14th December 2014

Third Sunday of Advent 


8:00am: Holy Communion BCP 

9:45am: Open House 

6.00pm: Holy Communion & Shalom Healing 

6.00pm: REV Fancy Dress!


Collect of the Day

God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to pre-
pare 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 

Isaiah 61.1-4,8-11

The servant of the Lord said: 1The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news
to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the
captives, and release to the prisoners; 2to proclaim the year of the
LORD’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;3to provide for those who mourn in Zion –
to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of
mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to
display his glory.4They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up
the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devasta-
tions of many generations. 8For I the LORD love justice,
I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recom-
pense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their off-
spring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they
are a people whom the LORD has blessed.10I will greatly rejoice in the
LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with
the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteous-
ness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride
adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is
sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and
praise to spring up before all the nations. 

1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

My brothers and sisters, 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing,
18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of
prophets, but test everything; 21hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from
every form of evil. 23May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely;
and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will do this.

John 1.6-8,19-28

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as
a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He
himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.19This is the
testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from
Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ 20He confessed and did not deny
it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ 21And they asked him, ‘What
then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He an-
swered, ‘No.’ 22Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an
answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ 23He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord”’,
as the prophet Isaiah said. 24Now they had been sent from the Phari-
sees. 25They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither
the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ 26John answered them, ‘I bap-
tize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the
one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his
sandal.’ 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was

Post Communion Prayer

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


Monday 15th December
9.00am Burley & Woodhead Christmas Service
7.00pm REV music group

Tuesday 16th December
5.00pm Ghyll Royd School Christmas Service

Wednesday 17th December
9:00am Ecumenical Prayers at Menston Methodist Church
1.0pm Funeral of Shirley Alice Overend
2.00pm-3.30pm Tiny Tots in Parish Centre

Thursday 18th December
10:00am Holy Communion (said) in Church Lounge
8.00pm LG/MU Carol Service in Church - all welcome

Friday 19th December
9.00am Burley Oaks School Christmas Service

Saturday 20th December
9.30am Parish Council/Community Trust Coffee morning in Parish Centre

Sunday 21st December Advent 4
8:00am Holy Communion BCP
9:45am Parish Communion
10.00am Tea&Toast in Parish Centre …. Christmas Party
6:00pm Nine Lessons and Carols


R.I.P: Shirley Overend
Within the Church: Our advent preparation for Christmas
In the local Community: Poplar Close

Prayer Chain: A small group of people from our Church commit themselves to offering daily prayers, when there is an emergency, or for people who are sick and for those needing long term prayer support. If you or someone you know would appreciate our collective prayers then please contact Kelvin Newberry [863752] or names can be given to either of our priests. 


Christingle making will happen in the Church Lounge on Monday 22nd from 9.30. All volunteers welcome.

Thank you on behalf of The Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust and Christian Aid for the generous donations given from St Mary's. They will be of real benefit to people who often work much harder than us yet have so much less.In Tereli we are funding medicines and improvements to health facilities, improvements to school premises and environmental projects.Christian Aid has a Christmas project to reduce infant and maternal deaths in childbirth. The UK Government will double every pound raised this Christmas so this will go even further in saving lives. Many thanks again. 

Advance notice to the early risers amongst us. On Monday 22nd December our choirs will be singing live on the Radio Leeds breakfast show from 7am. 

Christmas Quiz It’s that time of year again and you may (or perhaps not?) be pleased to know that we have produced yet another quiz. This time it is literary and all the proceeds will be going to the Mothers’ Union Literacy Fund. Please do join in and enjoy. Entry is still only £1 with a prize of £20 Quizzes from Sue or Vernon (Whelan), Tel. 863478 

The CHURCH in SUDAN. Here comes another calendar for 2015......but please read on !! This one carries some information, and vibrant photographs giving glimpses of the joys, struggles and potential of fellow-Christians in that part of the Sudanese Church with which our Bradford (West Yorkshire and the Dales)) Churches are linked. A.5 format available from me at £3 (larger format £5). Proceeds in support of the many displaced families. Please request ! Chris Hayward (865261 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust Calendars £6 are still available from Janet Squire (862582), from The Garden Room at the Parish Centre . 

Christmas Carol Service Everyone is very welcome to join the Ladies Group, Mothers' Union, MUms&Co. and St Mary's Singers on Thursday, 18 December, at 8p.m. in church. Afterwards, there will be mulled wine and festive refreshments. (Please bring a glass!) 

Tea ‘n’ Toast Christmas Party Sunday 21st December will be the last Tea ‘n’ Toast @ 10 before Christmas and we are having some party food after our time together. Please do come and join us for either our worship/party or come after the service at St Mary’s and join us for Christmas refreshments. Everyone is very welcome. We will supply the food and there will be a box for any donations. We look forward to celebrating together.

Tree of Remembrance. If you have lost someone close and would like to remember them this Christmas, you are invited to write their name on a dove, star or heart tag and hang it on the tree in the Church entrance. The tree will remain until after Christmas. 

Christmas Cards. If you would like to send Christmas greetings to members of our church, you can do it by writing just one card! 2 boards are in place at the back of church ready for you to pin your card to them. In return, Christian Aid would appreciate a small donation of the money you have saved. Place it in one of the Christian Aid envelopes marked JOY and give it to a churchwarden, place it on the plate at a service, or give it to me, Janet Squire. Thank you.  

THANK YOU FROM WESTERN NEPAL DISABILITY TRUST: Thank you to everyone at St Mary's for your generous donation recently received through the PCC. This will be put towards our next donation to the palliative care project, which we have supported since its beginning. There is more information about the project in the October magazine. Your gift means that care and treatment will be available for more patients, and that additional training can be given to staff. We do thank you for this: the practical support, encouragement, and expression of love. Jane Schofield Gurung, for WNDT Trustees. 

Flowers in Church. After Advent it is always a joy to decorate the church to welcome the Christ Child. Help is needed, particularly for doing the window sills. Please let Pat or Doris know if you are able to help on Monday 22nd December from 9.30am. We do have a happy hour together with drinks and mince pies, a good start to the Christmas season.

Messy Epiphany
Monday 5th January 1:30pm - 3pm
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Station Road.
Crafts, story, songs, drama.
Finish off Christmas with a fun afternoon of activities about the Wise men.
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KS1 Children should be accompanied.

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