Sunday 28 February 2021

Home Liturgy for Sunday 28th February

Second Sunday of Lent

(Rev Steve Painting)

( Choir - tap picture)

 

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it”. (Mark 8: 34-35)

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
according to your judgement give us life.

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn: The God of Abraham Praise

Confession:

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him.

Let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy by confessing our sins in penitence and faith:

We confess to you our selfishness and lack of love: fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy: Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you our fear and failure in sharing our faith: fill us with your Spirit.

Christ, have mercy: Christ, have mercy.

We confess to you our stubbornness and lack of trust: fill us with your Spirit.

Lord, have mercy: Lord, have mercy.

Prayer of forgiveness

May the Father forgive us by the death of his Son and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit all our days. Amen

Collect

Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Hymn: Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God

 

Readings

Mark 8:31-38

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

 

Reflection – Rev Steve Painting or listen to Steve on our Audio Message page

 

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe 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, 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 to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Hymn: Jesus, Jesus, Holy and Annointed One

 

Intercessions: Kate Hudspith

Heavenly Father,

We praise you today that your covenant promises are true and your love for your people is unfailing; that you are a just God, fair in your dealings and gracious to those who obey you and live to honour you.

You remind us time and again that life will not always be easy or comfortable and warn us to be watchful of obstacles and to anticipate hardship. But you also assure us of your constant love and your faithful support.

Steer us away from doubts and the tendency to impatiently take control of things, and teach us to find full confidence in you. Help us to see that the testing of our faith produces the steadfastness that we so much need when faced with extreme situations like the whole world faces now.

At this time of pandemic, help us to persevere in the daily business of taking up our cross, and to learn to entrust to your strength what we cannot handle ourselves. Send your Holy Spirit on those who grieve, who struggle, and all who fear. Meet us in our times of questioning, anger, and doubt. Show us what we can do to enable one another to overcome isolation, distress, and despair. And make us a humbler people who know our need of you. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

Thanks be to God for:

Health workers tending the seriously ill

Scientists working on vaccinations 

Researchers analysing data and identifying trends

Media outlets working to communicate reality

Teachers, school staff and parents struggling to deliver education to children and young people

Supermarket workers, hygiene and sanitation providers

Good news stories of recoveries and effective planning

The recognition that isolation doesn’t need to mean loneliness

Notes through letterboxes offering help and support 

The internet and telephones and technology that connects

The awakened appreciation of what is truly important. Amen.

And we pray God’s strength and provision for:

Those opposing tyranny and the oppression of minorities in any area of the world, especially at this time in Russia, Myanmar, and China, and for all those persecuted for their faith.

Those who fear that a vaccine will never reach them because they have no economic leverage in a world which is reluctant to share resources fairly.

Those who are unwell and concerned for loved ones

Those watching their entire income stream dry up

Those who have no choice but to go out to work

Those who are afraid to be at home 

Those who are more lonely than they’ve ever been

Those who are bereaved and grieving.

God be their healer, comfort and protection, be their security, safety and close companion. And raise up your Church to be your well-washed hands and faithful feet to be present to the pain and to respond with love in action, if even from a safe distance.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Faithful God as we go out into the world today help us to remember that your son was tempted by the Devil but chose faithfulness before popularity, service before fame and sacrifice before power. Give us the strength to reject temptation through our Lenten journey and beyond it throughout the rest of our lives.

Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Trusting in the compassion of God, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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.

 

Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the Height

 

Closing Words

This is love, not that we loved God,

but that he loved us and sent his Son.

He is the sacrifice for our sins,

that we might live through him.

If God loves us so much

we ought to love one another.

If we love one another

God lives in us.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005

Hymn Choice: Georgia Needham

 

Notice

As from next Sunday 7th March 2021 we will be resuming services in our Churches at Heanton, Marwood and West Down.

Services for 7th March

Marwood – Holy Communion 9.30am

Heanton - Morning Worship 11.00 am

 

Times for Prayer

This evening 6.30 and 7.00pm – Zoom prayer meeting. For Zoom login details contact Rev Steve Painting: stevepainting061@gmail.com

A prayer guide is provided each week on this website for those that prefer to prayer outside of the zoom meeting.

 

 

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