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Second of Lent - Sunday 25th February 2024

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,

you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,

that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,

that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer: Almighty God,

you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:

keep us both outwardly in our bodies,

and inwardly in our souls;

that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the


and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Dates This week:

Sunday 25th February - First of Lent

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion - live streamed on

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion

4.00pm: St Peter's Youth Group

Monday - Saturday

10.00am - 12midday: Food Collection at St Peter's

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

9.00am: live streamed Morning Prayer

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9.30am-12.30: Daily Bread Cafe at St Peter's


9.00am: Morning Prayer in the Cafe

9.30am: Holy Communion at All Saints'

11.00am: Lent Course at Daily Bread Cafe

2.00-4.00pm: Quiet Afternoon in the Chapel

6.45pm: Stations of the Cross at St Peter's

7.45pm: Lent Course at St Peter's


Little Fishes in the Cafe


1.00pm: Rooted Lunch at St Peter's

Next Sunday: 3rd March - Third of Lent

9.30am: St Peter's Holy Communion

11.15am: All Saints' Holy Communion


Reminder the new Rectory phone number is 07860 156971.

Lent 2024

Stations of the Cross will be held at St Peter's at 6.45pm, every Wednesday in Lent.

Lent Course takes place each Wednesday at 7.45pm at St Peter's, when we will be looking at the Beatitudes.

There will also be a session in the Cafe on Wednesdays, 11am - midday.

Course books will be available at the first session with a donation of £5.00.

Please click here to sign up.

Youth Group (for Year 6 - 10)

Next session, this Sunday 25th February at St Peter's, 4.00pm - 5.30pm for food, friendship, faith and fun.

Older Youth Group (for Year 9+)

Will next meet on Friday 8th March at The Rectory, 7-8.30pm

For games and discussion together, for more information please email

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, the next meeting will be held this Wednesday, 28th February 2.00-4.00pm in the Chapel at St Peter's.

The Annual Parish Church Meeting

This will take place on Sunday 28th April, following a joint Parish service of Holy Communion, 9.30am at St. Peter’s. Please note this is a joint service and you are invited to join us for a simple soup lunch after the meeting.

Planned Giving

If you give regularly via the collection plate or by card donation, would you consider Planned Giving by standing order or the Parish Giving Scheme? This makes administration easier and allows us to plan more effectively. Forms are available at the back of church, to be returned to the Parish Office.

Thank you all for your continued generosity.

Revision of Electoral Roll

The annual updating of the Parish Electoral Roll of Church members for 2024 will be taking place during the period prior to the Annual Meeting. Provided your name appeared on last year’s Roll, your details will be carried forward automatically: no further action is required. Anyone not on the current Roll who wishes to be included should obtain an application form from a Churchwarden or from the Parish

Office. Forms are also available at the back of church. If you have changed address in the last year please notify the office.

Readers & Intercessors Training Workshop

We will be running a training workshop on Saturday 23rd March, 10am-11am at St Peter's for all those who read the Bible or lead intercessions in our services, or for those who would like to be involved in this way.

All are welcome, no age barrier or experience needed. A chance to develop practical skills, share resources and ideas, grown in confidence and ask questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Easter Day, Sunday 31st March - First Communion & Baptism

Baptisms and receiving Communion on Easter Sunday

Preparation for Children in Year 3 and above has now begun. 

If you’d like to be confirmed at the Easter Vigil at Chelmsford Cathedral (Saturday 30th March) or baptised on Easter Sunday (31st March) here in Hutton, please be in touch with Fr Andy ASAP and at the latest by this Sunday 25th February so preparation can begin.

Rooted Community

Rooted will next meet 1st March for lunch, please email for more information.

Bible Study

The first Monday of the month, next session 4th March. Please note that the Wednesday evening session will not meet during Lent and will resume after Easter.

School Admissions - Church attendance:

If you are considering applications to either Becket Keys Secondary School or Hutton All Saints School in the next year, or another school application which will need Fr Andy to sign a Supplementary Information Form to verify your church attendance, please can you email

Becket Keys school are currently consulting on increasing the required attendance at Church for entry at Year 7 to fortnightly over 3 years. Attendance requirements for Hutton All Saints remain as monthly attendance over 1 year. 

In both cases, we strongly encourage parents to get involved in the life of the church, to get to know others in the congregations, join in with wider church activities and introduce themselves to the clergy, so that when the time comes for forms to be signed, it does not cause any embarrassment on either side. 

Depending on the outcome of the consultation at Becket Keys, we may need to put a more formal process in place in the future.

With every blessing, Andy

The readings in full

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty;[a] walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram,[b] but your name shall be Abraham;[c] for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring[d] after you.

Psalm 22:23-30

23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!24 For he did not despise or abhor    the affliction of the afflicted;he did not hide his face from me,[a]    but heard when I[b] cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.26 The poor[c] shall eat and be satisfied;    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.    May your hearts live for ever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember    and turn to the Lord;and all the families of the nations    shall worship before him.[d]28 For dominion belongs to the Lord,    and he rules over the nations.

29 To him,[e] indeed, shall all who sleep in[f] the earth bow down;    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,    and I shall live for him.[g]30 Posterity will serve him;    future generations will be told about the Lord,

Romans 4:13-25

13 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17 as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already[a] as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 Therefore his faith[b] ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ 23 Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Mark 8:31-38

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,[a] will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words[b] in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’

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