14th May 2017
Fifth 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 7.55-60; 1 Peter 2.2-10; John 14.1-14
Readings next week
Acts 17.22-31; Peter 3.13-22; John 14.15-21
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 122; Offertory 199
10.30am Introit – 199; Gradual 122; Offertory 73; Communion 234; Final 431
10.45 Funeral of Pauline Howson in church
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
7.00-7.15pm Deanery Synod Meeting, St Gabriel’s Blackburn
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
This week we are praying for those who live and work in
Jubilee Street, Kay Street and Kelvin 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; Margaret Barge; Susan Barrow; Irene; Raymond; Barbara; Michelle Farnworth; Glenda Dyer; Jake Kruger; Alfie; Sydney Wall.
Spring Fayre - THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our Spring Fayre in any way: to those who donated items for our stalls, those who set up and dismantle the stalls, those who served food and refreshments, and everyone who helped out in any other way. Just over £1,407 was raised for church funds.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers – another big THANK YOU, this time to everyone who brought in the vouchers they’ve picked up when shopping at Sainsbury’s. In total to date we have received 3,024 vouchers, which is 1,512 each for St Peter’s and Holy Trinity Schools. The schools are very grateful for our support and all the cooking and sports equipment which the vouchers will provide.
Sainsbury’s have stopped issuing the vouchers now, but if you have any left at home or in your bags or wallets please bring them to church as soon as you can, as the schools have just a few weeks now to apply to redeem them.
The May Magazine is now available in the Parish Centre.
Charity Giving - During May and June we are supporting The David Nott Foundation, which funds for and provides surgical treatment in areas of conflict or natural disasters. Please see the notice above the Charity Giving box or speak to Anne for more information.
If there is a charity you would like us to support – global, national or local – please speak with Fleur or David.
Colouring St Peter’s
As part of the fund raising for the church roof appeal there is an opportunity for people, both within the church family and also the wider community, to “Buy a Stone.”
The stones have been numbered on the two large pictures that can be seen in church. The pictures have been adapted from two original photographs taken by Phil Leather.
Stones can be bought for £1 each and there will be a permanent record kept of those who buy them which will serve as a “thank you” for the donation made. We hope this will raise £1000.
If you wish to buy a stone “in memory of” or “in celebration of” then the record will show this.
For more details please speak to Phil Leather.
BBQ – The Projects Group Summer BBQ will take place at church on Saturday 10th June from 12 noon to 2.00pm. There will be games and lots of family fun, all for £2.50 (which includes the first visit to the BBQ). Bring along your family and friends. Tickets are available today!
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.
YEAR A – Fifth Sunday of Easter
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ have overcome death and opened to us
the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Standing before the high priest and the council Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’
But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’
When he had said this, he died.
1 Peter 2.2-10
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture:
‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.’
To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner’, and
‘A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.’
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
Jesus said to his disciples,
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because
I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life:
grant us to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth,
and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.