Advent Sunday

Dear all

Tomorrow is Advent Sunday, the opening of the season during which we prepare and wait for Christmas – the joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus.
Our Morning Worship will be live online on this link at 10am:

Meeting ID: 763 0024 8393

Passcode: twoshires

The service will also be video recorded and a video uploaded to YouTube and our website at about 1pm tomorrow.


We will be following the Church of England’s chosen theme this year of ‘Comfort and Joy’.  We will look at Comfort and Joy through a different ‘medium’ each week, which will ‘start’ each Thursday. The theme and bible passage will be followed at the Thursday evening prayer service online and also at the following Sunday service each week. The Thursday service will use a special liturgy prepared by Rev Michelle.

Advent Sunday: Welcome to the season.  Introduction to Comfort and Joy.  Preparing for week 1 – Light.  Gospel for the day:  Mark 13:24-end

Week 1 (3-9 Dec):  Light.  Matthew 5:14-16

The comfort and hope that light brings, through welcome, warmth, presence and symbolism.  The joy is illumination and the excitement of seeing and experiencing light in all its forms.

Week 2 (10-16 Dec):  Christmas Cards.  Isaiah 61:1-3

The comfort of receiving from those who care for us, and of giving to others.  The joy of the unexpected and reading a personal message of hope and love.  The comfort and joy of an image, and where that takes you.

Week 3 (17-23 Dec):  Music.  Luke 1:46-55

How does music move you?  How do you feel comfort from a particular piece of music, or genre?  Where does music bring you joy?

Christmas Eve: Luke 2:1-7

We turn our focus to the nativity and journey to the manger.  If you haven’t done so already, why not visit one of the outdoor displays at your local parish church.  Each church is doing something different.  If it is not appropriate or possible for you to go out, what at home might represent that journey?  Place yourself at the birth of Jesus, maybe in the sandals of the shepherds or the stirrups of the three kings.  What is your sense of comfort and joy?


Since my weekly update email of 25 November it has been confirmed by letter from Bishop Ruth to all ministers and churchwardens that public worship may resume in churches from 3rd December.  Therefore there will not be a service of Holy Communion at Cricket Malherbie as scheduled on 2nd December.  The next services in church will be those scheduled on 6th December as per my previous letter.

Also, I would be very grateful if you could remember my family and all those involved in the inquest into the death of my sister, Lulu, which is being held in Exeter Coroner’s Court on Tuesday 1st December.  It will be a very difficult day for many.

With every blessing


The Reverend Philip Butcher
Rector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham, Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)
The Vicarage
3 Home Farm
TA20 2SH
01460 221286
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