This Week's Messenger


Sunday 4th December 2016




Recently Departed

Greg Giles, Marjory McKinven, Tony Probert, Peter Withers


Year's Mind

[4] May Holbrow; [5] Elsie Comley; [6] Marjorie Cuff; [7] Ethel Giles; [8] Duncan McKinven, Frank Avenell;
[9] Mark Furkins; [10] Freda Mutter, Gwendolyn Mary Tucker.


Readings for this Sunday

Lesson        Isaiah 11.1-10

A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots: on him the spirit of the Lord rests, a spirit of wisdom and insight, a spirit of counsel and power, a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  (The fear of the Lord is his breath.)  He does not judge by appearances, he gives no verdict on hearsay, but judges the wretched with integrity, and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.  His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless, his sentences bring death to the wicked.  Integrity is the loincloth round his waist, faithfulness the belt about his hips.  The wolf lives with the lamb, the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together with a little boy to lead them.  The cow and the bear make friends, their young lie down together.  The lion eats straw like the ox.  The infant plans over the cobra’s hole; in to the viper’s lair the young child puts his hand.  They do no hurt, no harm, on all my holy mountain, for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters swell the sea.  That day, the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples.  It will be sought out by the nations and its home will be glorious. 


Gradual Psalm 72.1-2,7-8,12-13,17

Give the King thy judgements, O God : and thy righteousness unto the King’s son.

Then shall he judge thy people according unto right : and defend the poor.

In his time shall the righteous flourish : yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.

His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other : and from the flood unto the world’s end.

For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth : the needy also, and him that hath no helper.

He shall be favourable to the simple and needy : and shall preserve the souls of the poor.

His Name shall endure for ever; his Name shall remain under the sun among the posterities : which shall be blessed through him; and ll the heathen shall praise him.

Epistle Romans 15.4-9

Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope from the examples scripture gives of how people who did not give up were helped by God.  And may he who helps us when we refuse to give up, help you all to be tolerant with each other, following the example of Christ Jesus, so that united in mind and voice you may give the glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It can only be to God’s glory, then, for you to treat each other in the same friendly way as Christ treated you.  The reason Christ became the servant of circumcised Jews was not only so that God could faithfully carry out the promises made to the patriarchs, it was also to get the pagans to give glory to God for his mercy, as scripture says in one place:  for this I shall praise you among the pagans and sing your name.

Gospel Matthew 3.1-12

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message:  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”  This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:  A voice cries in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message:  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”  This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:  A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.  This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.  Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptized by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.  But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said them, “Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming?  But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ because I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones.  Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire.  I baptize you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.”




It is with sadness that we report the death of Tony Probert, a long-time member of the parish. 

Tony’s quiet and gentle support to everyone, his humour and his dedication will be much missed.

Details of his funeral will be announced as soon as they are known.

May he rest in peace.



Donations will be gratefully received towards the cost of Christmas trees and other floral decorations.

Those who would like to help with decorations are asked to let Pat Mortimer and Marion Reeves know, so that a plan of action can be created.



A Christmas raffle is taking place at S. Mark’s. 

Tickets will be on sale on 4th and 11th December, and the draw will take place on 18th December.



The December issue of InSpire is available. 

Please take a copy for yourself, and perhaps for a friend or neighbour. 




are now available in church and from the Parish Office.  As last year, they cost just 30p each (and this year they are self-adhesive).  They can be used to post Christmas card throughout Swindon and surrounding villages. 

You can post your cards in any of the GREEN Scouts post boxes, or leave them in the parish office (please do not post them in Royal Mail boxes). 

Last day for posting is Tuesday 13th December (Sunday 11th December in church.

Cards will be delivered between 16th and 19th December. 



If you have not already done so, please return your Pledge cards as soon as possible, even if you feel unable to change your pledge.

Please remember to return Standing Order forms to YOUR bank.

Should you wish to join the scheme, please contact the Parish Office.

The outcome of the renewal will provide each DCC with the information to create a budget for 2017.



A box is available at the back of S. Saviour’s for donations of toiletries, etc, for the Refuge, or items may be left at the parish office.  Please help us support the refuge at this time. 





6pm Mass, 6.30pm Rosary
 S. Mark

Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Derek Moreton, Canon Simon Stevenette, Muriel Avenell, Joe Ricketts

S. Nicolas
10.45am S. Aldhelm

Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Greta Davies, Denise Keene, Jane Shrimpton, Robin Langton

S. Ambrose
9.30am S. Saviour

Constance Groves, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle, Sheila Maslin, Margaret Howlett, Peter Winton

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9.30am S. Luke

Gordon Clack, Diana Law, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Mick Koncowski


Preston, June Tatt, Donald Thompson, Ian Taylor, Fr Robert Pitt

9.30 am S. LUKE

Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade


Next Sunday's Readings

Isaiah 35.1-6a,10; Psalm 146; James 5.7-10; Matthew 11.2-11


Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)



The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)

Last Friday of the Month at 9.30 am (Prayer of the Rosary)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement