First Sunday of Advent Waiting Sunday 3 rd December 2017

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1 First Sunday of Advent Waiting Sunday 3 rd December 2017 Parish Office: 43 Church Terrace PO Box 347, Walkerville 5081 Office hours: Wed Thurs 10 3pm Friday 10-12pm Tel Clergy: The Rev d Stuart Langshaw Tel The Rev d Helen Gibson-White Web: St Andrew s Church W ALKERVILLE

2 THE ADVENT WREATH is a Christian tradition that symbolises the passage of the four weeks of the season of Advent. It is a wreath usually made from evergreens, with four violet coloured candles. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading, devotional time and prayers. An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. By the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Many Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit on Christmas Day. The custom is observed both in family settings and at public church services. There is no set meaning for each candle. For some congregations the candles represent the virtues of the Christian faith Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. For others the candles represent the Prophecy Candle, Bethlehem Candle, Shepherds Candle, and Angels Candle. At St Andrew s this year the candles will represent for us the Waiting Candle; the Prophecy Candle; the John the Baptist Candle; the Mary Candle. 2

3 How to follow our Communion Service in the green Prayer Book Page The service today commences on this page. Page Lord have mercy Page Glory to God in the highest (Gloria) Page Nicene Creed (Affirming our faith) Page Confession and Absolution Page Thanksgiving Prayer 1 Page The Lord s Prayer Page Final Prayer. Parish Prayer God our Father, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May our worship be the offering of our hearts and lives to you. Help us to reach out in welcome to newcomers and visitors, to encourage and care for each other in friendship and fellowship, and to grow in grace and in love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer for our new Parish Priest of St Andrew s Bountiful God, we thank you for giving to this parish a new priest. May the Rev d Sam Goodes be a faithful pastor who will faithfully speak your word and minister your sacraments; an encourager who will equip your people for ministry and enable us to fulfil our calling. Bless Sam, Kate, Maddy, Emily, Hannah and Joshua as they prepare to come and live among us and minister to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3

4 Preacher: Celebrant: Today s Services 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Sung Eucharist The Rev d Stuart Langshaw The Rev d Helen Gibson-White A special welcome to all who are worshipping with us for the first time or visiting us today. We especially welcome those visiting us from other areas. Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee after the 9.30am service. LIGHTING THE FIRST ADVENT CANDLE Advent candles tell their story as we watch and pray; longing for the Day of Glory, Come, Lord, soon, we say. Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness changed for gladness on that Day. A&M 26, verse 1. Mark Earey (born 1965) The first candle on the Advent Wreath this year is the Waiting Candle. In Micah chapter 7 and verse 7 we read, As for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Gracious God, we wait for your coming in great power and majesty. We wait in hope; we wait in patience; we wait in expectation. May this candle remind us of the light that came into the world with Jesus, and of the light that will come when our waiting is fulfilled in the glory of your kingdom. (The candle is now lit) Thanks be to God. 4

5 Sentence of the Day: Heaven and earth will pass away, says the Lord, but my words will not pass away. Mark Prayer of the Day: Eternal God, through long generations you prepared a way for the coming of your Son, and by your Spirit you still bring light to illumine our paths: renew us in faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love; to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Readings: Advent is the season of joyful waiting for the coming of Christ. It begins the liturgical year where we start with the story of Christ from its beginning, the time of expectation that a Messiah would come. As we prepare for the Christmas festival, the celebration of Christ s birth, we also think about his promise to come again and what that might mean. The readings from the Bible that follow, highlight this theme of waiting on God. 1st Reading: Isaiah OT p. 631 The book of Isaiah appears to be made up of three parts. The third part (Chapters 55-66) was, probably, written around 400 BCE and was addressed to the people of Israel after they had returned from exile in Babylon. Today s passage poetically laments that the people have not loved God as they were called to do, but acknowledges that, like a potter moulds clay, so God will continue to mould them and never abandon them. Psalm: Ps ; (said) APBA p. 307 The need for restoration, we heard in the first reading, is expressed here, in the repetition of the prayer for God to restore the nation. This psalm laments over what has gone wrong and calls God to send a son of man (i.e. a Messiah) to help. 5

6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 NT p. 153 St Paul writes to the Christians in Corinth using the highly stylised forms of speech of his day. In this opening part of his letter, he hints at the need to wait for the coming of the Lord, implying the Corinthian Christians have not yet arrived. While they lack nothing in terms of spiritual gifts, they are still on the journey and have more growing and learning to do. Gospel Reading: Mark NT. p. 47 Written down at a time of suffering and persecution, these words of Jesus were words of hope that the suffering of the world would end, in the coming of the Son of man (i.e. Messiah). Using colourful, apocalyptic language, this passage affirms that the power of Jesus will outlast and overcome the powers that destroy and oppress people. Two thousand years later, we are invited to share the hope, and to share the yearning. Music Processional: 31 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding Gradual: 30 Come, thou long-expected Jesus Offertory: 24 Thy Kingdom come, O God Communion: 186 O thou who camest from above Post Communion:74 Thou didst leave thy throne Music Setting: Chris Chataway. Organist: Ian Gray Contact Information Locum Tenens: The Rev d Stuart Langshaw Associate Minister The Rev d Helen Gibson-White Priest s Warden: Mr Ian Gray People s Warden: Ms Sally Zimmerman Organist: Mr Ian Gray Parish Secretary: Mr Campbell Fletcher (Office) Parish Treasurer Mr Tony Pederick OAM Sacristan: Ms Elizabeth Ellison Prayer Chain: Mrs Biffy Ormsby Parish Recorder: Mr Michael Thomas 6

7 For your Prayers this week The Nations and People of the Earth: Christians beginning Advent and preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Those Christians living in situations that make it difficult to prepare for Christmas. The Church and its Mission: The Diocese of West Buganda Uganda Bp Henry Katumba-Tamale, his clergy and people. The Area Deanery of the South-Western Suburbs: Peter Brown and his colleagues. Give thanks for the work and witness of the Anglican Church of Australia and the National Council of Churches in Australia. At St Andrew s we pray for: Matthew Simmons and Carrie-Anne Ktoris, being married here on Saturday. Members of the Bible Study, Faith & Fellowship and Men s Breakfast Groups, meeting through the week. That we might hear the words of Jesus to distinguish between things that are important, and things that are passing away. Ourselves and our Community: Adelaide aid agencies providing Christmas hampers for those in need. The staff of Centrelink and other government departments, working to process payments before Christmas. Special Prayer Request: Meg Robertson, John O Brien, Marianne Cannon, Judy Brancis, 6-years old Rhiannon Henry-Edwards. The Departed Thanksgiving for those who have gone before us in faith: Francis Xavier, priest and missionary (d. 1637) December 3 Nichoas Ferrer, deacon and man of prayer (d. 1637) December 4 Nicholas of Myra, bishop and philanthropist (d. c 342) December 6 Ambrose of Milan, bishop and teacher (d. 397) December 7 Richard Baxter, pastor and spiritual writer (d. 1691) December 8 7

8 At St Andrew s Notices THANKS FOR ST ANDREW S DAY. Many thanks to so many people who prepared and worked to make St Andrew s Day last Sunday such a success. For all the people involved in the worship - choir, readers, intercessors, assistants, those who presented Melodie for Confirmation and David for Reception - for all the people involved in the fellowship lunch - kitchen volunteers, Parish Centre preparers, food orderers, salad and food contributors, those who tidied away and cleaned afterwards. It was a wonderful day of celebration and fellowship. Thank you to everyone. RESUMPTION OF ADJOURNED SPECIAL VESTRY MEETING. Today at 11.15am in the Parish Centre. The matter for discussion is the list of proposed amendments to the Trust Deed. NEWTON COLLEGE, PNG. Thank you to the parishioners who have made kind donations for our brief appeal for funds for Newton College in PNG. Those donations will now be sent off to Church Office to be joined with other donations from around the Diocese so that building materials and books can be sent to the College. THANK YOU FROM THE LANGSHAWS. We are very grateful for the special and unique way in which the parish celebrated with us for our Golden Wedding Anniversary. We knew something was afoot when The Hon. Prof. Lord Gilmour of Gilberton arrived in his robes of office. We were surprised and delighted to hear his mellifluous speech and to receive the gifts of our chains of golden medallions, the mace and the special certificate. Thank you all for helping to make our special anniversary so memorable. Valerie and Stuart. GOSPEL BIBLE REFERENCES THIS WEEK: Monday Dec 4, Matthew 8:5-11. Tuesday Dec 5, Luke 10: Wednesday Dec 6, Matthew 15: Thursday Dec 7, Matthew 7: Friday Dec 8, Matthew 9: Saturday Dec 9, Matthew 9:35-10:1,

9 CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES. Sunday December pm, Sung Eucharist with Carols Monday December 25-8 am, said Holy Communion with carols am, sung Eucharist with carols SERVICES ON SUNDAYS IN JANUARY AT ST ANDREW S There will be one service at 9 am on each Sunday during January: January 7 Said service with three hymns. January 14 Said service with one hymn. January 21 Sung Eucharist with five hymns (The Rev d Sam Goodes first Sunday service). January 28 Said service with three hymns. February 4 8am Holy Communion am Sung Eucharist. NEWCOMERS AND VISITORS: If you would like to know more about St Andrew s, please fill out a yellow Welcome Form on the back table. If you give it to a Sidesperson or to the clergy, we shall be in touch with you very soon. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2017/18: Children s Christmas Programme - Friday December 22 at 5.30 pm in the Parish Centre. Monday 25 th December Christmas Day Services, 8am, 9.30am Thursday January 18: Commissioning of the Rev d Sam Goodes. In the Diocese 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION TO PRIESTHOOD OF WOMEN. Tuesday 5 December, 2017 at 7 pm at St John s, Halifax Street. Preacher, Archbishop Geoffrey Smith. Concelebrants The Rev d Joan Claring-Bould, The Rev d Sister Juliana S.I., The Reverend Susan Straub." Sermonette I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received. 9

10 Sunday 3 December Monday 4 December Tuesday 5 December Wednesday 6 December Thursday 7 December Friday 8 December Saturday 9 December Sunday 10 December Monday 11 December Tuesday 12 December 10 Diary Dates 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.30 am Sung Eucharist am Special Vestry Meeting pm Setting up for Concert (Church & Parish Centre) 2.00 pm Adelaide Liedertafel Concert (Church & Parish Centre) 9.30 am Morning Tea (Library) am Tai Chi (Parish Centre) am Bible Study (Office) 9.00 am School Service 5-7 (Church) 2.00 pm Faith & Fellowship 9.00 am School Service 3-4 (Church) 7.30 pm Home fellowship (2/86 Lansdowne Tce) am Tai Chi (Parish Centre) 8.30 am Men s Breakfast (Parish Centre) 3.00 pm Wedding (Rev d Keith Brice) Matthew Simmons, Carrie-Anne Ktoris 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.30 am Sung Eucharist am Tai Chi (Parish Centre) 9.00 am School Service R-2 (Church) am School HC 5-7 (Church) am Valedictory Music Rehearsal 1.30 pm School Valedictory Rehearsal 7.00 pm Girls Night Out (NMAF Club) Wednesday 13 December am School HC 3-4 (Church) am HC Walkerville Res. Care 6.30 pm St Andrew s School Valedictory Friday 15 December Saturday 16 December am Tai Chi (Parish Centre) am Holy Baptism (Church)

11 Sunday 10 December 3.00 pm Wedding (Rev d Langshaw) Andrew Castle, Nicole Boukaram 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.30 am Sung Eucharist Rosters for today Rosters Preacher: The Rev d Stuart Langshaw Celebrant: The Rev d Helen Gibson-White Readers: 8.00 am Philippa Lamphee 9.30 am Alice Netting Prayer Leader 9.30 am Wayne Butcher Servers 9.30 am David & Emily Sandford-Morgan Lay Assistants:8.00 am Tony Holloway 9.30 am Donna Coombe, Tony Holloway Sidespersons: 8.00 am Liz Owen 9.30 am Bill Marsh Rosters for next Sunday (Advent 2) Preacher 8.00 am The Rev d Helen Gibson-White Celebrant: 9.30 am The Rev d Stuart Langshaw Readers: 8.00 am Sandy Facy 9.30 am Biffy Ormsby Prayer Leader 9.30 am The Rev d Helen Gibson-White Server 9.30 am John Beer Lay Assistants:8.00 am TonyHolloway 9.30 am DeDe Stoba, Wayne Butcher Sidespersons: 8.00 am Jan de Wit, Sandy Facy 9.30 am Sally Zimmerman, Roy Ingram Readings for next Sunday (Advent 2) 1 st Reading:Isaiah OT p. 631 Psalm: Psalm , 8-13 APBA p nd Reading: 2 Peter a NT p. 220 Gospel: Mark NT p

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