Good morning
 

Thank you to Joan for reading the Gospel today, to Andrew for the song “Make me a channel of your peace”, to Val for leading our prayers, and to Gill for the video for young people. 

This afternoon at 2.30pm we have our Annual Church Meeting. It’s a chance to celebrate our life together as a Church, to reflect on what we have been up to this past year and to look to the future with hope.

We have quite a few people stepping back from roles this year so it will also be an opportunity for us to thank them for all they have done, and to show our support for all those taking up and continuing in roles in loving service on behalf of the Church family. 

Our Gospel reading today is the parable of the Talents. Jonathan’s sermon today reminds us that it is not the quantity of talents that we have in life that matters, it is how we use them. We are encouraged to seize the day and use our gifts responsibly. The following prayer seems appropriate:

O God our creator, 
your kindness has brought us the gift of a new day. 
Help us to leave yesterday 
and not to covet tomorrow, 
but to accept the uniqueness of today. Amen.

This year our usual Advent course will ‘go virtual’. I will be co-leading the course with Roger the minister at Bramhope Methodist Church, and we will be looking at the York Courses material which has been produced this year by the novelist Catherine Fox. Her course material is very engaging and has been written with Covid-19 in mind. The course is entitled “living in hope”. It will be on Thursday evenings at 7pm, starting on Thursday 26 November. 

We continue with our national month of prayer. On Thursdays we are encouraged to fast and to pray as we bring to God those who are going to be worst affected by this lockdown. We continue to commit ourselves for the next three weeks – as we are able – to praying each day, and on Thursdays to fast as well as to pray.

A hopeful blessing this week from the Iona Community:

And now may the God of hope
Bring you such joy and peace in believing
That you overflow with hope
In the power of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Tom
Virtual Service 15 November