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St Peter's Parish News
Volume 11 Number 51
Friday 19th November 2021
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From Rob:

Christ the King

Royal power can harm if it's not used right.
This is one of many lessons we pick up from the Disney blockbuster Frozen. In it, Elsa learns that the hard way when she sends the kingdom of Arendelle into an eternal winter the night she is crowned queen. Then she accidentally freezes her own sister Anna's heart. Devastated by the destruction she caused, the young royal hides herself away in her castle. In the end, Elsa, Anna, and the whole town discover the only force stronger than power: love.

Love wins, always.

Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King raises up love as the greatest, guiding force. Jesus overturns the traditional model of being in charge. Kings are usually born in palaces and raised in grandeur. Historically, they rule by power and force; people are born as subjects to kings. Jesus, our king, was born in the humblest of places, and he lived a humble life. He rules in love, and not force. In his reign, there are no power trips, no greedy gains and other sins that often plague humanity today. Selfless, loving and sacrificial: this is the kind of kingdom Jesus builds - for all eternity. 

We who choose to follow the servant-king are called to be his hands and feet, and put our lives into his loving service, who is Lord of heaven and earth.

Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,
teach us the way to your Kingdom:
    the way of justice,
    the way of love,
    the way of peace.
You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Mr Rob Halls.
Executive Headteacher, Castle Federation.


St Peter's News and Notices:

Festival of Light at St Peter's.
Sunday 28th November, from 3-6pm, with hot mulled wine on sale.

Advent Carol Service.
As we continue to need to manage the numbers in church when we have services with congregational singing, we will be asking people to book for special services over the season of Advent and Christmas. If you would like to attend the Advent Carol Service, on Sunday 28th November at 7pm, please use the following link to book your place: Advent Carols. Tickets, Sun 28 Nov 2021 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

News from our church schools:

It's Kindness Week, otherwise known as national anti-bullying week, so children and adults at Victoria have been carrying out random acts of kindness for each other. The children have been reminded about the Friendship Stops we have in our playgrounds, and how they can show kindness when they see someone sitting at the stop. Fittingly, we have begun to focus on a new Christian value this week: Compassion. In collective worship we talked about noticing a need and feeling compassion - at the Friendship Stop, for example. On Wednesday, Chloe told the children how Jesus taught his followers to show compassion to everyone, including strangers. On Friday, we all wore something spotty for Children in Need, again showing kindness and compassion by fund-raising for disadvantaged children.

‘When Jesus saw the crowd his heart was filled with compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  So he began teaching them many things.’ Mark 6.34
 This week, our whole school worships have been led by Mrs Cutler with the Year 6 reflective leaders, Chloe and 4AP.  Mrs Cutler used the Bible verse from Mark to illustrate how Jesus always put the needs of others before his own.  He showed his love for them by being compassionate.  Chloe reminded us of the many ways in which we can show compassion, whilst 4AP led our Friday worship on Children in Need.  We have lived out the value of compassion this week by participating in Children in Need and Kindness (Anti-Bullying Week).

News from the Deanery, the Berkhamsted Team and the wider community:
The Hospice Craft Group is back in time for Christmas!  We will be in the Court House on Saturday 20th November from 9.30am to 1pm with a selection of our handmade items for you to buy as Christmas presents, or just because you like them
We will also be serving homemade cakes, coffee and tea for your refreshment
All profits go towards supporting our Hospice of St Francis here in Berkhamsted.
Do come, bring your friends and see what we have been busy making.
  • Visit the Sustainable Hertfordshire Eco-Fair Saturday 27th November 2021 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
    • Hertfordshire County Council invites everyone to attend the county’s first ever Eco-Fair at County Hall and explore the ways we are helping to make a cleaner, greener, healthier Hertfordshire.
    • Attendance is free but please do register your interest via this page to let us know you are coming:   Visit the Eventbrite page to register your interest in this free event.

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First Reading: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14.

As I watched,
thrones were set in place,
   and an Ancient One took his throne;
his clothing was white as snow,
   and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames,
   and its wheels were burning fire.
A stream of fire issued
   and flowed out from his presence.
A thousand thousand served him,
   and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgement,
   and the books were opened. As I watched in the night visions,
I saw one like a human being
   coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
   and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
   and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
   should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
   that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
   that shall never be destroyed.

Psalm 93.

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
   the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
   your throne is established from of old;
   you are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
   the floods have lifted up their voice;
   the floods lift up their roaring.
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
   more majestic than the waves of the sea,
   majestic on high is the Lord!

Your decrees are very sure;
   holiness befits your house,
   O Lord, for evermore.

Gospel: John 18:33-37.

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’



++Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, + Alan, Bishop of St Albans, + Michael, Bishop of Hertford, and Jane, Archdeacon of St Albans. 

The Church of Bangladesh.


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  Long term Christina Billington, Judith Hill, Len Bennett, Lorna Sargaison, Alice Jullien, Keith Dawson, Bill Stead, Marion Crawley
and immediate:  Jeanette Hopkins, David Cooke, Baby Cody Goldthorpe, John Malcolm, Douglas Hill, Margaret Wood, Joy Reynolds, Kathleen McMorran, Anthea Lepper, David Birtchnell and Brian Fretwell.

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  Cody Goldthorpe, Samuel Elder and Felix Ellwood.
RIP   Simon Grandage and Barbara Hamilton.
Memorial   Gladys Cousins.
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