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
Exodus 17.1-7; Romans 5.1-11; John 4.5-42
Readings next week
1 Samuel 16.1-13; Ephesians 5.8-14; John 9.1-41
Hymns for today
9.00am Gradual 113, Offertory 237
10.30am Introit 161; Gradual 113; Offertory 237; Communion 209; Final 433.
10.00am –11.30am - Parent and Toddler Group
6.45pm Bell ringers meet for their weekly practice.
7.15pm Choir Practice
9.00am Morning Prayer for all
10.00am Eucharist – Holy Trinity Year 6 will join us
7.30pm Lent Course Session 3
10.00am Good Companions Group
1.30pm Lent Course Session 3
7.30pm Darwen Ladies’ Choir
10.00am – 11.00am Vestry Hour Church open for refreshments and to discuss and
book Baptisms and Weddings. Also Volunteers are needed, please, to come along to Vestry Hour today to make up little bunches of daffodils for the Mothering Sunday services tomorrow.
This week we are praying for those who live and work in Grafton Court, Granville Road and Green Street;
and for those who are sick: Noah; Janet; Joan Ashworth; Douglas Middleton; Mark Holden; Aaron Wright; Kim; Dennis McDermott; Rita; Barbara; Sarah Drew; Shannon; Vick; Val Pollock; Sister Catherine, Andrew Holliday; Ron Ainsworth; Baby Lewis; Francis; Tom Mitchell; Robert Patterson; Connie Hunt; Bob Wright: Sylvia; Karen Shepperton; Chris Bell; Esther Siswick; Olwen; Marion Roberts; Laura Gisbourne; Brodie Myers; Pauline Howson; Margaret Barge; Muriel Cooper; Susan Barrow.
GRAND EASTER RAFFLE – Thank you for great support so far. Tickets are available TODAY! Fantastic prizes – see posters. Could you sell some tickets for us? Please help and take yours today.
The March Parish Magazine March is available in the Parish Centre for one more week.
Charity Giving – During March & April we are supporting the Mother’s Union Away From It All Caravan fund as they are hoping to buy a new caravan next year.
100 Club Draw – Watch out for the next draw!
Pew sheet - To receive this pew sheet electronically, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers we are collecting the Vouchers and dividing them between St. Peter’s and Holy Trinity schools. Please pop them in the box in the Parish Centre.
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.
APCM. This year’s APCM will be on Monday 3rd April at 7.30pm following a Eucharist at 7.00pm. Please think and pray about standing for the PCC, Deanery Synod and Churchwardens. The papers for elections will be in the Parish Centre from 6th March.
If you usually write a report for the APCM it must be written and handed in, preferably electronically by Sunday 26th March, or else it won’t be in the final report. Please hand to Fleur or send to email@example.com. Thank you.
Electoral Roll This year, the electoral roll is revised between Monday 6 March and Sunday 19 March (15-28 days before the APCM, which is on Monday 3rd April). Please check your details in the Parish Centre copy and let Dawn McDermott know of any changes e.g. a new address, if you have moved. If you are not currently on St Peter’s electoral roll but have 'habitually attended public worship' here during the last 6 months and wish to apply, please complete one of the red application forms (which are in a box by the Parish Centre door) and give it to Dawn. Thank you.
Heritage Lottery Funded Project Consultation Meetings
You are invited to join us at a Consultation Meeting to discuss the Heritage Lottery Funded Project for the repair of the church’s aisle roofs on Monday 27th March at 7.30pm or on Tuesday 28th March at 2.00pm.
Palm Sunday Evening A service of music and readings for Holy Week is being held on Palm Sunday evening, 9th April, at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
East Africa Crisis Appeal 6 million people are on the brink of starvation and urgently need food, water and medical treatment. We are having a special collection to help - please donate as generously as you are able in the box in the Parish Centre.
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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. Amen.
FIRST READING Exodus 17.1–7
From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?’ But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried out to the LORD, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ The LORD said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. He called the place Massah and Meribah, because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the LORD, saying, ‘Is the LORD among us or not?’
SECOND READING Romans 5.1–11
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
GOSPEL John 4.5–42
Jesus came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink.’ (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’ Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, ‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ They left the city and were on their way to him. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.’ Many Samaritans from that city believed in Jesus because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’
Merciful Lord, 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.