SUNDAY, 6th JANUARY 2019 EPIPHANY
ENCOUNTER GOD | ENCOURAGE OTHERS | ENGAGE OUR WORLD
Teaching: Who is Jesus? Epiphany
Holy Communion, All Saints' Church
Family Communion, St Peter's Parish Church
Sung Eucharist, St Peter's Parish Church
Sung Eucharist, All Saints' Church
Evensong, St Paul's Church
Morning Prayer 9.00am St Peter's Church
Marthas' Service 10.00am All Saints' Church
Parish Prayer Group 10.00am St Peter's Church
Holy Communion 10.00am St Peter's Church
The Reason for God, 8.00pm, The Vicarage
Tea & Hymns 3.00pm St Peter's Church Hall
The Reason for God - Starting Wednesday, 9th January, 8.00pm at The Vicarage
This course is an ideal first exploration of the Christian faith... and also ideal for those who did the 'Talking Jesus' course and would like to take it further.
As the pastor of an inner-city church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced 'doubts' sceptics bring to his church, as well as the most important reasons for faith. In THE REASON FOR GOD, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason. Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
The course is comprised of a reading plan through the book, a video and a discussion with the group each week. Book now on Churchsuite or on the lists at the back of church.
There will be a Social Afternoon on Wednesday 23rd January in the Parish Church Hall at 2.15pm. Contact Ann Middleton for more information.
What is happening with the Goldhill Baptist plans for the Jarvis (Randall) Building in Church Lane?
Sponsor St Peter's Floodlighting
If you wish to commemorate a special event such as a wedding anniversary, birthday, exam success, baptism or anything of note please consider sponsoring the floodlighting. The suggested donation is £5 for a day or £25 for a week. A sponsor can choose to remain anonymous or have their details put on the church noticeboard and website stating the reason for the sponsorship. Funds raised go to paying for the on-going maintenance and running of the floodlighting. Please contact the church office on 01753 880067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Peter's Children's Choir Next rehearsal Monday 7th January We welcome singers age 7-13. We rehearse on Mondays 3.30-5.00pm in the Parish Church and will participate in services and special events throughout the year. For more info contact Worship Minister Ben Ewert at email@example.com or 07738 906159.
Morning Prayer Resumes 7th Jan Morning prayer is open for everyone from 9am to 9:30am at St Peter's weekdays during term time. It's a great way to start the day.
The CSP Academy have their first prayer group of the Spring Term on Monday 14th January at 8.45am in the Lady Chapel at Parish Church.
The next Choral Evensong at All Saints' Church will be held on Sunday 27th January at 5.30pm. Sung by a choir made up of singers from around South Bucks, this reflective 50 minute service is a perfect way to prepare for the week ahead.
If you would like someone to pray for you or anyone you know, please complete a prayer request slip and post it into one of prayer boxes - one is situated in the Parish Church on the font and there is also one at All Saints' Church. Any prayers left will be treated in confidence and
members of our prayer group will offer them up to God.
Parish Prayer Group
The next meeting is on Tuesday 8th January in the Lady Chapel at the Parish Church from 10.00am. All are welcome to join us . Meetings will normally be on the first Tuesday in the month.
Tea & Hymns
The first Tea & Hymns of 2019 will be next Sunday, 13th January at 3.00pm in the Parish Church Hall. Everyone welcome and no need to sign up
Fairtrade Coffee Mornings
There will NOT be a coffee morning in January, so please pop Wednesday, 6th February in your diary now.
Planning Permission for the demolition of the existing building has now been granted. Details of the proposed development can be viewed on the South Bucks website Planning Application ref PL/18/2955/VRC.
News & notices
Readings - Who is Jesus? Epiphany
COLLECT O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; 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.
FIRST READING - Isaiah 60:1-6 (NIVUK) A reading from the book of Isaiah
‘Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 ‘Lift up your eyes and look about you:
all assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
SECOND READING - Ephesians 3:1-12 (NIVUK) A reading from the letter to the Ephesians
For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – 2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. 7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. * *MEMORY VERSE
GOSPEL - Matthew 2:1-12 (NIVUK) Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: 6 ‘“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’ 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Lord God, the bright splendour whom the nations seek: may we who with the wise men have been drawn by your light discern the glory of your presence in your Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.
KEY LEARNING POINTS
From the beginning people have tried to silence what God was revealing but the truth is good news of great joy.
Jesus is both Lord and Christ (Messiah) which means God and King.
In Christ and through faith we can have peace with God.
QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE
Have I entered into the Kingdom of God?
Am I sharing the good news or capitulating to the silencing of the truth?
NEXT WEEK - Sunday 13th January - WHO IS JESUS Baptism of Christ
Parish of Chalfont St Peter
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Next week: Sunday, 13th January Baptism of Christ
Holy Communion All Saints' Church, Oval Way
Family Service St Peter's Church
Sung Eucharist St Peter's Parish Church
Tea & Hymns St Peter's Church Hall
Evensong St Paul's Church, Horn Hill
Wednesday, 16th January 2018
Holy Communion St Peter's Church
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