Friday, 30 November 2018

Advent begins...this Sunday

Liturgical colour: PURPLE

2ND December 2018
Parish Mass
Presiding & preaching is Mthr Sue Diplock

Refreshments: Debbie Carson & George Marshall
Eucharistic Assistants: Peter Shrubsole & Debbie Carson
Rocks Leaders: Emily Morrell & Helper
Servers: Ruth Williams & Mary Eveleigh
Welcomers: Debbie Carson & George Marshall

Before the service starts we sing (as we remain seated):

Awake, my soul, and with the sun thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise to pay thy morning sacrifice.

      The Gathering
We stand to sing the following hymn, during which the procession of ministers enters

Introit Hymn:        98  Come, thou long expected Jesus

The President greets the people, saying
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
All   Amen.
The Lord be with you
All   and also with you.
Words of welcome or introduction may be said
The Deacon invites the people to prepare their hearts and then to call to mind their sins
We pray together in faith
All   Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

After a short silence, all sing
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.

When the Lord comes,
he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness,
and will disclose the purposes of the heart.
Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.
cf 1 Corinthians 4.5
 Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The President introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’
The Collect is said by President and people, together

Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the
light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you
in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

      The Liturgy of the Word
The President and the people sit to hear Holy Scripture read

Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 33:14-16 (read by Peter Shrubsole)
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
At the end the reader says
This is the word of the Lord.
All   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (read by Anita Doherty)
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
At the end the reader says
This is the word of the Lord.
All   Thanks be to  God.
We stand to sing God’s praise as we reflect on the readings and prepare to hear the Gospel

Gradual Hymn:     358 O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL

We remain standing.  The Gospel Book is brought into the centre of the church by the Gospeller.  We turn to face it
When the Gospel is announced the Gospeller says or sings
Alleluia, alleluia.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
cf Isaiah 40.3–5

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
All sing   Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Reading – Luke 21:25-36
‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’
Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

At the end the Gospeller says or sings
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All sing   Praise to you, O Christ.

We all sit when invited to do so by the Preacher of the Sermon
Sermon – by Mthr Sue Diplock

Following the Sermon, we hold a pause for reflection and then the President says
Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We stand to affirm our common faith in the words of the Creed
All   We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Prayers of Intercession lead by Sally Holman
These responses may be used
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.
And at the end
Merciful Father,
All   accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

  The Liturgy of the Sacrament

We stand, as the President bids us peace
In the tender mercy of our God,
the dayspring from on high shall break upon us,
to give light to those who dwell in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
cf Luke 1.78,79
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All   and also with you.

The Deacon invites us to share a sign of peace with others
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
All exchange a sign of peace with their neighbours

Preparation of the Table
Taking of the Bread and Wine

Bread and wine are brought to the altar, symbols of God’s creation; and a collection is taken up, in order that the gifts of the people can also be presented, symbolising the offering of our whole life to God.

During this time, the following hymn is sung


The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.
The President prays over the gifts, and the people respond

As this bread was scattered
and then gathered and made one,
so may your Church be gathered into your kingdom.
Glory to you, O God, for ever.
Wisdom has built her a house;
she has mixed her wine; she has set her table.
Glory to you, O God, for ever.
The Eucharistic Prayer
The President says or sings
The Lord be with you
All   and also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All   We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All   It is right to give thanks and praise.

The President praises God for His mighty acts, saying or singing
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 sing
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.

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.

The following acclamation is made
Christ is the bread of life:
When we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,
until you come in glory.

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.  Amen.
The President invites the people to pray The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
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.

Breaking of the Bread
The President breaks the consecrated bread.
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.

Giving of Communion
The President says the invitation to communion
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.

The President and people receive communion.
Authorized words of distribution are used and the communicant replies Amen.
During the distribution the following hymn is sung

Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution
Silence is kept.  The first candle of the Advent Wreath is lit.
People of God: awake!
The day is coming soon
when you shall see God face to face.
Remember the ways and the works of God.
God calls you out of darkness
to walk in the light of his coming.
You are God’s children.
Lord, make us one as we walk with Christ
today and for ever.
      The Dismissal
Brief notices may be shared amongst the people.

We stand to sing the following hymn, during which the altar party moves to the chancel step

Processional Hymn: 336  MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY
The President confers the Blessing from Almighty God, saying
Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you,
scatter the darkness from before your path,
and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All   Amen.
The Deacon says
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All   In the name of Christ.  Amen.

The ministers and people depart
Refreshments will be served after Mass is ended
Next week…. Sunday 9 December 2018
10.00am – Parish Mass
      Second Sunday of Advent
Cleaners: Liz Jarvis & Marilyn Hawes
Welcomers: Frances Downing & John James
Servers: Ruth Williams, JC Bird, James Bird
Intercessor: Debbie Carson
Eucharistic Assistant: Pam Bollen
Refreshments: Marian & Ken Bradley

Parish Administration – the PCC has now appointed Karolina Jelonek as a temporary Personal Assistant to the Vicar.  Karolina will be based principally at the Parish Office in the Peterhouse Centre, and will work 20 hours per week: ordinarily, Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
For the longer term, the PCC has given outline approval to a new strategic resource, to take effect from spring 2019, subject to agreement and authorisation from the Bishop.  Further details of this exciting development will be shared, soon.

Bank details
Bank:                                   Co-Operative Bank
Account name:                  The PCC of St Peter in-the-Forest Church
Account number:              65621822
Sort code:                           08-92-99

Regular worship & learning services in church building
Sunday     10.00 am – 11.20 am       Parish Mass (Holy Communion)
Sunday     4.00 pm – 5.30 pm           Tea, Cake & Evening Prayer
Tuesday   9.15 am – 9.45 am            Morning Prayer*
Wednesday 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm         Evening Prayer followed by Study Group
*in the Beech room in Peterhouse Centre
 Regular events in church building
Monday   6.45 pm – 8.30 pm           The Big Sing Choir
Friday       7.30 pm – 8.30 pm           Choir Practice

4th Saturday of the month 9.30 am- 11.30 am        Who let the dads out?!?

Christmas worship @ St Peter-in-the-Forest

Third Sunday of Advent             6.30 pm   Carol Service
Sunday 16th December

Christmas Eve                                   4.00 pm     Crib Service
Monday 24th December                         11.00 pm   Midnight Mass

Christmas Day                                  10.00 am  Parish Mass
Tuesday 25th December     



The Vicar: Fr Paul Trathen
St Peter’s Vicarage, 121 Forest Rise, Walthamstow.  E17 3PW
St Peter's parish Twitterhandle: @SPITF_E17

The Vicar’s Personal Assistant: Karolina Jelonek
c/o Peterhouse Church & Community Centre, 122 Forest Rise,
Walthamstow. E17 3PW

For information/queries on the Project, ‘St Peter’s: A Unique Forest Church’ contact: The Project Delivery Manager: Peter Vadden  07527329793

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