4th March 2018 – Third Sunday of Lent
Welcome to St. Peter’s. Please stay for coffee which isserved in the Parish Centre after the service.
Sunday Worship 9.00am Eucharist;10.30am Sung Eucharist
Readings for today
Exodus 20.1-17; 1 Corinthians 1.18-25; John 2.13-22
Readings for next week
1 Samuel 1.20.28; 2 Corinthians 1.3-7; John 19.25b-27
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 230; Offertory 249
10.30am Introit 161; Gradual 230; Offertory 249; Communion 122; Final 214
1.30pm Funeral of Arnold Auckland in church
10.00am - 11.30am Parents and Toddlers Group
6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice
7.15 Choir practice
9.00am Morning Prayer
12.00noon Lunch Club
7.00pm Lent course sessions 2 & 3
10.00am Good Companions Craft Group
2.00pm Lent course sessions 2 & 3
7.00pm Darwen Ladies Choir – new members welcome
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour
This week we are praying for those who live and work inEssex Street, Everton Street and Fountain Street; and for those who are sick: Noah; Rita; Vick; Sister Catherine; Barbara; Robin; Neil Murch; Luke; Jenny Owen; Annie; Sienna; Winnie Yates; Loraine; Rosabella; Terry Murnane; Paul Davies; Jerry;Jodie Thrower; Anne Royles; Jean Entwistle; Grace and Donald McGregor; David Owen; Jane Fenton; Florence Woodman; Roman Myers; Jacqueline.
March Parish Magazines are out in the Parish Centre.
International Women’s Day event Tuesday 6th March at Blackburn Cathedral 10.30am – 2.00pm.
Make a Mother’s Day – If you wish to make a donation please take and use one of the small leaflets on the MU notice board before Mothering Sunday on 11th March. Non-members are welcome to participate.
March meeting – 2.00pm Tuesday 13th Pam Coates will speak on ‘Patchwork and Poems’. All are welcome.
Coffee and cake event for Dementia UK Saturday 24th March 12.00 – 1.00pm in the Parish Centre. All welcome.
APCM 2018 The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Monday 9th April with a Eucharist at 7.00pm and the meeting starting at 7.30pm. If you usually write a report for this it needs to be with the office by Sunday 25th March, preferably sent electronically to email@example.com. There will be opportunity to be elected to the PCC and as churchwarden as Doug is stepping down from the role. If you would like further information please speak to Fleur or the churchwardens.
Cocktail and Casino Night 13th April Tickets are now available, price £10 each.
Charity Giving at Church Thank you to everyone who donated to the National Osteoporosis Society over the last two months: we raised £53.68 for this very good cause.
In March and April we are collecting for the Samaritans of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. There is some information about the charity and also contact details in the March parish magazine and in the Parish Centre above the collection pot.
‘Buy a Brick’ appeal If you bought one or more stones for our roof appeal last year please check the black folders on the table in the Parish Centre to make sure the correct information is recorded against your name.
Electronic pew sheets If you’d like to receive one please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST READING – Exodus 20.1-17
Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work - you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave,or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
SECOND READING – 1 Corinthians 1.18-25
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe?
Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom,
God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation,
to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified,
a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
GOSPEL – John 2.13-22
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle.
He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’
But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil,
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you,
the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.