Morning Worship on 21 March 2021

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

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The hymn ‘Lift high the cross’ is sung

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name!

Come, Christians, follow where our Saviour trod,
O’er death victorious, Christ, the Son of God:

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name!

Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease
Beneath the shadow of its healing peace:

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name!

For thy blest cross which doth for all atone,
Creation’s praises rise before thy throne:

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name!

So let the world proclaim with one accord
The praises of our ever-living Lord:

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore His sacred name!

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 fifth Sunday in Lent:
Let us pray:

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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 Jeremiah 31: 31-34  
by Susan Burton

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

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

The Gospel reading from John 12: 20-33
by John Jaekel

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

A talk is given
Revd Charles Sargent

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 David Spruce

The responses to the intercessions are:

Let you name be glorified 
Let your will be done

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 ‘God be in my head’
(Text from the Book of Hours 1514, and music by Walford Davies, 1869-1941)
Recorded at St Mary the Virgin, Horne on 15 March 2020

God be in my head, and in my understanding; 
God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; 
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; 
God be in my heart, and in my thinking; 
God be at mine end, and at my departing.

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 ‘O Jesus I have promised’ is sung

O Jesus, I have promised          
To serve thee to the end;          
Be thou for ever near me,
My Master and my friend.        
I shall not fear the battle,
If thou art by my side,    
Nor wander from the pathway
If thou wilt be my guide.           

O let me feel thee near me:      
The world is ever near; 
I see the sights that dazzle,      
The tempting sounds I hear;   
My foes are ever near me,        
Around me and within; 
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer,  
And shield my soul from sin.   

O let me hear thee speaking                
In accents clear and still
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me
To hasten or control;
O speak and make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, thou hast promised,
To all who follow thee,
That where thou art in glory
There shall thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised
To serve thee to the end:
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my friend

O let me see thy foot-marks,   
And in them plant mine own.
My hope to follow duly
Is in thy strength alone:
O guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then in heav’n receive me,
My Saviour and my friend.
And then in heav’n receive me,
My Saviour and my friend.

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.