17th June 2018 – Third Sunday after Trinity
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
Ezekiel 17.22-24; 2 Corinthians 5.6-10, 14-17; Mark 4.26-34
Readings for next week
Isaiah 40.1-11; Acts 13.14b-26; Luke 1.57-66, 80
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 224; Offertory 246
10.30am Introit 336; Gradual 224; Offertory 246; Communion 403; Final 131
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
10.00am – 11.30am Good Companions Craft Group
6.30pm Men’s Group Bowls Night
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir
12.30pm Wedding of Richard and Tracey
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour Church open for refreshments and to discuss and book Baptisms and Weddings
10.30am Baptism preparation session
This week we are praying for those who live and work in
Primrose Terrace, Prince Lee Meadows and Prince Street;
and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Robin; Neil Murch; Luke; Jenny Owen; Annie; Sienna; Loraine; Rosabella; Jerry; Jean Entwistle; Grace and Donald McGregor; David Owen; Jane Fenton; Florence Woodman; Roman Myers; Brian Harding; Cameron; David Briggs; Granville Yates; Aaron and Liam; James; Pam; Fred Wareing; George; David Karsa.
Our Summer BBQ last Saturday raised £303.90. Thanks again everyone who came along and especially to those who helped out in any way.
Our Meditation and Bible study sessions continue on alternate Thursdays until the last Thursday in July.
The next session will be at 1.30pm on Thursday 28th June. All are welcome, as each session is stand alone.
June Parish magazines are available for a final week in the Parish Centre.
July Sunday readings are now out in the Parish Centre for readers to collect – please remember we’re now going by Phil’s new rota for first as well as second readings.
This Thursday, 21st June – Men’s Group Bowls Night at the Sunnyhurst Bowls Club, starting at 6.30pm. Refreshments at the Sunnyhurst Pub later. £10 per head – today is your last chance to sign up on the notice in the Parish Centre if you wish to attend.
Saturday 7th July – Rev’d Canon Andrew Holliday’s celebration of his 25th anniversary as a priest – 6.00pm, St Wilfrid’s Standish – all welcome.
A date for your diaries – Saturday 28th July – Pimms and Nibbles at the Vicarage. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Sarah and Scott are doing the Great North Run! A gruelling 13.2 miles, on the 9th September, to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and St Peter’s Church, in thanks for all the support received when Sarah’s dad was ill. Please support them, the BHF and the church!
Darwen Food Larder continue to be very appreciative of all the donations of food etc. which our church community sends to them, and of course the need doesn’t go away. They still need tins of meat and fish (especially tuna), and they’d also be very grateful for jars of coffee, cartons of long-life milk, packets of pasta, pasta sauces, cans of sweetcorn, tins of beans with sausages and other canned meals. Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support.
Charity Giving at Church We are now into our last two weeks of collecting for Christian Aid. Please see the notice in the Parish Centre and the June Parish magazine for more information.
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.
Pew sheet – to receive this electronically please e-mail email@example.com.
Sunday 17th June – Third Sunday after Trinity YEAR B
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
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 – Ezekiel 17.22-24
Thus says the Lord God:
I myself will take a sprig
from the lofty top of a cedar;
I will set it out.
I will break off a tender one
from the topmost of its young twigs;
I myself will plant it
on a high and lofty mountain.
On the mountain height of Israel
I will plant it,
in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit,
and become a noble cedar.
Under it every kind of bird will live;
in the shade of its branches will nest
winged creatures of every kind.
All the trees of the field shall know
that I am the Lord.
I bring low the high tree,
I make high the low tree;
I dry up the green tree
and make the dry tree flourish.
I the Lord have spoken;
I will accomplish it.
SECOND READING – 2 Corinthians 5.6-10, 14-17
Brothers and sisters, we are always confident;
even though we know that while we are at home in the
body we are away from the Lord –
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yes, we do have confidence,
and we would rather be away from the body
and at home with the Lord.
So whether we are at home or away,
we make it our aim to please him.
For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of
so that each may receive recompense
for what has been done in the body,
whether good or evil.
The love of Christ urges us on,
because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
GOSPEL – Mark 4.26-34
Such a large crowd gathered around Jesus that he got into a boat and began to teach them using many parables.
Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow,
he does not know how. The earth produces of itself,
first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’
He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’
With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.
O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.