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Advent 3 - "The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and they will call him “Immanuel”- which means,” God is with us."

Jioni njema, Bonsoir, Goeienaand, Guten Abend.

Good evening and we are delighted that you are with us tonight. We hope you find your time of worship helpful and uplifting. Revd. Hilary Howarth is leading our Carol Service.

Tea/Coffee and mince pies will be served after the service.


Steward On Duty Today:

Steward on Duty tonight is Jamie Blatchley, any problems please see either Jamie or any other stewards

The Welcomers:

The Welcomers are Andrew, Annie, Eddie and Annie Scowcroft.

Bible Readings:

Isaiah 9:2-7; Micah 5:2-4; Luke 1:26-33; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7; Luke 2: 8-20: Matthew 2: 1-11; John 1: 1-14.

Coffee Will Be Served By:

Coffee will be served by Trevor Massey and Margaret Thompson’s teams, Fiona Gorton, Janet and Trevor Davies, Dorothy Hilton, Faustin Musombwa, Lynne Haighton, Louise Tabanzane, Alison Critchley, Barbara Cunniff and Steph Shipley.

Flowers Today:

Flowers are given by Anne and Peter Haslam in Memory of Mum.

Distribution of Flowers After Service:

Judith Whittle and Christine Cross.

Lighting the Advent Candle is led by Annie Aspinall and Margaret Thompson

Advent is a time of longing – when we revisit the story of waiting for Christ’s birth and the reality of living in the in-between time of anticipating his return. We are still a people dwelling in darkness, living in a world where there is pain and sorrow. But it is also a time of celebration because through Jesus’ birth, God has already comforted God’s own people. As we focus on (and prepare our hearts more fully for) his return, we can be newly strengthened by the promise of how wonderful God’s kingdom fully present with us will be. We are – and will one day be still more – a people living in the light.

We light the third candle on the Advent Ring to remind us of the work and witness of John the Baptist who knew you and recognised that you were the one expected - God's messenger. Like him, we would proclaim you in our waiting and expectation.

Lord Jesus, Light of the world, just as John the Baptist lived a life of discomfort to prepare the way for you, so we ready ourselves for the disruptive comfort your presence brings.

We need you; lead us beyond our safe walls. We wait for you; go before, alongside and behind us.

Comfort the people living in darkness, oh glorious Lord of light.

AMEN.

This Week's Events

Coffee Lounge
Monday to Wednesday: opens between 10.00am - 2.30pm

Advent Course
Monday 7.30pm: Week Four – Christians Awake! Salute the Happy Morn.

Praying Together
Tuesday: 10.00 - 10.30am Please consider joining us, if only occasionally, in this time of prayer.

Knit & Natter
Tuesday: 10.30am - 12.00pm

Closed Coffee Lounge
The Coffee lounge will be closed from Thursday 21st through to Thursday 4th January when it will re-open.

First Friday Group
First Friday Group will be meeting on the 5th of January at 1.30pm

Prayer Group
There will be no Prayer Group, and Knit and Natter until January 9th.

Choir Practice
There will be no Choir Practice until the 18th January.

Babes In The Wood
On Friday 12/1/18 we are planning a Panto trip to Victoria Hall, Bolton to see 'Babes in the Wood'. We need to book tickets as soon as possible. The ticket price, as long as we have a party of over ten, will be Adults £ 6-50 and Senior Citizens & Children £3-50. Please note there will be no charge to our Junior Church members. Please see Beryl, Don, or Chris after the Service to book tickets. Or ring Beryl on 01204 593791

Cream Crackered!
Thank you to everyone who gave Cream Crackers, we reached our target.

Mince Pie Donations
Donations of mince pies are needed for Christmas Eve Service please.

Happy Birthday!

Happy 13th Birthday to Nathaniel Read on Monday 18th December.

Happy 90th Birthday to Joan Hindle on Friday 22nd December.


Next Week at The Triangle Community Church

The Service Next Week:

(December 24th Christmas Eve) Revd. Hilary Howarth will be leading our Christingle Service.

11.30pm: Midnight Service including Holy Communion led by Revd. Hilary Howarth.

The Welcomers Next Week:

The Welcomers are Rita Wood, June Tweedley and Estelle Buckley.

Coffee Next Week:

Coffee will be served Joyce Read’s team Kath Powter, Trish Kemp, Mary Robinson, Mavis Taylor and Alison Foster.

Flowers Next Week:

Estelle Buckley will be providing flowers in loving Memory of Mum and Dad.


Parting Thought

" Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, if your entire world seems upset. "


Notices Information

All notices for Sunday (24th December) should be sent to me by 6pm on Wednesday 20th December please. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01204 413664.


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