Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Baptism of Christ pewsheet

Welcome to St Peter’s-in-the-Forest


Baptism of Christ – All Age Service

Presiding today is Fr Paul Trathen

                                13th January 2013

Our welcomers today are
Toby Trathen and Sarah Collins

Hymn:   Thy hand, O God, has guided


Thy hand, O God, has guided
thy flock, from age to age;
the wondrous tale is written,
full clear, on ev’ry page;
our forebears owned thy goodness,
and we their deeds record;
and both of this bear witness:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


And we, shall we be faithless?
Shall hearts fail, hands hang down?
Shall we evade the conflict,
and cast away our crown?
Not so: in God’s deep counsels
some better thing is stored:
we will maintain, unflinching,
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Thy heralds brought glad tidings
to greatest, as to least;
they bade them rise, and hasten
to share the great King’s feast;
and this was all their teaching,
in ev’ry deed and word,
to all alike proclaiming:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Thy mercy will not fail us,
nor leave thy work undone;
with thy right hand to help us,
the vict’ry shall be won;
and then by all creation,
thy name shall be adored.
And this shall be their anthem:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.


Through many a day of darkness,
through many a scene of strife,
the faithful few fought bravely
to guard the nation’s life.
Their gospel of redemption,
sin pardoned, hope restored,
was all in this enfolded:
one Church, one Faith, one Lord.





Priest:                   This day, Jesus is revealed as the Christ, in the waters of baptism.

All:                         Alleluia.  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Priest:                   Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
All:                         and also with you.

Priest:                   Today we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord; although Jesus had no need for baptism – no need to be washed clean – for he was sinless, he was baptised to be a part of his human family, to set an example, to be as one of us.  We hear now, the story of Jesus’ baptism, from the Gospel according to Luke

                                Luke 3:15-17,21-22

                                We have symbols of baptism when we are baptised, and we’re going to explore those now, through readings, song and prayer.


We gather round the altar and face the tabernacle.

Ministers:           We present the oil of chrism (place the oil on the altar) as a symbol of belonging – reminding us we are followers of Jesus.

Sue:                       But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine.

All:                         Lord Jesus, forgive us when we put other things ahead of you.

Sing:                      Thanks for the oil, Lord,
placed on our forehead,
marking us always
a child in your care.
Giving us strength in
times of temptation,
giving us hope in
times of despair.


We gather round the font at the back of church.

Young people:                  We bring this water (pour water into font) as a symbol of cleanliness that at our baptism washed away original sin.

Sarah:                                   When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; for I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

All:                                         Lord Jesus, you cleansed us from sin; forgive us when we do not follow your example.

Sing:                                      Thanks for our lives Lord,
thanks for the water,
water that cleans us,
blessed from above.
Now as your children,
help us to follow,
all you commanded
bathed in your love.


We gather round the votive

Grandparents:  We present these candles (lighting one candle each) as a symbol of Jesus who is Light of the World, who will guide us through the darkness.

Frances:               When you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you, for you are precious in my sight, and honoured, and I love you.

All:                         Lord Jesus, forgive us when we pour darkness back into your light.

Sing:                      Thanks for your light, Lord,
lighting our darkness.
showing the path,
we safely should tread.
Chasing away
all fear and sadness.
filling our lives with
your light instead.

Family, friends and Godparents

We return to our seats, facing inwards

All:               We present ourselves andeach other, offering support, faithfulness and hope.

Julian:         Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up’, and to the south, ‘Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth – everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.’

All:               Lord Jesus, when we hurt each other, forgive us.

Sing:            Thanks for our family
kin who surround us,
and for the family
now gathered here.
Together united,
with one another,
brothers and sisters,
Christ as our head.

Priest:         May Almighty God, who sent his Son, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, to be born amongst us, and die for our sins, have mercy on us and forgive us when we truly repent.  Amen.

Prayer over the water
We turn to face the font

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

Father, for your gift of water in creation
we give you thanks and praise.

For your Spirit, sweeping over the waters, bringing light and life
we give you thanks and praise.

For your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, baptized in the river Jordan
      we give you thanks and praise.

      For your new creation, brought to birth by water and the Spirit
      we give you thanks and praise.

      For your grace bestowed upon us your children, washing away our sins
      we give you thanks and praise.

      So, Father, accept our sacrifice of praise.
      By the power of your life-giving Spirit
      bless these waters of your new creation.
      Lord, receive our prayer.
May we your servants who have been washed in them
be made one with your Son, who took the form of a servant.
Lord, receive our prayer.

May your Holy Spirit, who has brought us to new birth
in the family of your Church,
raise us in Christ, our anointed Lord,
to full and eternal life.
Lord, receive our prayer.

For all might, majesty and dominion are yours, now and for ever.
Alleluia.  Amen.

Profession of faith

Priest:         Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess together the faith of the Church.

                      Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
                      source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?
All:               We believe and trust in him.

                      Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
                      who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?
                      We believe and trust in him.

                      Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who is with us always?
                      We believe and trust in him.

                      This is the faith of the Church.
                      This is our faith.
                      We believe and trust in one God,
                      Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

The priest then sprinkles the congregation with the holy water.

Prayers      When you came in this morning, you were given three strips of paper.  Remembering that in baptism, Jesus cleanses us from sin and we become part of the Church family, write on one of the strips of paper something for which you want to say sorry and on another strip, something you can offer to this church family – it may be as simple as a smile, it may be something physical like gardening – you decide.  Join those two strips of paper to form a paper chain, with the third strip at the end.  When we’ve finished, we’ll join all the strips together and offer our prayer chain to God.  At the end of the service, take away a section of this chain, to remind you that you are part of the Church family.


The Peace

Priest:      God has made us one in Christ.
   He has set his seal upon us and, as a pledge of what is to come,
   has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.  Alleluia.
   The peace of the Lord be always with you
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.

Hymn:  Do not be afraid
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.


Do not be afraid,
for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name;
you are mine.

When you walk through the waters
I’ll be with you.
You will never sink beneath
the waves.

Do not be afraid,

When the fire is burning
all around you,
you will never be consumed
by the flames.

Do not be afraid …..


When the fear of loneliness
is looming,
then remember I am at your side.

Do not be afraid,

When you dwell in the exile
of the stranger,
remember you are precious
in my eyes.

Do not be afraid,

You are mine, O my child;
I am your Father,
and I love you with a perfect love.

Do not be afraid,
for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name;
you are mine.

Priest:      Open the heavens, Lord our God, and send your transforming Spirit on us and on these gifts.  May we who are baptized into Christ be ready to share his cup of suffering and strengthened to serve him for ever.

Eucharistic prayer

Priest:      The Lord be with you
All:            and also with you.

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

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

                   And now we give you thanks
                   because, by water and the Holy Spirit,
                   you have made us a holy people
                   in Jesus Christ our Lord;
                   you renew that mystery in bread and wine
                   to show forth your glory in all the world.
                   Through your anointed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
                   to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
                   we lift our voices of praise:

All:            blessed be God, our strength and our salvation,
   now and for ever.  Amen.

Priest         Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
                    grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
                    and according to your holy will,
                    these gifts of bread and wine
                    may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;
                    who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
                    took bread and  gave you thanks;
                    he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
                    ‘Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
                    do this in remembrance of me.’
                    In the same way, after supper
                    he took the cup and gave you thanks;
                    he gave it to them, saying:
                    ‘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.’

                    Jesus Christ is Lord
All:             Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free.
                    You are the Saviour of the world.

                    And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
                    his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
                    rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
                    and looking for his coming in glory,
                    we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
                    As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
                    we bring before you this bread and this cup
                    and we thank you for counting us worthy
                    to stand in your presence and serve you.
                    Send the Holy Spirit on your people
                    and gather into one in your kingdom
                    all who share this one bread and one cup,
                    so that we, in the company of all the saints,
                    may praise and glorify you for ever,
                    through Jesus Christ our Lord;
                    by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
                    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
                    all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
                    for ever and ever.  Amen.


Priest:      Let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us

All:            Our Father, who art in heaven,
                   Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
                but deliver us from evil.
                For thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory.
For ever and ever. Amen.

Priest:      We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
All:            God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

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

Priest:       God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
All:             Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,
                    to the glory of God the Father.

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:   In water we grow                           

In water we grow,
secure in the womb,
and speechlessly know
love's safety and room.
Baptizing and blessing
we publish for good                       
the freeing, caressing
safe keeping of God.
In water we dive,
and cannot draw breath,
then surface alive,
rebounding from death.
Our old self goes under,
in Christ dead and drowned.
We rise, washed in wonder,
by love clad and crowned.

In water we wash:
the dirt of each day,
its trouble and rush
are carried away.
In Christ re-created
by love's cleansing art,
self-will and self-hatred
dissolve and depart.
In water we dwell,
for by its deep flow
through bloodstream and cell,
we live, think, and grow.
Praise God, love outflowing,
whose well of new birth
baptizes our knowing,
and waters the earth.

Prayer after communion

Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit
complete the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hymn:   All over the world

All over the world
the Spirit is moving,
all over the world,
as the prophets said it would be.
All over the world
there’s a mighty revelation
of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.
All over this land
the Spirit is moving,
all over this land,
as the prophets said it would be.
All over this land
there’s a mighty revelation
of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.


All over the Church
the Spirit is moving,
all over the Church,
as the prophets said it would be.
All over the Church
there’s a mighty revelation
of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.


Deep down in my heart
the Spirit is moving,
deep down in my heart,
as the prophets said it would be.
Deep down in my heart
there’s a mighty revelation
of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.
All over us all
the Spirit is moving,
all over us all,
as the prophets said it would be.
All over us all
there’s a mighty revelation
of the glory of the Lord,
as the waters cover the sea.

Priest:   May God the Holy Spirit, who came upon the beloved Son
at his baptism in the river Jordan, pour out his gifts on you
who have come to the waters of new birth.  Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Priest:   We have come to Christ, the living water.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All:         In the name of Christ. Amen.

Please stay after the service, to have a cup of coffee, tea or juice, and a biscuit, and chat with other people.  Our coffee, tea, sugar and biscuits are all fair-trade products.  Serving coffee today are John and Lesley James

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                                     James Paul                          Pat Chapman    
Sally Johnson                                     Richard, Debbie, Claire and Grace Mainwaring

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:
20th January 2013
Epiphany Three
Parish Eucharist with prayers of healing

Jenni Hall
Dan Hall

Sarah Collins
Isaiah 62:1-5
Tony Doherty
1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Jenni Hall
Dan Hall

Pam Bollen
Matt Bollen

Please remember the mid week service on Wednesday 16th January 2013

Following the service next week, Judith Meaden and Molly Hoyle, MU diocesan officers will be meeting after the morning service with anyone who is thinking about becoming part of the a MU branch here at St Peters. They are happy to answer questions about MU activities and policy. If you have a question you'd like them to answer, it would be really helpful if we could give them advance notice. Please see Judith after service today or phone 020 8527 6646 or email judith.woolnough@ntlworld.com


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.  [Note the very helpful guide to Holy Communion on the book rack in the porch.]  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. 

If you use the envelope scheme in your giving, please come and collect your new batch of envelopes.  If you don’t use this scheme currently, but would like to, there will probably be some spare envelopes, so please see Sarah!

A reminder that the APCM will be held on Sunday 17th February following the morning service.  If you are responsible for submitting a written report for the APCM, please let Sarah have your report by 27th January at the very latest.


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.

You will (perhaps…) have been aware that not many of the radiators in our church have been working.  We spent a bit of time getting quotes in to replace like-for-like [not an entirely efficient way to heat the church building].  The quotes for this were between £5628 and £7295.  We also got a quote to replace the current system with a ‘wet’ system.  As well as a more efficient heat system, this would enable hot water to be available and provide heating in the crèche and Rocks room.  The quote for this was around £26,640.00.  It was decided – pretty promptly – that we simply cannot afford the latter, and so are going to have the current system replaced with a like-for-like system.  That might have been done by the time you read this – but if not, it will be done by next week!

Toward the end of last year, the PCC submitted a grant application to English Heritage for funds towards repairs on the church – primarily to do with the back end of the church that is slowly pulling away from the main body and causing large cracks.  However, we were not successful in our bid – simply because there are other applications from our region that were more urgent than ours.  At some stage the Buildings Committee will meet to look at where we go now, prioritise works needed etc.  If you would like to feed ideas into that, please let Paul, Julian or Judith know.

A busy life makes prayer harder;
but prayer makes a busy life easier.

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
Church cleaned by
Colette and
Peter Shrubsole020 8509 1811

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