CHRIST CHURCH SHOOTERS HILL
Sunday 8th December 2019,
Advent 2, Year C
Welcome to Christ Church
Notices: Sunday 8th December, Advent 2, Year A
Services today: 9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am All Age
Services in the week
Wednesday 9.10am Toddler Service
Services next week – Sunday 15th December, Advent 3, Year A
9.30am Eucharist; 11.30am Messy Church
Wednesdays 10-11.30am (term time only)
Parish Office: FIRST Saturday of each month 9.30am – 11.00am in church re baptisms, passport applications, weddings. NB £14 fee for each baptism certificate; please pay when booking. Next Parish Office Next Parish Office Saturday 1st February 2019. 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: Wendy Holloway & Catherine Champney: email@example.com
Mtr Ariadne van den Hof (Vicar) 0208 8565858, 07833 446101 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Peach (Reader) 07795 630 813 // Lynn Webber (SPA) 01322 553 557
Sue Peach 07795 630 813 // email@example.com
Patrice Eriata & Katherine Ofori-Mikala 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.uk
CHRIST CHURCH SHOOTERS HILL
Sunday 8th December 2019
Second Sunday of Advent
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 your child(ren) become(s) noisy, it might be an idea to take them out until they settle. Feel free to use the hall.
Introit Hymn 358 O come, o come, Emmanuel
O 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. Amen.
First Reading Isaiah 11.1-10
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD – and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
Second Reading Romans 15.4-13
Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.”
And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gradual Hymn 318 Lord, thy word abideth
Gospel Matthew 3.1-12
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”’ Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’
Offertory Hymn: 401 On Jordan’s Bank
Communion Hymn 246 In heavenly love abiding
463 Sweet sacrament
Post Communion Prayer
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. Amen.
Thanksgiving Hymn 172 God is working his purpose out
Both groups will meet on 27th January at 9.10am and 8pm respectively. Do let Mtr Ariadne know if you are interested in joining.
Many thanks to those who helped with Working Party!
St Nicholas Fayre
Many thanks to those who supported the St Nicholas Fayre.
This year’s Carol Service will be on 22nd December at 6pm. There will be an ad hoc choir for the service. Rehearsals will be weekly on Sunday afternoons, 1-2pm and on Friday 20th December. Please, contact Caroline Lester or Marion Lee for more information.
There will be a Crib service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. Children in Reception – Year 3 are welcome to help with the nativity tableau. Please contact Caroline Lester if your child would like to take part. Children in Year 3 and above are welcome to help with the readings and prayers (and other ‘jobs’) in the service. Please, contact Sue Peach if you’d like to help. Rehearsal for both groups will be on Friday 20th December at 10am.
Christmas Presents for Housing for Women
Today is the last day for bringing presents for Housing for Women. However, if you haven’t had a chance to drop your gifts up, do let Mtr Ariadne know. It might be possible to drop things off in the week. Thank you!
The Examen during Advent
Join us tonight and/or next week at 6pm for The Examen, half an hour of quiet reflection and meditation.