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Notice 22nd January 2017


Sunday 22nd January 2017

Epiphany 3, 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 473 The church’s one foundation

The Collect

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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 9: 1-4

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Second Reading Corinthians 1: 10-18

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul,’ or ‘I belong to Apollos,’ or ‘I belong to Cephas,’ or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else. For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Gradual Hymn 106 Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Gospel Matthew 4: 12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake – for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Offertory Hymn 31 (tune 1) I heard the voice of Jesus say

Communion Hymn 266 (tune 1) Jesus calls us here to meet him

391 O thou, who at they Eucharist didst pray

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Hymn 56 Be thou my vision

Notices: Sunday 22nd January – Epiphany 3, Year A

Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am All Age; 6pm Evening Prayer

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10 am Toddler Service

Services next week – Sunday 29th January – Candlemas, Year A

9.30 Eucharist; 11.30 Christingle Service; 6pm Evening Prayer

Toddlers Playgroup

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

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

Ministry Team –

Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858, (m) 07833 446101

Sue Peach (Reader) 07795 630 813 // Lynn Webber (SPA) 01322 553 557


Sue 07795630813 //


Wendla Nyakambangwe //

Hall hire contact Victoria:

Toddler Play Group:

CC Facebook Page:

CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

CC Website:

Christingle Service

Next Sunday we will be having our annual Christingle Service. Every year, school and church collect money for the Children's Society which supports vulnerable children in England. Children are encouraged to try and fill a 'candle' collection box with coins. There are also envelopes available for larger donations. Thank you for your generosity. Do come and join us for our Christingle Service at 11.30am on 29/1/17.

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.

Sad news

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. Pick up one of our flyers for more information.

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