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Sunday 18th November 

Daniel 12:1-3  

Written at a time of extreme danger to the Jewish nation from the Seleucid empire in the second century BCE, the book of Daniel describes how the archangel Michael will come to the nation’s aid and bring deliverance.

In the third year of King Cyrus a word was revealed to Daniel: ‘At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.’

Mark 13:1-8

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.’

Next Sunday’s  (25th Nov.) Readings

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14 

John 18:33b-37

Collect

Heavenly Lord, you long for the world’s salvation:

revive us from inaction, restrain us from excess

and stir in us new hope that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The Prayer after Communion:

Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament

you give substance to our hope:

bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

 

Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering, especially Lesley Jones, Jeanna Smith, Margaret Eacott, Lynda Jeatt, Mr and Mrs David Haughney and Teresa McLeod.

The recently bereaved, especially the family and friends of Alan Frost.

The people of California, ravaged by fire.

Evie & Oliver, whose Christening is St.Oswald’s today.


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