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Epiphany 4 - Sunday 28th January 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Welcome to our weekly pew sheet and updates blog. Remember to try and keep this sheet digital but do print copies for those who may need them.

Sunday Morning:

The link for our readings:

Please note the complete readings are in full at the end of the blog.

Collect Prayer:

God our creator,

who in the beginning

commanded the light to shine out of darkness:

we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,

shine into the hearts of all your people,

and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of 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.

Post Communion Prayer: Generous Lord,

in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:

help us so to live out our days

that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Upcoming Dates

This week:

Sunday 28th January - Epiphany 4

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion - live streamed on

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

4.00pm: St Peter's Youth Group (yr. 6-10)

Monday - Saturday

10.00am - 12midday: Food Collection at St Peter's

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00am: live streamed Morning Prayer

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9.30am-12.30: Daily Bread Cafe at St Peter's


9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Cafe

9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints'


9.30am: Little Fishes in the Cafe

Next Sunday: 4th February Candlemas

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion


Reminder the new Rectory phone number is 07860 156971.

Youth Group this Sunday 4.00pm at St Peter's (yr. 6-10)

Older Youth Group (yr. 10 +) will next meet on 9th February at the Rectory.

Funeral of Margaret Sarfas - Please continue to hold the family in your prayers, the funeral will take place on Tuesday 30th January, 3.30pm at Bentley Crematorium.

Revision of Electoral Roll

The annual updating of the Parish Electoral Roll of Church members for 2024 will be taking place during the period prior to the Annual Meeting. Provided your name appeared on last year’s Roll, your details will be carried forward automatically: no further action is required. Anyone not on the current Roll who wishes to be included should obtain an application form from a Churchwarden or from the Parish

Office. Forms are also available at the back of church. If you have changed address in the last year please notify the office.

Afternoon Prayer and Meditation

“Be still and know that I am God”. Psalm 46 v 10.

Quiet Prayer and Meditation on the 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month, the next meeting will be held on 28th February.

Easter Day, Sunday 31st March - First Communion & Baptism

If you are an adult or child (yr. 3+) and are interested in taking Holy Communion for the first time, please contact the Rectory with an expression of interest.

Please speak with the Clergy if you would like to be Baptized or would like to arrange an Baptism.

Rooted Community

Rooted will next meet this Friday for Lunch at the Rectory, please email for more information.

Lent 2024

Ash Wednesday services will take place at 9.30am at All Saints' and 7.30pm at St Peter's.

Stations of the Cross will be held at St Peter's at 6.45pm, starting on Wednesday 21st February.

Lent Course will begin on Wednesday 21st February at 7.45pm at St Peter's, when we will be looking at the Beatitudes.

There will also be a session in the Cafe on Wednesdays, 11am - midday.

Course books will be available at the first session with a donation of £5.00.

If you cannot make Wednesdays, Tim & Sue Barfoot will be running a group at their home on Thursdays from 7.30-9.00pm, starting 15th February. Please contact the Parish Office for more details.

Please click here to sign up.

Bible Study

The first Monday of the month and the Wednesday evening group is the first and third Wednesday.

With every blessing, Andy

The readings in full

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet.  16 This is what you requested of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: ‘If I hear the voice of the Lord my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.’  17 Then the Lord replied to me: ‘They are right in what they have said.  18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.  19 Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet shall speak in my name, I

myself will hold accountable.  20 But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.’

Psalm 111

1  Alleluia.

      I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, •

   in the company of the faithful and in the congregation.

2  The works of the Lord are great, •

   sought out by all who delight in them.

3  His work is full of majesty and honour •

   and his righteousness endures for ever.

4  He appointed a memorial for his marvellous deeds; •

   the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5  He gave food to those who feared him; •

   he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6  He showed his people the power of his works •

   in giving them the heritage of the nations.

7  The works of his hands are truth and justice; •

   all his commandments are sure.

8  They stand fast for ever and ever; •

   they are done in truth and equity.

9  He sent redemption to his people;

      he commanded his covenant for ever; •

   holy and awesome is his name.

10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

      a good understanding have those who live by it; •

   his praise endures for ever.

Revelation 12:1-5a

1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth.  3 Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.  4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born.  5 And

she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a

rod of iron.

Mark 1:21-28

21  The disciples went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit,  24 and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’  25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out

of him!’  26 And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  27 They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’  28 At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

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