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First of Christmas - Sunday 31st 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.

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,

who wonderfully created us in your own image

and yet more wonderfully restored us

through your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as he came to share in our humanity,

so we may share the life of his divinity;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:

help your Church to live as one family,

united in love and obedience,

and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Dates

This week: Sunday 31st December - First of Christmas

10.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion

This week:

Friday - Daily Bread Cafe & Food Hubs Opens

Next Sunday: 7th January


Please note that there will be no Morning Prayer or Wednesday Holy Communion this week.

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

Rooted will next meet on Friday 5th January 2024, please email 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 on 8th January 2024.

The Wednesday Group will be meeting will resume on 17th January 2024.

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

With every blessing,

The readings in full

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,    my whole being shall exult in my God;for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,    and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise    to spring up before all the nations.

62 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,    and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,until her vindication shines out like the dawn,    and her salvation like a burning torch.The nations shall see your vindication,    and all the kings your glory;and you shall be called by a new name    that the mouth of the Lord will give.You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;    praise him in the heights!Praise him, all his angels;    praise him, all his host!

Praise him, sun and moon;    praise him, all you shining stars!Praise him, you highest heavens,    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,    for he commanded and they were created.He established them for ever and ever;    he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.[a]

Praise the Lord from the earth,    you sea monsters and all deeps,fire and hail, snow and frost,    stormy wind fulfilling his command!

Mountains and all hills,    fruit trees and all cedars!10 Wild animals and all cattle,    creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,    princes and all rulers of the earth!12 Young men and women alike,    old and young together!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,    for his name alone is exalted;    his glory is above earth and heaven.14 He has raised up a horn for his people,    praise for all his faithful,    for the people of Israel who are close to him.Praise the Lord!

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our[a] hearts, crying, ‘Abba![b] Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 2:15-21

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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