At yesterday's service we said goodbye to the Church Year for 2015/2016 as we celebrated Christ the King or as it used to be called; 'Stir up Sunday'. The latter title coming from the beginning of the collect in the Prayer Book for the last Sunday after Trinity:
"Stir up we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
In years gone by this was the signal for those who made them to go home and stir up their Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes, usually for the next Christmas, not the one coming, unless they had not made one for this year. I always remember reference being made to this on the Archers, every year. Do they still do so?
Next week see the beginning of the new Church Year with the dawn of Advent Sunday and the ensuing gallop towards Christmas. In the Good Shepherd we try to take Advent as slowly as possible but the number of social events and Christmas things that impinge increase every year. Such is the way of the world but for now we give thanks for Jesus our King and pray that his ways will reign on earth and not the ways of humankind.
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