For your prayers:

God, bless to me the new day,

Never vouchsafed to me before;

It is to bless Thine own presence

Thou hast given me this time,

O God. Bless Thou to me mine eye,

May mine eye bless all it sees

I will bless my neighbour,

May my neighbour bless me.

God, give me a clean heart,

Let me not from sight of Thine eye;

Bless to me my children and my wife,

And bless to me my means and my cattle.

A traditional Celtic prayer translated by Alexander Carmichael, compiler of oral traditions in Scotland.

Sick: Betty Colley

World Prayers: Lord Jesus, we remember that after Jesus was born, the Holy Family fled as refugees to Egypt. Help us to welcome those escaping persecution and provide a safe refuge for them.



Pew Bibles Church Council has agreed to purchase pew Bibles for use in Willen Church. Donations invited to cover cost (£12/bible) either by cash or cheque payable to “Willen Church” in a marked envelope and give to David, Margaret or Paul; or direct bank account payment and inform Sean Miles of your payment so that it can be traced. Sort code: 40-52-40; Account no: 00012610. CAF Bank. A/c name: Willen Church. Gift Aid means we are able to claim tax back on donations.



And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

          And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

                                                                                                                                      Minnie Louise Haskins






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The kingdom of God is justice and joy

Unto us a boy is born

O come, all ye faithful, omit verses 3 and 4


Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership

St Mary Magdalene, Willen

Sunday 29th December 2019

The First Sunday of Christmas

Today: The First Sunday of Christmas

9.30am Holy Communion service with Rev Wendy Carey



This week:

Christmas Open Plate Collections (Carol service, Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning) will be divided equally between Bus ShelterMK and the Willen Church Tower Appeal Fund














Burns Night at Willen Pavilion, MK15 9JP, 18:00 to 21:00 on Saturday 25th January 2020. Burns Night social gathering with a chance to sample malt whisky, Scotch Broth, Haggis (or nut roast) and Cranachan desert. Anexciting evening of fun, a quiz and raffle Tickets are £10 adult, £5 for 10-18 year olds, free for under 10’s. Tickets from David Preston ( 01908 604605 or 07538 498 061.


Next week: Sunday 5th January: Second Sunday of Christmas/Epiphany

8.30am Holy Communion with Paul Smith Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

9.30am All Age Worship with Margaret Moakes Readings to be advised

 Ministers • Websites • Notice Sheet

Rev Dr Paul Smith, Team Vicar St James’, New Bradwell & St Mary Magdalene, Willen

2 Hooper Gate, Willen MK15 9JR Tel: 606689,

Paul is off duty from 26th December to 2nd January inclusive..

Margaret Moakes Licensed Lay Minister

Telephone: 01908 237915


Margaret’s day off is Wednesday

Deputy Warden David Preston 01908 604605; 07538 498061

Willen Church:    Partnership:        Please email short and succinct notices to by 5pm on the preceding Thursday

The Collect of the Sunday after Christmas

Almighty God,

who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your son Jesus Christ:

grant that as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy spirit,

one God, now and for ever.












Isaiah 63: 7 - 9

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

7 I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord,
   the praiseworthy acts of the Lord,
because of all that the Lord has done for us,
   and the great favour to the house of Israel
that he has shown them according to his mercy,
   according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
8 For he said, ‘Surely they are my people,
   children who will not deal falsely’;
and he became their saviour
9   in all their distress.
It was no messenger or angel
   but his presence that saved them;
in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
   he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.


Hear the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God


Matthew 2: 13 - end

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Glory to you, O Lord

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
18 ‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
   wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
   she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ 21Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He will be called a Nazorean.’

This is the gospel of the Lord   

Praise to you, O Christ


Flight into Egypt, by Gentile da Fabriano (1423)