Parish News

News Bulletin for 12 November 2017 Remembrance Sunday

Volume 7, Number 51 Friday 10th November 2017

From Richard

Remembrance Sunday doesn’t need much introduction. We are all familiar with the message and tradition of this special day of remembrance for those killed in conflict, marked by the red poppies we wear. Remembrance Sunday is held on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, 11th November. It seems to me that the power of these two days of remembrance to draw people together to honour those killed in war is as strong as ever. Every year my own grandchildren tell me about the two minutes silence they had at school.

Remembrance Sunday is an occasion to look back and pray for the dead and injured of wars past, and to pray for forgiveness for past mistakes, and for forgiveness for all conflicts between God’s people. But our readings – from Wisdom 6, Psalm 6 and Matthew 25 - are not at all about looking back or about mistakes or misjudgement. They are emphatically about looking forward with assurance and optimism, not about despair over past failures. In fact they are overflowing with optimism at what humanity can achieve if we allow God’s wisdom to guide us in all things.

Look at this from Wisdom 6 (with a bit of editing): "Wisdom is radiantshe hastens to be known by those who seek herone who is vigilant on her behalf will be free from care. And from Psalm 6: "giving heed to wisdom’s laws is assurance of immortalityand brings one near to God. Jesus’ parable of the ten bridesmaids tells us that wisdom means looking ahead and being prepared for when God calls us. The wise bridesmaids were prepared when the bridegroom called; the foolish bridesmaids were not and got left behind. Our readings all centre on wisdom. In the context of scripture, wisdom issues from God - the wisdom rooted in the word which was with God in the beginning (see John 1). Wisdom includes the art of government, intellectual philosophy, practical morality and practical skills. The true king would honour heavenly wisdom and follow where she leads, and that, surely, would include doing everything possible to avoid war.

Our readings carry the message that the best way we can honour the memory of those killed in war is to live our lives with faith and a clear-sighted ambition for a better world, and to embrace wisdom in our time to avoid repeating the past tragedies we remember today. That thought is hardly a theological insight is it? Libraries full of books and papers have been written working out what that means. But it’s right isn’t it? And remember, the wisdom our readings talk about is God’s wisdom revealed to us through our Christian faith. I would suggest our world needs that wisdom today as much as ever.

"Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. (James 3.13, 17, 18)





8:00am Eucharist Pr Fr Chris Rogers
9:30am Sung Eucharist Pr Fr Simon Vivian

3:00pm Royal British Legion Remembrance Service

6:00pm Evening Prayer Lex Bradley




First Reading Wisdom 6: 12-16

Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.


Gospel Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus spoke this parable to the disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him. Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise replied, "No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves. And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us. But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you. Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.’







+ Alan, Bp of St Albans +Justin, Archbishop

Ughelli (Bendel, Nigeria) & Bishop Cyril Odutemu





Sick & Bereaved




Long term: Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Yvonne Rix,

Omid Tatiae, Margaret Taylor, Len Bennett, Priscilla Watt, Matthew Baynes, priest, Christine Danson, Alan Barham

and immediate: Diane Luckraft, Gordon Hufford, baby Archie Brennan and his parents Max and Alex, Ingrid Carding
















Pearl Wiggins



Morning Prayer Monday 9:00am; Tuesday 9:00am at All Saints Shrublands Road;

Wednesday 8:00am; Thursday & Friday 9:00am

Eucharist Tuesday 9:30am at All Saints’ Shrublands Road; Wednesday 8:30am in St Peters

Evening Prayer Monday – Friday 5:00pm; Saturday 6:00pm


There will be a short service of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11:00am on Saturday November 11.



MOTHERS' UNION TRAVELLING CRIB. During Advent, from 3rd December to Christmas Eve, the Travelling Crib will go from house to house round the town. The crib is a small basket carrying Mary, Joseph and a donkey. If your family would like to have the crib for one night and then pass it on to the next host the following day, please sign up as soon as possible. There are only 21 spaces this year! The rota will be available in church on Sundays 12th, 19th and 26th November, or contact Margaret Burbidge on 862139 or by e-mail,


If you haven't caught the PEOPLE NOT BORDERS touring exhibition, 'I am me': a creative exploration of what it means to be a refugee, there are more local dates coming up: 4th and 5th November, 2:30 - 4:30 at the Friends Meeting House in Hemel; 17th November 10 - 12 am at High Street Baptist, Tring; Sunday 19th November at All Saints, Berkhamsted from 2:30 with a service at 4pm; Sun 26th November 2:30 - 4:30 at the Court House, Berkhamsted.


St PETER'S ADVENT COURSE - Starting at the end of November, we are going to be running an informal Advent course in the Court House at 7.45pm on Thursday evenings.  Called 'Living in the Light', each week, with a cup of tea in hand, we will be exploring the coming of Christ through the eyes of four different people living at or around the time of the birth of Jesus. 


Thurs 30th Nov - Wondering: Luke's reporting of the coming of Christ

Thurs 7th Dec - Pondering: John's reflections on the coming of Christ

Thurs 14th Dec - Receiving: Mary's response to the coming of Christ

Thurs 21st Dec - Living: Paul rejoices in the coming of Christ


The evenings are relatively self-contained.  So if you're not able to commit to all four sessions, it would be splendid to see you at evenings you can make.  However, to get a sense of numbers, if you are likely to attend at least a couple of sessions, do please put your name on the signup sheet at the back of church.  Further details may be obtained from Fr Simon.


DRINKS HELPERS We are looking to build up a pool of people to help on an occasional basis with pouring drinks after Sunday service, washing glasses and to help at events such as the Carol Service on 17th December. If you would be happy to join a pool of volunteers please email the church office or speak to Hilary Armstrong


A FASHION SHOW: On Thursday 23 November at 7:30pm St Peter’s will be host to a fashion show sponsored by Fine and Country estate agents, in aid of the Hospice of St Francis. Come and see the church as you have never seen it before – lights, models, music! Tickets available from or enquire at the Fine & Country office in the High Street.


COWPER SOCIETY PRESENTS a Concert: Bridgewater Sinfonia plays Borodin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky in St Peter’s on Saturday November 25, 7:30pm. Tickets £15 in advance, £16 on the door, under 18 free, available from Aitchisons on the High Street, through the website or contact Penny Abbott or Kate Perera.


FESTIVAL OF LIGHT St Peter’s will be lit by candle light on 26th November 3.30-6 for the Festival of Light. There will be an art exhibition of work for Victoria School children and we will be selling mulled wine and seasonal refreshments.












Grief and Loss Support Group


Sylvia Banks 871195.

Monthly Lunch 12:30pm at The White Horse, Bourne End

Wed 15 Nov







Little Fishes


Tracy Robinson 863559

Fridays in term time: 9:30-11:15am Court House. With today: Joseph helps the Pharaoh

Fri 17 Nov






ABC Prayer Breakfast


Peggy Sear

01296 584530

8:00am at the Way Inn; third Saturday of the month. Prayer requests to Peggy Sear by the previous Monday, please

Sat 18 Nov









The Sunday Service for families, 4:00pm in St Peter’s with tea afterwards

Sun 19 Nov






PEW LEAFLET notices copy-ready & rota swaps by 2pm Wednesday please

PARISH OFFICE hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm




Fr Tim Pilkington

Rector (day off Friday) 01442 879739

Fr Simon Vivian

Assistant Curate (day off Thursday) 01442 864199

Fr John Russell

Team Vicar (Gt Gaddesden, Lt Gaddesden, Nettleden)

Revd Penny Nash

Team Vicar (Potten End and Youth Minister)

Parish Office

Hilary Armstrong and Kate Perera (Mon-Fri 9.30 -12)

01442 878227