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1 Please take this home with you Sunday 21 January Epiphany 3 Celebrant: Preacher: 8.00am HOLY COMMUNION The Revd Dr Ian McIntosh The Revd David Powell Celebrant: Preacher: Readings: 10.00am PARISH EUCHARIST The Revd Dr Ian McIntosh The Revd David Powell Genesis read by Jeremy Carter Revelation read by Wendy Carter Gospel: John Hymns: NEH 272, NEH 364, SASP 105, SASP 175, SASP 47, NEH 148 Anthem: O taste and see - Vaughan Williams Intercessor: Wendy Carter Everyone is invited to the Main Hall for refreshments. The Revd James Reveley is providing cover at Transfiguration, Kempston, this morning 6.00pm UNITED SERVICE FOR WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY at Priory Methodist Church No evening service at St Andrew s Please ask a sidesperson if you would like a large print version

2 COLLECT Prayers and Readings Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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. Amen. FIRST READING - Genesis A reading from the book of Genesis. 17After Abram s return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King s Valley). 18 And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand! And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. SECOND READING - Revelation A reading from the book of Revelation. 6I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; 8 to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure for 2

3 the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said to me, Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are true words of God. 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GOSPEL - John We say or sing Alleluia Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. Glory to you, O Lord. 1There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, They have no wine. 4 And Jesus said to her, Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come. 5 His mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you. 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, Fill the jars with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward. So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, 10 Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now. 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. 3

4 POST-COMMUNION Almighty Father, whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world: may your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen. This week we pray in particular for: the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Enid Haslam, who died recently Prayers for our December/January Outreach Partner COMPASS CHILDREN S CHARITY Established in 1999, Compass works on behalf of at-risk children globally. It supports programmes working with children living on the streets, child trafficking survivors, refugee children and children fleeing gang violence and persecution. Eucharist Readings for 28 January Epiphany 4 Year B Deuteronomy Revelation a Mark Notice Sheet Deadline Please send all notices to Karen Parrott, Church Centre Office, by 12noon on Wednesday. This notice sheet is printed on Wednesday afternoon. 4

5 MONDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 9.30am Noah s Ark Main Hall 12.30pm Week of Prayer service Salvation Army 2.30pm Pilgrim House Group Devon Road 7.45pm Communications Group Consulting Room TUESDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 11.00am Movement to Music Dent Room 12.30pm Week of Prayer service Wesleyan Holiness Church 7.45pm St Albans/BELIEF course Dent Room WEDNESDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 10.30am Holy Communion Holt Room Celebrant: Revd James Reveley Preacher: Revd Belinda Searle-Barnes 12.30pm Week of Prayer service Miracle Church of God 2.30pm Events Committee Consulting Room THURSDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 12.30pm Week of Prayer service Kempston East Methodist 6.15pm Treble Choir Practice Dent Room 7.45pm Tower Bell Practice Church FRIDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 7.30pm Choir Practice Church SATURDAY am Morning Prayer Quiet Room 7.00pm Film Night Church SUNDAY 28 Homelessness Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion Church 9.00am Breakfast and speaker from SMART! Main Hall 10.00am Parish Eucharist Church 11.15am Messy Church Planning meeting Holt Room 4.00pm Newcomers Tea Main Hall 6.00pm Sacred Space Church 5

6 CHURCH WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY continues until Thursday this week. Today there is a United Service at Priory Methodist Church at 6.00pm, to which all are welcome. Consequently there will not be an evening service at St Andrew s. Please see the diary page (or The Fisherman) for details of the locations of the weekday services at 12.30pm each day. You are invited to bring sandwiches on January 22, 23 and 25. On 24 January a simple lunch will be provided. MOVEMENT TO MUSIC - Tuesday 23 January at 11.00am in the Holt Room. Do come along to enjoy gentle exercise (seated or standing) to music. FILM NIGHT: The first Film Night of 2018 will take place next Saturday, 27 January, when we will be showing The Time of their Lives at 7.00pm. Please ensure that names for food are advised to Bedford by no later than the Wednesday prior to the Film Night. HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY, 28 January: The breakfast will be served from 9.00am, and for 1 you can enjoy your cuppa and bacon buttie (or bread and marmalade) while listening to the speakers from SMART (now managing Prebend Day Centre), and chatting with them and with each other, accompanied by an intermittent background of instrumental music. MESSY CHURCH PLANNING MEETING for all helpers next Sunday 28 January in the Holt Room after the 10.00am service. Messy Church is on Saturday 24 February 3.00pm 5.00pm for families with children up to age 10. The theme is Super Heroes with worship, activities, games and a meal for all. Further information from Christine Garrett. NEWCOMERS TEA - 28 January: We would welcome offers of dainty cakes and scones (cheese-topped, fruit or plain), if you are able to help. Please speak to Diana Whittemore. APPEAL FOR HELP WITH TRANSPORT to and/or from church on Sundays about once a month. Please speak to Diana Whittemore if you are willing to assist with this. IS GOD CALLING YOU? Vocations Event on Saturday 3 February in London Colney. Are you wondering about a call to some kind of ministry in God s church? There are fliers at the back of church and in the Centre Foyer with details of this event. Please consider if this is something you would like to pursue. FRIENDS OF ST ANDREW S LIFE ON A PACIFIC ISLAND, a talk by Mark Adkin, on Tuesday 6 February, 2.30pm, in the Holt Room. Admission 4 ( 3 for members of The Friends) including light refreshments, pay on the door. 6

7 WAR HORSE at Milton Keynes Theatre - Wednesday 3 October, 2.30pm. The National Theatre s acclaimed play will be touring the UK this year. We have 20 tickets reserved, but insufficient people currently signed up to justify our group booking. If you are interested in going to see this production, to avoid disappointment please do sign up on the list at the back of the church soon, otherwise we may have to cancel. Tickets (over 60s concession)/ full price. COMMUNITY HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES IN BEDFORD: 23 January - 18 February: Holocaust Memorial Day is a national event that takes place on 27 January every year and in 2018 the theme is The Power of Words. Events planned in Bedford this year include an exhibition at The Higgins ( Anne Frank and Family ), film and theatre events at the Place Theatre, a Civic Commemoration on 27 January at the Harpur Suite and a commemoration at the Anne Frank Tree in Russell Park (29 January). Please see the leaflet at the back of the church for full details or visit or QUEEN S PARK FAITH TOUR: Visit three places of worship - Gurdwara, Mosque and Church. Tuesday 23 January, 10.00am pm. Meet at Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Ford End Road, Bedford, MK40 4JX. 10 per person (including refreshments) payable on the day. Pre-school children are welcome to attend and are free. Please bring a headscarf to cover heads, ensure shoulders and legs are covered and wear shoes that are easily removed. ORGANIST REQUIRED for the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Goldington, RSCM affiliated. All enquiries and applications to the Churchwardens via or See also the poster on the noticeboard in the Church Centre corridor. FLOWER FESTIVAL AT CANDLEMAS: St Paul s Church, Bedford: Friday 2 February to Sunday 4 February (10.00am pm Friday and Saturday, 2.00pm pm Sunday). Admission 2.50 (under 16s free). Refreshments available. We have some flower arrangers from St Andrew s taking part in this festival. DANESBOROUGH CHORUS - Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm, at Woburn Parish Church. Music by Rheinberger, Sullivan Tippett and Britten. Conducted by Ian Smith. For ticket details, please see 7

8 ST ANDREW S CHURCH, KIMBOLTON ROAD, BEDFORD MK40 2PF VICAR: THE REVD JAMES REVELEY (Day off - Friday or Saturday) CHURCH CENTRE OFFICE: (Open Monday - Friday 9.00am-1.00pm & pm) WEBSITE: Charity Registration number This Notice Sheet is also available on the website 8

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