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Dear Friends

Week thirty six. And the vaccination's have begun today! 91 year old Margaret Keenan was the first person in the world to have the vaccination at 6.30am today, Tuesday 8th December 2020 followed by a William Shakespeare from Warwickshire! (you couldn't make this up!)

We really do appear to have begun the long path to recovery. I just hope the prediction that up to 35% of the population may not choose to have the vaccination is wrong. I find that prospect astonishing given all the suffering and death we have seen over Coronavirus. Indeed someone I know and respect as a scholar and someone who is highly intelligent refuses to get tested at all for the virus and has said they have no intention of being vaccinated. I very much regret that social media and certain places online are spreading fake-news (to coin a phrase) about the vaccine and it would appear a number of people have been frightened into believing it is unsafe at best and at worst a plot to microchip us all. Really? Come on, folks — when invited, get vaccinated. We owe it for our own sake and of our loved one's and the wider community. I feel we have a moral duty here.

We should congratulate all those who have enabled the UK to be the first nation in the world to have the vaccination available and to thank all those in the NHS who will be working so hard to get the nation vaccinated over the coming weeks and months.

With kindest Regards.

Fred

This week's devotional for the third Sunday of Advent

Read: John 1:6-8, 19-28 (Lectionary Reading)

Read StF 167

Colours of day dawn into the mind,
The sun has come up, the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
And let's give the message to the people we meet.

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return.
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

Go through the park, on into the town;
The sun still shines on, it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
The people of darkness are needing a friend.

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return.
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

Open your eyes, look into the sky,
The darkness has come, the Son came to die.
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.

So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return.
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.

Sue McClellan, John Paculabo &Keith Rycroft

Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4kFVUfM3PA

Pray:

God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father,
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thing is the Kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

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