Weekly News Sheet 28 December 2014

St Margaret of Antioch, Ilford
Notices & Events
Welcoming, transforming and growing together in God’s love
Children's Society. If you haven't already, could you please bring in your children's society
boxes for me before the end of the year. If you do not have a box but would like one to
collect loose change, please let me know. Thanks. Sharon Daughters
Free Will Offering envelopes. A new set of envelopes for 2015 is now available for those
who are members of the FWO scheme. They are at the back of church today. The envelope scheme is a good way of planning your regular giving to the church. If you have not
used envelopes before, and would like to join the scheme or to hear more about it, please
speak to me. Ann Edwards
Thursday 1 January - Eucharist at 12:00. Begin the new year in church! Please bring a
piece of cheese with you to share; biscuits, and wine and fruit juice provided.
Marjorie Tarran wishes everyone at St Margaret’s a ‘Happy Christmas, and says thank you
to everyone who has sent her cards, which she greatly appreciates.
Weekly News Sheet
for Sunday 28 December 2014
The Holy Innocents
Welcome to St Margaret’s. We hope you enjoy worshipping with us. If you are here
for the first time please make yourself known to the Churchwardens or one of the
sidespeople. Do take this sheet home with you.
Please use the time before each service for your own spiritual preparation and help
each other by maintaining the silence in the church.
If you will be giving your donation to the church in cash, and you pay tax, please use a Gift Aid
envelope, writing your name and address on the front. This allows us to claim an additional
25p for every £1 donated, at no cost to you.
At the Sung Eucharist this morning:
Setting: Gathering Mass : Paul Inwood
Readers: Ann Edwards and Terry English
Intercessions led by Fr Stephen
St. Margaret’s
The Eucharist this week:
12noon (The Holy Name of Jesus)
Next Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord
10.30am Sung Eucharist
For our prayers this week
Among the sick and in need: Monica Martin, Joergen Nielsen, Ric Olphonce, Auvril Sangowawa, Anne Warden, Ludwik Wegrzyn, Roy Young
Massacre of the Innocents, Nicolas Poussin 1629
Musée Condé de Chantilly
Parish Priest: Fr Stephen Pugh 020 8554 7542
[email protected]
The recently departed, including Mary LeVoi and Doris Willcocks
Those whose anniversaries of death fall this week:
31st: Nellie Crofton, David Cooper, Lesley Morris; 1st January: Frank Linford, Albert Green;
2nd: Edith Wells, Beatrice Lakin-Phillips; Gladys Still
Heavenly Father,
whose children suffered at the hands of Herod,
though they had done no wrong:
by the suffering of your Son
and by the innocence of our lives
frustrate all evil designs
and establish your reign of justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Indeed thus shall be blessed
those who fear the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion
all the days of your life! R
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 26-29
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of
you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is
foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is
weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is
low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast
in the presence of God.
First Reading: Jeremiah 31: 15-17
Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they
are no more. Thus says the LORD: Keep your voice from
weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward
for your work, says the LORD: they shall come back from
the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says
the LORD: your children shall come back to their own country.
Gospel Acclamation
May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts;
let the message of Christ find a home within you.
Gospel: St Matthew 2: 13-18
Psalm: 128
R: O blessed are those who fear the Lord.
O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!
By the labour of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper. R
Your wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table. R
Reflection on the Sunday Gospel
Here we encounter death in the midst of birth. There is no
reasonable society that tolerates the torture of children.
And yet, it happens, often because adults are frightened of
the children who are destined to follow them. Macbeth
tried to kill the son of his rival Banquo, but succeeded only
in having the father killed. Herod killed for the same reason - these little babies are a threat to him, not because of
who they are, but because of what one of them might become: a rival.
Prayer over the Gifts
At your table, O God,
let all be remembered
who suffer for your name,
even as they are numbered
among those you have redeemed
through Christ our Lord.
Post Communion Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
in your humility you have stooped to share our human life
with the most defenceless of your children:
may we who have received these gifts of your passion
rejoice in celebrating the witness of the holy innocents
to the purity of your sacrifice
made once for all upon the cross;
for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.