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Saint Paul, Whitley Bay

First Sunday of Advent

3 December 2017


Please use this sheet through the week in your prayers.

Welcome to Saint Paul’s. The main order of service is on the cream card. The special prayers for this Sunday of the year, Bible reading references, and hymn numbers are on this sheet to help you to follow the service. Words for the hymns are in the green book, or on this sheet. Items are available to occupy children who are not attending Sunday Club.  Just ask the Sidesmen (who gave you this leaflet) about this, or if you have any other questions. 

The Advent Crown

We light our first candle as a sign that Jesus is our hope of bringing light to a darkened word.

Thanks be to God.

The first candle is lit.

Jesus is the light of the world.

A light no darkness can ever put out.

We sing:

Come, Lord Jesus, come,

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come, Lord Jesus, come,

To this world of ours.

May we see your light,

May we see your light,

May we see your light,

In this world of ours.

First hymn (procession – please join in if you can):    33   Of the Father’s heart begotten.

Collect:  Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1st Reading:    Isaiah 63: 16 – 17, 64:1 & 3 – 8

Gradual hymn:  6   Hark the glad sound.

2nd Reading:   1 Corinthians 1: 3 – 9

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let us see, O Lord, your mercy: and give us your saving help.

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! Alleluia!

Gospel:    Mark 13: 33 – 37


Please pray for the sick and those in need, especially Eric Aldington, Richard Allen, Jennie Banks, Diana Blackwell, Anne Burton, Ann Dodgson, Jayne Fleet, Brenda Griffiths, Maxine Groves, Andrew Grundy, Christine Gunning, Florence Harrison, John Harrison, Judy Hemsley, Deborah Henderson, Chris Heptonstall, Mark Hoggan, Audrey Hughes, Norman Ingram, Richard Little, Denis Metcalf, Dan Morgan, Dawn Parrack, John Phillips, Ronnie Pickering, Stephen Potter, Valerie Puccini, Jim Reay, Sylvia Reay, Rita Robson, Walter Robson, Sue Simpkin, David Simpkin, Rachel Thompson, George Thornton, John Ward, Colin, Emily, Frank, Lydia, Paul, Shirley, and Tony.   

Please pray for the recently departed, especially Alfie Turner, Joyce Graham, and Andrew France (priest).

Please pray for those whose anniversaries of death fall this week, especially: Doris Taylor, Malcolm John Watson, Arthur Conyers Hardy, Delia Milbourne, Rena Robson, David Martin, Ivy Marshall, Arthur Jepson, and Robert Thompson.

Offertory Hymn:   16    Wake, O wake!

Prayer over the Offerings:  Accept, we pray, O Lord, these offerings we make, gathered from among your gifts to us, and may what you grant us to celebrate devoutly here below gain for us the prize of eternal redemption.  Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Acclamation:  Dying you destroyed our death.  Rising, you restored our life.  Lord Jesus, come in glory.

1st communion hymn:    305   Soul of my Saviour.

2nd communion hymn:  501   The Advent Prose.

Prayer after communion: May these mysteries, O Lord, in which we have participated, profit us, we pray, for even now, as we walk amid passing things, you teach us by them to love the things of heaven and hold fast to what endures.  Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Recessional hymn:  9   Lo, he comes with clouds descending.

Everyone is invited into the Parish Centre after the service for refreshments and a chat.

Readings for next Sunday, 10 December:

2nd Sunday of Advent (Lectionary Yr B)

Isaiah 40: 1 – 5 & 9 – 11

2 Peter 3: 8 – 14

Mark 1: 1 – 8


Service times and Intentions for the week


Evening Prayer & Benediction

6:00 pm


In Advent

HM Government

No service


In Advent


7:00 pm


St. Nicholas

Mothers’ Union

10:00 am


St. Ambrose


7:30 pm


Immaculate Conception

The Parish

12:10 pm


In Advent

Our neighbours

9:00 am


This week’s other activities

Tue 5 Dec

1:00 pm

Mothers’ Union meets in the Parish Centre for a soup lunch, and a talk by Fr. Gavin.   Please remember that the 2018 tribute of £20 is due.



St. Nicholas Fair: grateful thanks for all the huge efforts from so many people to prepare and run yesterday’s Fair.  The preliminary total raised was in the region of £2,350. 

The 150 Club draw takes place after Mass today, in the Parish Centre. Please see David or Veronica Nesbitt if you need to pay them any subs.  Thank you.

Carol Singing in residential care homes:  this year we are taking Christmas cheer to the residents on Saturday 16 December, assembling in church at about 10:00 am.  Please put the date in your diary, come along and enjoy your favourite carols.

St. Paul’s parish calendar: if your group or organisation wants its meeting dates included in the 2018 calendar, please send your list of dates to Mary Evans by Friday 22 December. Thank you.

From the Flower Guild:  a collecting box for contributions towards the cost of Christmas flowers is ready at the back of church.  Thank you for your donations. 

We still need Sidesmen to cover the following services:  Christmas Eve Crib Service at 17.30 p.m., and Christmas Day at 10.00 a.m.   Please give names to Mollie Anderson.

The Advent/Christmas edition of the Gate is still on sale today, with a great mix of articles to enjoy – price £1 only.

Pilgrim course: the Outreach Committee is setting up a small team of people to organise the next course - date to be confirmed.  One course leader is in place, but we not only need other people to help run the sessions but also to do the background administration – e.g. setting up the room, making sure relevant documents and copies are available, making tea etc.  Could you please let Ann Laing or Jan Soulsby know if you would be able to help, or want to know more.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Sunday 11 February 2018.  Attention, all St. Paul’s groups and organisations; the APCM reports booklet needs your entries!   The deadline is 17 January at the very latest.  This gives time to print the booklet in time for distribution two weeks prior to the meeting. Thank you. Mary Evans, PCC secretary.

Soup and Roll charity Lunches 2018: please give your nominations, with details about your proposed charities to Mary Evans by 20 January 2018. The PCC will consider them all at the meeting on 30 January 2018, and the agreed charities will be published following the meeting.

Safe Places Scheme: we are part of this scheme.  If you’re on the Welcome Team, or do church sitting, please pick up your personal copy of a special factsheet from the back of church.  There are spare copies for others interested in the Scheme, and a copy of the factsheet is on the noticeboard.  Thank you. 

Thank you to our church dusting volunteer this week, 3 – 9 December: Judith Collin.

Newsletter entries: please pass them to Ann Laing by 6 pm on Friday evening. 

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