February 21st 2021

Snowdrops

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Sunday 21st February 2021                                         Lent 1

Stream Code: https://youtu.be/vTZsM_dKWL0

 

Leader:                  We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

                             Let us recognise his presence with us.

                             A moment of quiet as we each call on God’s presence where we are

                             As God’s people we have gathered:

All:                       Let us worship him together.

 

 

Leader:                  Everything that happens on earth

                             Happens at the time God chooses.

 

All:                       God sets the time for birth and the time for death,

                             The time for sorrow and the time for joy,

 

                             The time for tearing and the time for mending,

                             The time for scattering and the time for gathering,

 

                             The time for seeking and the time for losing,

                             The time for silence and the time for speaking.

 

Leader:                 Everything that happens on earth

All:                       Happens at the time God chooses.

from Eccles 3:1-8

 

Lent Prayer:          Now is the healing time decreed

                             For sins of heart and word and deed,

                             When we in humble fear record

                             The wrong that we have done the Lord.

(latin pre 12th Century)

 

Leader:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.

 

 

 

Leader:      A welcome to our You Tube service and notices

 

Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)

Sunday February 25th at 6:00pm Informal Zoom Worship - An additional time for us to share and pray together for about 30minutes. Link to join will be on the website. Everyone welcome.

Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Reopening of churches for services – details will be posted on website (the usual calendar has been removed) no services currently due to coronavirus risk.

Online services will continue

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link or speak to Rev Trev. The Lent book is “Holy Habits: Following Jesus”

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website.

Zoom Prayer Meeting Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00am  starting Tuesday 9th February 2021

 

ZOOM LENT GROUP- we are planning Lent Groups to start on the week of February 15th 2021 using ‘HOLY HABITS-Following Jesus’ a seven part reflection by Andrew Roberts for the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF). If you would like to be part of a group to run during the day or evening please contact Rev Trev or Liz Collins and let us know when you can meet and we will try to find a group to suit your needs.

 

                  

 

A time for reflection and confession:

 

Leader:        Jesus saw the city and wept over it,

                   Because it did not recognise the time of God’s coming.

                   We confess our part in the self-centredness,

                   Blindness and sin of the life of our community.             

c f Luke19:41

 

Leader:        Before you, Jesus Christ,

                   We admit how and where

                   We have underestimated your influence,

                   Letting our words or silences hurt,

                   Abusing trust, betraying confidences.

 

                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

Leader:        We admit how and where

                   We have made a show of our religion,

                   Attracting more attention to us,

                   And less to you.

 

                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

Leader:        We admit to where in our lives a vague interest

                   Has become a dangerous passion,

                   And we are not sure what to do

                   Or whether we are still in control.

 

                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.

 

Leader:        Lord Jesus Christ,

                   If we have looked for or longed for an easier gospel,

                   A lighter cross,

                   A less demanding saviour,

All:             Then turn our eyes and avert our longing

                   From what we want to choose

                   To the one who has chosen us.

 

                   Forgive our unfaithfulness,

                   And, for our better living,

                   Give us not the remedy we desire tomorrow,

                   But the grace you offer today.

 

All:              We ask this for your loves sake. Amen.

 

 

 

Collect Prayer:

 

                   Heavenly Father,

                   Your son battled with the powers of darkness,

                   And grew closer to you in the desert:

                   Help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

                   That we may witness to your saving love

                   In Jesus Christ our Lord

                   Amen.

 

 

Reading :            

Romans 10: 4-19           © The Message

4-10 The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying?

The word that saves is right here,
    as near as the tongue in your mouth,
    as close as the heart in your chest.

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.”

14-17 But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it? That’s why Scripture exclaims,

A sight to take your breath away!
Grand processions of people
    telling all the good things of God!

         

 

 

The Servant is coming

 

Leader:        The servant is coming whom God upholds,

                   The chosen one in whom God delights.

All:             On him God’s Spirit firmly rests,

                   By him God’s justice will be done.

 

Leader:        He will not shout or raise his voice,

All:             He will not falter or be crushed.

 

Leader:        In him God’s holy arm is bared,

All:             Through him God’s sure salvation comes.

 

Leader:        Then let the watchers shout for joy

                   And let the wasted places sing:

All:             Now is the time for deliverance!

                   Now earth’s redeemer has come!

 

 

 

Reading:    Mark 1: 9-15                   © The Message

9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

God’s Kingdom Is Here

12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

 

 

Gospel Acclamation

                   Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

                   Your worship is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

                   Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

 

Reflection from the Rectory ()

 

 

 

 

Affirmation of faith

 

Leader:        We proclaim the church’s faith in Jesus Christ.

All:             We believe and declare that our lord Jesus Christ,

                   The son of God, is both divine and human.

 

                   God, of the being of the Father,

                   The only son from before time began;

                   Human from the being of his mother, born in the world;

All:             fully God and fully human;

                   Human in both mind and body.

 

                   As God he is equal to the Father,

                   As human he is less than the Father.

All:             Although he is both divine and human

                   He is not two beings but one Christ.

 

                   One, not by turning God into flesh,

                   But by taking humanity into God;

All:             Truly one, not by mixing humanity with Godhead,

                   But by being one person.

 

                   For as mind and body form one human being

                   So the one Christ is both divine and human.

All:             The Word became flesh and lived among us;

                   We have seen his glory,

                   The glory of the only Son from the Father,

                   Full of grace and truth

                   Amen.                                                       from the Athanasian creed

 

Now let us pray together

 

Time to Pray     

                   Lord Jesus Christ,

                   You refused to turn stones into bread.

                   Save us from using our power,

                   However little,

                   To satisfy the demands of selfishness

                   In the face of the needs of others.

 

                   Lord meet with us in the wilderness

                   Give us strength and hear our prayer.

 

                   Lord Jesus Christ,

                   You refused to leap from the temple top.

                   Save us from displaying our skills,

                   However modest,

                   To win instant popularity

                   In the face of nobler calls on our abilities.

 

                   Lord meet with us in the wilderness

                   Give us strength and hear our prayer

 

                   Lord Jesus Christ,

                   You refused to bend the knee to a false god.

                   Save us from offering our devotion,

                   However weak,

                   To cheap or easy religion

                   In the face of the harder path

                   On which you bid us to follow you.

 

                   Lord meet with us in the wilderness

                   Give us strength and hear our prayer

 

                   Saviour of the World,

                   You saw Satan masquerading as an angel of light

                   And shunned him.

                   Give us wisdom to discern behind each subtle temptation

                   The ploy of the prince of darkness;

                   And in the face of all that is hellishly attractive,

                   Help us to choose the will of God. Amen.

 

We say the Lord’s Prayer together

                   Our Father in heaven,

                   Hallowed be your name,

                   Your kingdom come,

                   Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

                   Give us today our daily bread,

                   Forgive us our sins,

                   As we forgive those who sin against us,

                   Save us in the time of trial

                   And deliver us from evil,

                   For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

                   Now and forever. Amen.

 

Ending:

Leader:        This is love, not that we loved God,

All:             but that he loved us and sent his son.

 

                   He is the sacrifice for our sins,

All:             that we might live through him.

 

                   If God loves us so much

All:             We ought to love one another.

 

                   If we love one another,

All:             God lives in us.

cf 1 John 4: 12

                            

Aaronic Blessing:

                  

                   The Lord bless you and keep you;

                   The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

                   The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Amen.

 

 

All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.

 

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