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Monday in Holy Week Service

Topic: Monday in Holy Week Service

Time: Mar 29, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

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Monday 29 March 2021: Holy Week Service

 Preparation

 GREETING

May the grace, healing and forgiveness of the Lord

be with you this Holy Week
and also with you.

 O Saviour of the world,
by your Cross and precious blood you have redeemed us:
save us and help us, we humbly pray. Amen.

 Opening Hymn: 226 “It is a thing most wonderful” (vs 1-5, 7)

It is a thing most wonderful,

almost too wonderful to be,

that God’s own Son should come from heaven,

and die to save a child like me.

And yet I know that it is true;

he chose a poor and humble lot,

and wept and toiled and mourned and died

for love of those who loved Him not.

I cannot tell how He could love

a child so weak and full of sin;

his love must be most wonderful

if He could die my love to win.

I sometimes think about the cross,

and shut my eyes, and try to see

the cruel nails and crown of thorns,

and Jesus crucified for me.

But even could I see Him die,

I could but see a little part

of that great love which, like a fire,

is always burning in His heart.

And yet I want to love thee, Lord;

O light the flame within my heart,

and I will love thee more and more,

until I see thee as thou art.

W Walsham How (1823-97)

 INTRODUCTION

We gather together this evening to continue our journey with the Lord through this Holy Week of our salvation. The Monday in Holy Week is the day on which we remember that Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus feet while Judas objected. We are reminded to love the Lord our God will all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind. So we ask God to give us pure hearts, devoted to him, that his voice may be clearly heard, and that our priorities this week would be the priorities of Jesus Christ.

Silence

 PENITENCE

Lord God, you sent your Son to reconcile us to yourself and one another.
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

 Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division.
Christ, have mercy
Christ, have mercy

 Holy Spirit, through you we put to death the sins of the body- and live.
Lord, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

 Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us,
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us,
Jesus, Redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

 THE COLLECT OF THE DAY

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy,
but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of his cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Ministry of the Word

 The Psalm: Psalm 36: 5-11

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

Your righteousness stands like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep:
you, Lord, shall save both man and beast.

How precious is your loving mercy, O God:
all mortal flesh shall take refuge under the shadow of your wings.

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

They shall be satisfied with the abundance of your house:
they shall drink from the river of your delights.

For with you is the well of life:
and in your light shall we see light.

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

O continue your loving-kindness to those who know you:
and your righteousness to those who are true of heart.

Let not the foot of pride come against me:
nor the hand of the ungodly thrust me away.

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the clouds.

 Canticle: The Song of Christ’s Glory
Christ Jesus was in the form of God:
but he did not cling to equality with God.
He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant:
and was born in our human likeness.
And being found in human form he humbled himself:
and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him:
and bestowed on him the name above every name.
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow:
in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord:
to the glory of God the Father. Amen

 The Bible Reading: John 12: 1-11

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

ADDRESS

 Response

 SCRIPTURAL AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that we should follow in his steps.
He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,
when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.
when he suffered, he did not threaten,
but he trusted himself to God, who judges justly.
Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds we have been healed,

for we were straying like sheep,
but have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of our souls.

1 Peter 2: 21b-25

 INTERCESSIONS

Let us pray to the Father through the Son

who suffered on the cross for the world’s redemption.

Fill with your Spirit Christ’s broken body, the Church…

Give to Christian people everywhere a deep longing

to take up the cross and to understand its mysterious glory.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

 Bless those who lead the Church’s worship at this solemn time…

In the preaching of the word and the celebration of the sacraments

draw your people close to you.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

 Strengthen those who are preparing for baptism,

together with their teachers, sponsors and families…

Teach them what it means to die and rise with Christ

and prepare them to receive the breath of his Spirit.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

Look in your mercy on the world you loved so much

that you sent your Son to suffer and to die…

Strengthen those who work to share

the reconciliation won at such cost upon the cross.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

 Bring healing by the wounds of Christ

to all who are weighed down by pain and injustice…

Help the lonely and the betrayed, the suffering and the dying,

to find strength in the companionship of Jesus,

and in his passion to know their salvation.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

 Welcome us into paradise when we leave this world in your friendship.

According to your promises bring us with all your saints

to share in all the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection.

By the Saviour’s cross and passion,

Lord, save us and help us.

 Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy on us. Amen.

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

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: 597 “Take my life and let it be”

Take my life and let it be

consecrated, Lord, to thee;

take my moments and my days;

let them flow in endless praise.

 

Take my hands and let them move

at the impulse of thy love;

take my feet and let them be

swift and beautiful for thee.

 

Take my voice and let me sing

always, only, for my king;

take my lips and let them be

filled with messages from thee.

 

Take my will and make it thine;

it shall be no longer mine;

take my heart it is thine own;

it shall be thy royal throne.

 

Take my love; my Lord, I pour

at thy feet its treasure store;

take myself, and I will be

ever, only, all for thee.

Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-79)

Dismissal

 BLESSING

Christ draw you to himself
and grant that you find in his cross
a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope,
and the assurance of sins forgiven;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Palm Sunday Service 28th March 2021

Topic: Palm Sunday Service
Time: Mar 28, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin
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SERVICE OF THE WORD –          28 MARCH 2021

THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN LENT (PALM SUNDAY)

 Liturgy of the Palms

GREETING

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

and also with you.

STARTING TO WORSHIP

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!                                                         

 INTRODUCTION

Today begins the week of all weeks.

This is the week in which we follow our Saviour Jesus Christ on the way of suffering to the Cross and on the way to victory through the Cross to the Resurrection.

Today we gather with the crowds on the road to Jerusalem, to greet our Lord as he begins his journey, to sing his praise and to welcome him to his city.

We rejoice with all our hearts and voices in the knowledge that, if we do not speak out his praises, the stones themselves will sing.

 O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise!

 Opening Hymn: CH570 “Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising” (vs. 2-4)

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
give me joy in my heart, I pray;
give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
Sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
Sing hosanna to the King!

 Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
give me peace in my heart, I pray;
give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
keep me loving till the break of day.

Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
give me love in my heart, I pray;
give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
keep me serving till the break of day.

Traditional

  1. 1 based on Matthew 25: 8

The Psalm Gospel: Mark 11: 1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Hymn: CH238 “Ride on, ride on in majesty”

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

hark, all the tribes ‘Hosanna’ cry;

O Saviour meek, pursue thy road

with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

in lowly pomp ride on to die;

O Christ, thy triumphs now begin

o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

the angel armies of the sky

look down with sad and wondering eyes

to see the approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;

the Father on his sapphire throne

awaits his own anointed Son.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

in lowly pomp ride on to die;

bow your meek head to mortal pain,

then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

Henry H. Milman (1791-1868) altd.

based on Matthew 21: 8-9;

Zechariah 9:9

The Psalm:  Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Refrain: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

2 Let Israel now proclaim,

‘His mercy endures for ever.’

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,

that I may enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;

the righteous shall enter through it.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

 21 I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected

has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing,

and it is marvellous in our eyes.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Come, O Lord, and save us we pray.

Come, Lord, send us now prosperity.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;

we bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God; he has given us light;

link the pilgrims with cords

right to the horns of the altar.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

28 You are my God and I will thank you;

you are my God and I will exalt you.

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his mercy endures for ever.

 COLLECT OF THE DAY

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ in his suffering and in his glory.

Silence is kept.

 Almighty and everlasting God,
who, in your tender love towards the human race,
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:
Grant that we may follow the example
of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Liturgy of the Passion

 The Second Reading: Philippians 2: 5-11

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

rather, he made himself nothing

by taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

by becoming obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 Hymn: CH217 “All glory, laud and honour”

All glory, laud, and honour

to thee, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children

made sweet hosannas ring.

 You are the King of Israel,

thou David’s royal Son,

who in the Lord’s name comest,

the King and blessed one:

The company of angels

are praising thee on high;

and mortal flesh, and all things

created, make reply:

The people of the Hebrews

with palms to meet thee went;

our praise and prayer and anthems

before you we present:

To thee, before thy Passion

they sang their hymns of praise;

to thee, now high exalted,

our melody we raise:

Thou didst receive their praises,

accept the prayers we bring,

who in all good delightest,

thou good and gracious King:

St. Theodulf of Orleans (d. 821)

  1. John Mason Neale (1818-66) altd.

based on Matthew 21: 8-9

The Passion Gospel: Mark 15: 1-47

 The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark:

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews.’ And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’ In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.’ Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

 This is the Passion of the Lord.

 SERMON

COLLECT OF THE READINGS

God of all,

you gave your only-begotten Son

to take the form of a servant,

and to be obedient even to death on a cross;

give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus

that, sharing in his humility,

we may come to be with him in his glory,

who lives and reigns with you

and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Response

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

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.

 PENITENCE

Lord God,

you sent your Son to reconcile us to yourself and to one another.

Lord, have mercy

Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus,

You heal the wounds of sin and death.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 Holy Spirit,

through you we put to death the sins of the body – and live.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 INTERCESSIONS

Lord Jesus, on this day you entered into Jerusalem to fulfil your Father’s will:

give us grace to enter into your will and purpose for our lives.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord Jesus, on this day you began a journey which would lead to pain and suffering:

give grace to those who are on difficult journeys in their own lives.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord Jesus, on this day you received the welcome and acclamation of the crowds:

keep us pure in heart when we receive praise and encouragement.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord , Jesus on this day you rode in humility on a donkey:

Keep us from exalting ourselves, and keep us humble in everything we do.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord Jesus, on this day the people sang praise with all their strength:

Make our praises joyful, but always from the depths of our hearts.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Lord Jesus, on this day many did not recognise that they were being visited by the Son of God:

Open our hearts and minds that we may recognise you in all your words, works and ways.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

In offering our prayers this Palm Sunday, we commit ourselves to follow you on the way to the cross, in the knowledge that this way is none other than the way of life and peace.

Lord Jesus, be our Way,

Lord Jesus be our Truth,

Lord Jesus, be our Life,

This Holy Week and for ever. Amen.

 

 THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn: CH231 “My song is love unknown” (vs 1-3, 6 and 7)

My song is love unknown,

my Saviour’s love to me,

love to the loveless shown,

that they might lovely be.

O who am I,

that for my sake

my Lord should take

frail flesh, and die?

He came from His blest throne

salvation to bestow;

but men made strange, and none

the longed-for Christ would know.

But O, my Friend,

my Friend indeed,

who at my need

his life did spend.

 

Sometimes they strew His way,

and His sweet praises sing;

resounding all the day

hosannas to their King:

Then “Crucify!”

is all their breath,

and for His death

they thirst and cry.

 

In life, no house, no home

my Lord on earth might have;

in death, no friendly tomb,

but what a stranger gave.

What may I say?

Heav’n was His home;

but mine the tomb

wherein He lay.

 

Here might I stay and sing,

no story so divine;

never was love, dear King,

never was grief like Thine.

This is my Friend,

in whose sweet praise

I all my days

could gladly spend.

 Samuel Crossman (1624-83) altd.

Dismissal

 BLESSING

May the Father,

who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

bring us by faith to his eternal life. Amen.

 

May Christ,

who accepted the cup of sacrifice

in obedience to the Father’s will,

keep us steadfast as we walk with him the way of his cross. Amen.

 

May the Spirit,

who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

that we may share his glory,

set our minds on life and peace. Amen.

 

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

 

DISMISSAL

We walk with Christ this week in the way of his cross and resurrection.

Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Evening prayer 24th March 2021

Topic: Evening prayer

Time: Mar 24, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

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A LATE EVENING OFFICE – Wednesday 24th March 2021

 

Blessed be our God for all time, now and for evermore. Amen.

Glory to you, our God, glory be to you, Holy Spirit, Comforter, treasure of all goodness and giver of life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from all sin, and in your love bring us to salvation.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

PSALM 56 – When the Philistines had seized David in Gath.

Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.                         3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?                                                                                                                                                                    5 All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.
They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life.
Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger,                                                                         God, bring the nations down.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help.
By this I will know that God is for me.                                                                                                                                                                      10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise—
11 in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me?                                                                                                  12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever, Amen.

 

READING – John 12 v 34 – 50

The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” Jesus said to them, “The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.”

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them. Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him. This was to fulfil the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

“Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,

“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they might not look with their eyes, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.”

Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him. Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.

Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.”

Meditation.

 

HYMN 216

Alleluia, my Father, for giving us your Son;

Sending him into the world to die for everyone,

Knowing we would bruise him and smite him from the earth.

Alleluia, my Father, in his death is my birth.

Alleluia, My Father, in his life is my life. 

 

PRAYERS  – Let us pray to the Lord with all our heart and with all our soul.

Lord, have mercy.                               

Let us pray for all Christian people, that they may live in love and truth.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for all ministers of the Church, for our Bishop Michael, Rev Jack and Rev Ken and for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for peace throughout the world, particularly areas of violence and unrest and for all governments and those in positions of authority.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for the abundance of the fruits of the earth, and that the poor and hungry may receive a just share.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for our neighbours and for all our friends.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for those who hate us as we pray for those who love us.

Lord, have mercy.

Let us pray for all sick people, for the sorrowful and the dying, particularly those affected by the pandemic at this time,

Lord, have mercy.

Let us remember our brothers and sisters who have entered into eternal rest.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Let us continue praying in silence                  (Silence is kept)

THE LORD’S PRAYER – we sum up all our prayers in the words Jesus himself taught us –  

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

 

COMMON COLLECT

Lord Almighty, come and scatter the darkness of our hearts by the light of your presence; that we may know you the Light of the world and the one true God, blessed this night and for evermore. Amen.

 

BLESSING       

Let us bless the Lord.                          Thanks be to God.

May the Almighty and merciful God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

 

Morning Prayer Lent 5 21st March 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Lent 5

Time: Mar 21, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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Sunday 21st March 2021 @ 11.00am
MORNING PRAYER 1
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Opening Hymn: CH553 “Jesu, lover of my soul”
Jesus, lover of my soul,
let me to Thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high:
hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
till the storm of life is past;
safe into the haven guide;
O receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
leave, ah leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me;
all my trust on Thee is stayed,
all my help from Thee I bring;
cover my defenceless head
with the shadow of Thy wing.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
more than all in Thee I find;
raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
heal the sick and lead the blind.
just and holy is thy name,
I am all unrighteousness;
false and full of sin I am,
thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
grace to cover all my sin;
let the healing streams abound;
make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
freely let me take of Thee;
spring thou up within my heart,
rise to all eternity.
Charles Wesley (1707-88)

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us; but if we confess our sins, he is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1: 8, 9
Let us humbly confess our sins unto almighty God.

A GENERAL CONFESSION
Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have
followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have
left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to
have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare
thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises
declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we
may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.
O Lord, open thou our lips
and our mouth shall show forth thy praise.
God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise ye the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

A LESSON
from the Old Testament
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
After the reading silence may be kept.

THE PSALM
Psalm 51: 1-12
1 Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness : according to the multitude of thy mercies do away
mine offences.
2 Wash me throughly from my wickedness : and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my faults : and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight : that thou mightest be justified in thy saying,
and clear when thou shalt judge.
5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward parts : and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretIy.
7 Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean : thou shalt wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness : that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Turn thy face from my sins : and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God : and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence : and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of thy help again : and stablish me with thy free spirit.

A LESSON
from the New Testament
Hebrews 5: 5-10
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
‘You are my Son,
today I have begotten you’;
as he says also in another place,
‘You are a priest for ever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.’
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Hymn before the Gospel: CH237 “O my Saviour, lifted” (vs 1, 3-6)
O my Saviour, lifted
from the earth for me,
draw me, in thy mercy,
nearer unto thee.
Lift my earth-bound longings,
fix them, Lord, above;
draw me with the magnet
of thy mighty love.
Lord, thine arms are stretching
ever far and wide,
to enfold thy children
to thy loving side.
And I come, O Jesus:
dare I turn away?
No, thy love hath conquered,
and I come today.
Bringing all my burdens,
sorrow, sin and care;
at thy feet I lay them,
and I leave them there.
W Walsham How (1823-97)

A LESSON
from the Gospels
John 12: 20-33
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from
Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and
Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I
tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I
have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will
glorify it again.’ The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to
him.’ Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgement of this world; now the
ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ He
said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
After the reading silence may be kept.

JUBILATE Psalm 100
1 O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands;
serve the Lord with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God;
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving
and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting,
and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED
is said
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.

PRAYER
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy upon us
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
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. Amen.
O Lord, show thy mercy upon us
and grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.
Endue thy ministers with righteousness
and make thy chosen people joyful.
O Lord, save thy people
and bless thine inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.
O God, make clean our hearts within us
and take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

THE COLLECTS
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
We beseech thee, Almighty God,
look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants,
and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty,
to be our defence against all our enemies;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE COLLECT OF THE SEASON
Almighty and everlasting God,
who hatest nothing that thou hast made,
and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent;
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts,
that we worthily lamenting our sins,
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE SECOND COLLECT For Peace
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose
service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE THIRD COLLECT For Grace
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day:
Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE SERMON
Hymn of Faith: CH291 “Where high the heavenly temple stands”
Where high the heavenly temple stands,
the house of God not made with hands,
a great high priest our nature wears,
Jesus, the Son of God, appears.
He who for us our surety stood,
and poured on earth his precious blood,
pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
eternal God and Son of Man.
Though now ascended up on high,
he sees us with a brother’s eye;
he shared with us the human name
and knows the frailty of our frame.
In every pang that rends the heart
the Man of Sorrows had a part,
he sympathises with our grief,
and to the sufferer sends relief.
With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
let us make all our sorrows known,
and ask the aid of heavenly power
to help us in the evil hour.
Michael Bruce (1746-67) altd.
based on Hebrews 4: 14-16

INTERCESSIONS
Lord Jesus Christ, you were lifted up on the cross for us and for our salvation;
help us to triumph over evil and to do good,
to give ourselves to you as you give yourself to us,
and to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.
Lord of the church, may we bring others to know you.
Guide and strengthen the mission and outreach of your people.
We pray for missionary societies and evangelists.
Lord, as you give yourself for us,
let us give ourselves to you.
We pray for leaders of nations, for rulers of peoples,
that they may work with sensitivity and in humility.
We pray for nations emerging from tyranny,
for freedom movements and all who work for liberty.
Lord, as you give yourself for us,
let us give ourselves to you.
We remember all who have been generous to us,
all who have shared their resources and their lives.
We pray for parents who sacrificed for us,
for their giving of time and of attention.
We pray for those who have been denied love,
for all who have been deprived of well-being.
We remember today children taken into care.
Lord, as you give yourself for us,
let us give ourselves to you.
We give thanks for the passion and cross of our Lord,
for the gift of redemption.
We pray for all troubled souls,
those anxious about their health, or their future.
We remember all who are being persecuted for their beliefs or their principles;
for all who are suffering at this time,
especially Christians afflicted for their faith.
Lord, as you give yourself for us,
let us give ourselves to you.
Lord, give comfort to the bereaved,
give courage to the dying.
We remember loved ones who have entered in faith into eternal life,
and we join with them to sing your praises.
Lord, as you give yourself for us,
let us give ourselves to you.

PRAYERS
A Prayer for the President and all in authority
Almighty God, who rulest over the kingdoms of the world; We commend to thy merciful care the people of this land,
that being guarded by thy providence, they may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of this State and to
all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
that they may serve thy people faithfully to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Houses of the Oireachtas
Almighty God, source of all authority and wisdom: guide by your Spirit those who represent us in Dáil and Seanad.
As representatives of the people keep them humble, as legislators make them compassionate, and as politicians defend their integrity. So may the proceedings of the Oireachtas serve the truth and promote the common good. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the servant Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Clergy and People
Almighty and everlasting God, who alone workest great marvels: Send down upon our Bishops and Clergy, and all
People committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon
them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.
Amen.
O God, the Creator and Preserver of all mankind, we humbly beseech thee for all sorts and conditions of men; that
thou wouldest be pleased to make thy ways known unto them, thy saving health unto all nations. More especially, we pray for the good estate of the Catholic Church; that it may be so guided and governed by thy good Spirit, that all who profess and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Finally, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who are any ways afflicted or distressed, in mind, body, or estate; [* especially those for whom our prayers are desired]; that it may please thee to comfort and relieve them according to their several necessities, giving them patience under their sufferings, and a happy issue out of all their afflictions. And this we beg for Jesus Christ his sake. Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH105 “O the deep, deep love of Jesus”
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free,
rolling as a mighty ocean
in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me,
is the current of his love:
leading onward, leading homeward,
to that glorious rest above.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus –
spread his praise from shore to shore!
Hi who loves us, ever loves us,
changes never, nevermore;
he who died to save his loved ones,
intercedes for them above;
he who called them his own people
watches over them in love.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus!
love of every love the best;
vast the ocean of his blessing,
sweet the haven sweet of his rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus –
for my Heaven of heavens is he;
this my everlasting glory –
Jesus’ mighty love for me.
Samuel T Francis (1834-1925) altd.

A General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants Do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
For all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation and
all the blessings of this life: But above all, for thine inestimable love In the redemption of the world by our Lord
Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,
And that we show forth thy praise, Not only with our lips but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service,
And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, To
whom with thee and the Holy Spirit Be all honour and glory, World without end. Amen.
A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom
Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all
evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13: 13

Evening Prayer Wednesday 17 March 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer Wednesday 17 March

Time: Mar 17, 2021 07:30 PM Dublin

 

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Wednesday 17 March 2021: Evening Prayer
GREETING
The Lord be with you
and also with you.

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51: 17

VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
Behold, now is the acceptable time;
now is the day of salvation.
Turn us again, O God of our salvation,
that the light of your face may shine on us.
May your justice shine like the sun;
and may the poor be lifted up.

PENITENCE
Silent prayer / reflection on the past day.
Loving God,
We remember in this season of Lent the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness,
the pressures he faced,
the choices he had to make,
the evil he had to resist,
the path he chose.
We remember that though he was tempted as we are
he did not give way,
though he could have used his powers for his own ends
he used them instead for us,
though he could have taken the easy way
he took the hard.
Loving God,
Forgive us that our testimony is all too often so different.
We have failed you in so much,
refusing to take up our cross
and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
We have not obeyed your commandments,
or loved as you have loved us,
or in any way lived faithfully as your people.
We have been narrow in our vision,
weak in our commitment,
careless in our worship,
self-centred in our attitudes,
repeatedly preferring our way to yours
and wandering far from you.
Loving God,
Have mercy upon us.
Renew us in heart and mind and spirit,
strengthen our wills and deepen our faith,
and send us out once more as your people,
forgiven and restored,
to live and work for you, in the name of Christ.
Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD
A PSALM
Psalm 135
Refrain: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
Alleluia.
Praise the name of the Lord; ♦︎
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
You that stand in the house of the Lord, ♦︎
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; ♦︎
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself ♦︎
and Israel for his own possession.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
For I know that the Lord is great ♦︎
and that our Lord is above all gods.
The Lord does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth, ♦︎
in the seas and in all the deeps.
He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth; ♦︎
he makes lightning with the rain
and brings the winds out of his treasuries.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
He smote the firstborn of Egypt, ♦︎
the firstborn of man and beast.
He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, ♦︎
upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
He smote many nations ♦︎
and slew mighty kings:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan, ♦︎
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their land as a heritage, ♦︎
a heritage for Israel his people.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
Your name, O Lord, endures for ever ♦︎
and shall be remembered through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people ♦︎
and have compassion on his servants.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, ♦︎
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak; ♦︎
eyes have they, but cannot see;
They have ears, but cannot hear; ♦︎
neither is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them shall become like them, ♦︎
and so will all who put their trust in them.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
Bless the Lord, O house of Israel; ♦︎
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O house of Levi; ♦︎
you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
Blessed be the Lord from Zion, ♦︎
who dwells in Jerusalem. Alleluia.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
Psalm-Prayer
Wise and gracious God,
save us from the idols of our hearts
and keep us in your living presence,
that we may become a people for your praise
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A READING
Mark 12: 18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, ‘Teacher,
Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow
and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no
children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven
left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had
married her.’
Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power
of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in
heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the
bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is
God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.’

ADDRESS
INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS
Let us pray for the forgiveness of God
and for his saving power to be manifest in our lives.

INTERCESSIONS
Jesus the Christ,
you refused to turn stones into bread.
Save us from using our power,
however little,
to satisfy the demands of selfishness
in the face of the greater needs of others.
Jesus the Christ,
you refused to leap from the temple top.
Save us from displaying our skills,
however modest,
to win instant popularity
in the face of nobler calls on our abilities.
Jesus the Christ,
you refused to bend the knee to a false god.
Save us from offering our devotion,
however weak,
to cheap or easy religion
in the face of the harder path
on which you bid us to follow you.
Jesus the Christ,
give us wisdom to discern evil,
and in the face of all that is deceptively attractive
help us to choose the will of God. Amen.

THANKSGIVINGS
Gracious God,
we thank you that you are a God
who sees not the outside but the inside,
a God who is not taken in by external appearances
but who looks into the inner depths of our heart and soul.
We thank you for the reassurance which that brings,
the confidence we can have
that, though we repeatedly disobey you,
consistently breaking your commandments
and failing to live as you have called us to,
still you know that we earnestly desire to be your people,
that we long to be better disciples of Christ.
For your unfailing mercy,
receive our thanks.
We thank you that you see not merely the end product
but the initial intention,
not just the final results
but the desire that precedes it.
But we recognise also the challenge that truth brings,
for we know that we can never deceive you with outward show.
Though our lives may appear blameless,
our faith strong,
our works good
and our words right,
you and you alone know the reality in our hearts,
the truth beneath.
For your unfailing mercy,
receive our thanks.
Gracious God,
help us not just to lift up our hands but our hearts,
not just our voices but our souls.
Fill us with the power of your Spirit
and the love of Christ,
so that we may become more like the people
you would have us to be.
For your unfailing mercy,
receive our thanks.
May we resist evil, repent, return to the Lord
and proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom.
For the sake of the one who became sin for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

COLLECT
Take all our doubts and uncertainties, O God,
and fill us with such faith
that we may be confident of your love
and loyal in the service of him
who died and yet lives for us,
Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER
As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:
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.

THE ENDING
DISMISSAL
May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

BLESSING
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Mothering Sunday Service 14th March 2021

Topic: Mothering Sunday Service

Time: Mar 14, 2021 11:00 AM

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Sunday 14th March 2021 @ 11.00am
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
(Mothering Sunday)

SERVICE OF THE WORD
Preparation

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

SENTENCE OF SCRIPTURE
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.
1 John 3:1

INVITATION TO WORSHIP
On Mothering Sunday, many of us thank God for the women who have had the greatest impact on our
lives, and celebrate their unconditional love and sacrifice.
For others, however, Mothering Sunday brings mixed emotions, and it can take real tenacity and trust in
the Holy Spirit to give love and to feel loved.
So, in this service we remember before God families of all kinds, as they navigate the joys and challenges
of family life, and ask for his blessing upon them.
We draw near in worship to our heavenly Father, with full and thankful hearts, that we belong to his
family and are all equally loved by him. Amen.
Hymn of Praise: Thanks & Praise 28 “Come, thou fount of every blessing”
Come, thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious measure
sung by flaming tongues above;
O the vast, the boundless treasure
of my Lord’s unchanging love.
Here I find my greatest treasure;
‘Hither by thy help I’ve come’,
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to save my soul from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
take my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
Robert Robinson (1735-90), altd.

OPENING PRAYERS
Wherever we are, we live in God’s family.
When our families are broken by circumstance and pain,
He reaches out to hold us in His arms, piece by piece
He makes us whole again,
and in His love-filled hands we are transformed.
So Lord, help us to build relationships
in all the corners of our hearts.
To be like you, to love like you,
to heal brokenness and restore wholeness
in families worldwide. Amen

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross, drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;
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 forever. Amen.
Ministry of the Word

The First Reading: 1 Samuel 1: 20-28
In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked him of
the Lord.’
The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his
vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, ‘As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring
him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there for ever; I will offer him as a
nazirite for all time.’ Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Do what seems best to you, wait until you have
weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.’ So the woman remained and nursed her son, until
she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child
was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, ‘Oh, my lord!
As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For
this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him
to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.’
She left him there for the Lord.

Psalm: Psalm 127: 1-4
Unless the Lord builds the house, ♦︎
those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord keeps the city, ♦︎
the guard keeps watch in vain.
It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early
and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil, ♦︎
for he gives his beloved sleep.
Children are a heritage from the Lord ♦︎
and the fruit of the womb is his gift.

The Second Reading: Colossians 3: 12-17
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive
each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with
love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms,
hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hymn before the Gospel: Thanks & Praise 13 “Beneath the cross of Jesus”
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I find a place to stand;
and wonder at such mercy
that calls me as I am.
For hands that should discard me,
hold wounds which tell me ‘Come’.
Beneath the cross of Jesus,
my unworthy soul is won.
Beneath the cross of Jesus
his family is my own;
once strangers chasing selfish dreams,
now one through grace alone.
How could I now dishonour
the ones that you have loved?
Beneath the cross of Jesus
see the children called by God.
Beneath the cross of Jesus
the path before the crown,
we follow in his footsteps
where promised hope is found.
How great the joy before us –
to be his perfect bride.
Beneath the cross of Jesus,
we will gladly live our lives.
Keith Getty (b. 1974)
and Kristyn Getty (b. 1980)

The Gospel: John 19: 25-27
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of
Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing
beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your
mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

SERMON
THE COLLECT OF THE WORD
God of mercies,
your only Son, while hanging on the cross,
appointed Mary, his mother,
to be his beloved disciple’s mother.
May we follow her good example
and always care for others
for the sake of Jesus Christ
our Saviour through whose name we pray. Amen.

Hymn: CH472 “Sing we of the blessèd mother”
Sing we of the blessèd mother who received the angel’s word,
and obedient to his summons bore in love the infant Lord;
Sing we of the joys of Mary at whose breast that child was fed
who is Son of God eternal and the everlasting Bread.
Sing we, too, of Mary’s sorrows, of the sword that pierced her through,
when beneath the cross of Jesus she his weight of suffering knew,
looked upon her Son and Saviour reigning high on Calvary’s tree,
saw the price of our redemption paid to set the sinner free.
Sing again the joys of Mary when she saw the risen Lord,
and in prayer with Christ’s apostles, waited on his promised word;
from on high the blazing glory of the Spirit’s presence came,
heavenly breath of God’s own being, manifest through wind and flame.
Sing the chiefest joy of Mary when on earth her work was done,
and the Lord of all creation brought her to his heavenly home:
where raised high with saints and angels, in Jerusalem above,
she beholds her Son and Saviour reigning as the Lord of love.
George Timms (1910-97) altd.
Response

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH
Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
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 to heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
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.

THE MOTHERS’ UNION
Jessica Clarke and Sally Smith tell us about some Mothers’ Union projects.

MOTHERS’ UNION PRAYER
Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as it seeks to share your love
through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAISING AND THANKING GOD
We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have loved and laughed and laboured as they cared for their
children.
Blessed be God for ever.
We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have wept in sorrow and joy for their children.
Blessed be God for ever.
We praise you, our God, for Jesus, born of a woman and nurtured in her love, and for Mary, a reminder of
your patient, waiting love.
Blessed be God for ever.

REFLECTIVE PRAYER
We take a moment after every section to bring our own response to God and to remember those we know
for whom it is particularly relevant.
God of celebration, who rejoices with those who rejoice,
we pray for those for whom Mothering Sunday
is a time of thanksgiving and joy.

Silence
God of compassion, who weeps with those who weep,
we pray for those for whom Mothering Sunday
is a time of heartache and pain.

Silence
God of community, who calls the children to come to him,
we thank you that your love abounds
for families of every kind.

Silence
God of comfort, who gathers us as a hen gather its chicks,
we thank you that your love surrounds
the disappointed and hurt.

Silence
God of every circumstance, we bring our thanks and praise
that we belong to your family
as your beloved children. Amen.

PENITENCE
Remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is able
to sympathize with us in our weaknesses.
In every respect he was tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Let us confess our sins to Almighty God.
Holy and merciful God,
we confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We have not listened to your call to serve as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, O God.
For our neglect of human need and suffering
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
accept our repentance, O God.
For all false judgments,
for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbours,
and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
accept our repentance, O God.
For our waste and pollution of your creation
and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
accept our repentance, O God.
Merciful Lord,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Hymn: 543 “Lord of the home”
Lord of the home, your only Son
received a mother’s tender care,
and from an earthly father won
his vision of your home above.
Help us, O Lord, our homes to make
your Holy Spirit’s dwelling-place;
our hands and hearts’ devotion take
to be the servants of your grace.
May we with joy our homes prepare
that, were our Lord a child once more,
he might be glad our hearth to share,
and find a welcome at our door.
Lord, may your Spirit sanctify
each household duty we fulfil;
may we our Master glorify
in glad obedience to your will.
Albert F Bayly (1901-84) altd.
Going Out as God’s People

PRAYERS FOR MOTHERS
For the care of mothers;
Thanks be to God.
For their patience when tested;
Thanks be to God.
For their love when tired;
Thanks be to God.
For their hope when despairing;
Thanks be to God.
For their service without limit;
Thanks be to God.

BLESSING
May the love of the Father fill our hearts;
may the love of the Lord Jesus fill our homes;
and may the grace of the Holy Spirit
bind us together in love in our families and communities.
And may the blessing of God be with you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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

Evening Prayer 3rd March 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM London

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 GREETING

Welcome in the name of Christ. God’s grace, mercy, and peace be with you.

And also with you.

 PREPARATION

Creator of the world, eternal God,

We have come from many places for a little while.

Redeemer of humanity, God-with-us,

We have come with all our differences, seeking common ground.

Spirit of unity, ever present God,

We have come on journeys of our own, to a place where journeys meet.

So here, let us take time together. For when paths cross and pilgrims gather, there is much to share and celebrate.

In your name, Holy Trinity, pattern of community. Amen.

 PENITENCE

The divisions brought about by human sin and pride are matters of great sorrow for us all. Therefore let us confess our sins, and ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance

Silence is kept

 God be merciful and bless us, and make his face to shine upon us.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

May your ways be known on earth, your saving power to all nations.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

You, Lord, have made known your salvation, and reveal your justice in the sight of the nations.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 The almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon and forgiveness of all our sins, time for amendment of life, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 VERSICLES AND RESPONSES

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

The Lord’s name be praised.

 THE WORD OF GOD

 A READING

St. John 8:12-20

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

ADDRESS

ANTHEM

Drop, drop, slow tears,

and bathe those beauteous feet,

which brought from heaven

the news and Prince of Peace.

Cease not, wet eyes,

his mercies to entreat;

to cry for vengeance

sin doth never cease.

In your deep flood

drown all my faults and fears;

not let his eye see sin,

but through my tears.

Orlando Gibbons

PRAISE

God is light.

In God there is no darkness.

If we live in the light,

as God is in the light,

we have fellowship with one another

and the fellowship of Christ, who redeems us from sin.

 PRAYERS

 We pray to the Lord: in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

 Silence is kept

 That the rest of this day may be holy, peace full and full of your presence; in faith we pray.

We pray to you our God.

That we may hear and respond to your call to peace and justice; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

That you will sustain the faith and hope of those who are lonely, oppressed and anxious; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

 That you will strengthen us in your service, and fill our hearts with longing for your kingdom; in faith we pray

We pray to you our God.

God of mercy, you know us and love us and hear our prayer: keep us in the eternal fellowship of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

COLLECT

Merciful Lord, Grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SENDING OUT

Heavenly Father, we share together the blessing of your presence.

Give us in this life knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Morning Prayer Lent 3 7th March 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Lent 3

Time: Mar 7, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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Killiskey Parish
Sunday 7th March 2021 @ 11.00am
The Third Sunday in Lent

SERVICE OF MORNING PRAYER
The Gathering of God’s People

GREETING
The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Opening Hymn: CH336 “Jesus, where’er thy people meet”
Jesus, where’er thy people meet,
there they behold thy mercy-seat;
where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
and every place is hallowed ground.
For thou, within no walls confined,
inhabitest the humble mind;
such ever bring thee where they come,
and going, take thee to their home.
Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few,
thy former mercies here renew;
here to our waiting hearts proclaim
the sweetness of thy saving name.
Here may we prove the power of prayer
to strengthen faith and sweeten care,
to teach our faint desires to rise,
and bring all heaven before our eyes.
Lord, we are few, but thou art near;
nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
O rend the heavens, come quickly down,
and make a thousand hearts thine own!
William Cowper (1731-1800)

INTRODUCTION
Beloved in Christ,
we come together to offer to Almighty God
our worship and praise and thanksgiving,
to confess our sins and to receive God’s forgiveness,
to hear his holy word proclaimed,
to bring before him our needs and the needs of the world,
and to pray that in the power of his Spirit
we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.

The First Reading: Exodus 20: 1-17
Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall
have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is
on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship
them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the
third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth
generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone
who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the
seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your
daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days
the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the
Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is
giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female
slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
After the reading silence may be kept.

First Canticle: CH698 “Jesus, Saviour of the world”
Jesus, Saviour of the world,
Come to us in mercy.
Hear us as we pray to you,
Help and heal us, Jesus.
By your cross and life laid down
you have freed your people.
In the greatness of your love
heal us in our weakness.
Saviour and Deliverer,
help us all to praise you.
Jesus, come and dwell with us;
hear us now and always;
and when you in glory come,
may we share your kingdom.
Edward F Darling (b. 1933)
based on the Canticle ‘Jesus, Saviour of the World’

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION
Let us confess our sins to God our Father.
Silence is kept.
Heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done
and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.
Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Proclaiming and Receiving the Word
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Hymn of Praise: Thanks & Praise 5 “All heaven declares”
All heaven declares the glory of the risen Lord.
Who can compare with the beauty of the Lord?
Forever he will be the Lamb upon the throne.
I gladly bow the knee and worship him alone.
I will proclaim the glory of the risen Lord,
who once was slain to reconcile man to God.
Forever you will be the Lamb upon the throne.
I gladly bow the knee and worship You alone.
Noel Richards (b. 1955)
and Tricia Richards (b. 1960)

The Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it
is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made
foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through
wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews
demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and
foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God
and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is
stronger than human strength.
After the reading silence may be kept.

Second Canticle: BENEDICTUS The Song of Zechariah Luke 1: 68-79
1 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
2 And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us
in the house of his servant David;
3 As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets
which have been since the world began;
4 That we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hands of all that hate us,
5 To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers,
and to remember his holy covenant;
6 To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham:
that he would give us,
7 That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
might serve him without fear,
8 In holiness and righteousness before him
all the days of our life.
9 And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest,:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
10 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people,
for the remission of their sins,
11 Through the tender mercy of our God
whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us,
12 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Gospel: John 2: 13-22
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling
cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove
all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of
here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal
for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’
Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This
temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was
speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he
had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
After the reading silence may be kept.

THE SERMON
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
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.
The Prayers of the People
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Let us pray.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and grant our government wisdom.
Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.
O Lord, save your people
and bless those whom you have chosen.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
and let your glory be over all the earth.
O God, make clean our hearts within us
and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

THE COLLECTS
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
Merciful Lord,
Grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil
and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE COLLECT OF THE SEASON
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COLLECTS AT MORNING PRAYER
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life, and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us in all assaults of our enemies,
that we, surely trusting in your protection,
may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everliving God,
we give you thanks for bringing us safely to this day:
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger,
and in all things guide us to know and do your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

EXAMINING OURSELVES
Almighty and all-seeing God,
We thank you for this season of Lent –
a time to reflect upon our discipleship
to consider our calling,
to test ourselves and see whether we are in the faith.
Almighty God,
help us to face all those things
which we usually prefer to push aside –
the unpleasant truths we sweep under the carpet,
pretending they are not there.
All-seeing God,
we can fool ourselves
but we cannot fool you.
We can pretend all is well
but cannot conceal our inner pain.
We can deny our need of you
but cannot disguise our emptiness without you.
We can seek fulfilment in this world
but will never find real peace outside your love.
Almighty and all-seeing God,
we claim to be in the faith
but sometimes that faith is skin-deep.
We claim to love you
but often that love is flawed.
We claim to serve you
but all too frequently we serve self first.
Search us and help us to search ourselves,
control us, and help us to control ourselves,
and give us grace to grow strong in faith
and whole in Christ,
for in his name we ask it,
Amen.

Closing Hymn: CH487 “Soldiers of Christ, arise”
Soldiers of Christ, arise,
and put your armour on,
strong in the strength which God supplies
through His eternal Son.
strong in the Lord of hosts,
and in his mighty power:
who in the strength of Jesus trusts
is more than conqueror.
Stand then in His great might,
with all His strength endued,
and take, to arm you for the fight,
the panoply of God.
To keep your armour bright,
attend with constant care,
still walking in your Captain’s sight
and watching unto prayer.
From strength to strength go on;
wrestle and fight and pray;
tread all the powers of darkness down,
and win the well-fought day;
that, having all things done,
and all your conflicts passed,
ye may o’ercome, through Christ alone,
and stand complete at last.
Charles Wesley (1707-88) altd.
based on Ephesians 6: 10-18
Going Out as God’s People
The Lord be with you
and also with you.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
The God of mercy
transform you by his grace
and give you strength to overcome temptation;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Evening Prayer 3rd March 2021

Topic: Evening Prayer
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:30 PM London

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EVENING PRAYER – Wednesday 3rd March 2021

The Greeting

The Lord be with you.                         And also with you.

Introduction

 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, Lord God of our salvation, to you be glory and praise for ever.                                                               In the darkness of our sin you have shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge                                           of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Open our eyes to acknowledge your presence, that freed from the misery of sin and shame, we may grow into your likeness from glory to glory.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.                  Blessed be God for ever.

 Penitence

God our Father, we come to you in sorrow for our sins.

For turning away from you and ignoring your will for our lives;

Father, forgive us:               save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish, without thinking of you;

Father, forgive us:               save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do, and think and say;

Father, forgive us:               save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you

by temptations in the world about us;

Father, forgive us:               save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed to belong to your Son;

Father, forgive us:               save us and help us.

May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins,  and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord.               Amen.

 

 

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word       

Psalm 105 1 -11

O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples.
Sing to him, sing praises, and tell of all his marvellous works.
Rejoice in the praise of his holy name; let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.

Seek the Lord and his strength;  seek his face continually.

Remember the marvels he has done, his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
O seed of Abraham, his servant, O children of Jacob his chosen.
He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

 

He has always been mindful of his covenant, the promise that he made for a thousand generations,
 9 The covenant he made with Abraham, the oath that he swore to Isaac,

10 which he established as a statute for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel,
11  Saying “To you will I give the land of Canaan, to be the portion of your inheritence.”

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Canticle – Nunc Dimittis

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace, your word has been fulfilled.   My own eyes have seen the salvation; which you have prepared in the sight of every people, A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.                                                        

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen. 

Reading John: 12 verses 36 – 45

While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

Although he had performed so many signs in their presence, they did not believe in him.  This was to fulfill the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

“Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

And so they could not believe, because Isaiah also said,

“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they might not look with their eyes, and understand with their heart and turn and I would heal them.” Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke about him.

Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.

Few thoughts

The Response to God’s Word

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world?

I believe and trust in him

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed mankind?

I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who gives life to the people of God?

I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith. we believe and trust in One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Prayers of the People.

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Father.

For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church …
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,.
Lord of compassion,                            in your mercy hear us.

 

For peace in the world … thinking especially of the people in Myanmar,

that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples.
Lord of compassion,                            in your mercy hear us.

 For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer … thinking particularly of those affected by the global pandemic,  for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected.

Lord of compassion,                            in your mercy hear us.

 For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God,

Lord of compassion,                            in your mercy hear us.

In communion with all those who have walked in the way of holiness … .
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.

 

God, remember us in your love and teach us 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.

 

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,  For Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lived and worked among us, For the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who teaches us and guides us, 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.

Dismissal

Let us say together: We go into the world to walk in God’s light, to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.

 The Blessing

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.