Lent 1 Sunday 18th February

Hymn – On Jordon’s Bank

  1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Come, then, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings from the King of kings!
  1. Then cleansed be every breast from sin;
    Make straight the way for God within;
    Prepare we in our hearts a home,
    Where such a mighty Guest may come.
     
  1. For Thou art our Salvation, Lord,
    Our Refuge, and our great Reward.
    Without Thy grace our souls must fade
    And wither like a flower decayed.
     
  1. Stretch forth Thine hand, to heal our sore,
    And make us rise and fall no more;
    Once more upon Thy people shine,
    And fill the world with love divine.
     
  1. To Him Who left the throne of Heaven
    To save mankind, all praise be given;
    Like praise be to the Father done,
    And Holy Spirit, Three in One.
    (by Charles  Coffin, 1676-1749)

 Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you

Loving Lord,

Fill us with your life-giving,

joy-givingr peace-giving presence,

That we may praise you now with our lips,

and all the day long with our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Cast your burden upon the Lord

All: And he will sustain you

Create in us clean hearts, O God

All: And renew a right spirit within us

Cast us not away from your Presence

All: And take not your Holy Spirit from us

Give us the joy of your saving help

All: And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Blessed be the Lord day by day

All: The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

We have a moment of quiet, to call to mind the things we

Have thought, said and done which we know grieve the God

who loves us 

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

 All: Almighty God

Long-suffering and of great goodness

I confess to you.

I confess with my whole heart

My neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments

My wrong doing, thinking and speaking:

The hurts I have done to others,

And the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

And raise me to newness of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

May the God of love and power

Forgive us and free us from our sins,

Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

We praise God for his love and forgiveness with:- 

Hymn – Lord for the Years

Our First Reading is from – Revelation 1 Peter Chap: 3

18 For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually,

19 and in his spiritual existence he went and preached to the imprisoned spirits.

20 These were the spirits of those who had not obeyed God when he waited patiently during the days that Noah was building his boat. The few people in the boat – eight in all – were saved by the water,

21 which was a symbol pointing to baptism, which now saves you. It is not the washing off of bodily dirt, but the promise made to God from a good conscience. It saves you through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who has gone to heaven and is at the right side of God, ruling over all angels and heavenly authorities and powers.

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ 

Our Second Reading is From – Mark Chap: 1

9 Not long afterward Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

10 As soon as Jesus came up out of the water, he saw heaven opening and the Spirit coming down on him like a dove.

11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.”

12 At once the Spirit made him go into the desert,

13 where he stayed forty days, being tempted by Satan. Wild animals were there also, but angels came and helped him.

14 After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God.

15 “The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ 

Sermon Notes for the First Sunday in Lent

What is expected when someone wrongs us?

We are told in 1 Peter Chapter 3 to pay back with a blessing.

Jesus was tempted by the devil 3 times, but Jesus stood firm and the devil went away.

We are tempted including by bad thoughts, but we too have to stand firm and help and be kind to others.

We will become batter people.

Amen

Hymn – Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
  2. ye soldiers of the cross;
  3. Lift high His royal banner,
  4.  it must not suffer loss:
  5. From victory unto victory,
  6. His army shall He lead,
  7. Till every foe is vanquished,
  8. and Christ is Lord indeed. 
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
  2. The trumpet call obey:
  3. Forth to the mighty conflict,
  4. in this His glorious day;
  5. Ye that are men now serve Him
  6. against unnumbered foes;
  7. Let courage rise with danger,
  8.  and strength to strength oppose. 
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
  2. Stand in His strength alone,
  3. The arm of flesh will fail you,
  4.  ye dare not trust your own;
  5. Put on the gospel armour,
  6. and watching unto prayer,
  7. there calls the voice of duty,
  8. be never wanting there. 
  1. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
  2. the strife will not be long;
  3. This day the noise of battle,
  4. the next the victor’s song;
  5. To him that overcometh
  6. a crown of life shall be;
  7. He with the King of glory
  8. shall reign eternally.  (by George Duffield (1818 to 1888)

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.

Prayers and Intercessions

During the intercession this response is used:

Lord, m your mercy

All:       Hear our prayer.

Prayers for King Charles

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles

Prayer

O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen

Prayer for the Royal

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen.

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us

All: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed by 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 – Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

  1. Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
    forgive our foolish ways;
    reclothe us in our rightful mind,
    in purer lives thy service find,
    in deeper reverence, praise.
  2. In simple trust like theirs who heard
    beside the Syrian sea
    the gracious calling of the Lord,
    let us, like them, without a word
    rise up and follow thee.
  3. O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
    O calm of hills above,
    where Jesus knelt to share with thee
    the silence of eternity,
    interpreted by love!
  4. Drop thy still dews of quietness,
    till all our strivings cease;
    take from our souls the strain and stress,
    and let our ordered lives confess
    the beauty of thy peace.
  5. Breathe through the heats of our desire
    thy coolness and thy balm;
    let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
    speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
    O still, small voice of calm! ( by John Greeleaf Whittier – 1807 to 1892)

Closing Prayer

Your love,
which from the moment of our birth
has known and called us by name
from out of this world’s slavery
into the kingdom of God.
Hallelujah!
All: Amen.

Hymn Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father

  1. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father.*
    There is no shadow of turning with thee.
    Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not.
    As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.

Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

  1. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,
    join with all nature in manifold witness
    to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

  1. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
    strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
    blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
( by Thomas O. Chisholm – 1923)

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil

And keep us in eternal life. 

All: Amen

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