All Saints Day - 4th November 2018
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 Wisdom 3:1-9; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44
Readings for next week Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 1:14-20
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 363; Offertory 508 ;
10.30am Introit 305 v1,2,4,6,8; Gradual 363; Offertory 508; Communion 360; Final 532
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
7.15pm Choir practice
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00noon Lunch Club
10.00am – 11.30am Good Companions Craft Group
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour
11.00am Act of Remembrance in the town centre
3.00pm Wedding at Church – Darren & Cassie
Sunday (usual services 9.00am & 10.30am at church)
11.00am Act of Remembrance at Bold Venture Park
12.00noon Town Remembrance service here
6.00pm Beacon lighting, bell ringing and Remembrance in the Town Centre
This week we are praying for those who live and work in Alice Street, Allerton Close and Almond Street and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Neil Murch; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Luke; Jenny Owen; Sienna; Rosabella; Cameron; David Briggs; Granville Yates; Pam; Jude; David Karsa; Geoff Suthers; Brian and Heather Hailes; Alan Dyer, Claire Myers; Margaret Barge; Ron Knowles; Emily, Len; Emma; David; Rev Peter Hallett.
David’s licensing as vicar of St James Haslingden and St. Thomas Musbury will be on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm at St. James Church. Everyone is welcome to come along and join David on this special occasion. Please see notice board if you are able to offer/require a lift
Meditation and Bible study Our next Meditation and Bible study session will be on Thursday 15th November at 1.30pm
November Readings are available in the Parish Centre
PCC Minutes & Agenda As agreed at the last PCC these have been sent out via email from church.
Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 24th November 10.00am -3.00pm. The board is up in the parish centre if you are able to help on a stall, donate to the stalls and help with setting up/ putting away. Please sign up - only 4 weeks to go!
Brothers in Arms is being performed at Blackburn Cathedral on 8th November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2.00 and there is information on the poster in the parish centre
Darwen Interfaith Walk Saturday 17th November
The walk begins at St Joseph’s Church at 10.00am, then to the Mosque on Victoria Street, St. Peter’s and then finishing at Central URC. Come along and find out about each place of worship.
Charity Giving at Church The charity collection in November and December is for the Stroke Association. Information is available in the parish magazine
Darwen Food Larder Thank you to all of you who support the Food Larder and their work. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 4th November – All Saints Day
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
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 READING – Wisdom 3.1-9
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.
SECOND READING – Revelation 21.1-6a
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’
And the one who was seated on the throne said,
‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
GOSPEL – John 11.32-44
When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
God, the source of all holiness
and giver of all good things:
may we who have shared at this table
as strangers and pilgrims here on earth
be welcomed with all your saints
to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.