St Saviours, Forest Gate

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St. Saviour’s with St. James

Sunday December 9th

2nd Sunday of Advent

Notices and News


Welcome to this morning’s Family Communion Service. If you are worshiping with us for the first time this morning, we trust you will experience the love of our Lord Jesus Christ here today. Please make yourself known to us and we hope and pray that you will return. Please stay behind and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

If you would like more information about our church and its activities please complete one of the cards at the back of the church and hand it to a sides person.

If you would like someone to pray with you, our trained prayer team are available to pray for anyone who needs prayer. Please go to the prayer corner (at the back of the church) before the final hymn or immediately after communion and one of the team will pray with you.


Opening: 410

Worship songs: 1047, 145, 152

Before sermon: On Jordan’s bank

After sermon: 384

Offertory: 821

Final hymn: 347

Songs during communion: 184, 409, 303, 311, 41

Collect (Special prayer for today)

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen



  1. Bible Study Monday at 7.00 pm in small hall.

  2. Morning Prayer at 9.30 am. Monday to Friday except Thursday. NO MORNING Prayer on Tuesday and Wednesday

  3. No Holy communion this Thursday.

  4. No Rectory Bible Study this week

  5. Time to share – evangelism course starts in February.

  6. Testimony. If you would like to share a testimony with the church family please see Cornelius during the service.

  7. On the way leaflets. Please take one and consider the course.

  8. Christmas Journey – December 12th and 13th. We need volunteers. Please see Cornelius.

  9. Carol Singing at Westfield Thursday December 13th from 6:30pm

  10. Civic Carol Service St. John’s Stratford Friday December 14th at 7.30 pm

  11. Remember to bring mince pies and mulled wine for our Carol service next Sunday evening. Also remember to invite a friend or neighbour.

  12. Wednesday Welcome this week at 1:30pm

  13. If you have not collected your new offering envelopes they are in the box at the back of the church. Please remember to write your name beside the number that you take.


Prayer topics for the week: All those attending Christmas Services over the next few weeks that they may come to know the love of Jesus in their lives and commit themselves to the service of the Lord in the coming year.


Charity of the month: WaterAid (Please see display on the board at the back)


Please continue to pray for the following: Canon John Williams: Zaman and family: Mrs Mollina Uylett, (Noel’s sister): Muriel; Monica; Thelma Christian; Lyris; Doreen, Mr and Mrs Derrick Smith (neighbours of Cornelius). Daisy Lyndsay (and Sue) Pastor Watson (who uses the church hall); Jayne Lindsay;. Una, Angela Banister. Pray also for Sandra and Alex;. Roger Ann’s brother in Wales. Mick Clarke (Cornelius’ friend in Hornchurch). Margaret Jupp next door neighbour; Rajinder Kaur suffering from cancer. Wayne Martin (Doreen’s brother), The Magaroo family (friends of David) Josephine Thomas (Mother of Emily and Jackie) at home in the Caribbean.John Eke as he recovers from a broken leg. Pat Vincent Ramnit Lall, Veronica Lyn, Pauline Haywood; Molu Lebby (Stella’s husband); Mariela (visitor), Mia Bannister (Angela’s baby granddaughter); David (Lyris’s brother); Andy Spraggs; Lizzie (Comfort’s daughter). Shama (Liver problem); Gadah (Cancer); Ivy (Sue’s sister); Joe Ricketts (Doreen’s uncle); Monica (Mother of Julie); Pernella Kitts: Ray Vincent.

Food Bank. Thanks to all for your continual help with the food bank. Please continue to replenish the foodbank as it is a vital witness of Christ love in our community. We are very low on most things, especially basics like: oil, rice, milk, juice, sugar, tea, coffee, toiletries, washing up liquid, laundry detergent, etc. Food taken from the food back may make a vital difference to those in need as the cold weather sets in.


Epistle Philippians 1 verses 3 to 11

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God



Luke 3 1 to 6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar – when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene – during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:

A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
“Prepare the way for the Lord,

    make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
    every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,

    the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.”




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