A MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE to share at 10.00am on
Sunday 21st February 2021
“The First Sunday of LENT”

Welcome Greeting

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

Heavenly Father,
your Son battled with the powers of darkness,
and grew closer to you in the desert:
help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer
that we may witness to your saving love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We make our prayerful request to God for his help in this continued time of trouble

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord.
God our shepherd,
You led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget Your people in their troubles,
but raise up Your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Hear the Words of Comfort from PSALM 94 verse 19:

“Lord, when doubts fill my mind,
when my heart is in turmoil,
quieten me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Our first Hymn
In the Zoom meeting Corinne & Graham Morris will play and sing for us

1 Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.

2 Not for ever in green pastures
do we ask our way to be;
but the steep and rugged pathway
may we tread rejoicingly.

3 Not for ever by still waters
would we idly rest and stay;
but would smite the living fountains
from the rocks along our way.

4 Be our strength in hours of weakness,
in our wanderings be our guide;
through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Our Prayers

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen

The Invitation To Confession

We have come together in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.
And so, let’s confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.
We have not loved You with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In Your mercy,
Forgive what we have been
Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly,
Love mercy
And walk humbly with You, our God.

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The night has passed,
and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Let us pray that our risen and ascended Lord
will lead us to eternal life.
Lord, listen to the prayers of your people.

In faith we pray:
We pray to you our God

Prayers for this week

Please offer your own prayers to our Heavenly Father.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

The Collect for “The First Sunday of LENT”

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted 40 days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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 for ever.

Psalm 25 versus 1-9 – Revised Standard Version

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

A Psalm of David

25 To thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in thee I trust,
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Yea, let none that wait for thee be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know thy ways, O Lord;
teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,
for thou art the God of my salvation;
for thee I wait all the day long.
Be mindful of thy mercy, O Lord, and of thy steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, or my trangressions;
according to thy steadfast love remember me,
for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

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

PSALM 100: The Jubilate

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. 

We read from the Book of Genesis in the Ancient Hebrew Scriptures
Chapter 9 versus 8-17 Revised Standard Version

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.

11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will look upon it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” 

17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.”

This is the Word of the Lord   Thanks Be To God

THE MAGNIFICAT “The Song of Mary”
Luke 1,46-55

My soul doth magnify the Lord:
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded:
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth:
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him:
throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm:
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He, remembering his mercy, hath holpen his servant Israel:
as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

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.

Luke 1.68–79 “The Song of Zechariah” – the father of St John the Baptist

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 hands 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 dayspring 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 Holy Gospel for the First Sunday of LENT
(Year B)
Read by Reverend Jenni

Mark 1: 9-15 Revised Standard Version

The Baptism of Jesus

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11 and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son;[a] with thee I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

Reverend Jenni will offer her reflections. “Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the Gospel as recorded by St Mark”

After reflection, we’ll say

Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught 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.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

At this continuingly deeply troubling time,
Reverend Jenni  & I would like to offer to share the Peace with you

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“The Peace of the Lord
be always with you”   

(Corinne and Graham will play and sing for us on ZOOM)

Verse 1

We have a gospel to proclaim
Good news for men in all the earth;
The gospel of a Saviour’s name:
We sing His glory, tell His worth.

Verse 2

Tell of His birth at Bethlehem,
Not in a royal house or hall
But in a stable dark and dim:
The Word made flesh, a light for all.

Verse 3

Tell of His death at Calvary,
Hated by those He came to save;
In lonely suffering on the cross
For all He loved, His life He gave.

Verse 4

Tell of that glorious Easter morn:
Empty the tomb, for He was free.
He broke the power of death and hell
That we might share His victory.

Verse 5

Tell of His reign at God’s right hand,
By all creation glorified;
He sends His Spirit on His Church
To live for Him, the Lamb who died.

Verse 6

Now we rejoice to name Him King:
Jesus is Lord of all the earth.
This gospel message we proclaim:
We sing His glory, tell His worth.

Our Closing Prayers and The Grace

Lord God,
nourish our faith,
increase our hope,
and strengthen our love:
teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread,
and enable us to live by every word
that proceeds from out of your mouth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord Jesus,
you called us to renounce evil and we remember today that, at the start of your ministry, you were tried and tempted by the forces of evil.
You resisted the chance to be popular instead of faithful;
to choose fame instead of service and power instead of sacrifice – but you set us all an example to follow by choosing the way of the Father.

Teach us how to recognise the approach of evil in all its forms and to be on our guard against it. You faced temptation in your life and because of this may we never be ashamed of temptation in our own lives – but save us from the weakness that gives way to it.

Grant us all the strength to stand up against all that is evil and keep us firm in times of trial and temptation knowing that your support and love are always close at hand.

Make us resolute in obeying your will and seeking your kingdom that we may stay true to you and proclaim your salvation.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Lord Jesus, we pray for your blessing on all who confess belief in you that they may witness powerfully to your unselfish love and humility.
We remember and pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.
We pray for all Christians wherever they may be and may they be strengthened by the power of your love.
Help each one of us to see our priorities and not be led astray.

Too often we fail to live up to our ideals; we compromise for comfort; we become too concerned about material things and seek our own glory.
We fail to put our trust in you, trusting only in our own schemes and plans.

During this time of Lent in the pandemic we face, help us more clearly to see the ways by which we follow you.
And as we come to you for refreshment and renewal help us to forget ourselves and find true happiness in serving you.
As we re examine our lives through self discipline and prayer may we enter your stillness, be sensitive to your call and know your will for us.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Lord Jesus, we pray for all people who hold positions of authority that they do not misuse their power to the detriment of those they are supposed to be helping.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen and all who serve under her.
We pray for all the world’s leaders and for our own leaders who are responsible for making decisions about our future.
We pray that they will be given the insight and integrity to govern wisely according to your will, being fully aware of the true needs of the people.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Lord Jesus, look with compassion on all those whose minds are full of anxiety and bewilderment and for whom everyday is one of despair.

We pray for those who are experiencing severe financial difficulty at this time; many elderly people and young families trying to exist on very limited incomes: those people faced with potentially losing their homes and those who have lost their jobs.
We pray that you will turn their despair to hope and free them from fear and self hatred.
Whatever the future may bring them, may they know that you are the rock on whom they depend and that your love will help to ease their burden.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

We pray for all people everywhere in their varying needs. Into the gentleness of your healing love we bring before you the lonely, the hungry, those living in poverty and those without hope.

We remember all those who are ill and in pain: those recovering from Coronavirus or from surgery – giving thanks for the work and dedication of our doctors, nurses and all health and care workers.

We have in our hearts some people known only to ourselves, some known to our church and some only through the news who are in need of our prayers and we remember them in a moment of quiet……………….
{we remember before God those we know to be in need of his caring love}

May your healing touch support and strengthen them and we pray that you will remove from them all that hurts, harms and hinders.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Jesus Christ, you are the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench.

We remember before God all those who have died and light a candle in our hearts to symbolise the light of Christ, which eternally shines and brings hope.
Confident in the promise that those who believe in you will live though they have died, we give you thanks for all who have left their earthly body and now share with you the joys of heaven.
We pray for all those who are mourning the loss of loved ones that you will comfort and strengthen them in their time of need.

Lord in your mercy: Hear Our Prayer

Lord Jesus, we pray that you will bless and protect our homes, our families and our friends.

Help us to build bridges of tolerance and understanding between the different generations.

May our homes be havens of peace and rest – a place to call our own and a community in which we can feel safe and secure.
Help us to be mindful of those who have no homes, families or friends.

Make us grateful for all that we have so that we may use every endeavour to ensure that every person has a home to call his or her own and feels wanted within their own community. 

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your dear son, Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Heavenly Father,
you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ
to be the good shepherd,
And in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again.
Keep us, we pray, always under his protection,
And give us the grace to follow in his footsteps;
Through Jesus Christ our Risen & Ascended Lord.  Amen

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.  Amen

The Grace

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.

The Zoom service will end with a CLOSING BLESSING by Reverend Jenni

Prayers for this week

And So We Go in Peace to Love & Serve The Lord!
In the name of Christ, Amen

21.2.2021                                             LLM Paul