A SIMPLE ORDER FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP BEFORE AND INTO THE SEASON OF LENT
O Lord, open our lips.
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
according to your judgement give us life.
You may wish to sing or listen to a spiritual song.
Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.
Read the Psalm set for today. When you have finished pause for a moment to allow God to speak to you.
Sunday 7th February, Psalm 104: 26-end
Sunday 14th February, Psalm 50: 1-6
Ash Wednesday 17th February, Psalm 51: 1-18
Sunday 21st February, Psalm 25: 1-9
Sunday 28th February, Psalm 22: 23-end
Read the Gospel reading for today. Again, when you have finished pause for moment of quiet and listen to what God may be saying.
Sunday 7th February, John 1:1-14
Sunday 14th February, Mark 9: 2-9
Ash Wednesday 17th February, John 8: 1-11
Sunday 21st February, Mark 1: 9-15
Sunday 28th February, Mark 8: 31-end
Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever.
(John 6: 51a)
Offer to God your thanks and praise for all our good gifts. You might like to name them one by one.
Here are some suggested prayers. You may wish to include other prayers for particular situations or people known to you.
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Father, hear the prayer we offer:
not for ease that prayer shall be,
but for strength that we may ever
live our lives courageously.
Maria Willis (1824-1908)
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.
May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Revd. Dick Bradshaw