Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Order of Service for the Third Sunday in Lent (8 March 2015)

The Third Sunday in Lent
8 March 2015

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Greeting and Litany

The Presider greets the Community from the door to the Nave.

Blessed are you, Lord God,
our maker and redeemer:
this is your world and we are your people;
come among us and save us.

During the procession to the Sanctuary, the biddings of the Litany are intoned and the response is sung using Common Worship #707.

When we willfully misuse your gifts of creation:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one,
have mercy upon us.

When we see the ill-treatment of others
and do not go to their aid:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one,
have mercy upon us.

When we condone evil and dishonesty
and fail to strive for justice:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one,
have mercy upon us.

When we hear the good news of Christ
but fail to share it with others:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one,
have mercy upon us.

When we do not love you with all our hearts
nor our neighbours as ourselves:
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one,
have mercy upon us.

The Presider then says the following,

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.  Amen. [i]

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of the covenant,
give us zeal to discern the foolishness
and the wisdom of this present age,
so that we may proclaim Christ crucified;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honour and glory, now and for ever.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Exodus (20.1-17)

            1 Then God spoke all these words: 
            2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before me. 

            4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 
            5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 

            7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name. 

            8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.  9 Six days you shall labour and do all your work.  10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.  11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it. 

            12 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 

            13 You shall not murder. 

            14 You shall not commit adultery.
             15 You shall not steal. 

            16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. 

            17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 19 (NRSV) with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  The heavens are telling the Holy One's glory.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, *
            and the firmament shows the handiwork of the Lord.
2 One day tells its tale to another, *
            and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3 Although they have no words or language, *
            and their voices are not heard,
4 their sound has gone out into all lands, *
            and their message to the ends of the world.

Refrain: The heavens are telling the Holy One's glory.

5 In the deep has God set a pavilion for the sun; *
            it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber;
            it rejoices like a champion to run its course.
6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens
and runs about to the end of it again; *
            nothing is hidden from its burning heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; *
            the testimony of the Lord is sure
            and gives wisdom to the innocent.
8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *
            the commandment of the Lord is clear
            and gives light to the eyes.

Refrain: The heavens are telling the Holy One's glory.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; *
            the judgements of the Lord are true
            and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, *
            more than much fine gold,
sweeter far than honey, *
            than honey in the comb.
11 By them also is your servant enlightened, *
            and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often they offend? *
            Cleanse me from my secret faults.

Refrain: The heavens are telling the Holy One's glory.

13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; *
            let them not get dominion over me;
then shall I be whole and sound, *
            and innocent of a great offense.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable in your sight; *
            O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Refrain: The heavens are telling the Holy One's glory.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (1.18-25).

            18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

            19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  20 Where is the one who is wise?  Where is the scribe?  Where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.  22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘God, You Have Caused to Be Written’ Common Praise #476

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (2.13-22).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.  15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle.  He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here!  Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”  17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”  18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?”  19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?”  21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body.  22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Creator of all,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Word of redemption,
who lives in our hearts through faith
and fills us with love and compassion.

We believe in God the Spirit of wisdom,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.  [iii]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending’ Common Praise #601 (sung to #482)

The Prayer over the Gifts

God our provider,
you have not fed us with bread alone,
but with words of grace and life.
Bless us and these your gifts,
which we receive from your bounty,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right to give you thanks and praise, O Lord, our God, sustainer of the universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.  Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be:  the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home; by your will they were created and have their being.  Glory to you for ever and ever.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill; you made us the stewards of creation.  Glory to you for ever and ever.

But we turn against you, and betray your trust; and we turn against one another.  Again and again you call us to return.  Through the prophets and sages you reveal your righteous law.  In the fullness of time you sent your Son, born of a woman, to be our Saviour.  He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities.  By his death he opened to us the way of freedom and peace.  Glory to you for ever and ever.

Therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn.

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. [v]

Blessed are you, Lord our God, for sending us Jesus, the Christ, who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, gave it to his friends, and said, “Take this, and eat it:  this is my body which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after supper, he took the cup of wine; he gave you thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”  Glory to you for ever and ever.

Gracious God, we recall the death of your Son Jesus Christ, we proclaim his resurrection and ascension, and we look with expectation for his coming as Lord of all the nations.  We who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring you these gifts.  Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this offering of your Church, so that we who eat and drink at this holy table may share the divine life of Christ our Lord.  Glory to you for ever and ever.

Pour out your Spirit upon the whole earth and make it your new creation.  Gather your Church together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, where peace and justice are revealed, so that we, with all your people, of every language, race, and nation, may share the banquet you have promised; through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, all honour and glory are yours, creator of all.  Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread,
communion in Christ’s body once broken.

Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm,
we shall reign with him.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

Communion Hymn

‘And Now, O Father, Mindful of the Love’ Common Praise #66

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Compassionate God,
you have fed us with the bread of heaven.
Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage;
may our fasting be hunger for justice;
our alms, a making of peace;
and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts;
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vii]

Closing Hymn

‘Lift High the Cross’ Common Praise #602

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

Sending Music

[i] The Litany was crafted from the Confession for ‘City, World and Society’ and the Absolution from Common Worship (2000), 127, 135 alt.  The Trisagion is Common Praise #707.

[ii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Ash Wednesday to Palm/Passion Sunday 2015’, 2.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 148 alt.

[iv] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Ash Wednesday to Palm/Passion Sunday 2015’, 4.

[v] ‘Sanctus’ by George Black in The Book of Alternative Services Altar Book.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 918.

[vii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Propers:  Ash Wednesday to Palm/Passion Sunday 2015’, 4.

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