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Second before Advent - Sunday 19th November 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.


Thanks!


Sunday Morning:

The link for our readings:


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



Collect Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil

and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:

grant that we, having this hope,

may purify ourselves even as he is pure;

that when he shall appear in power and great glory

we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;

where is is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Gracious Lord,

in this holy sacrament

you give substance to our hope:

bring us at the last

to that fullness of life for which we long;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Upcoming Dates

This week: Sunday 19th November - Second before 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

6.00pm: St Peter's Seek First Prayer Group

This week: 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’

2.00pm: Prayer & Meditation St Peter's Chapel


Thursday

Little Fishes in the Cafe

7.30pm: Advent Course at St Peter's


Saturday

9.00am: Men's Prayer Breakfast

Next Sunday: 26th November - Christ the King 9.30am: St. Peter’s Holy Communion 11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

4.00pm: St Peter's Youth Group




Notices

Please sign up for the Advent Course - starting this Thursday 23rd November








We are pleased to be able to share our travelling crib with the parish's young families in the build up to Christmas.

If you would like to participate, please complete the form at St Peter's or go to;


Online Form









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.

Next session this Wednesday 22nd November at St Peter's Chapel.


Rooted Community

Next gathering is Friday 1st December, 12.00 - 1.00pm in the Chapel followed by lunch in the Hall 1.00pm-3.00pm. 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

The Wednesday Group will be meeting will take a break due to the Parish Advent course starting 23rd November 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!








With every blessing,

Andy


The readings in full

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Be silent before the Lord God!

For the day of the Lord is at hand;

the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,

he has consecrated his guests.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,

and I will punish the peoplewho rest complacently on their dregs, those who say in their hearts,‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm.’13 Their wealth shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them;though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.

14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast;the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there.15 That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cryagainst the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

17 I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the Lord, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath;in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed;for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.


Psalm 90:1-11

Lord, you have been our dwelling-place in all generations.Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You turn us back to dust, and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.

You sweep them away; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning; in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

For we are consumed by your anger; by your wrath we are overwhelmed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance.

For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh. 10 The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

11 Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due to you?


1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.


Matthew 25:14-30

14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26 But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


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