Sunday 7th Febuary

    

ORDINARY TIME

AUDIO SERVICE OF THE WORD For the Second Sunday before Lent

A warm welcome to this service

“Ordinary Time” is those parts of the liturgical year when no other season is observed, namely from the day following the Presentation of Christ (Candlemas) to Shrove Tuesday, and again from the Monday following the Day of Pentecost until the Saturday before the First Sunday of Advent. There is, though, nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, which simply comes from the word “ordinal”, or “counted time”, (as Sundays are numbered “before Lent” or “after Trinity”).  The seasonal colour is green, denoting new life and growth.

Introduction

Opening Hymn    

Immortal, invisible, God only wise, in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might:
thy justice, like mountains high soaring above, thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life thou givest, to both great and small; in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish like leaves on the tree, then wither and perish; but naught changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render, O help us to see 'tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.
Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) based on 1 Timothy 1.17

The Greeting

The Lord be with you;        All     and also with you.                                          

Prayer of Preparation

All               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. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

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.

All               Amen.  Lord, have mercy.

Invitation to Confession

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

Confession 

All    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 do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

OR

Almighty God, our 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. 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.

Absolution 

May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    All               Amen. 

The Collect 

Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord.      Amen

The Liturgy of the Word     

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 8 vv.1, 22–31                                

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth – when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil. When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

For the word of the Lord ;      All    Thanks be to God. 

New Testament Reading: Colossians 1 vv.15–20

Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers – all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. 

For the word of the Lord ;    All  Thanks be to God. 

Gradual Hymn   

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin? The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away? In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown? Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours? Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.
It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease, and Jesus call to heaven's perfect peace.
Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825-1906)     

Gospel Reading     John 1.1–14

Alleluia, alleluia. The word of the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you.  Alleluia, alleluia.     (cf 1 Peter 1.25) 

OR      I am the light of the world, says the Lord. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Alleluia, alleluia. (cf John 8.12)

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 

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

Sermon 

February 7th. 2021. Second Sunday Before Lent. Proverbs 8, 1, 22-31, Psalm 104, 26-end, John 1, 1-14

Affirmation of Faith                               

Let us declare our faith in God.    All    We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love. We believe in God the Holy Spirit,who strengthens us with power from on high. We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen.                                                                 

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All               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.     

Prayers of Intercession                      

Let us pray for the Church and for the world and let us thank God for his goodness.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you promised, through your son Jesus Christ, to hear us when we pray in faith.
Strengthen Steven, our Bishop, and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world.
Lord, in your mercy      Hear our prayer
Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen, give wisdom to all in authority and direct this and every Nation in the ways of justice and of peace, that men may honour one another and seek the common good.
Lord, in your mercy    Hear our prayer
Give grace to us, our families and friends and to all our neighbours that we may serve Christ in one another and love as He loves us.
Lord, in your mercy    Hear our prayer
Comfort an heal all those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We pray for those known to us and those known to God alone. Give courage and hope in their troubles and bring them to the joy of your Eternal Kingdom.
Lord, in your mercy      Hear our prayer
Rejoicing in the fellowship of Saint Michael and all Your Saints we commend ourselves and all Christian people to Your unfailing love.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Hymn

All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam:
O praise him, O praise him alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Dear mother earth, who day by day Unfoldest blessings on our way, O praise him, alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show: O praise him, O praise him alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

All you with mercy in your heart, forgiving others, take your part, O sing ye, alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on him cast your care:
O praise him, O praise him alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless, and worship him in humbleness, O praise him! alleluia! 
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, three in one:
O praise him, O praise him alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
William Henry Draper (1855-1933) based on the ‘Cantico di Frate Sole’ of St. Francis of Assisi

Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.   All   Amen.  

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

Recessional hymn verse

All sing        May the grace of Christ our Saviour, and the Father’s boundless love, with the Holy Spirit’s favour, rest upon us from above.

 

 

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), and New Patterns for Worship (2002) , material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.  CCL No 908682.