Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Epiphany pewsheet

Welcome to St Peter’s-in-the-Forest

The Epiphany

Presiding and preaching today is Fr Paul Trathen


                                6th January 2013

Our welcomers today are
Bill and Mary Eveleigh
Before the service starts, we sing:
Abba, Father, let me be yours and yours alone.
May my will for ever be more and more your own.
Never let my heart grow cold, never let me go.
Abba, Father, let me be yours and yours alone.

Hymn:   We three kings of Orient are


We three kings of Orient are;
bearing gifts we traverse afar;
field and fountain,
moor and mountain,
following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.


Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
breathes a sigh of gathering gloom;
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,

sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night …..

Glorious now behold him arise,
King and God and sacrifice;
alleluia, alleluia,
earth to heav’n replies.


Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
gold I bring to crown him again,
King for ever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign.

O star of wonder, star of night ….


O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.




Frankincense to offer have I,
incense owns a Deity nigh,
prayer and praising, gladly raising,
worship him, God most high.


O star of wonder, star of night …..





Priest:                   The Lord be with you

All:                         and also with you.

Priest:                   Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe.
All:                         From the rising of the sun to its setting                 the Lord’s name is greatly to be praised.
Priest:                   The Lord of glory be with you.
All:                         The Lord bless you.

******* Rocks now go out with the leader for today – Anne *******


Priest:                   The grace of God has dawned upon the world through our Saviour Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.

Let us confess our sins.

Silence is kept.

God be gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face shine upon us:
Lord, have mercy.

All:                         Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on the earth,
your saving power among the nations:
Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation,
and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Priest:                   Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gloria – sung in parts, three times

Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, Gloria, alleluia, alleluia!

Priest:                   Grateful for the glory revealed today,
through God made flesh, let us pray

All:                         Creator of the heavens,
who led the Magi by a star
to worship the Christ-child:
guide and sustain us,
that we may find our journey’s end
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

We sit for the first two readings


First Reading


Isaiah 60:1-6 (page 708) Read by Bridget Gibbs

Second Reading
Ephesians 3:1-12 (page 1109) Read by Dave Stevens

Hymn:   In Christ there is no east or west                             


In Christ there is no east or west,
in him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.

Join hands, united in the faith,
whate’er your race may be;
who serve my Father as their own
are surely kin to me.


In him shall true hearts ev’rywhere their high communion find;
his service is the golden cord,
close binding humankind.
In Christ now meet both east
  and west,
in him meet south and north;
all Christlike souls are one in him,
throughout the whole wide earth.

Priest:                   Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations
and believed in throughout the world.
All:                         Alleluia.

Priest:                   Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew
All sing:                Glory to you, O Lord.
Matthew 2:1-12 (page 914) Read by Fr Paul Trathen

Priest:                   This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All sing:                 Praise to you, O Christ.

Presentation of the gifts by the Magi at the manger

At the offering of the Gold

Priest:   Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As gold in the furnace is tried
and purified seven times in the fire,
so purify our hearts and minds
that we may be a royal priesthood
acceptable in the service of your kingdom.
All:         Blessed be God for ever.

At the offering of incense

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As our prayer rises up before you as incense,
so may we be presented before you
with penitent hearts and uplifted hands
to offer ourselves in your priestly service.
Blessed be God for ever.

At the offering of myrrh

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As you give medicine to heal our sickness
and the leaves of the tree of life
for the healing of the nations,
so anoint us with your healing power    
that we may be the first-fruits of your new creation.
Blessed be God for ever.

Sermon                by Fr Paul Trathen

Creed - sung


I believe in God the Father,
the Almighty God above,
maker of the earth and heaven which were formed
in God's great love.
And in Jesus, loving Jesus,
God's own Son, who makes us new.
This, the creed of generations,
is the faith for our church, too.

I believe what God has promised: Christ will come as he has said.
He will judge the nations' peoples, both the living and the dead.
I believe God's Holy Spirit
makes the church one family.
We're surrounded by God's people, saints who in our Lord believe.


Jesus, by God's Holy Spirit,
was so wondrously conceived,
born unto the Virgin Mary,
who your promises believed.
Jesus suffering under Pilate,
on a cross was crucified.
Soldiers mocked him,
friends denied him;
he hung there until he died.

I believe that God forgives us
for the times we turn away,
and that God will raise our bodies on that resurrection day.
We rejoice we'll live forever, singing praise to God's great name.
This, the creed of generations,
is the faith that we proclaim.


So it was, our Lord was buried,
in a borrowed tomb he lay.
To the dead he then descended, where was joy on earth that day?
There is more to God's great story: in three days he rose again.
he ascended into heaven,
and he sits at God's right hand.

Prayers of intercession – led by Nick Williams


Priest:                   Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there shall be no end.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
All:                         and also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace

Hymn:  All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name

During the offertory 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.


All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name!
let angels prostrate fall,
let angels prostrate fall,
bring forth the royal diadem,
and crown him, crown him,
crown him, crown him,
and crown him Lord of all.

Ye seeds of Israel’s chosen race
ye ransomed of the fall,
ye ransomed of the fall,
hail him who saves you by his grace
and crown him, crown him,
crown him, crown him,
and crown him Lord of all.


Crown him, ye martyrs of your God,
who from his altar call,
who from his altar call;
praise him whose way of pain
  ye trod,
and crown him, crown him,
crown him, crown him,
and crown him Lord of all.

Let ev’ry tribe and ev’ry tongue
to him their hearts enthral,
to him their hearts enthral;
lift high the universal song,
and crown him, crown him,
crown him, crown him,
and crown him Lord of all.


Ye prophets who our freedom won,
ye searchers, great and small,
ye searchers, great and small;
by whom the work of truth is done,
now crown him, crown him,
crown him, crown him,
now crown him Lord of all.

Preparation of the table
Priest:                   Lord, accept your people’s gifts,
not gold, frankincense or myrrh,
but hearts and voices raised in praise of Jesus Christ,
our light and our salvation.
All:                         Amen.

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:   All honour and praise be yours always and everywhere,
mighty creator, ever-living God,
through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord:
for at this time we celebrate your glory
made present in our midst.
In the coming of the Magi
the King of all the world was revealed to the nations.
In the waters of baptism
Jesus was revealed as the Christ,
the Saviour sent to redeem us.
In the water made wine
the new creation was revealed at the wedding feast.
Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.
Therefore with all the angels of heaven
we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name
and sing our joyful hymn of praise:

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:   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.
Breaking of the bread

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.

Invitation to Communion

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:   Brightest and best of the suns of the morning

Brightest and best
of the suns of the morning,
dawn on our darkness
and lend us thine aid;
star of the east,
the horizon adorning,
guide where our infant
Redeemer is laid.

Say, shall we yield him,
in costly devotion,
odours of Edom,
and off’rings divine,
gems of the mountain,
and pearls of the ocean,
myrrh from the forest,
or gold from the mine?
Cold on his cradle
the dew-drops are shining;
low lies his head
with the beasts of the stall;
angels adore him
in slumber reclining,
Maker and Monarch
and Saviour of all.

Vainly we offer
each humble oblation,
vainly with gifts
would his favour secure:
richer by far
is the heart’s adoration,
dearer to God
are the prayers of the poor.
Prayer after communion

Lord God,
the bright splendour whom the nations seek:
may we who with the wise men
have been drawn by your light
discern the glory of your presence in your Son,
the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Great is the mystery of faith:
All sing:                                Christ has died:
                                Christ has risen:
                                Christ will come again.

All say:                 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.


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. 



Hymn:   As with gladness men of old

As with gladness men of old
did the guiding star behold,
as with joy they hailed its light,
leading onward, beaming bright;
so, most gracious Lord, may we
evermore be led to thee.
Holy Jesu, ev’ry day
keep us in the narrow way;
and when earthly things are past,
bring our ransomed souls at last
where they need no star to guide,
where no clouds thy glory hide.

As with joyful steps they sped,
to that lowly manger bed,
there to bend the knee before
him whom heav’n and earth adore,
so may we with willing feet
ever seek thy mercy-seat.
In the hev’nly country bright
need they no created light;
thou its light, its joy, its crown,
thou its sun which goes not down;
there for ever may we sing
alleluias to our King.
As their precious gifts they laid,
at thy manger roughly made,
so may we with holy joy,
pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ to thee, our heav’nly King.

Priest:                   May God the Father,
who led the wise men by the shining of a star
to find the Christ, the Light from light,
lead you in your pilgrimage to find the Lord.
All:                         Amen.

May God, who has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,
give us a place with the saints in light
in the kingdom of his beloved Son.

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
shine in your hearts and fill our lives
with his joy and peace.

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

Priest:                   We have seen his glory,
the glory revealed to all the nations.
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 Michael Collins and Bridget Gibbs

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:
13th January 2013
Baptism of Christ – All Age Communion

Toby Trathen
Sarah Collins


John James
Lesley James

In church

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


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. 

Rotas out at the back of church – please take yours!

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.  Please remember to join the electoral roll (even if you were on it before, you have to re-join) and 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.

The vicar has moved….. office only though!  The parish office is now in the Willow Room – first floor of Peterhouse.  Paul will ordinarily be there on weekday afternoons and Sunday afternoons.  Meetings will take place there, in the lounge downstairs but still occasionally in the vicarage.

The difference between
ordinary and extraordinary
is that little extra

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

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