The Third Sunday after Epiphany

 The Third Sunday after Epiphany
The Parishes of Bere Regis and Affpuddle in the Benefice of  
                                          West Purbeck
Our Services today in the benefice, Sunday 26th January 2020 
8am Holy Communion at Wool
9.15am Parish Communion at Affpuddle
10am Parish Communion at Wool
11am Family Service with Baptism for Skylar at Bere Regis
3pm Churches Together Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Wool
Welcome to worship today. 
As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to an end it is timely that Paul wants his readers to focus only on Christ and his cross in order to overcome social divisions. As we know only to well, it is only by working together in harmony that we see the best of humanity.  As Christians, can we honestly say we are a good example of this?
Rev Sandra
Collect for today 
Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post-Communion prayer 
Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen. 
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose.  For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’  Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name.  (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else). For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
   For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Holy Gospel Reading:  Matthew 4: 12-23
   Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.  He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
   ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles — the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’
    From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’
     As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
For the Church and the community of Christ 
After our week of prayer for Christian unity we pray again for tolerance and cooperation throughout all denominations, and particularly the many factions and facets of the Anglican Communion.  Also between Churches and Christian people in all parts of the world.  We pray for churches together in these parishes. For all the parishes of our benefice in its diversity – from Wool and East Burton to Bovington to Bere Regis, Turnerspuddle, Briantspuddle and Affpuddle. May the Holy Spirit of God work through each of us to build a better world. We pray for our ministers – Reverends Carol, Sandra, Jenny and Judy. In our diocesan link with Sudan and South Sudan we pray for the Right Revd Francis Loyo, Bishop of Rokon.
For the world and its leaders                                                                                
Help us Lord, in our stewardship of the planet: governments everywhere, international organisations, local authorities and each of us. Australia, warming oceans, loss of glaciers call us to respond and we pray for inspiration, strength and determination to take action at all levels. And in those parts of the world where there is conflict we pray for peace. For Iran, its neighbours, and involved western countries, we ask that leaders may take a course of peace and reconciliation. For those parts of the world where there is malnutrition, inadequate water and poor sanitation, like Sudan and South Sudan, may international effort provide relief and foster long term improvement to meeting need. 
For our parishes and community 
We pray for those in our community grappling with the impact of our winter weather. For those suffering from flu, for those struggling to stay warm, for any with seasonal depression. For surgeries, for places of work where there may be absence through illness, for those working outside.   For all driving on icy or wet roads and in the dark. For farmers, those with livestock, the provision of winter feed for cattle, planting of seed and care of the land. And notwithstanding the deluge of rain in December and January, for the gift of water. As the days lengthen thank you for the snowdrops, daffodils and signs of spring.
For the sick and their carers   
We pray for all who are ill, particularly for those in hospital or hospice. For all undergoing out-patient treatment, whether short or long term. We pray for all whose faculties are deteriorating, particularly those with dementia. In our parishes we pray for all we know to be ill or suffering including Margaret Bartlett, Mary Fegan, Jenny Silavs, Amanda Parker, Geoffrey and Joan Booth, and Colin and Audrey Beet.
For the deceased and those who mourn                                                           
We commend to you Lord, the souls of all who have died recently including Margaret Miller, Michael Cleall, Sheila Kayll and Cath Jeeves.  And for those we have loved who died at this time of year.  We pray for all who mourn, whether their loss is current or past – Lord, please give comfort and strength.    
This week…
Wednesday 29th January
11am Holy Communion at Bere Regis followed by a simple soup lunch
2:30pm Funeral for Sheila Kayll RIP, Affpuddle
Services next Sunday, 2nd February:  Presentation of Christ in the Temple
8am Holy Communion at Wool
9.15 Parish Communion at Bere Regis
10am Parish Communion at Wool
11am Parish Communion at Affpuddle
6pm Taizé Worship for Candlemas at Turberville Court, Bere Regis
The theme is Comfort and Challenge in Our Darkness using readings for Candlemas and easy chants that combine repetition and meditation which leads to a more quiet and reflective worship.  All welcome.
Coming soon…
Lent 2020- Look out for details of the Lent Course & sign up for books and venues!
Shrove Tuesday 25th February: Big Pancake Party - 2:30pm-6:30pm
The Vicarage, Bere Regis. Join the Party and help tackle food poverty.