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Second of Advent - Sunday 10th 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:

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Father in heaven,

who sent your Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first

coming

that, when he comes again,

we may be ready to greet him

with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Dates

This week: Sunday 10th December - Second 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’ Morning Prayer, with Refreshments, why not join us for a coffee/tea after the service.

3.00pm: St Peter's Youth Group

6.00pm: St Peter's "Seek" Advent Praise with CTHS

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


Tuesday & Friday

9.00am: live streamed Morning Prayer via Facebook

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9.30am - 12.30: Daily Bread Cafe

Wednesday

9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Daily Bread Cafe

9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints' 1.30pm: Mothers' Union with Holy Communion


Thursday

8.45am: Morning Prayer in the Chapel with Bishop Adam

9.30am: Little Fishes in the Cafe

7.30pm: Advent Course at St Peter's


Saturday

12.00 - 3.00pm: Parish Christmas Celebration at St Peter's

Next Sunday: 17th December - Third After Advent 9.30am: St. Peter’s Holy Communion 11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

6.00pm: All Saints' Carols by Candlelight


Notices




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


This coming Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th



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

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


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

With every blessing,

Andy


The readings in full

Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3 A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5 Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

6 A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. 9 Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’ 10 See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.


Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

1 Lord, you were favourable to your land;

you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;

you pardoned all their sin

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. 9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. 11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. 12 The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. 13 Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.


2 Peter 3:8-15a

8 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

11 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

14 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given to him


Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,

‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight”’,

4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’


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