9th December 2018 – Advent 2
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
Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Readings for next week
Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 263; Offertory 527;
10.30am Introit 527; Gradual 263; Offertory 282; Communion 574; Final 557
2.00pm Age UK & Schools Carol Service
6.30pm Darwen District Guides Carol Service
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
6.45pm Bell Ringing Practise
9.00am Morning Prayer
6.30pm Aldridge Foundation Schools Carol Concert
10.00am – 11.30am Good Companions Craft Group
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir
10.00am -12.00noon Cancer Research UK Darwen Christmas Coffee morning at Central URC. Tickets £2.50 including coffee & Mince pie. There will be a Christmas Stall and raffle
7.00pm Christmas Quiz Night
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour & Baptism Prep
and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Neil Murch; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Luke; 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; Roger Jackson; Raymond Underwood; Mildred Jones
12.30pm Holy Baptism
Christmas Quiz Night – Friday 14th December at 7.00pm. Tickets £3.00 available today. Once ticket purchased please sign up on list – places are limited so don’t miss out.
Christingle – this year marks 50 years of the Children’s Society working with Christingles to raise money and awareness of the work they do. Our Christingle Service will be on Sunday 16th December at 4.00pm with preparation after the 10.30am service
Mulled Wine & Mince Pie Evening at the Vicarage is on Monday 17th December. Tickets are £2.50 and all money raised is to be split between St Peter’s Church & The Stroke Association.
New Toys & Baby Box is out near the Lady Chapel. If you would like to donate a new wrapped toy or new items for babies, please place them in the trolley and they will be given to Lord Street Children’s Centre
Fairtrade Stall –Goodies and gifts are available this morning and will be over the next few weeks of Advent.
Christmas Flowers – envelopes are available in the parish centre for donations towards Christmas flowers & cards for you to write on in memory of or thanksgiving for.
Readers Rota The present reading rota comes to an end at the end of the year. If you would like to go on the rota please let Phil or Fleur know
Charity Giving at Church The charity collection in November and December is for The Stroke Association. Information is available in the parish magazine Magazine Offer! Don’t forget to hand in your slip for the Magazine offer of 12 issues for the price of 10.
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 9th December – The Second Sunday
of Advent YEAR C
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
and come among us,
and with great might succor us;
that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
we are grievously hindered
in running the race that is set before us,
your bountiful grace and mercy
may speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever
FIRST READING – Baruch 5.1-9
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
for God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven.
For God will give you evermore the name,
‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.
Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory,
with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
SECOND READING – Philippians 1.3-11
My brothers and sisters,
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,
because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.
For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
GOSPEL – Luke 3.1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’
Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.