THE WEEKLY PEW SHEET – 16 FEBRUARY 2020 THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT

                    SCOTTISH EPISCOPAL CHURCH         CH-300x207

All Saints Challoch with St. Ninian’s Fellowship

Scottish Charity SC003582

http://www.allsaintschalloch.com

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Sunday 9 February 2020 the Second Sunday before Lent

9.30am: Reserved Sacrament led by Rosemary Green

10.30am: Reserved Sacrament led by Veronica Almgill

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COLLECT
Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.

FIRST READING: Genesis1:1 – 2:3
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”
So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.
God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.
God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
God made the wild animalsaccording to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

PSALM:136
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.
17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.
23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

SECOND READING: Romans 8:18-25
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

THE GOSPEL: Matthew 6:25 – end
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

POST COMMUNION
God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the bread of life at the heart of your Church: may we who have been nourished at your table on earth be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

HYMNS (from Common Praise) 

Introit: 251 All things bright and beautiful

Gradual: 457 Hark, my soul, it is the Lord

Offertory: 305 I come with joy, a child of God

Communion: 331 We pray thee, heavenly Father

Closing: 253 For the beauty of the earth

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COMING SERVICES  (at Challoch unless specified)

Sunday 23rd February (Second Sunday before Lent): 9.00am Reserved Sacrament led by Rosemary Green, 10.30am Eucharist. Celebrant: Revd John Martin

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In our prayers we hold before God:

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Those in residential care, housebound or in hospital. Those with long term illness. 
Those whose anniversary of death falls at this time.

May light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.    

 

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Welcome to our worship. If you require any assistance the person who greeted you when you arrived will be able to help.

Everyone is welcome to receive Holy Communion or a blessing at the altar.

Please join us for refreshments after the service at the back of church.

PLEASE PLACE YOUR OFFERING IN THE PLATE BY THE BOOKS

Audio-Loop system: please switch your hearing aid to the “T” setting”.

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NOTICES

OUR INTERIM PRIEST IN CHARGE: Revd Stephen Hazlett
tel. 01557 620132
mobile: 07800 231360
email: stephen.hazlett@greyfriarsstmarys.org.uk

NINIAN MOMENTS are held every Monday at 12 noon throughout the year in the Catholic church in Wigtown.

There will be a service to celebrate the life of Chris Cain on Friday 21st February at 3pm.. This will be at St Ninian’s, Lewis Street
This service will be followed by a reception at St John’s, North Strand Street, where refreshments will be served. All are invited and most welcome at both events. At the families request this is very much a celebration of his life and not a sombre event.

MACHARS FOOD BANK (The Basics Bank) needs: pasta sauce, tinned ready meals, soup, baked beans, rice pudding, fruit, biscuits.
Food banks have been advised not to distribute items of baby foods/milk and so we no longer require donations of these items. Any baby food that we already had in the store has been given to Health visitors for them to distribute to families.

Thank you so much for your continued support which we really need just now.

BAGS OF KINDNESS: Would you like to help women at times of crisis in their lives? ‘Bags of Kindness’ is a way we can do that. To find out more, visit their website: https://bagsofkindness.co.uk/  There is a collection point at the back of the church.

WOOL: Lynne Wright is knitting scarves for the homeless. If you have any spare balls of wool, please give them to Lynn, who will be very grateful for any donations.

HYMNS: Do you have a favourite hymn you would like to sing in church? Choosing the hymns is normally done by the priest but Liz Barfoot is currently doing this for us and would like to know if we could include your choice in our worship. Contact our secretary if you have a favourite hymn that you would like included in our services.

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All Saints uses the Revised Common Lectionary for its Liturgical readings. Online access can be found at: http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=77

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Items for next week’s Sunday Sheet: Margaret Turner: sandraturner4474@gmail.com

or email us direct: allsaintschalloch@gmail.com

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