Morning Worship for 7 February

Welcome to this Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship for the Second Sunday before Lent, led by the Revd Dr Tony Rich with a talk by Revd Nicholas Calver. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘Seek ye first’ is sung

Seek ye first the kingdom of God,
And his righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you;
Allelu, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

You shall not live by bread alone,
But by ev’ry word
That proceeds from the mouth of God;
Allelu, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

Ask and it shall be given unto you,
Seek and ye shall find;
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you;
Allelu, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Alleluia, allelu, alleluia.

Introduction, Confession and Gloria

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

We come together in the name of Christ to offer our praise and thanksgiving, to hear and receive God’s holy word, to pray for the needs of the world, and to seek the forgiveness of our sins, that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may give ourselves to the service of God.  

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.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you

in newness of life to the glory of your name.
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.

The Gloria is sung
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

The Collect and readings

Collect for Second Sunday before Lent
Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.
Amen

A reading from Colossians 1: 15-20
by Jane Holland

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 1: 1-14
by Andrew Eldred

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

Talk
by Revd Nicholas Calver

The Creed, Intercessions and Peace

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

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Intercessions
led by Angela Sullivan

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
Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘For the beauty of the earth’
(Words by Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917, and music by John Rutter, b.1945)
Sung by the choirs of the Windmill United Benefice at St Mary’s, Horne on 29 July 2018

For the beauty of the earth,
   For the beauty of the skies,
For the Love which from our birth
   Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise.

For the beauty of each hour
   Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
   Sun and moon and stars of light:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise.

For the joy of human love,
   Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above;
   For all gentle thoughts and mild:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise.

For each perfect Gift of Thine
   To our race so freely given,
Graces human and Divine,
   Flowers of earth, and buds of Heaven:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise.

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.

Eternal God, the light of minds that know you, the joy of hearts that love you, and the strength of wills that serve you: grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may truly serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory.
Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The hymn ‘As the deer pants’ is sung

As the deer pants for the water,
So my soul longs after you.
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you.

You alone are my strength, my shield,
 To you alone may my spirit yield.
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship you.

I want you more than gold or silver,
Only you can satisfy,
You alone are the real joy-giver
And the apple of my eye.

You’re my friend and you are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
So much more than anything.

Organist: Peter Nye

Hymn words reproduced under CCLI: 845257
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.