Updated 11th January:
The Bible reading for St. Peter’s online service 17th January 2021
John Chapter 1 (NRSV Anglicised version)
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip 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.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And 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.”
Updated 4th January:
The Bible reading for St. Peter’s online service for Sunday 10th January
Mark chapter 1 (NRSV Anglicized edition)
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
The Baptism of Jesus
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
Introducing “The Bible Course”
We may not yet have said goodbye to 2020, but most of us are probably looking forward to a new year. Often, as a new year approaches, we make resolutions. Well, why not start 2021 getting to know your Bible better?
Starting on Thursday 21st January at 8pm, St. Peter’s will be running The Bible Course (a course devised by The Bible Society). Given the ongoing pandemic, this will be run via Zoom over an 8-week period (split into two blocks of 4 weeks each). The aim of the course is to help us to understand and read the Bible better, to see how the books of the Bible are all “part of one big story”, and to see how the Bible is relevant to our everyday lives. The course is for “people new to Christianity, ideal as a follow-on from courses like Alpha or for mature Christians wanting to increase their understanding of the Bible”. Each session will include videos, group discussion and time for personal reflection.
There is also a manual to accompany the course. You do not have to have a copy, but it is helpful to have one to get the most out of the course.
If you would like to join The Bible Course at St. Peter’s, please email Julia Pratt ([email protected]). This needs to be done by Saturday 2nd January at the latest.
If you would like a copy of the course manual, then please indicate this in your email. Please note that there is a cost for the manual (£4.50 each) – if you want a copy, please pass a cheque for this amount, made payable to “St Peters Woolton PCC”, to Julia Pratt (25, Linkside Road), or, if this is difficult for you, cheques can be left at The Rectory.
For more information about The Bible Course, why not have a look on The Bible Society’s website: The Bible Course for groups – Bible Society
Journey to the Heart of Christmas:
Here is the set of daily devotional messages created by some of the St Peter’s family for us all to follow and enjoy: