Morning Worship on 7 March

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

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The hymn ‘All my hope on God is founded’ is sung

All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew;
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown, He alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
Sword and crown betray his trust;
What with care and toil he buildeth
Tow’r and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s pow’r, hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tow’r.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought;
Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore, from his store
New-born worlds rise and adore.

Still from earth to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

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 third Sunday in Lent:
Let us pray:

Almighty God,
whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,
and entered not into glory before he was crucified:
mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,
may find it none other than the way of life and peace;
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 Exodus 20: 1-17
by Rosemary Spruce

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 2: 13-22
by Suzanne Robinson

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

A talk is given
Revd Dr Tony Rich

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 Phyllida Dallman

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 ‘If ye love me’
(Words from John 14: 15-16; music by Thomas Tallis, 1505-85)
Recorded remotely and individually by members of the three Benefice choirs in February 2021 and mixed by Peter Nye

If ye love me, keep my commandments,
And I will pray the Father and he shall give you another Comforter,
That he may abide with you for ever; e’en the Spirit of truth.

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 ‘Sing of the Lord’s goodness’ is sung

Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom,
come to him and bless his name.
mercy he has shown us, his love is for ever
faithful to the end of days.
     Come then all you nations, sing of your Lord’s goodness,       
     melodies of praise and thanks to God.
     Ring out the Lord’s glory, praise him with your music,
     worship him and bless his name.

Power he has wielded, honour is his garment,
risen from the snares of death.
His word he has spoken, one bread he has broken,
new life he now gives to all.
     Come then all you nations, sing of your Lord’s goodness,       
     melodies of praise and thanks to God.
     Ring out the Lord’s glory, praise him with your music,
     worship him and bless his name.

Courage in our darkness, comfort in our sorrow,
Spirit of our God most high;
solace for the weary, pardon for the sinner,
splendour of the living God.
     Come then all you nations, sing of your Lord’s goodness,       
     melodies of praise and thanks to God.
     Ring out the Lord’s glory, praise him with your music,
     worship him and bless his name.

Praise him with your singing, praise him with the trumpet,
praise God with the lute and harp;
praise him with the cymbals, praise him with your dancing,
praise God till the end of days.
     Come then all you nations, sing of your Lord’s goodness,       
     melodies of praise and thanks to God.
     Ring out the Lord’s glory, praise him with your music,
     worship him and bless his name.

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.