer would be answered - what would
that be? You would certainly pray that prayer. He also said
that if the angel told you the prayer would be answered on
the 365th day and you would need to pray each day would you
do it? Probably. Prayer is not about making wishes, it is
about asking God to be involved in a situation or a person.
Also yesterday I was challenged to pray much more specifically
for people and situations - to ask God to show me what He
wanted for that person or situation.
So on this Stir up Sunday - when many of us would prefer
to hibernate until Spring - let's wake up, be alert, get going,
be all stirred up in a good way and let's be fruitful in our
lives so that we are blessed and that we might bless others.
Let's get serious about prayer, because it works and the Lord
is waiting for us to come to Him. Use your time wisely to
be blessed, to bless others and to pray.
With every blessing
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf
Calendar November pdf
Sunday Services - Sadly St Augustine’s
Locking and St Mary’s Hutton church buildings are closed
again during the second lockdown. Follow us here online
St Mary’s Hutton church building is open for private
prayer on Thursday 10am - 12noon. Each session will be supervised
and all seating will be at a distance of 2 metres. If you
have any questions about this please contact the wardens:
Dave Bradley 01934 814205 and Mary Potter 01934 812788.
The Advent and Christmas edition of Crosslinks
Magazine can be viewed here
Candle of hope
During lockdown please join us in putting a light of some
sort (maybe not a lit candle!) in your window after dark to
shine forth the Lord's hope and love in the darkness. So spread
the word and get others to join in.
This year we have been again supporting the Samaritan Purse
Shoebox Appeal. We have collected 80 boxes including 40 from
Hutton School . A huge thank you to everyone who helped fill
John and Margaret
If you are self-isolating and need shopping or supplies please
ring Anne 01934 823556 for Hutton and Locking villagers or
Steve Cope 01934 813871 for Hutton. Any Foodbank donations
can be left on the doorstep of John and Margaret Bailey, 31
Willow Drive, Hutton or Chris and Anne Wilkins, The Vicarage,
The Green, Locking, where they will be collected and taken
to the foodbank. They are in need of: Tinned potatoes, Instant
mashed potatoes, Shampoo and deodorant, Tinned meats, plus
any other food items but please no pasta!
The Red Cross has launched a help line for anyone that is
“feeling lonely or worried, finding it difficult to
access food or medication, or are concerned about someone
else who is”
Call free and confidential on 0808 196 3651 to chat to a Red
Help is offered with:
- Help with practical information and advice.
- Emotional support.
- Connecting with local support.
- The phone line is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Got some good news?
Then why not share it here so we can all celebrate. A special
anniversary, a new baby, an engagement, an achievement. It
can be something big or very small - if it's good news then
let us all know.
Mustard Seed FairTrade Coffee Morning
As we begin another lock down, the “Mustard Seed”
will sadly be closed for coffee and social gathering during
November. Hopefully we will be able to resume on Wednesday
2nd December, 10 – 12noon. Watch this space . . .
However, the FAIR TRADE goods will be readily available to
everyone through November. Our shopping habits can be led
by our Christian values showing that we care. We can all make
a difference to the unfairness of the world by choosing ethically
sourced products, and the Fair Trade symbol will guarantee
safe and fair working conditions for the growers and producers,
wherever they may be in the world. Let's be active in helping
to improve the lives of these people, and help lift them out
of poverty. We, who have so much -
“Let our lives mirror what is written on our hearts”.
. . . .
For free delivery of any items in the Traidcraft catalogue,
please call Gill & Eric on 813716 .
Catalogues, Christmas cards & Advent Calendars all available
to order now.
Christmas Market Trail
On December 12th a Christmas Market Trail is being planned
in Hutton by the owner of Toot Sweets, a food and drinks company
based and living in Hutton. As churches we are proposing to
have three stalls at times throughout the day. There will
be a home made goods stall, with an instant Christmas present
draw; a books and jigsaws stall and a Christmas Lights display
in the evening with refreshments being given out. Profits
from the lights will go to '4 U Mandy Jones’, a charity
committed to relieving those suffering from or affected by
skin cancer and those from the stalls will go to the churches.
So, if you have any bottles, home made goodies or crafts,
preserves, books, jigsaws, mince pies, little Christmas gifts
please get them to either Mary Potter (812788), Jane Barry
(813802) Sue Williams (811270) or Anne Wilkins (823556) and
we’ll distribute them accordingly. If you want things
to be picked up, give one of us a ring. Full details of the
Christmas Market Trail can be found in Hutton News, Crosslinks,
on Hutton Parish Council web-site and on Toot Sweets’
Facebook page www.facebook.com/TootSweetsvan
When you can't attend a funeral. One of the really sad things
at this time is that not everyone who would like to attend
a funeral can, due to the restrictions on numbers. Over lockdown
I have been sending this service to people and suggest that
they read it and light a candle at the time of the service
to feel that they are part of it. I do hope that it helps
you. See - A
Simple Reflection at home on a Funeral
Collect for Christ the King
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne
of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond
of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at
his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for the week
Readings for the coming week. Why not read the readings through
slowly twice and before you do ask God to speak to you today.
We are reading through the Gospel of Luke.
Sunday 22nd November Matthew 25: 31 - end
Monday 23rd November Luke 21: 1 - 4
Tuesday 24th November Luke 21: 5 - 11
Wednesday 25th November Luke 29: 12 - 19
Thursday 26th November Luke 21: 20 - 28
Friday 27th November Luke 21: 29 - 33
Saturday 28th November Luke 21: 34 - 36
Prayer Chain - If you need prayer for yourself
or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For
Locking, please contact Anne Wilkins phone 823556 or for Hutton
Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request.
Please pray for Diane Hiscocks as she is working
at Weston General Hospital on the Covid ward. Pray for her
safety as well as all the other staff.
Prayer requests - please feel free to send
prayer requests to Chris in the office, if you would like
them to be included on this sheet, or call Anne on 823556.
If you would like someone to pray with you please call Anne
and she will pray on the phone.
With the onset of winter and the current feelings of gloom,
resignation and despondency surrounding the second lockdown,
here are a few observations from nature to bring a little
hope and encouragement:
1. The sun is always shining somewhere, it’s just that
we may not be able to see it.
2. The hazel, birch and alder catkins are already formed,
waiting for Spring.
3. Every raindrop has the potential to become a rainbow.
4. The tide may ebb, but it always flows back.
5. Dawn never fails to come.
A few years ago I wrote down an inspirational sentence from
the end of a daily devotional reading and memorised it: ‘Faith
is a bird that looks for the dawn and sings while it is still
dark’. Then there is the passage from Romans 8, v 18-25
with the promise of restoration when Jesus returns to reign,
and the wonderful Psalm 104 that causes us to ponder and give
thanks for the greatness and goodness of God through His creation.
When life is hard, may we all take comfort from God’s
word, and keep looking out, and looking up. Gillian
Reading for Sunday 22nd November
Matthew 25: 31 - end The sheep and the goats
‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the
angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the
nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate
the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep
from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the
goats on his left.
‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come,
you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the
kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you
invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was
ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came
to visit me.”
‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when
did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite
you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see
you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever
you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters
of mine, you did for me.”
‘Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart
from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared
for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave
me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to
drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed
clothes and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison
and you did not look after me.”
‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see
you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or
ill or in prison, and did not help you?”
‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you
did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for
‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the
righteous to eternal life.’
Reflections on Matthew 25: 31 - end
A few weeks ago, the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford
was in the news. He was campaigning for free school meals
to continue throughout the October half term and also provide
support for families during the Christmas school holidays,
so that, in his words “In my mind, no child should ever
go hungry in the United Kingdom.” (www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-54841316
8th Nov 20). This is not something that he could have done
on his own, but using his position as a footballer, he motivated
a large swathe of the population, over 1.1 million people,
to support him to petition the government, and he won. The
BBC writes ”A winter grant scheme, to be run by councils,
will provide support with food and bills, and a holiday food
and activities programme is to be expanded. Rashford said
it would improve the lives of almost 1.7 million children.
The move represents a climbdown for the government, which
had said Universal Credit was the best way to help.”
Marcus Rashford cared for those who had no voice, those who
are helpless and on the breadline, those who were starving
and in need of food. He cared, he motivated others and the
outcome was that he won, by unlocking additional governmental
funding for those in need. It is reported that his mother
is a Christian, her values could have influenced his actions.
This is a wonderful example of this Sunday’s Gospel
reading in action. I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty
and you gave me a drink.... Whenever you did one of these
things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you
did it to me, says Jesus (The Message Bible). Every human
is made in God’s image and eternally loved by God. God
also knows what happens to each and every person because he
cares and loves each one of us. He is, to use the technical
word, Omniscient, which means all-knowing. God is all all-knowing
in the sense that he is aware of the past, present, and future.
Nothing takes him by surprise. His knowledge is total. He
knows all that there is to know and all that can be known.
So God knows when we show acts of kindness to people, maybe
through giving of food to the food bank, supporting charities
like HoverAid who supply water filtration kits (and medical
aid) to Madagascar, or Somewhere to Go who help the insecurely
housed in Weston, donating clothes to a charity shop or visiting
the sick in hospital or at home, although at the present time
in lockdown, a phone call is nearly as good (or zoom, skype,
Do these small actions make a difference? Yes, very much
so. God knows what we do and at the end of time, there will
be a reward. This will come when, remembering the beginning
of the Gospel reading, Jesus returns as a glorious magnificent
King, when there will be a sorting out of all peoples, from
those who are right with God and have shown it by how they
live their lives, the ‘sheep’ and those who have
ignored God and have shown it in how they have lived their
lives, the ‘goats’. Those who are right with God
(the ‘righteous’), will be invited to be with
him for ever. Geoff wrote a bit about this last week, of knowing
100% our guarantee of eternal life. Those who are right with
God through Jesus will show it in their lives, being motivated
and caring like Marcus Rashford, by doing something positive
for those with no voice by random acts of kindness where nothing
can be given in return, and in doing this, Jesus says “Truly
I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
What about the goats in the story? Jesus says “Depart
from me....” So there will be a day of reckoning. My
hope and prayer is that all of us will be like the sheep,
going to be with Jesus for ever. Please don’t be found
to be a goat at the end of time, but be right with God through
Jesus now and live your life reflecting this hope and certainty,
bringing glory to God and showing His love to others on earth.
Home study - take time to read the Bible passage Matthew 25:
31 - end and reflect on these questions:
1. Verses 31, 32 - How do you imagine what it will like when
Christ returns? Does this description change what you have
thought at all?
2. Verses 32 & 33 Why do you think Jesus uses the image
of sheep and goats? How does the idea of a separation make
you feel and why?
3. Verse 34 - What is special and different about the sheep?
4. Verses 35 & 36 - Do we see Christ in the people around
us in need and how do we respond? Does this verse make us
feel uncomfortable and why? What needs to change in our mind
5. Verse 37 - 40 - What do you notice about their response
to Jesus? How do these verses challenge us? Take time to pray
for people you see and maybe know who are in need and see
them as Jesus in need and respond accordingly.
6. Verse 41 - 45 - Compare the response to Jesus of the sheep
and the goats? What was the difference in their actions? How
do we feel about what happened to the goats?
7. Verse 46 - It would be be great to discuss how we gain
eternal life. Here it could be suggested that we are saved
through good works - which we know we are not. How does this
fit in with the belief that we are saved through faith in
the death and resurrection of Jesus? Where does good works
fit in with this?
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If you live in Hutton and have a dog which needs walking,
please phone Anne (823556) and she will put you in touch with
someone who is offering their services.
Go green this Christmas
if you want to get rid of all the plastic and throw away rubbish,
then Dunelm are selling recyclable: crackers, wrapping paper
and gift bags. We had the crackers from them last year and
they were great!
A prayer for times of isolation
‘For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come…
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39)
God of heaven and earth,
in these times of isolation,
apart from loved ones
distant from friends
away from neighbours
thank you that there is nothing
in all of creation,
not even coronavirus,
that is able to separate us from your love.
And may your love that never fails
continue to be shared
through the kindness of strangers
looking out for each other,
for neighbours near and far
all recognising our shared vulnerability,
each of us grateful for every breath,
and willing everyone to know the gift
of a full and healthy life.
Keep us all in your care.
For those who are ill -
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are
ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who
are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work
many will be restored to health;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer at bedtime -
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who
are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or
place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
O God of unconditional love,
you who show no partiality in respect to people or nations,
we have heard your good news of great joy for all the people.
We hear that good news, and in hearing, believe.
We know that your sanctuary is a house of worship for all
with no regard for the colour of our skin.
As we worship you, knit us into a people,
a seamless garment of many colours.
May we celebrate our unity, made whole in our diversity.
Forgive us for our inability to let our “old selves”
die to the world. Amen.
Church of Scotland
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without
surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the
spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become
vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested
in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is
full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue
there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere
life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be
cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering
the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears
are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the
stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours
and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace
in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
The Journey Prayer – St Brendan
God, bless to me this day,
God bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace,
Each day and hour of my life;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace, Each day and hour of my
God, bless the pathway on which I go;God, bless the earth
that is beneath my sole;Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love,O
God of gods, bless my rest and my repose;
Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love, And bless, O God of
gods, my repose.
Bible Q and A This is a very interesting site that answers
some of the tricky questions about the Bible and the Christian
faith. You can also submit questions too. Why not give it