As Lent begins we ask God to give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to His Spirit, that as He knows our weakness so we may know his power to save. We open our worship with hymn 67, Forty days and forty nights …
Forty days and forty nights (words and music) | Congregation of Bradford Cathedral
Almighty God, whose Son fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin, give us grace to discipline ourselves in submission to your Spirit, that as you know our weakness so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
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Sermon by Rev Sydney Maitland
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We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation hecame down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son, he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
• Pray for the world and its people, for those who suffer and those in need …
• Pray for Church and its members, especially Jenny M, Douglas N, Catriona M, Margaret R, Isa L, Jessie M …
• Pray for the departed, especially Jessie Bradshaw, who passed away this week, and those whose year’s mind falls this month: Maggie Sheen, Una Whyte, Jean Greer, Phoebe and Henry Kerr, Betty Rankin, Myra Simpson, Muriel Kelly, Mary Beattie …
• The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians:
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.‘
And so let us each bring our own prayers, petitions and thanksgivings to the Lord …
O God, whose will it is that all should find salvation and come to know the truth: receive the prayers and petitions which we offer in faith and love; through him who gave proof of your purpose, and who sacrificed himself to win freedom for all mankind, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christ give us grace to grow in holiness, to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow him; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
Christian, dost thou see them (words and music) | Sung by Harry Secombe
Let us go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!
JS Bach: O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß (O man, bewail thy sin so great) | Played by Olivier Latry of the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, on the Fritts Organ in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
- The Psalms, individually, at EpiscopalNet.org
- The New English Hymnal: music and words at Hymnal.org
- The Complete New English Hymnal: recordings on Youtube