March 7th 2021

Bible and Tulips

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Sunday 7th March 2021                                               Lent 3

 

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

 

 

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.)

 

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Real Easter Eggs donation to Cirencester foodbank. Thanks to generous donations from indivuduals and parishes we raised £405 to buy 90 Real Easter Eggs which all include a 24 page activity booklet explaining the real meaning of easter.

 

Jean Milbank’s funeral service is March 11th at 1:00pm at All Saints Church Kemble. Please remember pandemic restrictions mean only 30 may gather in one place together.

 

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 are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

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

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

 

 

                  

 

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:

 

                   Eternal God

                   Give us insight

                   To discern your will for us,

                   To give up what harms us,

                   And to seek the perfection we are promised.

                   In Jesus Christ our Lord.

                   Amen.

 

 

 

Reading :            

Exodus 16: 1-5 + 9-12            © The Message

 

1-3 On the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left Egypt, the whole company of Israel moved on from Elim to the Wilderness of Sin which is between Elim and Sinai. The whole company of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron there in the wilderness. The Israelites said, “Why didn’t God let us die in comfort in Egypt where we had lamb stew and all the bread we could eat? You’ve brought us out into this wilderness to starve us to death, the whole company of Israel!”

4-5 God said to Moses, “I’m going to rain bread down from the skies for you. The people will go out and gather each day’s ration. I’m going to test them to see if they’ll live according to my Teaching or not. On the sixth day, when they prepare what they have gathered, it will turn out to be twice as much as their daily ration.”

 

Moses instructed Aaron: “Tell the whole company of Israel: ‘Come near to God. He’s heard your complaints.’”

10 When Aaron gave out the instructions to the whole company of Israel, they turned to face the wilderness. And there it was: the Glory of God visible in the Cloud.

11-12 God spoke to Moses, “I’ve listened to the complaints of the Israelites. Now tell them: ‘At dusk you will eat meat and at dawn you’ll eat your fill of bread; and you’ll realize that I am God, your 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:    Luke 9: 7-17                   © The Message

7-9 Herod, the ruler, heard of these goings on and didn’t know what to think. There were people saying John had come back from the dead, others that Elijah had appeared, still others that some prophet of long ago had shown up. Herod said, “But I killed John—took off his head. So who is this that I keep hearing about?” Curious, he looked for a chance to see him in action.

10-11 The apostles returned and reported on what they had done. Jesus took them away, off by themselves, near the town called Bethsaida. But the crowds got wind of it and followed. Jesus graciously welcomed them and talked to them about the kingdom of God. Those who needed healing, he healed.

Bread and Fish for Five Thousand

12 As the sun set, the Twelve said, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”

13-14 “You feed them,” Jesus said.

They said, “We couldn’t scrape up more than five loaves of bread and a couple of fish—unless, of course, you want us to go to town ourselves and buy food for everybody.” (There were more than five thousand people in the crowd.)

14-17 But he went ahead and directed his disciples, “Sit them down in groups of about fifty.” They did what he said, and soon had everyone seated. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread and fish to the disciples to hand out to the crowd. After the people had all eaten their fill, twelve baskets of leftovers were gathered up.

 

 

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      (led by Judith & Keith Miles)

 

 

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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