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Fourth of Advent - Sunday 24th December 2023

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

To all in Hutton Parish, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the Smiths - Andy, Alice, Tilly and Isaac. Thank you so much for all your support and for being part of what God is doing here in Hutton and beyond. It wouldn't be the same without you and we look forward to continuing to journey with you in 2024. With every blessings!



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 redeemer,

who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of your Son:

grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour,

so we may be ready to greet him

when he comes again as our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Eternal God, for whom we wait,

you have fed us with the bread of eternal life:

keep us ever watchful,

that we may be ready to stand before the Son of man

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Dates

This week: Sunday 24th December - Fourth of Advent

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

3.00pm: St Peter's Family Carols and Nativity

11.30pm: St Peter's Midnight Mass

This week: Monday 25th December - Christmas Day

10.30am: All Saints' - Holy Communion

Next Sunday: 31st December - First of Christmas

10.30pm: St Peter's Holy Communion


Notices

Please note that there will be no Morning Prayer or Wednesday Holy Communion for the next two weeks.


Daily Bread Cafe & Food Hub

The Cafe & Food Hub will reopen on Friday 5th January 2024. Thank you for all your support and donations over the last year!


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 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 on 8th January 2024.

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


Future Events










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

With every blessing,

Andy


The readings in full

2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’

But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders[a] of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.

16 Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me;[a] your throne shall be established for ever.


Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

1    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

    my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  ♦

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2    From this day all generations will call me blessed;  ♦

the Almighty has done great things for me

    and holy is his name.

3    He has mercy on those who fear him,  ♦

from generation to generation.

4    He has shown strength with his arm  ♦

and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5    Casting down the mighty from their thrones  ♦

and lifting up the lowly.

6    He has filled the hungry with good things  ♦

and sent the rich away empty.

7    He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  ♦

to remember his promise of mercy,

8    The promise made to our ancestors,  ♦

to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46-55

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Romans 16.25-end

25 Now to God[m] who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom[n] be the glory for ever! Amen.


Luke 1.26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’[a] 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ 34 Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’[b] 35 The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[c] will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.’ 38 Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.



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