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Notices for Sunday 17th December 2017


Sunday 17th December 2017,

Advent 3, Year B

Welcome to Christ Church

Notices: Sunday 17th December, Advent 3, Year B

Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30 All Age: 6pm Carol Service

Services in the week

Wednesday: 9.10am Toddler Service.

Services next week:

Sunday 24th December, Advent 4, Year B/Christmas Eve

9.30am Eucharist; 4pm Crib Service; 11.30pm Midnight Mass

25th December, Christmas Day

10am Pilgrim Eucharist

Toddlers Playgroup

Wednesdays: No play group this Wednesday.

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 3rd February 2018. 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, 07833 446101

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


Sue 07795630813 //


Wendla Nyakambangwe //

Hall hire contact Victoria:

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CC Twitter: @ChurchOnOurHill

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Sunday 17th December 2017

Advent 3, Year B

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 Thou whose almighty word

The Collect

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Reading Isaiah 61: 1-4; 8-11

The servant of the Lord said: The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion – to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Second Reading Thessalonians 5: 16-24

My brothers and sisters, Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

Gradual Hymn 401 On Jordan’s Bank

Gospel John 1: 6-8, 19-28

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said, ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord”’, as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Offertory Hymn 172 God is working his purpose out

Communion Hymn 56 Be thou my vision

78 (tune 1) Christ is the world’s true light

Post Communion Prayer

We give you thanks, O Lord, for these heavenly gifts; kindle in us the fire of your Spirit that when your Christ comes again we may shine as lights before his face; who is alive and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving Hymn 317 Lord, the light of your love

St Nicholas Fayre

A big thank you to all who helped with and supported the St Nicholas Fayre. It was a great success and the children obviously enjoyed it.

Carol Service

This year’s Advent Carol Service will be tonight, 17th December. We will sing a mixture of Advent and Christmas Carols. Unfortunately, for lots of reasons, we won’t have a choir for the service, but we will still be singing lots of carols. Do come and join us for a thoughtful and joyful occasion with mince pies and mulled wine afterwards.

Short rehearsal for Crib Service for those taking part in the tableau

Friday 22nd December 2017, 10-11am, there will be a brief rehearsal for the Crib Service. If your child (Reception Class and above) would like to take part in the nativity tableaux during the Crib service, please, bring them to the rehearsal. Many thanks.

Rehearsal for Crib Service for those reading in the service.

Saturday 23rd December at 11am there will be a rehearsal for those reading in the Crib Service. If you are in Year 3 or above, please, do let Mtr Ariadne or Sue Peach know if you would like to help with the service.

Christmas Gifts

As in previous years, we will be collecting gifts for Housing for Women. The school will collect gifts for the children in the refuges and we will be collecting gifts for the women. There are currently 36 women in the refuges. We will be trying to fill a shoebox with nice thing for each and every one of those women. You can help, either by filling a shoebox yourself or by donating loose items. Suggested gifts are: small umbrellas, foldable shopping bags, colouring in books for adults, brushes, toiletries etc. Thank you!

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