8th April 2018 – 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 4.32-35; 1 John 1.1-22; John 20.19-31
Readings for next week
Acts 3.12-19; 1 John 3.1-17; Luke 24.36b-48
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 473; Offertory ‘Christ be our Light’ (sheet)
10.30am Introit 82; Gradual 473; Offertory ‘Christ be our Light ‘(sheet); Communion 271; Final 263
7.30pm Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
9.30am Holy Trinity School Easter Service
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
2.00pm Mothers Union meeting – David speaking
6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice.
7.15pm Choir Practice
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Good Companions Craft Group
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir
7.00pm Standing Committee
7.30pm Cocktails and Casino Night - tickets still available
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour Church open for refreshments and to discuss and book Baptisms and Weddings.
This week we are praying for those who live and work in
and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Robin; Neil Murch; Luke; Jenny Owen; Annie; Sienna; Loraine; Rosabella; Terry Murnane; Jerry; Jodie Thrower;
Jean Entwistle; Grace and Donald McGregor; David Owen;
APCM 2018 The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held tomorrow evening, Monday 9th April with a Eucharist at 7.00pm and the meeting starting at 7.30pm.
Please pray that the right person will have answered the call to serve alongside Phil as Churchwarden by then. Fleur, Doug or Phil will be happy to provide more information about the role to anyone who might be interested.
Welcomers The list of Welcomers will be received at the APCM – could Welcomers please sign the list in the Parish Centre today if they haven’t already done so.
Spring Fair Saturday 12th May from 10.00am to 2.00pm.
We are appealing for the following items: homemade cakes and preserves; bottles of wine; chocolates and bags of sweets and lollies; £1, £2 and £3 gifts for adults and children; wrapping paper; raffle prizes; bags of coins and wrapped sweets that look like jewels for the Treasure Chest; new/good as new children’s toys, games and books. We also need volunteers to sign up to help run the stalls and also to set them up and remove them after the Fair.
Please sign up on the notice in the Parish Centre.
Diocesan Conference November 26th – 29th
This year the diocese are holding a conference at Swanwick. Each clergy person is invited to take along a lay member of the congregation. If you might be interested or would like more details please speak with Fleur before 22nd April.
A plea from the Food Larder Darwen Food Larder is desperately short of tinned meat and fish products at the moment if anyone wonders what to contribute!
Many thanks from the Food Larder to everyone for their very generous donations since Christmas.
Pam’s 10k run in aid of the Christie Hospital
Pam Mossley will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run on 20th May to raise funds for The Christie.
Please support Pam by signing up on the sponsorship form in the Parish Centre.
Charity Giving at Church In April we are continuing to collect for the Samaritans of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley.
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 If you would like to receive a copy of the weekly pew sheet by e-mail please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
100 Club - Watch out for the next draw!
8th April – Second Sunday of April YEAR B
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
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.
FIRST READING – Acts 4.32-35
The whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common.
With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.
SECOND READING – 1 John 1.1-22
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just
will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
GOSPEL – John 20.19-31
It was evening on 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.