PARISH of WIGMORE ABBEY Liturgy for Sunday
Whilst Mike is away we will post the season’s liturgy and in place of a reflection the three readings, psalm and collect for the Sunday. This Sunday we use the New International Version
A SERVICE FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT GREETING Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you And also with you. OPENING PRAYER Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy, to you be praise and glory for ever. In the darkness of sin and evil, your light breaks through like the dawn and your healing springs up for deliverance. As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your gracious Spirit and open our lips to sing your praise. CONFESSION In his sermon on the mount, Jesus called his followers to a new way of life. Let us listen again to his words, reflect on our world, and on our own lives in the past week, and trust his forgiveness where we have failed. Our Lord Jesus Christ said ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven We have been proud and overbearing, asserting our own importance at the expense of others. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said,’Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’ We have been angry in our hearts and in our words, returning evil for evil, condoning violence in others. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said ’Blessed are those who weep, for they shall be consoled’ We have not borne our own problems with patience and faith; we have failed in compassion and care for others who suffer. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ’Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall be satisfied.’ We have cared little for the injustice, inequality and poverty around us; we have hungered and thirsted for our own comfort and safety. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ We have expected tolerance and sympathy for our own weaknesses; we have been quick with harsh judgement on our neighbours’ faults and failures. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ’Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’ We have been suspicious and insincere in the thoughts of our hearts; we have spoiled the joy and beauty of our senses through lust and self-indulgence. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God’ We have broken the peace of family, friends and community; we blame others for disturbing the peace of our land and filling the world with violence. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.’ We have neglected in our prayers those who suffer for their faith or race; we have left unchallenged those who deny the equality of all before God. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy WORDS OF FORGIVENESS May Almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and forever. Amen HYMN COLLECT. 1st Sunday of Lent Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty 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 forever. Amen READINGS Genesis 9:8-17 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” 1 Peter 3: 18-end 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. Mark 1:9-15 The Baptism and Testing of Jesus 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Psalm 25 Of David. 1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the One for whom we exist? We believe and trust in him. Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again? We believe and trust in him. Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God? We 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 PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION concluding with 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. CONCLUSION Eternal God, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you; give us purity of mind and strength of purpose to follow Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. In your light may we see light and in your service find our perfect freedom. May Christ give us grace to grow in holiness, to deny ourselves and, with heart and mind renewed, to follow him in the way of the cross. Let us go in peace To love and to serve the Lord. This service includes material drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (Archbishop’s Council 2000) and Lent, Holy Week, and Easter (Central Board of Finance for the Church of England 1986).
PARISH of WIGMORE ABBEY
Liturgy for Sunday
Whilst Mike is away we will post the season’s liturgy and in place of a reflection the three readings, psalm and collect for the Sunday. This Sunday we use the New International Version
A SERVICE FOR THE 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT GREETING Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you And also with you. OPENING PRAYER Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy, to you be praise and glory for ever. In the darkness of sin and evil, your light breaks through like the dawn and your healing springs up for deliverance. As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your gracious Spirit and open our lips to sing your praise. CONFESSION In his sermon on the mount, Jesus called his followers to a new way of life. Let us listen again to his words, reflect on our world, and on our own lives in the past week, and trust his forgiveness where we have failed. Our Lord Jesus Christ said ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven We have been proud and overbearing, asserting our own importance at the expense of others. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said,’Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth’ We have been angry in our hearts and in our words, returning evil for evil, condoning violence in others. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said ’Blessed are those who weep, for they shall be consoled’ We have not borne our own problems with patience and faith; we have failed in compassion and care for others who suffer. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ’Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall be satisfied.’ We have cared little for the injustice, inequality and poverty around us; we have hungered and thirsted for our own comfort and safety. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ We have expected tolerance and sympathy for our own weaknesses; we have been quick with harsh judgement on our neighbours’ faults and failures. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ’Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God’ We have been suspicious and insincere in the thoughts of our hearts; we have spoiled the joy and beauty of our senses through lust and self- indulgence. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God’ We have broken the peace of family, friends and community; we blame others for disturbing the peace of our land and filling the world with violence. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy Jesus said, ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.’ We have neglected in our prayers those who suffer for their faith or race; we have left unchallenged those who deny the equality of all before God. Lord, have mercy Christ have mercy WORDS OF FORGIVENESS May Almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and forever. Amen COLLECT. 1st Sunday of Lent Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty 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 forever. Amen READINGS Genesis 9:8-17 8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: 9 “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you 10 and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you—every living creature on earth. 11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” 17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.” 1 Peter 3: 18-end 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. Mark 1:9-15 The Baptism and Testing of Jesus 9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” 12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Psalm 25 Of David. 1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the One for whom we exist? We believe and trust in him. Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again? We believe and trust in him. Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God? We 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 PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION concluding with 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. CONCLUSION Eternal God, you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you; give us purity of mind and strength of purpose to follow Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. In your light may we see light and in your service find our perfect freedom. May Christ give us grace to grow in holiness, to deny ourselves and, with heart and mind renewed, to follow him in the way of the cross. Let us go in peace To love and to serve the Lord. This service includes material drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (Archbishop’s Council 2000) and Lent, Holy Week, and Easter (Central Board of Finance for the Church of England 1986).