23rd April 2017
Second Sunday of Easter
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
Acts 2.14a, 22-32; 1 Peter 1.3-9; John 20.19-31
Readings next week
Acts 2.14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 1.17-23; Luke 24.13-35
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 8; Offertory 137
10.30am Introit – 367; Gradual 8; Offertory 137; Communion 81; Final 727.
Fair Trade stall in the Parish Centre
3.30 St George’s Day Service
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice.
7.15pm Choir Practice
9.00am Morning Prayer for all
10.00am Good Companions Group
7.30pm Darwen Ladies’ Choir
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour Church open for refreshments and to discuss and book Baptisms and Weddings
11.30am – Wedding of Scott and Philippa
This week we are praying for those who live and work in
Hindle Court, Hindle Street and Hodgson Street;
and for those who are sick: Noah; Janet; Douglas Middleton; Aaron Wright; Kim; Dennis McDermott; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine, Andrew Holliday; Ron Ainsworth; Robert Patterson; Connie Hunt; Bob Wright; Chris Bell; Olwen; Laura Gisbourne; Brodie Myers; Pauline Howson; Margaret Barge; Susan Barrow; Irene; Raymond; Carole Tyler; Barbara; Michelle Farnworth; Jane Goss; Glenda Dyer; Jake Kruger; Alfie.
GRAND EASTER RAFFLE
The winning tickets for the raffle were drawn after the 10.30 service on Easter Day. The total raised was £1836.15. Please check the list of prize winners in case one of the remaining prizes is yours. Many thanks again to all who bought and sold tickets and who donated prizes.
Archdeacon’s Visitation - Wednesday 3rd May
This year the Visitation is taking place at St Peter’s at 7.30pm. This is the occasion at which Welcomers are admitted to office. Could existing Welcomers who are continuing in office and new Welcomers please do their very best to attend this event.
Spring Fayre - Saturday 13th May 10.00am – 2.00pm. If you are able to help please sign up on the board in the Parish Centre. We need donations for the various stalls – see the notice board for details.
Morning Prayer – during Lent and in Easter Week parishioners have been invited to join Fleur and David in Morning Prayer in church on Wednesdays at 9.00am. This weekly opportunity to get together in prayer will continue as a regular feature of our Parish life from now on. All are welcome.
Charity Giving – During March & April we are supporting the Mother’s Union Away From It All Caravan fund as they are hoping to buy a new caravan next year.
100 Club Draw – Watch out for the next draw!
Pew sheet - To receive this pew sheet electronically, please email email@example.com
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers we are collecting the Vouchers and dividing them between St. Peter’s and Holy Trinity schools. Please pop them in the box in the Parish Centre.
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.
Pam is running for Bloodwise again!
Pam Mossley is again taking up the challenge of running 10k for Bloodwise, the charity which funds world-class research and offers expert advice and support to people affected by leukemia and other blood cancer related disorders. She’s running in Manchester on 28th May. A sponsorship form is up in the Parish Centre.
Heather’s Hike for Macmillan
Heather Riley is taking a 26-mile hike for Macmillan Cancer Support in the Lake District on 17th June. You also can sponsor her by signing up in the Parish Centre.
Anne’s sponsored slim for church funds
Anne is struggling to lose the last 9lbs and begs a further (final) extension of time to the end of June, at which point she says she will cover any shortfall in the expected sponsorship and pay interest on the money raised because it’s taken her longer than expected to do what she’s undertaken to do! She thanks everyone for their support and for bearing with her.
YEAR A – Second Sunday of Easter
Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
FIRST READING - Acts 2.14a, 22–32
On the day of Pentecost, Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:
‘You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,
“I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
moreover, my flesh will live in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One experience corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.”
‘Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,
“He was not abandoned to Hades,
nor did his flesh experience corruption.”
This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.’
SECOND READING - 1 Peter 1.3–9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
GOSPEL - John 20.19-31
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
Lord God our Father, through our Saviour, Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.