The Collects and
Readings for the Second Sunday Before Advent, 18th November 2018
Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal
life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great
glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom: where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Daniel 12. 1-3
‘At that time
Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never
occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written
in the book. 2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some
to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who
lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Hebrews 10. 11-14, (15-18), 19-25
11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and
again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice
for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, 13and since then has been waiting ‘until his
enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time
those who are sanctified. 15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,
is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws
in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds’,
17he also adds,
‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’
18Where there is forgiveness
of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way
that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over
the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean
from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope
without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love
and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all
the more as you see the Day approaching.
Mark 13. 1-8
As he came out of the
temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then
Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown
3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives
opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and
what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5Then Jesus began to say to them,
‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they
will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but
the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes
in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
Post Communion Collect
Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance
to our hope: bring us at last in that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Prayers - we have been asked to remember
in our prayers:
David Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Lynda Hinton, Diane Jones, Rev’d John Knight,
Jill Knight, Philip Le Roux, Sylvia Reynolds, and James Wagstaffe.
Richard Morley and Katie Fernyhough were married on
Saturday 20th October 2018, at St Mary’s, Blakesley.
Charles Howard and Catherine Foote were married on
25th October 2018, at St Mary’s, Blakesley