SERVICES THIS WEEK

Sunday 10th December​​​
Advent 2

9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston

​9.00 a.m. Morning Worship (Bedehouse)
10.15 a.m.  Family Mass  & Godly Play  Higham Ferrers

2.00 p.m. Chelveston Carol Service
5.00 p.m. Christingle (Higham Ferrers)



During this week at St. Mary's ​​ 

Monday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.00 a.m. Toddle In for mums & Tots in the Bedehouse
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Tuesday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
​12.15 p.m. Mass followed by soup
2.00 p.m. Thanksgiving service for Glenn Harwood. MBE
​​5.00 p.m Evening Prayer
   
Wednesday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
9.30 a.m. Mass
2.00 p.m. Tiny Tots
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer

  Thursday​   8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
10.30 a.m. Mass
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Friday 12 noon Packed lunch & play club (Bedehouse)


Sunday 10th Decemnber
Advent 3     O Sapienta
9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship (Bedehouse)
10.15 a.m.  Family Mass  & Godly Play  
Higham Ferrers
6.00 p.m. Town Carol Service



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This week 
      
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:
 
Tim Maguire, Madge Boxall, Cynthia Hobson, Ettie Green, Daniel Boxall, George Wagstaff, Derek Brawn, Emily Morris, Cyril Sturgen, Andrew Britchford, Russel Charles Ewan, Michael Paynton, Paul Paynton (Revd), Darren Robinson, Lynn Wesby, Stephen Pack, Terry Broughton, Gerald Sanders, George Howlett, Annette Norman, Richard Eady, Patricia Cross, Miranda Robinson, Peter Phelps.
Chelveston:  Joan Amos, Jo Emerson, Graham Earnshaw, Tim Mould, Michael Smith, Geoffrey and Muriel Palmer, Michael Stephenson and Diana Wright.

IN MEMORIAM:    Glenn Harwood MBE (Cllr) (service of thanksgiving 12th December, 2 pm, St Mary’s),
         John Morrison, Ben Catlin.

 YEAR’S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Joyce Farey, Violet (Vi) Constance Seckington, Agnes Emily Manning, Bertie Stokes, Agnes Mobbs, Elsie Briggs, Lily Rosena Richards, Frank Oswald Pockson, Frederick Knight, Thomas Richardson, Sarah Isabella Spriggs, Annie Lines, Edward Raymond Ireson, Leonard James Green, Daisy Vardon Edwards, Graeme Whitecross, Ellen Braybrooke, Elspet Sandeson Higginbotham, Dorothy Edith Maddocks, Arthur William Upton, John William Barber, Rosalie May Dockerill, Matthew Pinnock, Florence Emma O’Dell,Olive Hill, Florence May Sanders, Frank (Dick) Denton, Derrick Eady, Leonard (Bob) Tysoe. 
  
 
ADVENT WREATH
Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, God of our ancestors: to you be praise and glory for ever.  You called the patriarchs to live by the light of faith and to journey in the hope of your promised fulfilment.  May we be obedient to your call and be ready and watchful to receive your Christ, a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are our light and our salvation. Blessed be God for ever.  Amen.

COLLECT OF THE DAY
O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.

FIRST READING    Isaiah 40.1-11
Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.  2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.  
3A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  4Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  5Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’  
6A voice says, ‘Cry out!’  And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’  All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field.  7The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass.  8The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.  9Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Here is your God!’  10See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.  11He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

SECOND READING    2 Peter 3.8-15a
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.  9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
11Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire?  13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.  
14Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight, 
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL    Mark 1.1-8
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  2As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 3the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” ’, 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  7He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.