4th Advent Sunday: "You who bring good news to Zion, go up a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid: say to the towns of Judah “Here is your God."
Asubuhi njema na Karibu, Jambo, Bonjour, Darood, Sobh beklierGood evening, we are delighted that you are with us tonight We hope you find your time of worship helpful and uplifting. Tonight, our Carol Service is led by our minister Revd. Hilary Howarth.
Christmas Eve Service: 11.30pm - Revd. Hilary Howarth
Advent Liturgy Week 4
Stop! Look around you. Have you been in the presence
of angels and not realised?
God sends his messengers to us;
take time to look for those God has sent to you
take time, to listen for angels speaking.
We rejoice to feel the peace that God brings, because at
Christmas God’s son enters the human story.
We will seek God, not in a long ago stable or ancient manger,
But in the people, we meet and the depths of our own hearts.
May the blessing of Christmas make you a blessing to others;
May the peace of the season pervade all that you do.
We will welcome the challenge of discipleship.
We will offer ourselves as God’s messengers.
We will go forth in hope, peace, joy, and love.
(The fourth candle is lit.)
Let us pray together
Loving God, as we light these candles, illuminate our lives.
Teach us the peace that comes from justice.
Fill us with the kind of joy that cannot be contained, but
must be shared.
Magnify your love within us.
Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, so
that we may walk in the light of Christ. Amen.
(Chorus) Candles we light upon the Advent Ring
Proclaiming Jesus Christ our coming King.
1.Firm is your promise now from fear released We’re gathered in to your salvation feast. (Chorus)
2. Prophets you send to help us hear your call and bring your blessing: justice, peace for all! (Chorus)
3.To every age the herald’s voice rings clear: Prepare the way, God’s mercy now draws near! (Chorus)
4.Bearers together of your living Word Let every soul now magnify the Lord! (Chorus)
Coffee Will Be Served By:
Coffee will be served by Joyce Read’s team: Betty Anne Kirkham, Gill and Peter Kenyon, David and Christine Quinn.
Flowers today are given by Anne and Peter Haslam.
News & Events
Last session of the Nativity
Tuesday 20th at 7.30pm
There will be no Coffee lounge, Praying Together, Knit and Natter, Coffee morning, and Music Group until the 9th of January 2017 and then everything will be resumed as normal. There will no choir practice until further notice.
New Years Eve Social
The New Year’s Eve Social at St. John’s has been cancelled.
Vice President’s Visit
The Vice President’s Visit Ms Rachel Lampard on Friday 6th January 2017 6.00pm for bring and Share Supper everyone to bring something to share; but if people aren’t coming for food to come around 6.45 - 7.00pm
Bring And Share
Please could give Joyce or Margaret your name and donation of food you can bring and share. This will give them an idea of how many may be coming. Please see them after this evening’s service.
If you are having difficulty getting to church on the 6th January and would like to come, please let Glennys know as she is happy to organise lifts for you Phone number 01204 591542
A Quiet Day
On Saturday 14th January 2017 between 10am and 3pm we will be holding "A Quiet Day in the company of the Methodist Covenant Service", which comes the day before we make our Covenant for 2017. This is a reflective day, with lots of time for space and quiet to think about what the Covenant means to us personally. No need to book, but bring a packed lunch and drinks will be provided. If you need a lift or would like more details, please let Hilary know.
Happy 12th Birthday to Nathaniel Read on Sunday 18th December!
I would like to thank all my friends at church who made my Birthday such a lovely day. I had a wonderful time, many cards and for a short while didn’t mind being 95. Thank you, Beryl Bullock.
Shoppers’ Carol Singing
Tuesday 20th December in Crompton Place 11.00 to Noon (Meet at the Subway in Crompton Place).
Next Week at The Triangle Community Church
The Service Next Week:
The Service next week. (25th December) Revd. Hilary Howarth will be leading our morning service. Please note the service is at 10.00am
Flowers Next Week:
Estelle Buckley will be providing flowers in loving memory of Mum and Dad.
"To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every passing year."
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