CHRIST CHURCH SHOOTERS HILL
Sunday 12th March 2017
Lent 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 81a Christ triumphant (Tune 2)
Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
First Reading Genesis 12: 1-4a
The LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.
Second Reading Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17
What are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness. For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’). Abraham believed in the presence of the God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
Gradual Hymn 518 Thy hand, O God, has guided (omit verses 3 & 4)
Gospel John 3: 1-17
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.’
Offertory Hymn 62 Blessed assurance
Communion Hymn 121 I place into your hands
167 God forgave my sin
Post Communion Prayer
Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Thanksgiving Hymn 405 One more step
Notices: Sunday 12th March – Lent 2 , Year A
Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am All Age; 6pm No Evening Service
Services in the week
Wednesday: 9.10am Toddler Service.
Services next week – Sunday 19th March – Lent 3 -Year A
9.30 Eucharist; 11.30 Messy Church; 6pm Taizé Service
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 1st April 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
Our Parishioners’ Meeting will be immediately after the Pilgrim Eucharist on 2nd April. This will be followed by our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (AGM). We have vacancies for: 2 wardens; PCC members; Treasurer and Deanery Synod Rep. It is really important that we find people to fill these roles, as it is very difficult to run the parish without these officers.
Please, consider if you can help with any of these roles or whether you could encourage someone else. Thank you.
During Lent we will be doing the USPG Living An Authentic Life Course, which looks at discipleship in the World Church. The course will meet at 8pm on Tuesdays during Lent. The next session is this Tuesday (14th). The sessions are fairly stand-alone, so you can still come along even if you missed the first session.
On Sundays we will have Taizé services at 6pm (not on 12th March). Please, see leaflets for more details.
During Lent, we are encouraged to give something up for Lent and to give the money we save to charity. As a parish, we are supporting the USPG Lent Appeal, this year, which focuses on USPG projects in Malawi. Please, give generously. Alternatively, you could give up clutter, this year, fill a bag each day (or add something each day) and give to charity. We are collecting clothes for GRACE (Greenwich Refugee Action and Community Enterprise) for refugees in France and Greece.
Today is the last day of Fairtrade Fortnight. Fairtrade products ensure that the producers get paid a fair price for their produce. This means that they are able to feed their family and send their children to school. The Fairtrade Foundation also helps build schools and health centres. There is a stall in the hall with Fairtrade products.
Welcare are about to lose the grant they get from the council. Friends of Welcare are trying to raise the money needed to keep Welcare going and stop them from having to close their doors. From 7th March there will be Lent lunches (each Tuesday) at Eileen and Alan’s house (309 Wickham St, Welling). On 16th March there will be Pam’s cards and cakes at 7 Bellgrove Close DA16 3RT. There will be more activities in April and June. For further details contact Sue Floyd 020 8316 6686.