CHRIST CHURCH SHOOTERS HILL
Sunday 15th January 2017
Epiphany 2, Year A
Welcome to Christ Church
Please, help us to create a prayerful atmosphere before the service. Thank you!
If you are new please fill in a sheet (blue basket @ door). We welcome children in church. We now have a children’s corner at the side of the church where they will find toys, books, colouring, activity sheets and a play mat for babies. If they become noisy, it might be an idea to take them out until they settle.
Introit Hymn 196 Hark a herald voice
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 49: 1-7
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’ But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the LORD, and my reward with my God.’ And now the LORD says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the LORD, and my God has become my strength – he says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’ Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, ‘Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’
Second Reading Corinthians 1: 1-9
From Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind – just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you – so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gradual Hymn 401 On Jordan’s bank
Gospel John 1: 29-42
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’ The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).
Offertory Hymn 287a (tune 2) Just as I am
Communion Hymn 395 Of the Father’s love begotten
560 Will you come and follow me
Post Communion Prayer
God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving Hymn 172 God is working his purpose out
Notices: Sunday 15th January – Epiphany 2, Year A
Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am Messy Church: 6pm Evening Prayer
Services in the week
Wednesday: 9.10 am Toddler Service
Services next week – Sunday 22nd January – Epiphany 3, Year A
9.30 Eucharist; 11.30 All Age; 6pm Evening Prayer
Wednesday 10 – 11.30 (term time only)
Parish Office: FIRST Saturday of each month 9.30am – 11.00am in church re baptisms, passport applications, weddings. NB £13 fee for each baptism certificate; please pay when booking. Next Parish Office Saturday 4th February 2017. For more info: tel: 02083190067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Giving Making a commitment to Christ Church by regular giving is welcomed – set up a standing order to Christ Church PCC, sort code 30-99-88 account number 00160666 Please include your house number and Post Code as a reference (and if a tax-payer, please, sign a CC Gift Aid form) or ask about the envelope giving scheme. Thank you! Planned Giving Secretary: Sharon Onyango email@example.com
Ministry Team –
Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858, (m) 07833 446101 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Peach (Reader) 07795 630 813 // Lynn Webber (SPA) 01322 553 557
Sue 07795630813 // email@example.com
Wendla Nyakambangwe // firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall hire contact Victoria: email@example.com
CC Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ccshootershill
CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill
CC Website: christchurchshootershill.org
Christian Aid Appeal for Refugees
Thank you so much to all who have contributed to the Christian Aid Appeal for Refugees. We raised over £500, which is fantastic! Thank you so much for your generosity.
Next Exploring Faith Session will be on Monday 30th January at 8pm in the Vicarage.
Admission to Communion
Children in Year 3 and above can be admitted to communion if they have done the Admission to Communion Course. The next course will start in May. The rules of the Church of England make it clear that children should have been attending Eucharists regularly for 6 months before the start of the course. If your child would like to be admitted to communion it is very important that they start coming to Eucharists now, if they aren’t doing so already. In other words, if you and your child normally attend the 11.30am All Age service or Messy Church, you will need to start attending the 9.30am Eucharist. The reason for this is that it will mean that children have some familiarity with the Eucharist before starting the course and learning more about this service. Do take one of the Admission to Communion leaflets home with you. They have all the dates of the course on them.
Recently, two long standing members of our congregation passed away, Vida Moreton and Allan Gillam. Both had been prevented in the last year or so by ill health from attending services at Christ Church, but both had been involved with Christ Church for many, many years. Allan’s funeral was in the first week of January. Vida’s funeral will be on 2nd February. There will be a memorial service for Vida at Christ Church on that day. Please, pray for the repose of Allan and Vida’s souls and for their family and friends and all who mourn them. Allan leaves behind Pat, his wife of many years, whom he loved so very dearly.
The Great Christ Church Bake Off!
Calling all bakers! The Great Christ Church Bake Off will take place on 5th February, immediately after the Pilgrim Eucharist. We have some amazing judges lined up who will judge the cakes which the contestants will have prepared at home. There will be a chance to buy slices of the cakes and eat them while chatting to your fellow Christ Churchers over a cup of tea or coffee. Don’t miss this exciting event. Details for entering the competition to follow soon.