A warm welcome to
ST HELENS METHODIST CHURCH Website: http://www.shmch.org.uk
Minister: Rev Ian Pruden
Sunday 9th December 2018
We are delighted to welcome to lead our service today:
Mrs Gillian Lambourne
Malachi 3:1-4 Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6
LITURGY FOR THE 2nd WEEK OF ADVENT
Leader: We long for the peace of Christ in our world
All: Come Prince of Peace
We sing: The 2nd verse and chorus of Singing the Faith No. 706
Two candles are lit and this response is used
Leader: Listen for the voice of the prophet crying out in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord.
All: Come Prince of Peace
Leader: The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him and the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
All: Christ, shine on the earth today
The St Helens diary for the coming week is as follows:
Thursday 13th December
At 1.30pm – Tiny Footprints Parent and Toddler Group
At 3.20pm – Messy Christingle planning meeting at OCC
Sunday 16th December
At 10.30am – Morning worship led by Mrs Pen Wilcock
The offertory for last Sunday totalled £94.45
CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE 23rd December at 4pm.
Our good friend Mr Alan Hurrell has kindly offered to co-ordinate and lead the service on the 23rd, and we have accepted. If you will be there and would like a particular hymn, prayer. or reading to be included in the service, please see Diane TODAY. There’s no guarantee that all requests will be included, but some at least no doubt will be. The service will be in our usual room. If you would like to take part in any way, please also let Diane know. Many thanks.
CAROL ROUND Friday 21st December
Get ready for a fun evening singing round the quieter streets of Ore village, collecting for Save the Children. Do come if you can – the more there are the better, but please remember to wrap up really warm. We shall have nibbles and a hot drink when we get back to OCC, of course. The amount collected last year was £100.33. It would be great if we could top that. Donations are also welcome of course.
The total in our New Premises Fund is now £9,604.92.
During Advent we have the Advent Ring and Stable Scene on display so we are not having flowers for these four Sundays.
If you would like to cover a particular week from 30th December, please put your name against your chosen week on the list at the back, together with a dedication if you so wish. The lists are there now to take us through to the end of June 2019. Many thanks
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS – this week you are invited to include in your daily prayers:
Ian and Lis while they recover from their health problems. Sadly Ian will not be with us until the new year at least.
Our church community here at St Helens including those who attend Sunday worship, Tiny Footprints, Messy Church, JUMP Club, House Groups / Fellowship, and the Prayer Meeting.
those connected with St Helens who we know are not in the best of health or have particular need of our prayers at this time.
continue to pray for our fellow Christians who are persecuted and suffer for no other reason than their faith in Jesus Christ; particularly through the Christmas period.
others in, or who are connected with the Circuit who also need our prayers at present: including the other circuit ministers Peggy Heim and Tricia Williams.
Bind our souls to your own, O Christ, so that we may never be separated from you. Only in you are we fully alive, only in your light can we truly see and only in your strength can we safely pursue our way. To you we come, O wisdom without end. In you we rest, O mercy without limit. Amen.
Mechtild of Magdeburg (c.1207-1282)
MODERN VERSION OF THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen
Important St Helens Circuit & other dates & events:
Today, Sunday 9th December at 4pm – Service of Advent Music and Prayer from Taize and Iona at St Thomas of Canterbury Church
Also today at 6pm – Christchurch Singers Christmas Praise at Christchurch, Bexhill, accompanied by the Hooe Silver Band
Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm – Extraordinary Circuit Meeting at Little Common
Thursday 13th December 11am to 12.30pm – Coffee Morning and Advent Songs of Praise at Rye Church with guest organist David Frost -11.45am to 12.30pm
Friday 14th December at Sackville Road MC – Coffee morning in the vestibule and carol singing on the front steps
Saturday 15th December at 2.30pm – Christmas Concert by the Regency Singers at Trinity Methodist Church
Friday 21st December at 6pm – Carol Round supporting the work of Save the Children
Sunday 23rd December at 4pm – Candlelit Carol Service
Monday 24th December at 2.30pm – Messy Christingle
Sunday 6th January at 10.30am – Annual Covenant service with Rev Derek Brice
Also Sunday 6th January at 4pm – Circuit Epiphany Praise Service at Pett Chapel
Tuesday 8th January at 7.30pm – Next House Group meeting at 85 St Helens Down
Saturday 26th January at 10am – Joint Jumble Sale with OCC will now be held on 19th Jan or 9th February, probably the latter
Wednesday 30th January at 10am – Prayer Group at Audrey’s
UPDATE on our Hymn Technology machine
All bugs known to the suppliers have now been fixed and have been updated on our machine, so we should be able to play all of our hymn tunes OK.