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.
OT reading: Malachi 3.1-4
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight ‒ indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
Praise be to God.
Canticle: The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah) (Luke 1.68-79)
1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
1:69 He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David,
1:70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
1:71 that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
1:72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,
1:73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us
1:74 that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
1:75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
1:76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
1:78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
1:79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Gospel: Luke 3.1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'”
Praise be to you O Christ
for your Prayers – please pray ….for those who are ill, struggling or recovering including:- Jonathan Copping, John and Sylvia Stuart, Jean Musgrave, Wendy Packwood, Martin Smith, Charles Murray Lewis, Jonathan Adrian Griffiths and Malcolm Exley.
for those who’s anniversary of death occurs around this time for Hilda Knowles, Les Rushton, Penny Brain, David Jones, Frank Kerrigan, David Linklater, Betty Bremner and John Covey.
Welcome if you are visiting us today. Please take our greetings back to your home church and enjoy your stay.
We welcome all Christian people, from whichever church they belong, to take communion at All Saints. If you do not wish to take the Communion but would like a blessing please come forward with your Order of Service booklet.
Fundraising: Wendy Sanderson is looking for volunteers to help at future car boot sales and for people to help distributing posters to hotels and bars. Please let her know how you can help. The next sale is on Saturday 12th January (Second Saturday)
Bishop David will be conducting a Confirmation service in San Blas, Golf del Sur (South Tenerife) on Sunday 17 February at 12.00 noon. If you would like to be confirmed, please have a word with the chaplain as soon as possible. There is no upper age limit.
Bible study: From the autumn there will be a fortnightly group meeting for Bible study and prayer on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the month at 11.15 am. If you would like to be part of this, please drop an email to the chaplain.
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.