The Second Sunday of Epiphany

 

           
THE  SECOND  SUNDAY  OF  EPIPHANY
 
Welcome to our services today, 14th January and the second Sunday of Epiphany.  Prayer Book Communion is at 8am at Bere Regis, Parish Eucharist at 9.15 at Affpuddle, and after Junior Church (10.00) our Family Service is 11am at Bere Regis.  Thanks to Bere  School for ongoing use of the premises!
                                                          
Collect for today 
 
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory;
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.
                           
New Testament Reading:  Revelation 5, verses 1-10
   
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.  And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
      Then I saw a Lamb looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  And they sang a new song, saying:
        “You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals, because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”
                
The Holy Gospel : John 1,  verses 43 -51                                                                                                                 
     The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. ‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathanael asked.  ‘Come and see,’ said Philip.
‘Come and see,’ said Philip.
 
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, ‘Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.’
      ‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig-tree before Philip called you.’  Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’
       Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You will see greater things than that.’  He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’
                                                                
Prayers                                                                                    
 
 
 For the Church and the community of Christ
 
For every one of us in our spiritual lives, appreciating the wonder of God and  his creation and the love of Christ for each of us
 
For all who minister to us, including in our diocese Bishops Nicholas, Ed and Karen, in our parishes for Charles, for our licensed lay ministers and lay pastoral assistants
  For those preparing for confirmation and the Emmaus course 
  We pray our Diocesan partnership with Sudan and for the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan: for all who minister in these challenging countries, for peace and provision of food, and today for the Diocese of Aweil, and for the Rt Revd Abraham Yel Nhial its Bishop.
For the world and its leaders                                                                                                                
  For peace and the avoidance of conflict, with thanks that both countries in Korea will be represented at the Winter Olympics and prayers for greater reconciliation there
  For food for the starving and hungry, clean water and decent sanitation: for governments to turn from corruption and ethnic discrimination
  For progress on those issues in our country that threaten quality of life – housing, particularly in cities, misuse of drugs, debt,  provision for mental health issues and social care for the elderly
  And for the work of our own Bishop Nicholas as the C of E lead on environment: we pray for a low carbon economy, renewable energy and for a more sustainable lifestyle
For our parishes and community                                                                                                                  
  For our schools and students – for Bere Regis School, staff and children, for those attending secondary schools locally and for play groups, toddler groups and all after school activities
  We pray for all who administer and organise our public services – Dorset County Council and Purbeck, Bere Regis Parish Council and Affpuddle Parish Council, may they serve the needs of all We pray for those struggling financially and those receiving from foodbank,  and their  organisers
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
 We pray for all who are ill or in pain, whether in hospital or at home                             
 For those struggling with failing mental faculties, for the depressed and  the mentally fragile                                
 For those we know, locally for Jane and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh,       Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, Tony Hawkins, Mary Fagan and Kath Wharton
 For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                       
  For the souls of all those who have died: locally we think of Bob Naylor and Bet Moss
  We remember all those we have loved, no longer here, and give thanks for their lives
  God, please bless all in grief and mourning                
                                             
Post Communion Prayer  
God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
             
Sunday 21st January :     
8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle                         
10am Parish Eucharist and procession for Plough Sunday at Bere Regis
6pm Evensong at Bere Regis   
 
 
 
                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rough Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Welcome to our Churches at Bere Regis and Affpuddle. The services for today, 3rd September are 10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis, 11am Mattins with a shortened Communion at Affpuddle and at 6 pm Evensong at Bere Regis. A special welcome to visitors to the area.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel : Matthew 16, verses 13 to 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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