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Service of the Word order of service, Lent 2021


Words of explanation and The Notices

Opening Music


The Lord our redeemer be with you
and also with you.

Opening Prayer:

God of our days and years,
we set this time apart for you.
Form us in the likeness of Christ
so that our lives may glorify you.

The Beatitudes

Let us hear our Lord’s blessing on those who follow him.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.


Reading from the New Testament:

following the reading:   This is the word of the Lord
                                              Thanks be to God.

A Reflection

The Prayers, using this response:
Lord meet us in the silence
and hear our prayer
ending with: 
The Lord’s Prayer
As our saviour taught us, so we 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.


Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.


The Final Music


Closing Prayer:

God of compassion,
through your Son Jesus Christ
you have reconciled your people to yourself.
As we follow his example of prayer and fasting,
may we obey you with willing hearts
and serve one another in holy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God

Holy Communion order of service, Lent 2021

Private prayer of preparation

To you O Lord we bring our lives troubled, broken or at ease
A sacrificial offering for you to use Take away our selfishness
and teach us to love as you loved Take away our sense of pride and show us the meaning of humility Take away our blindness and show us the world through your eyes Take away our greed and teach us how to give as you gave Show us your ways, teach us your paths that we might walk with you more closely. Our hand in your hand, our feet in your footsteps; from the baby in a stable to eternity. Amen.
John Birch, Faith & Worship

The Gathering

Opening Hymn: And Can It Be

1 And can it be that I should gain
an interest in the Saviour's blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that thou, my God, should’st die for me?
2 'Tis mystery all: the Immortal dies!
Who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine.
'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
let angel minds enquire no more.
3 He left his Father's throne above —
so free, so infinite his grace —
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me!
4 Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature's night;
thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
5 No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head,
and clothed in righteousness divine,
bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown, through Christ, my own.


The Greeting 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.


Prayers of Penitence

Summary of the Law

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this:
'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
The second is this: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Amen. Lord, have mercy. 

Prayer of Confession

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Let us confess our sins remembering before God the times when we have fallen from temptation into sin.

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought,
in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, 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 lead us out from darkness
 to walk as children of light. Amen.

The Absolution

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Collect

The Liturgy of the Word

The Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

The Reflection

The Nicene Creed

Let us stand and declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

At the conclusion of the prayers, we stand for the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

All may exchange a sign of peace.

Offertory Hymn: Be Thou My Vision

1.Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light

2.Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true word
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, and I thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with thee one

3.Riches I heed not, nor vain, empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and thou only first in my heart
High King of heaven, my treasure thou art

4.High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's sun
Christ of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all


The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, you made the world and love your creation. You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour.
His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death. And so we gladly thank you,
with saints and angels praising you, and saying

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit,
that broken bread and wine outpoured
may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.

On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

When supper was ended he took the cup of wine.  Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.
Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death,
 rising you restored our life:
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.  Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with [N and] all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit , all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and  ever. 

Let us 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.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, 
because we all share in one bread.

The Agnus Dei is said as the bread is broken

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 invitation to communion is said; we then pray  together:

Most merciful Lord, your love compels us to come in. 
Our hands were unclean, our hearts were unprepared; 
we were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table.  But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation, and share your bread with sinners. So cleanse and feed us
with the precious body and blood of your Son, that he may live in us and we in him; and that we, with the whole company of Christ, may sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.

At St. James’ all are welcomed at the Altar.
If you are visiting and would receive Communion in your own Church, please join with us today. All, including children, may come forward for a prayer of blessing.

Prayer after Communion

The post communion prayer of the day is said. 
We then pray together:

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, 
that when we were still far off you met us in your Son 
and brought us home. 
Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.
May we who share Christ's body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others;
we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, 
so we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name; 
through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Private prayers of thanksgiving after Communion

Almighty and ever-living God,
we thank you that you graciously feed us, with the spiritual food of the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
By this you assure us of your favour and goodness towards us: we are incorporated into the mystical body of your Son,
the blessed company of all faithful people;
we are heirs, through hope, of your everlasting kingdom, by the merits of Christ’s precious death and passion.
Assist us with your grace, heavenly Father, that we may continue in that holy fellowship,
and walk in goodness in the way you have prepared for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Sweet sacrament divine, earth’s light and jubilee,
in thy far depths doth shine thy Godhead’s majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray that earthly joys may fade away; sweet sacrament divine.
Francis Stanfield

The Dismissal


The Final Hymn: The God Of Abraham Praise

1 The God of Abraham praise
who reigns enthroned above;
the ancient of eternal days
and God of love!
The Lord, the great I AM,
by earth and heaven confessed
we bow before his holy name
for ever blessed.

6 The whole triumphant hosts’
give thanks to God on high:
‘Hail, Father, Son and Holy Ghost!’ 
they ever cry:
We join the heav’nly throng,
and celebrate with all our pow’rs
in endless song.



A seasonal Blessing is said, ending:

. . .and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

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


Cherry Kirkwood, 19/12/2020