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SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2018

 10.30 A.M. – MORNING WORSHIP WITH HOLY COMMUNION FOR ADVENT

 ON THE SECOND  SUNDAY IN ADVENT LED BY THE REV TERRY KEEN   CONDUCTED BY THE REV

CONDUCTED BY THE REV TERRY KEENSTEWARD’S WELCOME:

WELCOME:

THE LIGHTING OF THE SECOND ADVENT CANDLE:

FIRST READER:

SECOND READER:

THE CONGREGATION:               

                        Today we give thanks for the shepherds among us, back-breaking labourers on whom the economy stands, those we overlok or rarely see, yet rely on for our very survival, the ones who have much to teach us about watching for God in the darkness.

READER:

TWO ADVENT CANDLES ARE LIT:

HYMN:                                           StF 73                          Fill thou my life, O Lord my God…

INTRODUCTION TO THE THEME!:

HYMN:                                           StF 631                        I lift my eyes up to the mountains…

ADVENT COLLECT:                     See the words on the Screen…

GOSPEL READING:                                                         John chapter 1 vs 6 – 8 and 19 – 28  (N.T,. page 117)

HYMN:                                           StF 182                        On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry…

SERMON:

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION:

THE LORD’S SUPPER:                 See the words on the screen…

THE PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:                                               

THE OFFERING:

HYMN:                                           StF 586                        Here is bread, here is wine…

THE THANKSGIVING:                  See the words on the screen…

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD:

THE SHARING OF THE BREAD AND WINE:

PRAYERS AND DISMISSAL:

HYMN:                                           StF 171                        Hark the glad sound! The Saviour comes…

CLOSING PRAYERS:                   See the words  on the Screen… 

 

6.00 P.M. EVENING WORSHIP ON THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT LED BY MRS SUE NG

PREPARATION AND PRAISE:

GREETINGS AND WELCOME:

CALL TO WORSHIP:

OPENING HYMN:                          StF 178                        Long ago, prophets knew…

PRAYERS FOLLOWED BY THE LORD’S PRAYER:

HYMN:                                           StF 182                        On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry…

GOD’S WORD TO US:

GOSPEL READING:                                       Luke chapter 21 vs 25 – 33 – The Coming of the Son of Man/

                                                                        The Lesson of the Fig Tree…                                      (N.T. page 109)

HYMN:                                           StF 228                        Hail to the Lord’s Anointed…

O.T. READING:                                    Isaiah chapter 52 vs 7 – 10 ‘God will rescue  Jerusalem’     (O.T. page 718)

N.T. READING:                                    1 Thessalonians chapter 5 vs 1 – 11                                       

                                                               ‘Be ready for the Lord’s coming’                                            (N.T. page 259)

SERMON:

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD:

HYMN:                                           StF 186                        Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION:

CLOSING HYMN:                          StF 185                        Sing we the King who is coming to reign

BLESSING:

Organist – Mr David Whiteley

WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S – we give a very warm welcome to everyone and especially to anyone who may be visiting or worshipping with us for the first time today.   This morning we celebrate our Service of Holy Communion for Advent and we are very pleased to have our minister the Rev Terry Keen with us to lead this service and we look forward to a good time of reflection, celebration, praise, fellowship and sharing together during this Service.  Coffee/Tea will be served in the Coffee Lounge after morning worship and we do hope that you will stay and share in this time of fellowship with us.   This evening at 6.00 p.m. we are glad to have Mrs Sue Ng with us to lead our service and we do hope that you will be able to join us again this evening.

 

 

A MEETING FOR PRAYER is held every Sunday morning from 10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m. in the Quiet Room and we invite all to join us as we bring our concerns and prayers for our Church, other people and ourselves to the Lord – please do come and share in this special time of “Talking with God.”

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in unity,

that our praise and worship might echo in these walls and also through our lives.

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in mission, that the hope within

might be the song we sing, and the melody of our lives.

In this Advent of expectation draw us together in service, that the path we follow

might lead us from a stable to a glimpse of eternity.

(Prayer taken from a Faith & Worship Resource by John Birch)

 

 

THE CARD WALL IS NOW READY TO RECEIVE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS - why not, instead of sending a Christmas card to each of your friends at St. Andrew’s you just send one card which can be displayed on the Card Display.  Any money saved from the purchase of the cards and postages can, if you wish, be donated to Christian Aid or to a charity of your choice. If you are giving a donation to Christian Aid please put your money in one of the Christian Aid envelopes available from the Vestibule table and put it on the offertory plate – THANK YOU. 

 

 A MASSIVE ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who brought toys and gifts to the Toy Service last Sunday, as usual your kindness and generosity was wonderful.  All your gifts have been welcomed with opened arms and a great deal of thanks from all who received the gifts – ‘THANK YOU’ are two very small words but mean such a lot…’thank you’ all very much indeed.

 

HAREWOOD HOUSE AT CHRISTMAS – There are still places available on the coach if you would like to come. If you have already put your name down please can you give your money to Glenda TODAY.  The coach will leave St. Andrew's at 9.30 a.m. and return approx 5.30 p.m.

 

 

A HUGE THANK YOU - to all those who have contributed to the Flower Fund over the last year - we have had some very generous donations - thank you all very much, BUT .... we have also lost some wonderful givers to heaven.  A new list for next year is up in the vestibule - if anyone would like to remember a loved one, celebrate a birthday or anniversary etc. please put your name on the list and see Margaret Whiteley.  It's first come that gets the date, whether you've had your name on the list before or not!  The flowers are given out to people as appropriate after Sunday services.  Finally if anyone would like to do the flowers for Sunday occasionally, see Margaret.

 

THE BIG SWEETIE JAR on the Vestibule table is still hungry for your coppers and any other coins!

Notes are welcome also! Any currency from any country! Thanks to Dorothy for emptying it regularly and counting up all the contributions. WE ARE PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE £300.00 MARK HAS NOW BEEN REACHED! THANK YOU. Remember -  every coin helps! 

 

FERNSIDE HALL – will friends please note that this coming Wednesday 12th December at 3.00 p.m. there will be a Carol Service at Fernside led by Sue Ng.  As this will be our last service at Fernside Hall please support this event if you are able – Thank you.

OPEN TO GOD - Open to God is at St Andrew’s again in January 2019.  A volunteer is needed to open up the church at 9-45am on Wednesday January 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th and make the tea/coffee afterwards at about 10-45am. If you do not have a key, this can be obtained from Dorothy Midgley - Thank you.

 

HOME MISSION BOXES - If anyone has a Home Mission Box please will you bring it in to be emptied. Thank you… Janet Holroyd.

 

CART – During December your gifts can be from the ‘anytime’ list plus Sanitary goods and Stationery – THANK TOU.

 

THE MONDAY EVENING FELLOWSHIP GROUP will meet again on Monday 17th December 2018 and then in the New Year on 21st January 2019.  They will be studying the Book of Ruth.  All meetings start at 7.30 p.m. at the home of Sue and John.

 

THE SEEKER’S BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP GROUP – will next meet on Monday 7th January 2019 at the home of Vivienne and Enid starting at 7.30 p.m.  More details about the group from Margaret Caulfield (01422 363686).

 

THE GREEN PARK FELLOWSHIP GROUP will be starting a series on Acts in the new year. Meetings on Thursdays January 10th, February 14th and March 21st 2019 – all meetings start at 7.30 pm. at the home of Sue & Mike.

 

OPEN TO GOD - Open to God is meeting every Wednesday morning during DECEMBER (with the exception of Wednesday 26th December) at ILLINGWORTH MOOR METHODIST CHURCH and the leader this coming Wednesday, 12th December 2018 is Mrs Sue Ng.

 

FOOD AND SUPPORT DROP IN CENTRE AT EBENEZER – There is always a need for all goods, especially tinned meals, tinned vegetables and other tinned items plus washing up liquid.  Please look at the full list and donate whatever you are able. Also bedding, towels and socks.  The full list on the News Letter on the Notice Board but tinned food of all descriptions is urgently needed.  Please do take time to read the Drop in News Letter – thank you.  WILL FRIENDS PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CENTRE DOES NOT NEED ANY PASTA OR TEABAGS UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF 2019 AS THEY ARE IN PLENTIFUL SUPPLY AT THE MOMENT.

 

CROSS HILLS METHODIST CHURCH, Greetland are seeking to appoint an Associate Pastor for Families, Young People and Children – this appointment will be for 12 hours per week and more details can be found on the Notice Board if you or anyone you may know would be interested to hear more about this position please follow the instructions on the Notice.

 

 

CAROL SINGING - come and join our partner churches at Tesco Express on Wednesday December 19th from 6.00 to 7.00 .p.m..  Look at the poster and see who you can recognise from last year's event!

 

MORE CAROLS on Saturday December 22nd outside Skircoat Green Post Office at 10.00 a.m. – ALL WELCOME.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS AT ST ANDREW’S

 

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PLEASE SEE THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS DIARY OF EVENTS PRINTED ON  THE SEPARATE SHEET AND TRY TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENTS IF YOU ARE ABLE TO

 

Love came down at Christmas

Love all lovely, love divine

Love was born at Christmas

Star and angels gave the sign

(christina rossetti (1830 – 1894)

 

 

THIS COMING WEEK

OUR SERVICES AND EVENTS ARE

 

MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER – 10.15 A.M.

TODDLER NATIVITY

 

THURSDAY 13TH DECEMBER – 6.30 P.M.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE LED BY

THE REV TERRY KEEN

 

FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER – 3.30 P.M. – 5.30 P.M.

CHRISTMAS MESSY CHURCH

 

SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER – 10.30 A.M.

NATIVITY SERVICE LED BY THE JUNIOR CHURCH

 

6.00 P.M. ‘STILL FOR CHRISTMAS’

LED BY THE REV TERRY KEEN

A VERY EARLY DATE TO BOOK FOR SUMMER 2019 - Please could you keep Pentecost Sunday, 9th June 2019  4-7pm free for a Circuit Pentecost praise event at The Piece Hall.  If you were planning a joint ecumenical event in your area please invite your ecumenical friends to come along. There will be more info later in the new year but please keep the date free.  This will be a small scale Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Event as happened in Leeds this year.  We will also require some help stewarding and with some of the events happening, so if you would like to be involved please contact Rev Paul Welch.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE AT ST ANDREW’S DURING THE COMING WEEK – 

Monday 10th December                 9.00 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.        The Toddler Group will meet.                           

     11.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.         The Monday Morning Kitchen

                                                                                                            will meet in the Moore Hall.

Tuesday 11th December                 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon        The Crafts & Coffee Club will

                                                                                                            meet in the Coffee Bar.

Wednesday 12th December              1.00 p.m.                           Service at Fernside led by Mrs Sue Ng

                                                                                                            ALL WELCOME TO THIS SERVICE.

                                                            7.00 p.m.                           Men’s Supper Club Christmas Meal

                                                                                                            The Speaker will be Mr Peter Drake his

                                                                                                            Subject is ‘Cape Town to Zambia’

Thursday 13th December                    6.30 p.m.                         Uniformed Organisations Christingle

                                                                                                            Service led by the Rev Terry Keen –

                                                                                                            ALL WELCOME TO THIS SERVICE.

Friday 14th December                    3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.          Christmas Messy Church.

 

                                                                                                            Subject is ‘Cape Town to Zambia’

Thursday 13th December                    6.30 p.m.                         Uniformed Organisations Christingle

                                                                                                            Service led by the Rev Terry Keen –

                                                                                                            ALL WELCOME TO THIS SERVICE.

Friday 14th December                    3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.          Christmas Messy Church.

Sunday 16th December                10.00 a.m. - 10.20 a.m.         Prayer Meeting -    

                                                                                                       Open to all

                                    10.30 a.m.                            Nativity Service le by members of the                                                                                    Junior Church

                                      6.00 p.m.                            'Stil for Christmas' led by Rev.Terry Keen                                     

 

Today we join with other members of the Calderdale Circuit as collectively we pray for the Church Family at Clifton Methodist Church and for the ministry of the Rev Terry Keen and Lay Pastor Mrs Pamela Hales.

 

The Rev Terry Keen our Minister and Mrs Stella Christie our Pastoral Lay Worker.

Members of the Junior Church and the Rev Terry Keen as they prepare to lead our Services next Sunday at 10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.  respectively.

Pray that God will continue to lead us as we move forward with plans for the future of His Church in this place and for all who are involved in leading this process forward.

Our Circuit Ministers and Local Preachers as they prepare to lead worship in the various Churches around the Circuit week by week.  We think especially of the Rev Terry Keen and Mrs Sue Ng as they prepare to lead Worship at Highgate and Northowram Methodist Churches next Sunday morning.

All members of the St Andrew’s Church Family who need our prayers at this time for whatever reason, the Lord knows what that reason is, we remember those who are not well, those who may be going into hospital or recovering at home after being in hospital and for those who are awaiting tests/test results and also for others who have family members or friends unwell at this time and for any who are mourning the loss of someone dear to them.  May the peace and love of God surround and support all our friends today and during the coming weeks as they face whatever lies ahead.

 

IMPORTANT ring Dorothy (250509) re lettings or if you want to use a room.  Items for the News Sheet please send to Enid by email to j.turner302@btinternet.com or by phone (362654). Our Church website address is www.standrewsmethodisthalifax.org.uk. The Circuit website is now office@calderdalemethodists.org.uk