St Peter's Church Darwen


Pew Sheet / Notices

17th February 2019 – Third Sunday before Lent

Welcome to St. Peter’s. Please stay for coffee which is served in the Parish Centre after the service.

Sunday Worship 9.00am Eucharist; 10.30am Sung Eucharist

Readings for today

Jeremiah 17:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

Readings for next week

Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-25; Revelation 4; Luke 8:22-25

Hymns for today

9.00am Gradual 166; Offertory 156;

10.30am Introit 199; Gradual 166; Offertory 156;

Communion 236; Final 117


No Parent & Toddler Group – half term

6.45pm Bell ringing practice

7.15pm Choir practice


9.00am Morning Prayer

10.00am Eucharist


10.00am Good Companions Craft Group

7.00pm Darwen Ladies choir


10.00am Vestry Hour

This week we are praying for those who live and work in Ellerbeck Road, Ellison Fold Lane and Ellison Fold Terrace and for those who are sick: Noah; Vick; Neil Murch; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Luke; Sienna; Rosabella; Cameron; David Briggs; Granville Yates; Pam; Jude; Geoff Suthers; Alan Dyer, Margaret Barge; Emily, Len; Emma; Rev Peter Hallett; Roger Jackson; Raymond Underwood; Theo; Derek; Jim Eccles; Marion Haworth; Terry Dyer; Ethel; Wendy Clayton; Rev Jonathan Milton-Thompson; David Sage; Derek Wheatley; Lorraine

Bishop Julian’s Bible challenge

Bishop Julian has launched a bible challenge for 2019. Each month there will be three verses for each of the three Diocesan Vision Priorities of making disciples; being witnesses and growing leaders. There is information in the magazine about how you can access this digitally or they will be available at the back of church for you to take away, learn and reflect upon them.

Charity Giving at Church The charity collection in January & February is for Age UK Information is available in the parish magazine.

Darwen Food Larder Here are some suggestions of things to donate: tinned meat, fish, and meals of all kinds including beans with sausages, as well as tinned fruit, custard and rice; packets of pasta, pasta sauces and soup; tea, coffee and long-life milk or have a look at the list by the box. Thank you.

Prayer Tree – Please write names, intentions and concerns on the leaves in the Lady Chapel and hang them on the Prayer Tree so that we may pray them together.

Electronic pew sheets to obtain this pew sheet electronically e-mail

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Friday 1st March at 2.00pm at New Methodist Church. The speaker will be Rev Louise Makin and there will be contributions from the local school choirs.

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 5th March at 7.30pm is the annual Shrove Tuesday Quiz Night. The sign up sheet is available in the parish centre and the cost is £2.50 including a pancake!

Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm we will be holding a games night. Tickets £3.00 each and there will be a bar and refreshments available. Beetle, Bingo and lots of fun to be had.


This year we will be holding a Confirmation Service at St Peter’s on Sunday 9th June at 10.00am. We will be welcoming Bishop Julian who will be presiding and preaching at that service. If you are year seven or above at school, or an adult who wishes to be confirmed please see Fleur for more details

Sunday Readings for March available in the parish centre

Sunday 17th February - The Third Sunday

before Lent YEAR C


Almighty God,

who alone can bring order

to the unruly will and passions of sinful humanity:

give your people grace

so to love what you command

and to desire what you promise,

that, among the many changes of this world,

our hearts may surely there be fixed

where true joys are to be found;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


FIRST READINGJeremiah 17.5-10

Thus says the Lord:
Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals
   and make mere flesh their strength,
   whose hearts turn away from the 
They shall be like a shrub in the desert,
   and shall not see when relief comes.
They shall live in the parched places of the wilderness,
   in an uninhabited salt land. 


Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
   whose trust is the 
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
   sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
   and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
   and it does not cease to bear fruit. 

The heart is devious above all else;
   it is perverse -
   who can understand it? 
I the 
Lord test the mind
   and search the heart,
to give to all according to their ways,
   according to the fruit of their doings. 


SECOND READING1 Corinthians 15.12-20

If Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? 
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not 
been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ - whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised.  If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.


GOSPELLuke 6.17-26

  Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.  They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

  Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor,
   for yours is the kingdom of God. 
‘Blessed are you who are hungry now,
   for you will be filled.
‘Blessed are you who weep now,
   for you will laugh.

 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.  Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. 
‘But woe to you who are rich,
   for you have received your consolation. 
‘Woe to you who are full now,
   for you will be hungry.
‘Woe to you who are laughing now,
   for you will mourn and weep.

 ‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.



Merciful Father,

who gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life,

that those who come to him should never hunger:

draw us to the Lord in faith and love,

that we may eat and drink with him

at his table in the kingdom,

where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

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