Monday, 4 February 2013

Candlemass Christingle All Age worship pewsheet

Colour: White

Welcome to St Peter’s-in-the Forest

All Age Christingle Candlemas Service
with Holy Communion










3rd February 2013

Presiding today is Fr Paul Trathen

Our welcomers today are Dave and Aimee Stevens

Hymn:     The Spirit lives to set us free
The Spirit lives to set us free,
walk, walk in the light.
He binds us all in unity,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light,
walk in the light,
walk in the light,
walk in the light of the Lord.



He died in pain on Calvary,
walk, walk in the light,
to save the lost like you and me,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light ….

We know his death was not
     the end
walk, walk in the light.
He gave his Spirit to be our friend,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light …..

The Spirit lives in you and me,
walk, walk in the light.
His light will shine for all to see,
Walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light ….
Jesus promised life to all,
walk, walk in the light.
The dead were wakened by his call,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light …..

By Jesus’ love our wounds
    are healed,
walk, walk in the light.
The Father’s kindness is revealed,
walk, walk in the light.

Walk in the light ….


Priest:              Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.
All:                   Thanks be to God.

Candlemas takes palce forty days after Christmas and continues the cycle that leads up to Easter Sunday. For the Church, Candlemas remains a day of hope and light. It is a time to honour the Lord as the Light of the World and to remind us that we too have that light within us.

Candlemas is also known as The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and we’re going to hear now, the Gospel reading that gives us the account of that.

Luke 2:22-40

Candlemas is also a good day on which to celebrate the Christingle, and it is that which we’re going to focus on now.  We are going to hear readings, sing some hymns, ask for God’s forgiveness and learn a bit more about the meaning of Christingle.

Reading:                      In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, ‘Let there be light.  Let there be water and sky, let there be land and sea.  Let the land produce vegetation; seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit.  Let there be sun and moon and stars.  Let the water teem with living creatures; let birds fly in the sky.  Let the land produce living creatures.  Let there be human beings.’  God saw all he had made, and it was very good.

Everyone holds up their orange

Women:                      The orange represents the world; we offer ourselves and each other to represent the world, with all its differences and diversities, races, colours, creeds; creatures that run, crawl, swim and fly; trees, flowers, fruit, deserts and oceans, forests and snow capped mountains, dark and light, night and day.

All:                                When we misuse or abuse the world that God made,
Lord have mercy.

Sing:                             He’s got the whole world

He’s got the whole world
in his hand.
He’s got the whole world
in his hand.
He’s got the whole world
in his hand.
He’s got the whole world in his hand.
He’s got everybody here in his hand.
He’s got everybody here in his hand.
He’s got everybody here in his hand.
He’s got the whole world in his hand. 

Reading:                                For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

Choir:                                     The red ribbon represents the blood that Jesus shed for the whole world.  God sent his Son, Jesus; born to Mary, he lived among us, as one of us.  But in order to save us, he gave his life for us – crucified as a common criminal – hung on a cross, bleeding for our sins.

All:                   When we turn away from God and don’t love our neighbours as ourselves, Lord have mercy.

Sing:                 Amazing grace!
Amazing grace! 
How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found;
was blind but now I see
When we’ve been there
a thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
that when we first begun.

Reading:          And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.  While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

0-31’s:             We bring this stick to represent Spring; new birth, full of hope and promise.

32-45’s:           We bring this stick to represent Summer; successful crops, sunshine, welcome rain, brightness and warmth.

46-68’s            We bring this stick to represent Autumn; with her glorious colours, sweeping winds, time for harvest and preparation.

69’s+:              We bring this stick to represent Winter; stark beauty, crisp, bleak, wrapping a silent blanket round the earth.

All:                   Each stick bears fruit; reminding us of God’s bounty and goodness to us.

All:                   When we do not share God’s gifts with others, Lord have mercy.

Sing:                 For the fruits of his creation

For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God;
for his gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;
for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth’s safe-keeping,
thanks be to God.

Reading:          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.

Priest:              This candle represents Jesus, light of the world, who shines in even the darkest places.  May Almighty God, who sent his Son to be our Light of the World, to live and die for us, forgive us our sins and bring us to eternal life.  Amen.

Sing:                 Shine, Jesus, shine

Lord, the light of your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness, shining;
Jesus, Light of the World, shine upon us,
set us free by the truth you now bring us,
shine on me, shine on me. 

Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with your Father’s glory,
blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire. 
Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy;
send forth your Word, Lord, and let there be light.

Once everyone has completed their Christingle, we’ll form a circle round the church; the priest will light the first Christingle and then when all are lit, we sing:

Now we hold the ripened orange,
representing all the world;
circled by a crimson ribbon
as the symbol of Christ’s blood.
Let God’s gracious way of loving
bring his joy to every place,
as his glorious light for living
brightly gleams on every face.

By our pleasure at life’s goodness
which the fruit and sweets suggest,
may we learn to right injustice:
so may everyone be blessed.
Let us share with one another
equally all gifts divide;
rich or poor we’re all God’s people
neighbours standing side by side.
Let the sticks of food remind us,
by the word of God revealed,
that each cycle of the seasons
will its fruitful harvest yield.
Spring and Summer, Autumn, Winter
each for us their gifts provide;
listening to their Creator,
let us too his rules abide.

May the light of countless candles
bravely burning everywhere,
help us all to follow Jesus
through a life of faith and care.
Though our steps may sometimes falter
God is there to guide our way;
Jesus shining in the darkness
with us now and every day.

Prayers (we remain round the church) – the prayers spell out Christingle

Priest:   Jesus is the Light of the world and the Prince of Peace. 
Let us share with one another, a sign of God’s peace.    
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
All:         And also with you.

Priest:   Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

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: And can it be
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.

1    And can it be that I should gain              3    He left his Father’s throne above
an in’trest in the Saviour’s blood?              so free, so infinite his grace;
      Died he for me, who caused his pain?      emptied himself of all but love,
      For me, who him to death pursued?         and bled for Adam’s hapless race;
      Amazing love!  How can it be                        ‘tis mercy all, immense and free;
      that thou, my God, shouldst die for me? for, O my God, it found out me.
      Amazing love!  How can it be                               ‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;
      that thou, my God shouldst die for me?             for, O my God, it found out me.

2    ‘Tis myst’ry all! th’e Immortal dies:      4    Long my imprisoned spirit lay            
      who can explore his strange design?         fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
      In vain the first-born seraph tries               thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
      to sound the depths of love divine!           I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
      ‘Tis mercy all!  Let earth adore,                    my chains fell off, my heart was free;
      let angel minds inquire no more.                I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
      ‘Tis mercy all!  Let earth adore,                    my chains fell off, my heart was free;
      let angel minds inquire no more.                 I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5    No condemnation now I dread;
      Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
      Alive in him, my living Head,
      and clothed in righteousness divine,
      bold I approach the eternal throne,
      and claim the crown, through Christ my own.
      bold I approach the eternal throne,
      and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Priest:                   Give thanks to the Lord for he is good;
All:                         for his faithfulness endures for ever.
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    And now we give you thanks because he broke bread with those whom others scorned and when the multitude was hungry he fed them abundantly.

                On the night that he was betrayed,
                at supper with his friends he took bread, and gave you thanks;
                he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
                ‘Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
                do this in remembrance of me.’

All           Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his body is the bread of life.

Priest    At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
                he gave you thanks, and said:
                ‘Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
                which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;
                do this in remembrance of me.’

All           Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
                his blood is shed for all.

Priest    With your whole Church throughout the world
                we offer you this sacrifice of praise
                and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

All sing  Holy, holy, holy Lord,
                God of power and might,
                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
                Hosanna in the highest.

 Priest:  Let us pray the prayer that 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.

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    Immortal, invisible (Remain seated)

Immortal, invisible,
God only wise,
in light inaccessible
hid from our eyes
most bless├Ęd, most glorious,
the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious,
thy great name we praise.

To all life thou givest,
to both great and small;
in all life thou livest,
the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish
as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish;
but naught changeth thee.

Unresting, unhasting,
and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting,
thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains
high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains
of goodness and love.

Great Father of glory,
pure Father of light,
thine angels adore thee,
all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render,
O help us to see
‘tis only the splendour
of light hideth thee.

Prayer after communion

Lord Jesus,
as we celebrate Christingle today,
kindle a flame in our hearts
so that ours, become like yours – true, honest and full of love.

The children are invited to go up to the front and re-light their Christingles.

Hymn:   Colours of day
(during which the priest, servers and children with candles, process to the font)

Colours of day dawn into the mind,
the sun has come up,
the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
and let’s give the message
to the people we meet.

So light up the fire
and let the flame burn,
open the door, let Jesus return,
take seeds of his Spirit,
let the fruit grow,
tell the people of Jesus,
let his love show. ,

Open your eyes, look into the sky,
the darkness has come,
the sun came to die.
The evening draws on,
the sun disappears,
but Jesus is living,
and his Spirit is near.

So light up the fire
and let the flame burn,
open the door, let Jesus return,
take seeds of his Spirit,
let the fruit grow,
tell the people of Jesus,
let his love show. ,
Go through the park,
on into the town;
the sun still shines on;
it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
the people of darkness
are needing our friend.

So light up the fire
and let the flame burn,
open the door, let Jesus return,
take seeds of his Spirit,
let the fruit grow,
tell the people of Jesus,
let his love show. ,

At the Font:

Priest:   Father, here we bring to an end our celebration of the Saviour’s birth.
All:          Help us, in whom he has been born,
                to live his life that has no end.

Priest:   Here we have offered the Church’s sacrifice of praise.
All:         Help us, who have received the bread of life,
to be thankful for your gift.

Priest:   Here we have rejoiced with faithful Simeon and Anna.
All:         Help us, who have found the Lord in his temple,
to trust in your eternal promises

Priest:   Here we have greeted the Light of the world.
All:         Help us, who now extinguish these candles,
never to forsake the light of Christ.

The children blow out the candles

Priest:   Here we now stand near the place of baptism.
All:         Help us who are marked with the cross,
to share the Lord’s death and resurrection.

Priest:   Here we turn from Christ’s birth to his passion.
All:         Help us, for whom Lent is near,
to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.

Priest:   Here we bless one another in your name.
All:         Help us, who now go in peace, to shine with your light in the world.
                Thanks be to God!  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 George Marshall and Debbie Carson

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
Brenda’s Traidcraft Stall
Italy v France
To celebrate the start of the six nations and Italy’s first game we have some fair trade pasta, why not sit down later today with a huge bowl of pasta and pesto and cheer on the Italians to beat France.

Next Week:
10th February 2013
Sunday next before Lent

John James
Lesley James

Liz Jarvis
Exodus 34:29-35
Peter Shrubsole
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Tom Marshall
Katherine Marshall

Anita Doherty
Tony Dohert

Please remember the mid week service on Wednesdays at 9.30 am

There will be a Eucharist service with imposition of ashes on Wednesday 13th February at 8.00 pm


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!

We’re hoping to start up a group for our slightly older children.  If you’re interested in finding out more, or perhaps helping lead this group, please speak to Heather or Frances.  The first date will be February 10th, starting at 6.30 pm.

If you have any photos of Parish/Church life, send them to Paul or Sarah via email and they will be posted on the parish blog site.

A shut mouth gathers no foot…

Weekday evenings & weekends contact:
The Vicar: Fr Paul Trathen
St Peter’s Vicarage, 121 Forest Rise, E17 3PW
020 8521 5000
(Parish blog)
(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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