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Sunday 24th November

Colossians 1:11-20

Paul assures his readers that they have been made members of Christ’s kingdom. The verses that follow have a solemn and poetical feel to them as he proclaims that Christ’s supremacy is absolute.        

Brothers and sisters, May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Luke 23:33-43

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[ Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

Next week's readings (1st December)

Isaiah 2:1-5

Matthew 24:36-44

Collect

God the Father, help us to hear the call of Christ the King

and follow in his service, whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Prayer after Communion:

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.

Please remember in your prayers this week:

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering, especially Sara Pountain, John Peregrine, Clive Tougher, Mickey Heyes, Margaret Marsden and Phil Phillips.

The recently bereaved, especially the friends and relatives of Edna Kirby, Rosa  Williams, Ray Sherratt, Judith Pilkington, Eric Redfern, Raymond Tunnicliffe, Katrina and Betty Marsden.

Please pray for the safety and security of women experiencing violence and abuse in the slums of Delhi.

Alariah Toombs, whose Christening is in St.Oswald’s today.