Morning Prayer on the Sunday next before Lent

Either

All         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.

 

Or 

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.

Sunday the 14th of Februaryuary 2021. Service at 10.00a.m. Call in from 9.45
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Preparation

         Praise the name of the Lord;
All    ascribe greatness to our God.
         Lord, open our lips
All    and we shall praise your name.

People of God, look up!
Believe that you will encounter God this morning.
Be open to God revealing something of himself,
and changing the way we see the world.

All    Almighty God,
         we ask you to show us something more of who you are
         and how awesome your presence is.
         Overcome our fear of the unknown,
         and lead us into a new experience of you.
         May our worship today be as on a mountain-top,
         a transforming encounter
         that empowers our love and understanding of you.
         Amen.

The Lord, the mighty one, summons his faithful people to approach. Come, let us see his radiance, allowing the light of his glory to shine upon and within us, as we offer our worship and praise.

God of glory,
open our eyes and open our hearts.
Help us to see Jesus.

God of glory,
change us and renew us by your Spirit.
Make us more like Jesus. Amen.

Collect for the Sunday Next before Lent

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All      Amen.

The Song of the Three 35-37, 60-65

         Bless the Lord all you works of the Lord:
All   
sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         
Bless the Lord you heavens:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         Bless the Lord you angels of the Lord:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         Bless the Lord all people on earth:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         O people of God bless the Lord:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         Bless the Lord you priests of the Lord:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         Bless the Lord you servants of the Lord:
All    sing his praise and exalt him forever.
         Bless the Lord all you of upright spirit:
All    bless the Lord you that are holy and humble in heart.
         Bless the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:
         sing his praise and exalt him forever.

 

The Word of God

 

First reading:    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6

3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

           This is the word of the Lord.
All      Thanks be to God

Psalmody       Psalm 50:1-6

A psalm of Asaph.

The Mighty One, God, the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
3 Our God comes and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.
4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people:
5 “Gather to me this consecrated people, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.

All   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit:
        as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be for ever.
        Amen.

Second reading – Mark 9:2-9

The Transfiguration

2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6(He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

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

We pause to reflect on the readings before turning to prayer.

Intercessions

God of glory,
open our eyes and open our hearts.
Help us to see Jesus.
God of glory,
change us and renew us by your Spirit.
Make us more like Jesus.
God of glory,
we see you in the beauty of the universe,
we meet you in the love of our friends and families,
we find you in our joys and in our pain –
faithful and true.
We see you revealed to us in Scripture,
we hear you speaking to us in the silence,
we know you in our hearts,
and we find you in the person of Jesus.
As we look at the events in our world,
help us to see where you are at work.
In our homes and in our daily lives,
help us to notice the glimpses of your glory
shining through the ordinary fabric of our lives.
God of glory,

All       Surround us with the light of your presence.

God of glory,
we live with so many uncertainties.
Today we pray for people whose lives are always uncertain:
for people in war torn parts of the world;
for all who are hungry;
for people who are jobless or homeless;
for all who are fleeing from domestic violence.
May we be ready to respond to the need of others,
help us to love one another as you have loved us.
God of glory,

All       Surround us with the light of your presence.

God of glory,
we pray for situations in the world
that need hope and healing,
and in particular for Yemen, for Russia, and for Myanmar.
We ask for words and actions
that are full of hope and not hate,
of forgiveness and unity and not division.
May we all be mindful of the power of our words,
may our words be controlled and kind,
and may we always shine a light of truth
in the darkness of discord and lies.
God of glory,

All       Surround us with the light of your presence.

God of glory,
we thank you for the tireless effort of nurses, doctors and consultants, caring for patients, especially those who are suffering from Covid-19.
We ask that you would give all medical staff peace as they care for the sick. And we remember those who we know who are unwell, especially …..
We thank you that the ordinary tasks of routine, order and gentleness can bless the boundary between life and death.
We pray for all who have been kept apart from those they love; for those who have not been able to mourn
for friends and family who have died,
and we pray for the family and friends of ……
We remember people in our own communities who are suffering, asking that you would lighten their pain and distress.
God of glory,

All       Surround us with the light of your presence.
           Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Please say the Lord’s Prayer in whichever form you are most comfortable.

as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Blessing

May Christ, who makes saints of sinners,
who has transformed those we remember today,
raise and strengthen you
that you may transform the world;
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be amongst us and remain with us,
and those we love and pray for, today and always.

All   Amen.
        Glory to God,
All   whose power, at work among us, can do infinitely more than all we can ask or conceive;
        to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever.

       Amen.

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