THE WEEKLY PEW SHEET – 17 DECEMBER THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

                    SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH         CH-300x207

All Saints Challoch with St.Ninian’s Fellowship

Scottish Charity SC003582

http://www.allsaintschalloch.wordpress.com

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SUNDAY 17th DECEMBER

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

9.30am Reserved Sacrament    Rosemary Green

10.30am Reserved Sacrament    Gerry Ewan

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READINGS 

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.

FIRST READING:   ISAIAH 61:1-4, 8-11
61:1 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 brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;
61:2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
61:3 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.
61:4 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.
61:8 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.
61:9 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.
61:10 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.
61:11 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.

PSALM:  126
126:1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
126:3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
126:4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
126:5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
126:6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.

SECOND READING:   1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-24 
5:16 Rejoice always,
5:17 pray without ceasing,
5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.
5:20 Do not despise the words of prophets,
5:21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good;
5:22 abstain from every form of evil.
5:23 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.
5:24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

THE GOSPEL:   JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28 
1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
1:8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.
1:19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
1:20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”
1:21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.”
1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
1:23 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.
1:24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.
1:25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?”
1:26 John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know,
1:27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.”
1:28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Post Communion
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.

HYMNS (Common Praise)

Opening:  35   People, look East

Gradual:   31   Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Offertory:   32   O come, O come Emmanuel

Communion:   309   Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Closing:   39   Wake, O wake! With tidings thrilling

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COMING SERVICES (at Challoch unless specified)

Thursday 21st December 10.30am Reserved Sacrament then:

 

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In our prayers we hold before God:

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Those in residential care, housebound or in hospital. Those with long term illness. 
Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.  

May light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.    

 

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Welcome to our worship. If you require any assistance the person who greeted you when you arrived will be able to help.

Everyone is welcome to receive Holy Communion or a blessing at the altar.

Please join us for refreshments after the service at the back of church.

PLEASE PLACE YOUR OFFERING IN THE PLATE BY THE BOOKS

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NOTICES

MACHARS FOOD BANK (The Basics Bank)   The food bank is now under pressure fulfilling Christmas Parcel requirements as well as the usual day to day requirements. We will be able to satisfy demand but after Christmas our stocks will be practically wiped out so all donations of any kind will be gratefully received. May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your congregations a happy and peaceful Christmas and thank you so much for all your support over the past year. Marlane

SECOND SUNDAY SALES 10th December raised £18.10. This was well below our usual monthly result, but the snowy weather affected church attendance. The total for the calendar year was £557.06, slightly up on last year’s £540.95. Thanks again to all who contributed in any way.

NINIAN MOMENTS at 12 noon at the R.C. churches in:

WIGTOWN : every Monday (We lead 4th Mondays.)
WHITHORN: every day (We lead every Friday.)

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Audio-Loop system: please switch your hearing aid to the “T” setting”.

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All Saints uses the Revised Common Lectionary for its Liturgical readings. Online access can be found at: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=77

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Items for next week’s Sunday Sheet, please inform the secretary, Margaret Turner: tel. 01988 402295 or email: sandraturner4474@gmail.com

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