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First of Advent - Sunday 1st December 2023

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.

Please note that the new Rectory Phone Number is 07860 156971.


Thanks!


Sunday Morning:

The link for our readings:


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


Collect Prayer:

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and

the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: O Lord our God,

make us watchful and keep us faithful

as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;

that, when he shall appear,

he may not find us sleeping in sin

but active in his service

Upcoming Dates

This week: Sunday 1st December - First of Advent Holy Communion will be live streamed at 9.30am from St Peter’s on www.facebook.com/huttonparish 9.30am: St. Peter’s Holy Communion with Children's Church & facility for pre-schoolers 11.15am: All Saints’ Holy Communion

This week:

Monday

2.00pm: Bible Study

Monday - Saturday 10.00am -12 midday Food Hub Collection at St Peter’s


Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9.00am: live streamed Morning Prayer via Facebook 9.00am: Join the Daily Bread team for the Live stream in the Cafe.

9.30am-12.30pm: Daily Bread Café

Wednesday

9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Daily Bread Cafe 9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints’


Thursday

Little Fishes in the Cafe

7.30pm: Advent Course at St Peter's


Friday

7.00pm: Older Youth Meeting

Next Sunday: 10th December - Second of Advent 9.30am: St. Peter’s Holy Communion 11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

4.00pm: Youth Group at St Peter's

6.00pm: "Seek" Advent Praise at St Peter's


Notices




Advent Course continuing this week with our third session on Thursday evening.


Spiritual guide or Companionship

Many people value the companionship and encouragement of another person as they walk the spiritual way and find a listening ear helpful.

Spiritual guides have been trained to do just that and to help you listen and discern how God is working in your life.

If this is something you might be interested in please pick up one of the leaflets at the back of the church which will give you some information or speak to me in private if you are unsure.

Chris Thomas LLM.


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. 2.00-4.00pm. Please note the next meeting will be 24th January 2024.


Rooted Community

Next gathering is Friday 15th December, 1.15pm for a Christmas 'Bring & Share' gathering. Please email rooted@huttonparish.com for more information.


Deanery Confirmation

There will be a Confirmation Service at the Church of St. Edmund & Mary, Ingatestone, on 14th January 2024. If anyone is interested in being confirmed please speak to someone on the Ministry Team.


Bible Study

The first Monday of the month at 2.00pm - meeting this Monday 4th December.

The Wednesday Group will be meeting will take a break due to the Parish Advent course and will resume on 17th January 2024.


Future Events



Come and join us at St Peter's to celebrate the

Christmas season and enjoy a hot meal, tea, coffee and much more.

There will be games, gifts, a raffle and tombola stalls and a visit from Father Christmas.

We would welcome your contributions of bottles of all sorts, raffle prizes, sweets, new items for the adult and children's tombola - please leave in the parish office.

Large and small cakes for the cake stall can be delivered to the church hall during the morning of 16th December.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and we hope to see you there!











































Don't forget the new Rectory Phone Number is 07860 156971.

With every blessing,

Andy


The readings in full

Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,

so that the mountains would quake at your presence—

2 as when fire kindles brushwood

and the fire causes water to boil—

to make your name known to your adversaries,

so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

3 When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,

you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

4 From ages past no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,

no eye has seen any God besides you,

who works for those who wait for him.

5 You meet those who gladly do right,

those who remember you in your ways.

But you were angry, and we sinned;

because you hid yourself we transgressed.

6 We have all become like one who is unclean,

and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.

We all fade like a leaf,

and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

7 There is no one who calls on your name,

or attempts to take hold of you;

for you have hidden your face from us,

and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.

8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;

we are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the work of your hand.

9 Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,

and do not remember iniquity for ever.

Now consider, we are all your people.


Psalm 80:1-8

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 5 You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure. 6 You make us the scorn[a] of our neighbours; our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.


1 Corinthians 1:3-9

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I give thanks to my[a] God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5 for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— 6 just as the testimony of[b] Christ has been strengthened among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8 He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Mark 13:24-37

24 ‘But in those days, after that suffering,

the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26 Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

28 ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

32 ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’

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