Morning Prayer Lent 2 28 February

Topic: Morning Prayer Lent 2

Time: Feb 28, 2021 11:00 AM

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The Gathering of God’s People

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all
and also with you.

Opening Hymn: CH59 “New every morning is the love”(vs 1-3, 5, 6)
New every morning is the love
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.
New mercies, each returning day,
hover around us while we pray;
new perils past, new sins forgiven,
new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven.
If on our daily course, our mind
be set to hallow all we find,
new treasures still, of countless price,
God will provide for sacrifice.
The trivial round, the common task,
will furnish all we need to ask,
room to deny ourselves, a road
to bring us daily nearer God.
Only, O Lord, in your dear love
fit us for perfect rest above;
and help us, this and every day,
to live more nearly as we pray.
John Keble (1792-1866) altd.
based on Lamentations 3: 22-23

We have come together in the name of Christ
to offer our praise and thanksgiving,
to hear and receive God’s holy word,
to seek the forgiveness of our sins,
and to pray for the needs of the world,
that by the power of the Holy Spirit
we may give ourselves to the service of God.
O Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
Let us worship the Lord.
All praise to his name.
Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Your word is a lantern to my feet
and a light upon our path. cf Psalm 119:105
O Lord, your word is everlasting:
it stands firm for ever in the heavens. cf Psalm 119: 89
Let us then receive the word of the Lord:
so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.
Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

The First Reading: Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God
Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and
will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this
is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name
be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I
will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will
establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for
an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I
will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to
nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm: Psalm 111
23 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; ♦︎
O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
24 For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
neither has he hidden his face from them; ♦︎
but when they cried to him he heard them.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; ♦︎
I will perform my vows
in the presence of those that fear you.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; ♦︎
those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
their hearts shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the earth
shall remember and turn to the Lord, ♦︎
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s ♦︎
and he rules over the nations.
29 How can those who sleep in the earth
bow down in worship, ♦︎
or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
30 He has saved my life for himself;
my descendants shall serve him; ♦︎
this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
31 They shall come and make known his salvation,
to a people yet unborn, ♦︎
declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.
Glory to the Father, and | to the | Son, ▪
and | to the | Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be | ginning, is | now, ▪
and shall be for | ever. | A | men.

The Second Reading: Romans 4: 13-25
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through
the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith
is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his
descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he
is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of
the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not
exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to
what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered
his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he
considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God,
but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do
what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was
reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who
believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses
and was raised for our justification.
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel: Thanks & Praise 63 “I’m not ashamed to own my Lord”
I’m not ashamed to own my Lord,
or to defend his cause,
maintain the honour of his word,
the glory of his cross.
At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light,
and the burden of my heart rolled away;
it was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day.
Jesus, my God! I know his name,
his name is all my trust:
nor will he put my soul to shame,
nor let my hope be lost.
Firm as his throne his promise stands;
and he can well secure
what I’ve committed to his hands
till the decisive hour.
Then will he own my worthless name
before his Father’s face;
and, in the new Jerusalem
appoint my soul a place.
verses Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
refrain Ralph Erskine Hudson (1843-1901)

The Gospel Reading: Mark 8: 31-38
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the
elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite
openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he
rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on
human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them
deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it
profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their
life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the
Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’.
This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

God of all times and places,
in Jesus Christ, who was lifted up on the cross,
you opened for us the path to eternal life:
grant that we, being born again of water and the Holy Spirit,
may joyfully serve you in newness of life
and faithfully walk in your holy ways;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God,
though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9: 9
Let us then renounce our wilfulness
and ask his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
O God, our loving Father in heaven,
we confess that we have sinned against you;
we have broken your commandments;
we have often been selfish,
and we have not loved you as we should.
For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray:
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the Father of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Response to God’s Word

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn of Faith: CH635 “Lord, be my guardian and my guide”
Lord, be my guardian and my guide,
be near me when I call;
uphold me when my footsteps slide,
and hold me lest I fall.
The world, the flesh and Satan dwell
around the path I tread;
O save me from the snares of hell,
Deliverer from the dead!
And if I tempted am to sin,
and evil powers are strong,
be present, Lord, keep watch within,
and save my soul from wrong.
Still let me ever watch and pray,
and know that I am frail;
that if the tempter cross my way,
yet he shall not prevail.
Isaac Williams (1802-1865) altd.
based on Psalm 67

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Father.
For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church …
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For the mission of the Church,
that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel
to the ends of the earth,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For those preparing for baptism and confirmation…
and for their teachers and sponsors,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For peace in the world …
that a spirit of respect and reconciliation
may grow among nations and peoples,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer …
for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger;
that they may be relieved and protected,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For those whom we have injured or offended,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For grace to amend our lives
and to further the reign of God,
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
In communion with all those
who have walked in the way of holiness …
let us pray to the Father.
Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
God our Father,
in your love and goodness
you have taught us to come close to you in penitence
with prayer, fasting and generosity;
accept our Lenten discipline,
and when we fall by our weakness,
raise us up by your unfailing mercy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
Grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things
as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to pray:
Our Father, who art in heaven:
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH493 “Ye that know the Lord is gracious”
Ye that know the Lord is gracious,
ye for whom a corner-stone
stands, of God elect and precious,
laid that ye may build thereon,
see that on that sure foundation
ye a living temple raise,
towers that may tell forth salvation,
walls that may re-echo praise.
Living stones, by God appointed
each to his allotted place,
kings and priests, by God anointed,
shall ye not declare his grace?
Ye, a royal generation,
tell the tidings of your birth,
tidings of a new creation
to an old and weary earth.
Tell the praise of him who called you
out of darkness into light,
broke the fetters that enthralled you,
gave you freedom, peace and sight:
tell the tale of sins forgiven,
strength renewed and hope restored,
till the earth, in tune with heaven,
praise and magnify the Lord.
Cyril A Alington (1872-1955)
based on 1 Peter 2: 6-10
Going out as God’s People

Let us give thanks to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
For the love of our Father,
the maker of all, the giver of all good things,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who lived and worked among us,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For his suffering and death on the cross
and his resurrection to new life,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For his rule over all things
and his presence in the world,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life,
who teaches us and guides us,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
For the grace of the Spirit in the work of the Church
and the life of the world,
let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Let us say together:
Be with us Lord,
as we go out into the world.
May the lips that have sung your praise
always speak the truth;
may the ears which have heard your Word
listen only to what is good
and may our lives as well as our worship
be always pleasing in your sight,
for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves,
and to take up your cross and follow him:
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.