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Dates for your Diary Events for the week Monday 10.00am Crafty Saints Wednesday 7.30pm Holy Communion Service Friday 8.30am ENED for managers Next Sunday 10.00am Holy Communion Service
Prayers for those who are ill Rev Geoff Boucher, Jimmy, Zena, Lynne Kirk, Maggie Amos, Prof Benassi, Norman, Fatima, Martin Whiffen, Jackie Orvis. Those for whom your prayers are asked Richard Barrett, Joan Walton, Jack, Jean Smith, Mary Clubb, Val, Ezra, Linda Davies, Samuel, Jean Coleman, Dr. M, Carole Crompton, Betty Howes, Rosemary Whiffen, Lynn Wright, Sylvia Diamond, Denny Yates. .
The Second Sunday of Advent Week beginning: Sunday 16th December 2018 Today 10.00am Holy Communion Service 4.00pm CAROL SERVICE Welcomer: Glenys Colbert Sidesperson: Derek Colbert Holy Communion Service Introduction: A very warm welcome to this morning’s service especially if you are here for the first time. If you are unsure about anything before or during the service do ask your neighbour or the Welcomer and Sidesperson at the door. Reader: Adam Green 1st reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20 2nd reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3:7-28 Sermon: Rev Trisha Duffett Smith Intercessor: Mary Adlam Collect for The Third Sunday of Advent God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20
14   Sing   aloud,   O   daughter   Zion;   shout,   O   Israel!
Rejoice   and   exult   with   all   your   heart,   O   daughter
Jerusalem!   15   The   LORD   has   taken   away   the
judgements    against    you,    he    has    turned    away
your   enemies.   The   king   of   Israel,   the   LORD,   is
in   your   midst;   you   shall   fear   disaster   no   more.   16
On   that   day   it   shall   be   said   to   Jerusalem:   Do   not
fear,   O   Zion;   do   not   let   your   hands   grow   weak.
17   The   LORD,   your   God,   is   in   your   midst,   a
warrior   who   gives   victory;   he   will   rejoice   over
you   with   gladness,   he   will   renew   you   in   his   love;
he   will   exult   over   you   with   loud   singing   18as   on
a   day   of   festival.   I   will   remove   disaster   from
you,   so   that   you   will   not   bear   reproach   for   it.   19
I   will   deal   with   all   your   oppressors   at   that   time.
And   I   will   save   the   lame   and   gather   the   outcast,
and   I   will   change   their   shame   into   praise   and
renown   in   all   the   earth.   20   At   that   time   I   will
bring   you   home,   at   the   time   when   I   gather   you;
for    I    will    make    you    renowned    and    praised
among    all    the    peoples    of    the    earth,    when    I
restore   your   fortunes   before   your   eyes,   says   the
LORD.
2 nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
4   Rejoice   in   the   Lord   always;   again   I   will   say,
Rejoice.
5   Let   your   gentleness   be   known   to   everyone.
The Lord is near.
6     Do     not     worry     about     anything,     but     in
everything    by    prayer    and    supplication    with
thanksgiving   let   your   requests   be   made   known   to
God.
7   And   the   peace   of   God,   which   surpasses   all
understanding,   will   guard   your   hearts   and   your
minds in Christ Jesus.
Gospel: Luke 3:7-28
The Proclamation of John the Baptist
7   John   said   to   the   crowds   that   came   out   to   be
baptized   by   him,   ‘You   brood   of   vipers!   Who
warned   you   to   flee   from   the   wrath   to   come?   8
Bear   fruits   worthy   of   repentance.   Do   not   begin
to   say   to   yourselves,   “We   have Abraham   as   our
ancestor”;   for   I   tell   you,   God   is   able   from   these
stones   to   raise   up   children   to   Abraham.   9   Even
now   the   axe   is   lying   at   the   root   of   the   trees;
every    tree    therefore    that    does    not    bear    good
fruit   is   cut   down   and   thrown   into   the   fire.’   10
And   the   crowds   asked   him,   ‘What   then   should
we   do?’   11   In   reply   he   said   to   them,   ‘Whoever
has   two   coats   must   share   with   anyone   who   has
none;   and   whoever   has   food   must   do   likewise.’
12   Even   tax-collectors   came   to   be   baptized,   and
they   asked   him,   ‘Teacher,   what   should   we   do?’
13   He   said   to   them,   ‘Collect   no   more   than   the
amount   prescribed   for   you.’   14   Soldiers   also
asked   him,   ‘And   we,   what   should   we   do?’   He
said    to    them,    ‘Do    not    extort    money    from
anyone   by   threats   or   false   accusation,   and   be
satisfied   with   your   wages.’   15   As   the   people
were    filled    with    expectation,    and    all    were
questioning    in    their    hearts    concerning    John,
whether    he    might    be    the    Messiah,    16    John
answered   all   of   them   by   saying,   ‘I   baptize   you
with   water;   but   one   who   is   more   powerful   than
I   is   coming;   I   am   not   worthy   to   untie   the   thong
of   his   sandals.   He   will   baptize   you   with   the
Holy   Spirit   and   fire.   17   His   winnowing-fork   is
in   his   hand,   to   clear   his   threshing-floor   and   to
gather   the   wheat   into   his   granary;   but   the   chaff
he   will   burn   with   unquenchable   fire.’   18   So,
with   many   other   exhortations,   he   proclaimed
the   good   news   to   the   people.   19   But   Herod   the
ruler,   who   had   been   rebuked   by   him   because   of
Herodias,   his   brother’s   wife,   and   because   of   all
the   evil   things   that   Herod   had   done,   20   added
to   them   all   by   shutting   up   John   in   prison.   21
Now   when   all   the   people   were   baptized,   and
when    Jesus    also    had    been    baptized    and    was
praying,   the   heaven   was   opened,   22   and   the
Holy   Spirit   descended   upon   him   in   bodily   form
like   a   dove.   And   a   voice   came   from   heaven,
‘You   are   my   Son,   the   Beloved;   with   you   I   am
well   pleased.’   23   Jesus   was   about   thirty   years
old   when   he   began   his   work.   He   was   the   son
(as   was   thought)   of   Joseph   son   of   Heli,   24   son
of   Matthat,   son   of   Levi,   son   of   Melchi,   son   of
Jannai,   son   of   Joseph,   25   son   of   Mattathias,   son
of   Amos,   son   of   Nahum,   son   of   Esli,   son   of
Naggai,   26   son   of   Maath,   son   of   Mattathias,
son   of   Semein,   son   of   Josech,   son   of   Joda,   27
son     of     Joanan,     son     of     Rhesa,     son     of
Zerubbabel,   son   of   Shealtiel,   son   of   Neri,   28
son   of   Melchi,   son   of   Addi,   son   of   Cosam,   son
of Elmadam, son of Er
The 3rd Sunday of Advent Week beginning: Sunday 16th December 2018 Today 10.00am Holy Communion Service 4.00pm CAROL SERVICE Welcomer: Glenys Colbert Sidesperson: Derek Colbert Holy Communion Service Introduction: A very warm welcome to this morning’s service especially if you are here for the first time. If you are unsure about anything before or during the service do ask your neighbour or the Welcomer and Sidesperson at the door. Reader: Adam Green 1st reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20 2nd reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3:7-28 Sermon: Rev Trisha Duffett Smith Intercessor: Mary Adlam Collect for The third Sunday of Advent God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Dates for your Diary Events for the week Monday 10.00am Crafty Saints Wednesday 7.30pm Holy Communion Service Friday 8.30am ENED for managers Next Sunday 10.00am Holy Communion Service
Prayers for those who are ill Rev Geoff Boucher, Jimmy, Zena, Lynne Kirk, Maggie Amos, Prof Benassi, Norman, Fatima, Martin Whiffen, Jackie Orvis. Those for whom your prayers are asked Richard Barrett, Joan Walton, Jack, Jean Smith, Mary Clubb, Val, Ezra, Linda Davies, Samuel, Jean Coleman, Dr. M, Carole Crompton, Betty Howes, Rosemary Whiffen, Lynn Wright, Sylvia Diamond, Denny Yates.

1st reading: Zephaniah 3:14-20

14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O

Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your

heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15 The

LORD has taken away the judgements

against you, he has turned away your

enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD,

is in your midst; you shall fear disaster

no more. 16 On that day it shall be said

to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not

let your hands grow weak. 17 The

LORD, your God, is in your midst, a

warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice

over you with gladness, he will renew

you in his love; he will exult over you

with loud singing 18as on a day of

festival. I will remove disaster from you,

so that you will not bear reproach for it.

19 I will deal with all your oppressors at

that time. And I will save the lame and

gather the outcast, and I will change their

shame into praise and renown in all the

earth. 20 At that time I will bring you

home, at the time when I gather you; for

I will make you renowned and praised

among all the peoples of the earth, when

I restore your fortunes before your eyes,

says the LORD.

2nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Gospel: Luke 3:7-28
The Proclamation of
John the Baptist
7 John said to the crowds that came
out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood
of vipers! Who warned you to flee
from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits
worthy of repentance. Do not begin to
say to yourselves, “We have Abraham
as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is
able from these stones to raise up
children to Abraham. 9 Even now the
axe is lying at the root of the trees;
every tree therefore that does not bear
good fruit is cut down and thrown into
the fire.’ 10 And the crowds asked
him, ‘What then should we do?’ 11 In
reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has
two coats must share with anyone who
has none; and whoever has food must
do likewise.’ 12 Even tax-collectors
came to be baptized, and they asked
him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13
He said to them, ‘Collect no more than
the amount prescribed for you.’ 14
Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we,
what should we do?’ He said to them,
‘Do not extort money from anyone by
threats or false accusation, and be
satisfied with your wages.’ 15 As the
people were filled with expectation,
and all were questioning in their hearts
concerning John, whether he might be
the Messiah, 16 John answered all of
them by saying, ‘I baptize you with
water; but one who is more powerful
than I is coming; I am not worthy to
untie the thong of his sandals. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and
fire. 17 His winnowing-fork is in his
hand, to clear his threshing-floor and
to gather the wheat into his granary;
but the chaff he will burn with
unquenchable fire.’ 18 So, with many
other exhortations, he proclaimed the
good news to the people. 19 But Herod
the ruler, who had been rebuked by
him because of Herodias, his brother’s
wife, and because of all the evil things
that Herod had done, 20 added to them
all by shutting up John in prison. 21
Now when all the people were
baptized, and when Jesus also had
been baptized and was praying, the
heaven was opened, 22 and the Holy
Spirit descended upon him in bodily
form like a dove. And a voice came
from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the
Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
23 Jesus was about thirty years old
when he began his work. He was the
son (as was thought) of Joseph son of
Heli, 24 son of Matthat, son of Levi,
son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of
Joseph, 25 son of Mattathias, son of
Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son
of Naggai, 26 son of Maath, son of
Mattathias, son of Semein, son of
Josech, son of Joda, 27 son of Joanan,
son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son
of Shealtiel, son of Neri, 28 son of
Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam,
son of Elmadam, son of Er