The Collects and
Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, 9th December 2018
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. Amen
3See, 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. 2But 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; 3he 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. 4Then
the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former
3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying
with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until
now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day
of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for
all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.
8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is
my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine
what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness
that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Luke 3. 1-6
3In 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, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of
God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming
a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
his paths straight.
5 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;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Post Communion Collect
Father in heaven, who sent your Son to redeem
the world and will send him again to be our judge: give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first
coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him with joyful love and firm faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers - we have been asked to
remember in our prayers:
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.
Recent Weddings in the Benefice
Steve Morgan and Nina Fraser were married on
Friday 30th November 2018 at St Mary the Virgin, Farthingstone.
David Wells-Cole and Alice Parsons were married on
Saturday 8th December
2018 at St Mary’s, Blakesley.