Pew Sheet for Advent 3 12th December

United Benefice of St Bartholomew

Lower Cam with Coaley


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December 12th Third Sunday of Advent

9.30am Advent Communion (Co)

11.00am Advent Communion (LC)

Revd. Bob Callaghan both Churches

3.00pm Words and Music (Co)


December 14th      

  9.30am Morning Prayer (LC)


December 15th        

 10.00am Holy Communion (LC)

8.00pm Zoom Service of Compline


December 19th Fourth Sunday of Advent

9.30am Advent Communion (Co)

Revd. Axford

11.00am Advent Communion (LC)

Revd. Peter Fewings

4.00pm Carol Service (Co)

4.00pm Carols by Candlelight (LC)



God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.



Come, O come:

Emmanuel, God with us.


In your prayers this week could you pray for our five overseas partner Dioceses especially today the Diocese of El Camino Real and for Churches Together, Dursley Tabernacle U.R.C.


Post Communion

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts; kindle in us the fire of your Spirit that when your Christ comes again we may shine as lights before his face; who is alive and reigns now and for ever.   Amen.


First Reading – Zephaniah 3 v14-end


14-15 So sing, Daughter Zion!  Raise your voices, Israel!  Daughter Jerusalem, be happy! celebrate!
God has reversed his judgments against you
and sent your enemies off chasing their tails.
From now on, God is Israel’s king, in charge at the center.  There’s nothing to fear from evil ever again!  16-17 Jerusalem will be told: “Don’t be afraid.
Dear Zion, don’t despair.  Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.  18-20 “The accumulated sorrows of your exile will dissipate.
I, your God, will get rid of them for you.  You’ve carried those burdens long enough.  At the same time, I’ll get rid of all those who’ve made your life miserable.  I’ll heal the maimed; I’ll bring home the homeless.  In the very countries where they were hated they will be venerated.  On Judgment Day
I’ll bring you back home—a great family gathering!
You’ll be famous and honored all over the world.
You’ll see it with your own eyes—all those painful partings turned into reunions!”  God’s Promise.

Gospel Reading – Luke 3 v7-18

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?  Bear fruits worthy of repentance.  Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.  Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”  11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.”  12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?”  13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?”  He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”  15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”  18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

Vacancy Prayer


Heavenly Father, during this vacancy,
guard and grow this Benefice as we serve you together and especially as we commence our benefice profile.

Lord Jesus, we know that you have plans for us
and that these plans are good.
We ask now that you will help us to share responsibility, grow in faith, love one another, care for those in need, reach out to others, and welcome newcomers.

Holy Spirit, please guide all who are seeking the right person for us, and those who are seeking the right place for their ministry, that together we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


December 12th – 3.00pm – Words and Music for a Winter Afternoon in Coaley Church (Co)


December 14th – 2.00pm – Mothers Union Meeting in Lower Cam Church (LC)


December 17th to 19th – Festival of Trees and Cribs in Lower Cam Church (LC)


December 19th – 4.00pm - Carol Service in Coaley Church (Co)


December 19th – 4.00pm - Carols by Candlelight in Lower Cam Church, please wear masks (LC)


December 23rd – 10.30am – Coffee, cake and company in Lower Cam Church with carols and humorous entertainment from Claire Greenwood, All welcome (LC)


If you have any of the following items which could be loaned for Words & Music on 12th December, please speak to Gill Holmes. Mouth organ, copy of Old Moore's Almanack (any year), penknife, item for removing stones from a horse's hoof, joke book.  Thank you.


‘Art with Heart’ is back on at Lower Cam (in the Church) on Fridays at 9.30am - 11.30am (LC)


If anybody would like to sponsor the colour front cover of the Church Magazine, please contact Gill or Barbara.  Many thanks.


Brian Murphy has been appointed as the new Churchwarden in Lower Cam