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  •  B.U.C Sunday Services information via https:\\www.BUC.cool on SUNDAY: Stay well and Stay Safe

    Our Sunday Service, including Communion, this week will be led by Peter Kershaw

    A thought for today, or any other day, during ADVENT (courtesy of:The Rev’d Geoffrey Clarke, Moderator of East Midlands URC Synod, St Andrew’s with Castle Gate, Nottingham)

    James 5: 13 - 15

    Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.  Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.

    Reflection
    One of my favourite definitions of church is that it is “not a rest house for saints but a hospital for sinners”.  By “church” both James and this description refer to a gathering rather than building.   Nevertheless our churches have a wonderful commission in these verses:  to offer prayerful support for the suffering and sick;  to join our voices with those singing songs of praise;  and to enable healing and forgiveness to be lived experience rather than vain hope. 

    I suspect that personal suffering, celebration, sickness and sin don’t always dominate the agenda of our Elders’ Meetings or Church Meetings and maybe church isn’t necessarily the place we associate with our need for help and healing.   We cannot deny that for too many people church is where we end up wounded or wound-up rather than healed and liberated.  We do well to remember that all of us, without exception, are both patients in “a hospital for sinners” and also agents of God’s healing and forgiveness. May every church be a place where such humility and honesty lead to the experience of hurts healed.

    Prayer
    O God, make the door of our church wide enough to receive all who need human love and friendship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife.
    Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling-block to children, nor to straying feet, but rugged enough to turn back evil’s power.
    God make the door the gateway to your eternal kingdom.  Amen.

     (adapted from Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711))


    About us

    The Bridport United Church is situated at the heart of the small market town of Bridport in Dorset and came into existence as an LEP (Local Ecumenical Partnership) on 10 November 1971 with the Methodist and United Reform Church working together
              
                     
              Next gathering: 5th December 2021                       Bridport Christmas Tree Festival is from 8th - 19th December

                                                                                                                     in support of local and other charities

    If you want to contact us by email, then write to: bridportsec@gmail.com

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  • Welcome to Bridport United Church. For this coming Sunday:

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  • What’s on

    Friday 10th December

    19:00 Folk Carols in the candlelight

    Saturday 11th December

    09:30 Saturday BIG Breakfast & Coffee Morning at BUC

    Sunday 12th December

    10:30 Christmas Toy Service @ BUC: led by Rev'd John Yarrien

    Wednesday 15th December

    10:00 Church Coffee Morning - all are welcome

    Saturday 18th December

    10:00 Saturday Coffee Morning at BUC: all are welcome

    Sunday 19th December

    10:30 Sunday Morning Service @ BUC: led by Mrs Jennie McGinley

    Wednesday 22nd December

    10:00 Church Coffee Morning - all are welcome

    Friday 24th December

    15:00 Christmas Eve Carol Service @ BUC led by Rev'd John Yarrien

    23:00 Christmas Eve Midnight Service @ St. Mary's Church, South St

    Saturday 25th December

    10:30 Christmas Morning Service at BUC: led by Peter Kershaw

    Sunday 26th December

    00:00 There will be NO SERVICE at BUC today

    Wednesday 29th December

    10:00 Church Coffee Morning - all are welcome

    Friday 31st December

    New Years Eve

    Saturday 1st January

    New Years Day: watch this space for further details: SOON

    Sunday 2nd January

    10:30 Sunday Morning Service @ BUC

    16:00 SoulSpace: modern Christian music, Scriptures & Reflection

    Wednesday 5th January

    10:00 Church Coffee Morning - all are welcome

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