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TODAY’S BIBLE READING First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like theox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Psalm 72:1-7,18-19 Give the King your justice, O God, * and your righteousness to the King's Son; That he may rule your people righteously * and the poor with justice; That the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, * and the little hills bring righteousness. He shall defend the needy among the people; * he shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor. He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, * from one generation to another. He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, * like showers that water the earth. In his time shall the righteous flourish; * there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more. Blessed be the Lord GOD, the God of Israel, * who alone does wondrous deeds! And blessed be his glorious Name for ever! * and may all the earth be filled with his glory. Amen. Amen. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and shall

be forever. Amen

Second Reading: Romans 15:4-13 Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice

glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name"; and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people"; and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles and let all the peoples praise him"; and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Christmas Services 23 December: 9 lessons and Carols (English) Morning Service(English)Time: 11:00am-12:30pm - Church 9 lessons and Carols (Tamil) Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm – Church 24 December: Crib Service(English) Time: 7:00pm-9 :00pm – Church Christmas Midnight Service (English)Time: 10:30pm-12:00pm – Church 25 December Christmas Early Morning Service (Tamil)Time: 4:30am-6:00am – Church Christmas Service Time: 11:00am-12:30pm-Church Christmas Evening Service Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm -Chapel of all Nations 30 December English Service Time: 11:00am-12:30pm Church Igbo Service 1:00pm-2:30pm Chapel of all Nations Marathi Service 5:00pm-6:00pm-Chapel of all nations Tamil Service Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm – Church 31 December English Watch Night Service Time: 11:00pm-12:30pm Chapel of all Nations Tamil Watch Night Service Time: 11:00pm-12:30pm Church 1 January English Service Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm- Chapel of all nations


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Second Sunday of Advent 2-4 December 2016

Timing: 08:30am – 1:00pm Office Phone: +97444165728 Email: secretary@epiphany-qatar.org Parish Priest: Fr. Paul Davies Home Phone: +97444374356 Email: pauldavies@epiphany-qatar.org Assistant Priest: Fr. Jebaraj Devasagayam Cell Phone: +97433053909 Email: jebarajd@epiphany-qatar.org Treasurer: Allen Paul Email: treasurer@epiphany-qatar.org Pledge Secretary: Tracy Marriott tracy@tracyandpaul.me.uk

WELCOME TO YOUR CHURCH We are glad you came to join with us at the Church of the Epiphany today. We hope that you will know God’s love in a way that will renew your life. We hope you'll come again, to join with us in fellowship and to make friends.

Notices for Today: Church Ministries

Thank you to all those who responded to God’s Calling last week. If you were unable to fill in the God’s Calling form last week, please contact Beth Stevens at pwarden@epiphany-qatar.org or see her after the service.

Protection of vulnerable people:

Thank you:

Fr. Ian Nicholson Email: iann@anglicancentre.org Chaplain’s Warden: Jaywant Michael Email: cwarden@epiphany-qatar.org People’s Warden: Beth Stevens Email: pwarden@epiphany-qatar.org

Sincere thanks to members from Zimbabwe for assistance with the Church service and providing refreshments last Friday. Today Coffee and refreshments will be served by the Cultural ambassadors with members from Philippines and Malaysia. Please join us in Corinth Hall after the service!

Epiphany Flowers:

Choirs: Children: +97455780355 Adult English: +97455611364 Friday School: Shammi Michael Email: michael.shammi@gmail.com

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the flower arrangements and made our ministry possible. Now we are in Advent there will be the Advent Candles but no flowers until Christmas. We look forward to arranging fresh flowers for our services in the New Year. Sally, Esther and Alice.

Email: epiqyouth@gmail.com

This week Notice: Today Sale of Gift items at the back of the Church:

Randall Rhodes Cultural Ambassador Coordinator Email address: rndllrhodes9@gmail.com Email: ambassador@epiphany-qatar.org

Stickers, pens, Lord’s Prayer in Arabic and greetings card

EpiQ Youth:

Cultural Ambassador Coordinator:

18 November- 16 December 2016: Rediscovering Discipleship (Romans

Service times and Locations: Friday 11:00am Anglican Centre - Epiphany Church (English) Friday 13:00 pm Anglican Centre - Chapel of all Nations (Igbo) Friday 17:00 pm Anglican Centre – Chapel of all Nations (Marathi) Friday 19:00 pm Anglican Centre - Epiphany Church (Tamil) Sunday 19:30pm Anglican Centre - Chapel of All Nations (English) Sunday Al Khor 4:00pm (English)

Collection Summary for October 2016 Church Services

Friday Morning Friday Evening Sunday Evening Total Giving

Target Giving Weekly

Target Giving Monthly

Actual giving

Deficit

18,000

72,000

49,075

-22,925

7,000

28,000

30,942

+2,942

7,000

28,000

6,314

-21,686

32,000

128,000

86,331

Total Deficit 41,669 For November

Deficit from January to November 2016

269,379

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A five-week course will take place in the church in small groups between Friday November 18 and December 16 from 10:15 10:50 am. Please send an email to secretary@epiphany-qatar.org if you plan to attend. Please note that we cannot enter the Church until at 10:15 am as another group uses it until then. Sessions can be attended according to one ‘s convenience.

Advance Notice: Christmas Program see next page

10 December - Christmas Bazaar 2:00pm-6:00 pm Anglican Centre

Epiphany Christmas Festival: The Epiphany Christmas Festival is coming up on Dec. 10 at 2pm. We need everyones' help to make it a success. People are invited to: - donate gifts, either children's gifts or prizes for our draw - sponsor all or part of the event, either personally or through your company - providing drinks for the event or bring baked goods (cookies, cakes, etc.) to sell - perform a song or other talent during our program Anyone willing to help can email epiphanychristmas@gmail.com and let us know! Tickets are available today for raffles for 10 QAR each. Please take some to sell to family and friends. We will also have a Santa's grotto, where your child can receive a gift from Santa for 20 QAR. Tickets and sign up (plus donations) will be at the back of the church starting today

Out Reach Ministry

Is collecting Men’s clothes in good condition for donation. We are requesting you to donate Men’s T. Shirts, Men’s Shirts, Men’s Pants. Please give the items to Fr. Ian, Fr. Jebaraj, Mary Mulqueen Ministry for this week: Friday: - Time: 11:00am Celebrate: Fr. Jebaraj Devasagayam Preacher: Fr. Bob Jackson Greeters: Eddie and Premy Edward Readers: Audris Pun and Barney Ong Accompanist: Sunday: - Time: 7:30pm Celebrate: Fr. Ian Nicholson


Preacher: Fr. Bob Jackson Greeters: Winfred and Rita Readers: Jacqueline and Peter


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