Morning Worship on 21 February

Welcome to this week’s Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship on the first Sunday in Lent, led by the Revd Charles Sargent with a talk by the Revd Nicholas Calver. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Forty days and forty nights’ is sung

Forty days and forty nights
You were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
Tempted still, yet unbeguiled.

Sunbeams scorching all the day,
Chilly dew-drops nightly shed,
Prowling beasts about your way,
Stones your pillow, earth your bed.

Let us your endurance share
And from earthly greed abstain,
With you vigilant in prayer,
With you strong to suffer pain.

Then if evil on us press,
Flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
Help us not to swerve or fail.

So shall peace divine be ours;
Holy gladness pure and true;
Come to us, angelic powers,
Such as ministered to you.

Keep, O keep us Saviour dear
Ever constant by your side
That with you we may appear
At th’ eternal Eastertide.

The Greeting and Confession

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven, and to bring us to eternal life.

Therefore, let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen.

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness, and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

‘Be still and know that I am God’ is sung

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.

The Collect and readings

The Collect for the first Sunday in Lent:
Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

A reading from Genesis 9: 8-17
by Marion Rich

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading from Mark 1: 9-15
by Veronica Hill

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

A talk is given
Revd Nicholas Calver

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

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.

The Intercessions
led by Kay Hammond

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

and

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Amen.

The Peace
You may be thinking of those physically present with you when you say the words of the peace or thinking of others who are present in spirit

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
since as members of one body we are called to peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘Sweet sacrament divine’
(Francis Stanfield, 1835-1914)
Sung by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Horne on 28 April 2019

Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in thine earthly home,
lo, round thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to thee our voice we raise
in songs of love and heartfelt praise:
sweet Sacrament divine.

Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home for every heart,
where restless yearnings cease
and sorrows all depart;
there in thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery:
sweet Sacrament of peace.

Sweet Sacrament of rest,
ark from the ocean’s roar,
within thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of rest.

Sweet Sacrament divine,
earth’s light and jubilee,
in thy far depths doth shine
thy Godhead’s majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray,
that earthly joys may fade away:
sweet Sacrament divine.

The closing prayers and blessing

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, 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. Amen.

Lord our God, grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart: that desiring you, we may seek you; and that seeking you, we may find you; and that finding you, we may love you; and that loving you, we may hate those sins from which you have delivered us; through Jesus Christ our Lord; Amen.

God of love, fill our hearts with your compassion and mercy. Throughout our Lenten journey inspire us to come to know you better and to reach out in love to others. Amen.

May 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.

The hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’ is sung

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper rev’rence praise,
in deeper rev’rence praise.

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,
rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love,
interpreted by love!

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,
the beauty of thy peace.

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,
O still small voice of calm.

Organist: Peter Nye


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.