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Saint Paul, Whitley Bay

First Sunday of Lent

10 March 2019


Please use this sheet through the week in your prayers.

Our celebrant today is Bishop John Packer, and we are delighted to have him with us.  The special prayers for this Sunday, Bible reading references, and hymn numbers are on this sheet. Words for hymns are in the green book, or on this sheet.  For any children of Sunday Club age, materials linked to today’s Gospel reading are available at the back of church for them to use and take home.  Just ask the Sidesmen (who gave you this leaflet) if you have any questions. 

Choir introit:  As pants the hart for cooling streams (based on Psalm 42).

First hymn:  67   Forty days and forty nights.

Collect:  Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save: through Jesus Christ 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:   Deuteronomy 26: 1 – 11

Second hymn: 264    Be thou my guardian and my guide.

Second reading:     Romans 10: 8b – 13

Gospel Acclamation:

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.  Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

The Lord is a great God, O that today you would listen to his voice: harden not your hearts.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Gospel:    Luke 4: 1 – 13


Please pray for the sick and those in need, especially:  Moira Atkinson, Richard Allen, Chris Arbothnot, Diana Bargewell, Thomas Dexter, Ann Dodgson, Andrew Edwards, Khardine Edwards, Jill Eltringham, Cynthia Games, Lou Games, Maxine Groves, Andrew Grundy, Harry Hall, Florence Harrison, John Harrison, Judy Hemsley, Deborah Henderson, Chris Heptonstall, Jack Hudson, Audrey Hughes, Norman Ingram, Liz Jones, Richard Little, Daniel McAdam, David Olver, Stephen Potter, Mary Rankin, Jim Reay, Sylvia Reay, Sue Simpkin, David Simpkin, Jan Soulsby, Rachel Thompson, John Ward, Jeanne Whitehead, Colin, Emily, Frank, Paul, Shirley, Tony and Lee.

Please pray for the recently departed.   

Please pray for those whose anniversaries of death fall this week, especially: Daniel Jeffrey, Pat Barrass, Irene Jeffrey, Ronald Pearce, William Osselton, John Croft, Delia Milbourne, Eveline Ducker, Mike Sartoria, Nora Gray, Cath McCourt and Daniel Cardwell.

Offertory Hymn:  333   All my hope on God is founded.

First Communion hymn: Safe in the shadow of the Lord

Second Communion hymn: 507    The Lent Prose.

Post communion prayer:   Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven; by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Recessional hymn:  383   Jesu, lover of my soul.

Everyone is welcome in the Parish Centre for refreshments and a good chat, after the service.  

Service times and Intentions for the week


In Lent

Commonwealth nations



In Lent

Cullercoats Education Trust



In Lent

Retired clergy

10:00 am


In Lent

For Unity



In Lent

Chronic sick



In Lent

Daft As A Brush

Morning Prayer 9:30 am


Readings for Sunday 17 March:

Second Sunday of Lent

 Genesis 15: 1 – 12 & 17 – 18

Philippians 3: 17 – 4: 1

Luke 13: 31 – 35

This week’s other activities
Sun 10 3:00pm Choral Evensong.
Mon 11 7:30 for 8:00 pm Monday Group meets in the Upper Room.  Speakers will be two volunteers from Daft as a Brush, the charity that provides transport for cancer patients – one of our 2019 charities
Tue 12

2 pm

7 pm

Standing Committee meets.

Deanery Synod meets.

Sat 16 12:00 – 2:00 Soup and Roll Lunch (supporting our 2019 charities).  See below for more details.







PCC news: 

  • There was a disturbance earlier in the week among rough sleepers in the Parish Centre cloister.After consultation with the Police, the gates are to be padlocked to deter any further incidents and safeguard users.Users have been informed.
  • The 150 Club is to be formally closed.Those who have pre-paid will receive a refund and everyone who has contributed in the past is encouraged to add the money to their planned and gift-aided giving if at all possible.
  • The timing of the Easter Day Eucharist was discussed; it will remain at the published time of 9:30 am.
  • PCC sub-committees have been appointed.Membership lists will be displayed on the notice board.
  • The approved minutes of the February PCC are now on display.
  • The PCC would be delighted to hear of any fundraising ideas that you have come across that might be useable here at St. Paul’s, to help us with meeting our running costs and Parish Share.

The ‘Soup and Roll’ recipe supplement is on sale now, raising money for our own funds.  It contains all the soup recipes for our series of lunches, and also the bread recipes.  Don’t forget to come along and support these events and tell all your friends! 

Holy Week at St. Paul’s:  please pick up your copy of our programme of services, which has a series of illustrated meditations on “Christ through the eyes of great artists”, led by Canon Peter Dodd.  Each church in Whitley Bay Churches Together is publicising this amongst its own congregation and encouraging them to attend. Please take extras for any friends you may want to invite. 

Every Friday morning during Lent, at Church of Immaculate Heart, West Monkseaton from 10.45: reflecting on 'God's gifts of love and mercy', (Friday 8th March to 12th April inclusive) the reflections will last for about 45 minutes.  Also, on Palm Sunday, at St Edward's church in Whitley Bay at 3pm, there will be an hour of quiet reflection, praying for Survivors of Sexual Abuse.  All are welcome.

Thank you to our church dusting volunteer for the week 10 – 16 March: Mavis McMahon.

Newsletter entries: please pass to Ann Laing by 6 pm on Friday evening, by phone on 0191 297 0276, by hard copy to 24 Oakland Road NE25 8LS, or by email to

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