Sunday, 14th January 2018

The Second Sunday of Epiphany


8 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10 am Holy Communion (Common Worship)

Hymns: 70, 620, 332, congregation communion, 144 and 574, last hymn 252

This morning, we welcome Martin Lowden and David Staff from the Gideons, who will be preaching at our services.




Crèche available during the 10am service for children aged four and under and also parents with babies.  There are also some bags (containing books and materials for colouring) at the back of church to occupy children who wish to stay in church.  Due to the risk of trip hazards, it would be appreciated if parents/guardians would please supervise their children whilst in the crèche and tidy up upon leaving.


Stewardship/collecting plate If you are visiting, please don’t feel you have to give, although you are welcome to and, if you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid envelopes are available in the pews! Tokens are available for those who give electronically as this helps some of us to think of our giving.  If you would like to take part in our regular giving scheme, please speak to one of the welcome team at the back of the church.


Prayer list:  The names of those who are ill or in need of prayer will remain on the prayer list for three weeks.  However, we realise that some people may need to be on for longer and, if this is the case, please speak with Carol Sharman who will be happy to arrange this.


FOCUS: As we begin a new year may we encourage everyone in the congregation to support Focus, our church magazine.  It costs just 70p a month or £7 for 12 issues delivered through your door.  To organise this, please speak to Pat Smith or Sue Hartley.  A lot of time and effort goes into producing the magazine, so please do support it.


Next Credo Men’s event is Breakfast at the Olde Vic on Saturday, 20th January,
starting at 9 am.  Please contact Tony on 07715291204 by Thursday, 18th January if interested.  Also bookings for Credo Men’s annual visit to Potbelly Brewery on Monday, 5th February (7pm) will also be required by the end of January.


The Friends/Burton Latimer Heritage Society (BLHS) have organised for Janice Morris to come to St. Mary’s and give a talk on Wall-paintings in Northamptonshire, on Thursday, 8th February, at 7.30 pm.  Tickets (members £4 and non-members £5, including refreshments) available from Pat Smith (725096) and the Farmers’ Market in February.  Profits will be divided equally between BLHS and The Friends


This Week

 Morning Prayer is said in church on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at

9 am and 8.30 am on Friday

Monday – 6.30 pm Choir practice

Tuesday – 10.30 am SMUFs at the Guiding Centre, 12 noon Deanery Chapter,2 pm Young at Heart in the Baptist Church Hall

Wednesday – 9.30 am Holy Communion (followed by light refreshments)

Thursday –7.30 pm Bell ringers practice

 Sunday, 21st January – The Third Sunday of Epiphany

8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10.00 am Holy Communion (Common Worship)




 Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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.

All        Amen


First Reading

 1 Samuel 3.1-10

 1Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4Then the LORD called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ 5and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. 6The LORD called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

This is the word of the Lord

All        Thanks be to God


 Gospel Reading


Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations
and believed in throughout the world.

All        Alleluia.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N

All        Glory to you, O Lord.

 John 1.43-51 

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’
 This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All        Praise to you, O Christ