Prayer and Meditation for December and January
Heavenly Father, you sent your Son into a confused, sad world to show us the way to love and to bring us peace. May the simple beauty of his birth draw us to love what is deeply human and open our hearts to receive the gift of peace he wishes to give us. Amen.
"The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father."
(John 1: 14)
"When God gave us, as he did, his Son, who is his one Word: he spoke everything to us."
(St. Pope John Paul II)
Sunday 26t January
God of all mercy, your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives, and freedom to the oppressed: anoint us with your Holy Spirit and set all your people free to praise you in Christ our Lord. Amen.
1st Reading: Isaiah 9.1-4
But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
Reading 2: 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 baptised in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptised none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptised in my name. (I did baptise also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptised anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptise 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.
Gospel: 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.
Processional: 795 The kingdom is upon you
Gradual: 621i Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Offertory: 341 We turn to Christ anew
Communion: 324ii Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult
595 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Recessional: 510 Will you come and follow me?
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Peter Crocker, Dennis Terry, Kathy Wright, Neville Brind, Ray and Rose, Julia, John Crocker, Margaret Moyle, Margaret Russell, Robert Britton, Jason Victory, Eryl Lloyd Parry, Matthew, Geoff Stock, Alistair and Callum Hunt.
Please pray for the recently departed:
Christine Adams, Angela Badman, Patrick Mullen and Sam Barker, Dean Telfer
and in our Year’s Mind: Joan Reece (27th), Donald Semmens, Royston Paul (28th), Alan Grant (29th), Lizzie Jenkins (30th), Nick Kinsley (31st) and Samantha Williams
Many of you will know that Dean Telfer, a local Big Issue seller, sadly died on Christmas Eve. His funeral will be held at Canford on 4th February at 10.30 am.
David Wells, Julian, Brian Blancharde, Freddie Leaworthy, Mandy, Vivien, Fran, Laurel Springette; Glenys Mills, Martin, Sophia Vyroni-Dickson; Becky Goodwin; Glyn Jenkins
David & Pauline Perkins, Mollie Tucker, David Wright, Bill Thorn, Margaret Willey, Jack Webster, Stuart Neale, Christine Adams, Eunice Day; Michael Crocker, John; Liz Dunmall
Avril Platt, Terry Lee, Angela, Marylou Thonger, Ruth Burton, Robin & Audrey, Martin Nicholls, David Staynings, Kathie Wright, Anna George, Margaret Moyle, Frank
Margaret Sahir, Geraldine & John, Allyson Wild, Robin Wootton, Charlotte Hill, Margaret Cooke, Kay West, John Dando, Sister Sue; Sheila White; Andy Hill
Anne Hepper, Ken Thomas, Annie Prosser, Roger Ellis, Felicia, Fiona Bates, James Wilson, Margaret Heron, Kathy Seaman, Thomas Otterstad, Diane
DATES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Next Sunday (2nd February) at 6.00 p.m.: Solemn Evensong for Candlemas with procession to the font – ALL WELCOME
Introit (choir): O Gladsome Light, O Grace – Louis Bourgeois; Responses (Richard Ayleward)
Psalm 132 (Lord remember David and all his trouble)
Readings: Haggai 2.1-9 and John 2.18-22
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis: set to music by C. S. Lang in the key of G major
Anthem: When to the temple Mary went – Johannes Eccard
Choir (sung around the font): Lord, you are the light of life to me – Brian Hoare
Hymns: New light has dawned, the Son of God is here; Come, thou long-expected Jesus; In our darkness light has shone; Of the Father’s love begotten
Organ music by Buxtehude and J. S. Bach
WANTED: We need a new Christian Aid organiser for our church. For details please speak with Garth Baker
WANTED: Help setting up and packing away tables on Saturday evenings
Good rates. Hugh 07879692989 or firstname.lastname@example.org