Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Advent Sunday pewsheet

Colour: Purple

Welcome to St Peter’s-in-the Forest


All Age Communion

Advent Sunday


2nd December 2012


Presiding today is Fr Paul Trathen

Our welcomers today are
Harry Downing + Iona Trathen

Hymn:  Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Lo, he comes with clouds descending
once for mortal sinners slain;
thousand thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Christ appears on earth to reign.

Those dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears,
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshippers:
with what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
gaze we on those glorious scars!
Ev’ry eye shall now behold him
robed in dreadful majesty;
we who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

Yea, amen, let all adore thee,
high on thine eternal throne;
Saviour, take the pow’r and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone.


Priest:   I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God,
All:         ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the sovereign Lord of all.’
Priest:   He who gives this testimony speaks: ‘Yes, I am coming soon!’
All:         Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The Lighting of the Advent Candle

Priest:   We light this first Advent candle and say together:

All:         Lord Jesus, light of the world,
born in David’s city of Bethlehem,
born like him to be a king:
be born in our hearts at Christmas,
be King of our lives today.


Priest:   Merciful God, we confess to you now that we have sinned.  We confess the sins that no one knows and the sins that everyone knows:

Turn to face the back of church
All:         we have not given ourselves in love and service for the world as Christ gave himself for us; Father, forgive us.

Turn to face each other
All:         we have not loved one another as Christ loved us; Father, forgive us.

Turn to face the front of church
All:         Send your Holy Spirit to us, to give us power to live as you have called us to live; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Priest:   May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw us to himself,
                and cleanse us from all our sins
                that we may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings and a hymn

Reader 1:             Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.

Sing:                      O come, O come, Emmanuel,
                                and ransomed captive Israel,
                                that mourns in lonely exile here,
                                until the Son of God appear.

                                Rejoice, rejoice!
                                Emmanuel shall come to thee,
                                O Israel.

Reader 2:             The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction”.  When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai.

Sing:                      O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
                                who to thy tribe on Sinai’s height
                                in ancient times didst give the Law,
                                in cloud and majesty and awe.

                                Rejoice, rejoice!
                                Emmanuel shall come to thee,
                                O Israel.

Reader 3:             A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him and his place of rest will be glorious.

Sing:                      O come, thou rod of Jesse, free
                                thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
                                from depths of hell thy people save,
                                and give them vict’ry o’er the grave
Rejoice, rejoice!
                                Emmanuel shall come to thee,
                                O Israel.

Reader 4:             “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

Sing:                      O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer
                                our spirits by thine advent here;
                                disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
                                and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

                                Rejoice, rejoice!
                                Emmanuel shall come to thee,
                                O Israel.

Reader 5:             “The days are coming”, declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous branch, a king who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.”

Sing:                      O come, thou key of David, come
                                and open wide our heav’nly home;
                                make safe the way that leads on high,
                                and close the path to misery.

                                Rejoice, rejoice!
                                Emmanuel shall come to thee,
                                O Israel.

Priest:                   O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Gospel reading Luke 21:25-36 (Read by Fr Paul Trathen)

Advent Drama


Reader A:            We turn to face the East .… (congregation turns to face East)
and we thank you for your promise that a new dawn, the dawn of your Kingdom, is rising.  Help us to watch for its coming with hope and trust and forgive us when we fail to see its signs around us.
All:                         Wait for the Lord, whose day is near;
Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!

Reader B:            We turn to face the South .… (congregation turns to face South)
and we wait upon the word of God.  Lord God, stir up our hearts and minds with real passion for your truth. Forgive us that we are sometimes reluctant to be stirred by your Spirit.  Speak to us as we wait this Advent.  Show us again what your coming means to us, and draw close to us, we pray.
All:                         Wait for the Lord, whose day is near;
Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!

Reader C:            We turn to face the West ..… (congregation turns to face West)
and we pray for the many people who will be shopping today, preparing for the coming of Jesus without understanding who he is or what he means for the world.  We pray for them, and for ourselves, that as we prepare for Christmas, the message of Christ’s peace might touch our hearts.
All:                         Wait for the Lord, whose day is near;
Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!

Reader D:            We turn to face the North .… (congregation turns to face North)
and we pray for Christians around the world today as we prepare for the coming of Jesus.  We ask you to fill us with hope, with vision, with courage, and to unite us in our shared hope of a glorious future.
All:                         Wait for the Lord, whose day is near;
Wait for the Lord: keep watch, take heart!

Reader E:             We turn to face one another… (congregation turns to face inwards)
and we give thanks that we share the light of Christ with one another.  We pray that you would strengthen us in love and faith. 

And now we turn to face outwards… (congregation turns to face outwards) and we pray that you would bless us and use us to share your light with others.  Amen.

The Peace

Priest:                   Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always

All:                         and also with you.

We shake hands, saying “Peace be with you

All sing:              Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
praise him all creatures here below;
praise him above ye heavenly host,
praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Receiving the gifts
God of abundance,
we thank you for what we have received and what we can share.
We offer these gifts and ourselves to be used as instruments of peace.
In Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Hymn:   Mine eyes have seen the glory
During this hymn, a collection will be taken.  If you would like information on how to gift-aid your donation, please see Peter Shrubsole after the service.  Information on setting up standing orders is also available from Peter.

Mine eyes have seen the glory
of the coming of the Lord.
He is tramping out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.
He has loosed the fateful lightening
of his terrible swift sword.
His truth is marching on.

I have seen him in the watchfires
of a hundred circling camps.
They have gilded him an altar
in the evening dews and damps.
I can read his righteous sentence
by the dim and flaring lamps.
His day is marching on.

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.


He has sounded forth the trumpet
that shall never sound retreat.
He is sifting out all human hearts before his judgement seat.
O, be swift my soul to answer him,
be jubilant my feet!
Our God is marching on.


In the beauty of the lilies
Christ was born across the sea,
with a glory in his bosom
that transfigures you and me.
As he died to make us holy,
let us live that all be free,
whilst God is marching on.

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
Glory, glory hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

Eucharistic Prayer

Priest         The Lord is here.                         
All               His Spirit is with us.                   

Priest         Lift up your hearts.
All               We lift them to the Lord.

Priest         Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All               It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Priest        It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise,
almighty God and everlasting Father, through Jesus Christ your Son.

For when he humbled himself to come among us in human flesh,
he fulfilled the plan you formed before the foundation of the world
to open for us the way of salvation.
Confident that your promise will be fulfilled,
we now watch for the day
when Christ our Lord will come again in glory.
And so we join our voices with angels and archangels
and with all the company of heaven to proclaim your glory
for ever praising you and singing:

All               Holy, holy, holy Lord,
                    God of power and might,
                    heaven and earth are full of your glory.
                    Hosanna in the highest.
                    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
                    Hosanna in the highest.

Priest         We praise and bless you, loving Father,
                    through Jesus Christ, our Lord:
                    and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit,
                    that broken bread and wine outpoured
                    may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
                    On the night before he died he had supper with his friends
                    and, taking bread, he praised you.
                    He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
                    ‘Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
                    Do this in remembrance of me.’

                    When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.
                    Again he praised you, gave it to them and said:
                    ‘Drink this, all of you;
                    this is my blood of the new covenant,
                    which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
                    Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
                    So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did,
                    in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice
                    made once for all upon the cross.

                    Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,
                    we proclaim his death and resurrection
                    until he comes in glory.

Great is the mystery of faith:

All sing     Christ has died:
                    Christ is risen:
                    Christ will come again.

All              Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day
                    when your kingdom comes and
                    justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth;
                    Look with favour on your people,
                    gather us in your loving arms                 and bring us with all the saints
                    to feast at your table in heaven.

                    Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ,
                    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
                    all honour and glory be yours, O loving Father,
                    for ever and ever.

Priest:   Let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us

All:         Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours;
now and for ever.  Amen.

The priest invites people to come forward to receive communion or a blessing.

Priest:       We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
All:             Though we are many, we are one body,
                    because we all share in one bread.

Priest:       Draw near with faith.
                    Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
                    which he gave for you,
                    and his blood which he shed for you.
                    Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,
                    and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Adults who are baptized and children who’ve received preparation are welcome to receive communion. If you do not receive communion, please feel free to go forward for a blessing. 

Hymn    Come, thou long expected Jesus

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us;
let us find our rest in thee.
Born thy people to deliver;
born a child and yet a king;
born to reign in us for ever;
now thy gracious kingdom bring.

Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of ev’ry nation,
joy of ev’ry longing heart.

By thine own eternal Spirit,
rule in all our hearts alone:
by thine all-sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Prayer after communion
Lord God,
be with us all as we prepare for your coming;
help us to be watchful and ready to welcome you
into our hearts and homes.
Keep us and all we love safe in this coming week.  Amen.

Hymn:  Thy kingdom come! on bended knee

Thy kingdom come! on bended knee
the passing ages pray;
and faithful souls have yearned
   to see
on earth that kingdom’s day.

The day in whose clear-shining light
all wrongs shall stand revealed,
when justice shall be throned
    in might,
and ev’ry hurt be healed.

But the slow watches of the night
not less to God belong;
and for the everlasting right
the silent stars are strong.

When knowledge, hand in hand
   with peace,
shall walk the earth abroad:
the day of perfect righteousness,
the promised day of God.
And lo, already on the hills
the flags of dawn appear;
gird up your loins, ye prophet souls,
proclaim the day is near.

Blessing and Dismissal

Priest:   Look forward in hope to the coming of your Saviour,
prepare the way for Christ your Lord;
welcome him with love and faith when he comes in glory.
And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit
All:         Amen.
Priest:   Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
All:                         In the name of Christ.  Amen.



Please stay for a cup of coffee or tea after the service. 
On coffee duty today are George Marshall and Debbie Carson

Sending Christmas Cards

This year the last days to send cards for a guaranteed arrival before the 25th December are:

Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan),
New Zealand                                                                     Wednesday 5th December
Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East
and South America                                                          Friday 7th December
Canada, Eastern Europe
and USA                                                                               Monday 10th December
Western Europe                                                               Wednesday 12th December
Second class to UK                                                          Tuesday 18th December
First Class to UK                                                                                Thursday 20th December

Prayers – this week please pray for:

Barbara & Stan Eager                          Rita & Colin Reid                  Beryl Goodwin     
Lily Bollen                                              Ray Hepburn                         Les Hobart            
George and Phyllis Robbins               Richard Fayolle                     Michael Bailey
Fred Lennard                                        Peggy Wood                         James Paul            
Linsey, Alex, Luca & Leo                     Pat Chapman                         Bernard Eaton     
Joan Tucker                                           Julian Ruaux                          Sally Johnson

If you know of anyone who is unable to get to church and would like a home visit (with or without Communion) please let Sarah know and she will arrange for someone from the Pastoral Ministry team to come and visit.

Next Week:   
9th December 2012
2nd Sunday of Advent – Parish Eucharist

John James
Lesley James

Bill Eveleigh
Malachi 3:1-4
Margaret Gainey
Philippians 1:3-11

Katherine Marshall
Tom Marshall


please remember the Wednesday Communion service at 9.30 am


Social Events
Saturday 8th December      Guide’s Christmas quiz, with jacket potato supper

We would like to try out a sort of ‘mentoring’ system for our young people.  What we need are willing adults volunteering to have a young person come and sit with them, either when they come in from Rocks, or during the All Age Services.  What is expected of you?  Help your ‘charge’ engage in and follow the service.  We hope this will not only enable all ages to get more out of the services, but also allow better interaction between the ages in our congregation.  If you are interested, please speak to Sarah. 

Film night – third night tonight.  Showing 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick - starting at 7.00 pm in Peterhouse Lounge.

Electoral Roll:  Every six years we are required to prepare a completely new electoral roll. Members on the previous roll will need to apply to be included - inclusion is not automatic. New people can also apply during this period. A person applies by filling out a very short form. During December and January, these forms will be given to all those who are eligible to be on the roll.  If you are aged 16 or over and worship regularly at St. Peter’s you are warmly encouraged to have your name included. All forms must be returned to Debbie Carson by 27th January 2013.

Waltham Forest Deanery Mothers' Union are holding a Carol Service on Saturday, December 8th at Emmanuel Church Leyton, at 2.00 pm. Everyone is welcome!! Emmanuel church is on the corner of Lea Bridge Road, next to B & Q.
If you need any more information, please see Judith.

Advent Sunday Readings:

The first reading for today (Jeremiah 33:14-16) was read by Reader 5, along with various other prophetic readings about the coming of our Messiah.

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Let us approach Christmas
with an expectant hush
rather than a last minute rush

Weekday evenings & weekends contact:
The Vicar: Fr Paul Trathen
St Peter’s Vicarage
121 Forest Rise, Walthamstow E17 3PW
020 8521 5000
(Vicar’s blog)
Weekday office hours contact:
The Parish Administrator:
Sarah Collins
Peterhouse Centre
122 Forest Rise, Walthamstow
E17 3PW
020 8509 1811
Church cleaned by
George Marshall and
Debbie Carson 

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