December 6th 2020

Welcome Chalk Board with snowflakes and candles


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Sunday 6th December 2020                                        Advent 2


Leader:                  Grace mercy and peace be with you

All:                       and also with you.


Leader:                  We meet in the presence of God

All:                       Who knows our needs,

                             Who hears our cries,

                             Who feels our pain,

                             And heals our wounds.



Leader:                  Be with us, Spirit of God;

All:                       nothing can separate us from your love.

                             Breathe on us, breath of God;

All:                       Fill us with your saving power.

                             Speak in us, Wisdom of God;

All:                       Bring strength, healing and peace.


                             The Lord is here.

All:                       His Spirit is with us.


All:    PS139          O Lord, you have examined my heart

                             and know everything about me.

                   2       You know when I sit down or stand up.

                             You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

                   3       You see me when I travel

                             and when I rest at home.

                             You know everything I do.

                   4       You know what I am going to say

                             even before I say it, Lord.


                   23     Search me, O God, and know my heart;

                             test me and know my anxious thoughts.

                   24     Point out anything in me that offends you,

                             and lead me along the path of everlasting life.


Leader:                  Open our lips, O God,

All:                       And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.


Leader:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.


Leader:      A welcome to our You Tube service and notices


Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)


Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Messy Church on Zoom 2:30 Sunday December 13th

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Please remember, if you are entering a church building it is now mandatory to wear a face covering.

Online services will continue

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Advent course. Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link or speak to Rev Trev

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website



A time for reflection and confession:


Leader:        Hear the words of the angel to Joseph;

                   ‘You shall call his name Jesus,

                   For he will save his people from their sins.’

                   Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God

                   Through Jesus the saviour of the world.              

cf Matthew 1:21

Leader:        Heavenly Father,

                   You have created a universe of light:

                   Forgive us when we return to darkness.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Lord Jesus,

                   You are the light of the world:

                   Cleanse and heal our blinded sight.

                   Christ, have mercy.

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        Holy Spirit,

                   You give us light in our hearts:

                   Renew us in faith and love.

                   Lord, have mercy.

All:             Lord, have mercy.


Leader:        Almighty God,

                   Who in Jesus Christ has given us

                   A kingdom that cannot be destroyed,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   Open our eyes to God’s truth,

                   Strengthen us to do God’s will

                   And give us the joy of his Kingdom,

                   Through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Collect Prayer:


                   Almighty God,

                   purify our hearts and minds,

                   that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as

                   judge and saviour

                   we may be ready to receive him,

                   who is our Lord and our God.




Reading :  2 Peter 3: 8-15


8 Don’t imagine, dear friends, that God’s timetable is the same as ours; as the psalm says, for with the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.


9 Now the Lord is not slow about enacting His promise—slow is how some people want to characterize it—no, He is not slow but patient and merciful to you, not wanting anyone to be destroyed, but wanting everyone to turn away from following his own path and to turn toward God’s.


10 The day of the Lord will come unexpectedly like a thief in the night; and on that day, the sky will vanish with a roar, the elements will melt with intense heat, and the earth and all the works done on it will be seen as they truly are. 11 Knowing that one day all this will come to pass, think what sort of people you ought to be—how you should be living faithful and godly lives, 12 waiting hopefully for and hastening the coming of God’s day when the heavens will vanish in flames and the elements melt away with intense heat. 13 What will happen next, and what we hope for, is what God promised: a new heaven and a new earth where justice reigns.


14 So, my friends, while we wait for the day of the Lord, work hard to live in peace, without flaw or blemish; 15 and look at the patience of the Lord as your salvation.


Affirmation of faith

Leader:        Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God

All:             Though he was divine,

                   He did not cling to equality with God,

                   But made himself nothing.

                   Taking the form of a slave,

                   He was born in human likeness.

                   He humbled himself

                   And was obedient to death,

                   Even the death of the cross.

                   Therefore God has raised him on high,

                   And given him the name above every name:

                   That at the name of Jesus

                   Every knee should bow,

                   And every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

                   Amen.                                                       cf Phil 2 : 6-11


Leader:        The Lord is my light and salvation.

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Leader:        The Lord is the strength of my life,

All:             The Lord is my light and my salvation.

                   Glory to the Father, and to the Son

                   And to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Reading:    Mark 1: 1-8


1 This is the beginning of the good news of Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King, the Son of God.

2 Isaiah the prophet told us what would happen before He came:

          Watch, I will send My messenger in front of You

          to prepare Your way and make it clear and straight.

3 You’ll hear him, a voice crying in the wilderness,

          “Prepare the way of the Eternal One,

          a straight way in the wandering desert, a highway for our God.”


4 That messenger was John the Baptist, who appeared in the desert near the Jordan River preaching that people should be ritually cleansed through baptism with water as a sign of both their changed hearts and God’s forgiveness of their sins. 5 People from across the countryside of Judea and from the city of Jerusalem came to him and confessed that they were deeply flawed and needed help, so he cleansed them with the waters of the Jordan. 6 John dressed as some of the Hebrew prophets had, in clothes made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. He made his meals in the desert from locusts and wild honey. 7 He preached a message in the wilderness.


John the Baptist: Someone is coming who is a lot more powerful than I am—One whose sandals I’m not worthy to bend down and untie. 8 I’ve washed you here through baptism with water; but when He gets here, He will wash you in the Spirit of God.


Reflection from the Rectory 



Now let us pray together


Time to Pray      (Prayers led by Ian and Karen Czapiewski)


We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.




Leader:        Father, we give you thanks and praise

                   Through Jesus Christ your son, our Lord.


                   Jesus is Lord of all creation.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   Jesus made his home among us.

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was born of the Virgin Mary

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He was cradled in a manger

All:             We worship and adore you.


                   He is God in human flesh

All:             We worship and adore you

                   with angels and archangels

                   and all the company of heaven.



                   May God the Father,

                   Who loved the world so much that he sent his only Son

                   To come among us in great humility,

                   Open your eyes to look for his coming again.



                   May God the Son,

                   Give you grace to live in the light of his coming

                   as redeemer and judge.



                   May God the Holy Spirit

                   Free you from sin,

                   And make you holy,

                   And bring you to eternal life.



                   and the blessing of God almighty,

                   the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   be among you and remain with you always. All     Amen.



All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.



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