Pray & Worship from Home

Prayers and Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday 5th December 2021.

We welcome back Revd Barbara Pack who will be presiding at our Sunday Eucharists

Our 10.30 service will be live streamed on Facebook.

Collect

Oh Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be honour and glory, now and for ever.

First Reading: Philippians 1.3-11

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.

For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that
on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 3.1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’

Prayer for our Parish in the clergy vacancy:

we say together –

Heavenly Father, as we gather here to worship you today we pray that you will reveal your pathways forward for St Peter’s. Guide those who will be discussing and making decisions in the coming months. May the power of your Holy Spirit focus the attention of everyone on the needs of our church for those who worship here and for the wider community so that, united in Christ, we will be strong in our resolve to honour and fulfil your purpose for St Peter’s. Amen

Notices

Today – The First Sunday of Advent
9.00am and 10.30am – Eucharists
12.30pm – Baptism

Tuesday 7th December
10.00am – Parents and Toddlers Group

Wednesday 8th December
10.00am – Eucharist (celebrant Revd Canon Andrew Horsfall)
7.00pm – DACA, Sudell Primary & Vale High School Carol Concert

Thursday 9th December
10am – Good Companions Craft and Social Group
7.15pm – Darwen Ladies Choir

Sunday 12th December
9.00am and 10.30am – Eucharists

Advance notice
Sunday 19th December 6.30pm – Nine Lessons and Carols – we are now looking for nine readers for the service: if you’d like to volunteer please speak with Anne after the service and collect a reading from her.

Volunteers:

Parents and Toddlers Group: more helpers to assist with setting up before and tidying up after the group would be very welcome. Please speak with June Sumner.

Junior Church: if you told Fleur that you would be interested in helping with Junior Church at our 10.30 Sunday service, please see Michelle.

Cleaning of the Parish Centre: We have a couple of volunteers who clean church for us regularly, but at present no one to do the same in the Parish Centre. We ask the Groups who use the PC to leave it as they find it, but we are looking for volunteers to help us keep it up to the mark. Could you help?

New Rotas from New Year onwards
New rotas will be out soon. Just to remind you that we currently have rotas for welcoming, reading the first lesson, preparing and reading Intercessions and providing refreshments for our 9.00am and 10.30am Sunday services, as well as counting after the 10.30am Eucharist –

all service which is so vital to our church and to keeping us going.
If you’re currently on one of our rotas but do NOT wish to be in the future, please let me know. New volunteers are always welcome! Anne

Church Flowers for Christmas
We’re now asking for contributions to the cost of our Christmas flowers, please! You‘ll find envelopes for donations in the Parish Centre, with a box to pop them in, and with these are cards you can fill in and return with your donations if you’d like your donation to be in the name of a loved one or would like to pass on another message. We’ll list all those whose names are remembered this Christmas in a notice in the Lady Chapel before Christmas Day.

Prayers

For the parish: Ashton Road, Ashworth Terrace and Avallon Way

For those working in our hospitals and across the medical profession

For those who are suffering from Covid 19 and those who have lost loved ones

For those who are unwell: Noah; Barbara; Sienna; Rosabella; Hazel; Len; Emma; Raymond; Annette; Ruth; Brenda; Rick; Norah; Margaret; Geoff; David; Loraine; John; Elaine; Jim; Sister Catherine; Douglas; Joanna; Jean; Judy; Helen; Cilla; Linda; Joyce; Alan; Roman and Hunter; Jane; Baby Nalla Diane; Christopher; Janice; Lyndon; Dan; Dave; Sheila; Baby Marcia; Margaret

For those who have died:

For those whose anniversaries are this week: Beatrice Jepson;

If you would like us to pray for someone who is sick or who has just died, please either leave a message on the church office phone
(tel. 01254 703929) or send an e-mail to the church office – stpeterschurch829@btinternet.com ; or you can have a word with me at church on Sunday or Wednesday mornings. Anne

Find us on: Facebook – facebook.com/stpeterchurchdarwen
our website – stpeterschurchdarwen.org
A Church Near You – achurchnearyou.com/church/11451

Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday December 5th – Eucharist Service

The Gathering

The Greeting

At Archdeacon Mark’s entry a hymn will be sung at our 10.30am service.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen

Lighting of the Second Advent Wreath

Prayer of Preparation

This prayer may be said.

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. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations
into the peace of your kingdom:
Lord have mercy.
All: Lord have mercy.

You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in
holiness: Christ have mercy.
All: Christ have mercy.

You will come in glory with salvation for your people:
Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord have mercy.

A short period of silent reflection follows.

All: Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess 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. Amen.

President:

Almighty God, who in Jesus Christ has given us
a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive you your sins, open your eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen you to do God’s will and give you the joy of his kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

We remain standing as Archdeacon Mark introduces a brief time of silent prayer.

The Collect

Oh Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be honour and glory, now and for ever.
All: Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Philippians 1.3-11

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.

For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that
on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

A hymn may be sung as we prepare to hear the Gospel reading.

Alleluia, alleluia.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

All: Alleluia

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

Gospel Reading: Luke 3.1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’

At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

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! Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

The prayers are introduced with suitable words. One of these responses may be used

Lord, hear us.
All: Lord, graciously hear us.

or

Your kingdom come
All: Your will be done.

At the end

Lord of the Church
All: hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy forever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

The President introduces the Peace with this or another suitable sentence.

May the God of peace make you completely holy,
Ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Those in church will wave to each other)

Preparation of the Table

A hymn may be sung. The altar is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it. The gifts of the people may be collected.

The president takes the bread and wine saying one of the following or another suitable prayer.

Blessed be God who feeds the hungry,
who raises the poor, who fills our praise.
All: Blessed be God forever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up unto 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 the wonder of our salvation and all respond

All: Holy, holy, holy, 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.

The president recalls the Last Supper.

Great is the mystery of faith:
All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

or

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

The prayer continues and leads into the doxology to which all respond

All: Amen.

or

All: Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

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 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.

The Agnus Dei may be said or sung.

All: Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The president says this or another suitable invitation to communion.

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

The President and people receive communion.
Authorised words of distribution are used and the communicant replies Amen.

During the distribution hymns and anthems may be sung. Please use the quiet time to pray and reflect.

Prayer after Communion

Silence may be kept.
The Post Communion prayer is said.

Post Communion

All: Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him
in the humility and purity of his first coming;
that, when he comes again,
we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Dismissal

Notices may be given. A hymn may be sung.
The president may use this or another suitable blessing.

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.

A minister says

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: In the name of Christ. Amen.

or

Go in the peace of Christ.
All: Thanks be to God.