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St James' Church Update - december 2017

St James Burton Line DrawaingHow are your Christmas preparations going? Are you one of those people who buy all of their Christmas cards in the January sales; their presents in the summer and have everything wrapped by the end of November? Or are you like me, who never thinks about Christmas until December? 
Well this year things are different! I’m writing this in the first week of November and have all of my cards ready to write. I’ve not made a
resolution to be more organised but I have had an imposed period of
enforced rest. Earlier in the week I had a bunion operation in our lovely Melton hospital and so had to stay in bed for two days and then spend two weeks sitting still with my foot raised! What a restriction for a keen
The last few days before my operation were manic - planting Spring bulbs, emptying the tomatoes out of the greenhouse and replacing them with tender plants and generally tidying up for the Winter. Anticipating this time brought a text to mind from Psalm 46 v10:
“Be still, and know that I am God”
Recently, Revd Mary Barr came to speak to us at a Ladies breakfast about the Charity” Open Door” (opendoorsuk.org), that she has supported for some time. It seeks to help Christians all round the World who are being persecuted for following Jesus. It publishes a “league table” of the hardest places to be a Christian, with North Korea being at the top of the list, closely followed by Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan and many others.
Psalm 46 continues: “I will be exalted among nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”
We need to pray that this will indeed be true and that persecution will cease. You can find out more about the charity and how to support it, by praying for these places and perhaps making a donation at this time of year, when millions of pounds will be spent on gifts going to people who may not need them.
So, as Christmas approaches, let us try to focus on the real reason for the celebrations. May we find time in the midst of our busy lives to “Be still and know that I am God” and be thankful for our lives and the chance to worship without being persecuted.
Dates for Your Diary:
Sunday December 17th
 Carol Service starting at 11.00am followed by the Village Hall Christmas social.
Sunday December 24th
Communion Service at 11.15am Christingle Service 6.30pm in the Church.

Sunday 31st December no service at St James.  We will join with the 10:00am Parish Service at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.

Sue Lloyd


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