Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Second Sunday before Advent - 18 November 2018 - Sermon & Service Sheet...

Please click from here to play the audio recording of the sermon which was preached at the Parish Mass on Sunday 18 November 2018 (2nd Sunday before Advent). 
The preacher was the Vicar, Fr Paul Trathen.

Our service sheet for the day looks like this...

Liturgical colour: Red
18th November 2018
Parish Mass
Presiding & preaching is 

Fr Paul Trathen

Cleaner:   Frances Downing
Refreshments: Marilyn Hawes & John James
Eucharistic Assistant: Debbie Carson
Flowers: Penny Ruaux
Rocks Leaders: Sally Holman & Mike Hughes
Servers: George Marshall, Mary Eveleigh, JC Bird
Welcomers: Anne Smith & Marian Bradley

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

Once, only once, and once for all, His precious life he gave;
Before the Cross our spirits fall, and own it strong to save.

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

Introit Hymn:        15   ALL MY HOPE ON GOD IS FOUNDED
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 President invites the people to prepare their hearts and then to call to mind their sins
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.

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its selfishness, its greed;
its evil divisions and hatreds.
Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
and our failure to seek and establish that peace
which God wills for his children.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

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.

We sing the Gloria in Excelsis
All    Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
The President introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’
The Collect is said by President and people, together
Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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

Old Testament Reading Daniel 12:1-3 (read by James Bird)
‘At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
At the end the reader says
This is the word of the Lord.
All   Thanks be to God.

Epistle Reading Hebrews 10:11-25 (read by Judith Woolnough)
And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, and since then has been waiting ‘until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,
‘This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
    and I will write them on their minds’,
he also adds,
‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
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:     553  WHEN WE WALK WITH THE LORD

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

Gospel Reading – Mark 13:1-8
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

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 Fr Paul Trathen

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
We say together in faith
All   Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.
We believe in God the Father,
who created all things:
All   for by his will  they were created
and have their being.
We believe in God the Son,
who was slain:
All   for with his blood,
he purchased us for God,
from every tribe and language,
from every people and  nation.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit:
All   the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’
Even so come, Lord Jesus!
cf Revelation 4.8,11;5.9;22.17,20

Prayers of Intercession lead by Bernard Eaton
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
To crown all things there must be love,
to bind all together and complete the whole.
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
cf Colossians 3.14,15
May the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
All   Amen.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All   and also with you.
The President invites us to share a sign of peace with others
Let us offer one another a sign of peace, God’s seal on our prayers.
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.
The altar and the people of God are censed.  Holy things will be given to holy people.
During this time, the following hymn is sung

Offertory Hymn:  523  TO THE NAME OF OUR SALVATION

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

Wise and gracious God,
you spread a table before us;
nourish your people with the word of life
and the bread of heaven.
All  Blessed be God for ever.  Amen.

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,
it is our duty and our joy,
at all times and in all places
to give you thanks and praise,
holy Father, heavenly King,
almighty and eternal God,
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
For he is your living Word;
through him you have created all things from the beginning,
and formed us in your own image.
All   To you be glory and praise for ever.
Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;
you raised him from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand on high.
All   To you be glory and praise for ever.
Through him you have sent upon us
your holy and life-giving Spirit,
and made us a people for your own possession.
All   To you be glory and praise for ever.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
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.]

We sit or kneel as the President recalls the Last Supper
Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command,
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us his body and his blood;
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.
All   To you be glory and praise for ever.
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.
All   To you be glory and praise for ever.
Therefore, heavenly Father,
we remember his offering of himself
made once for all upon the cross;
we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;
we look for the coming of your kingdom,
and with this bread and this cup
we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.
The following acclamation is made
Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.
All say
Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts
in the presence of your divine majesty,
renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love
and unite us in the body of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:
All sing
Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours 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
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, then we pray
All   Gracious Lord,
in this holy sacrament
you give substance to our hope:
bring us at the last
to that fullness of life for which we long;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
      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

The President confers the Blessing from Almighty God, saying
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
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 President 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 25th November 2018
10.00am – All Age Parish Mass
      ‘Stir it up for Jesus!’
Cleaner: Peter Shrubsole
Welcomers: Emily & James Morrell
Servers: Ruth Williams, Mary Eveleigh, Sylvia Quinsee
Refreshments: Frances Downing & Pam Bollen
Eucharistic Assistant: Beryl Porter

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?!?


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 Development Manager: Peter Vadden  07527329793

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