Monday, February 15, 2016

An Ordo for Lent 2 (21 February 2016)

The Second Sunday in Lent
21 February 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Greeting and Litany

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

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins,
whose mercy endures for ever. [i]

The Community then sings the following hymn.

‘Before I Take the Body of My Lord’  Common Praise #610

The Presider then says the following,

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

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Brooding Spirit,
beneath your wings there is creation and life:
accompany us on the difficult path
with the disappeared, the broken and the fearful,
so that we find the way to the city of our peace
where w are all accepted as your beloved;
through the cross of Jesus Christ, our only Lord.  Amen. [iii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading

A reading from Genesis (15.1-12, 17-18).

            15.1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”  3 And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.”  4 But the word of the Lord came to [Abram], “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.”  5 [The Lord] brought [Abram] outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”  Then [The Lord] said to [Abram], “So shall your descendants be.”  6 And [Abram] believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

            7 Then [the Lord] said to [Abram], “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”  8 But [Abram] said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”  9 [The Lord] said to [Abram], “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”  10 [Abram] brought [the Lord] all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.  11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

            12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

            17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.  18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.”

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

The Psalm

Psalm 27 with refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  The Holy One is our light and saving help.

1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; *
            whom then shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; *
            of whom then shall I be afraid?
2  When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *
            it was they, my foes and my adversaries,
            who stumbled and fell.
3  Though an army should encamp against me, * 
            yet my heart shall not be afraid;
and though war should rise up against me, *
            yet will I put my trust in God.
4  One thing have I asked of the Lord; one thing I seek; *
            that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
beholding the fair beauty of the Lord *
            and seeking God in the temple.
5  For in the day of trouble, O God,
you shall keep me safe in your shelter; *
            you shall hide me in the secrecy of your dwelling
            and set me high upon a rock.
6  Even now you lift up my head *
            above my enemies round about me.

Refrain:  The Holy One is our light and saving help.

Therefore I will offer in your dwelling
an oblation with sounds of great gladness; *
            I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7  Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call; *
            have mercy on me and answer me.
8  You speak in my heart and say , “Seek my face.” *
            Your face, Lord, will I seek.
9  Hide not your face from me, *
            nor turn away your servant in displeasure.
You have been my helper; cast me not away; *
            do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
10  Though my father and my mother forsake me, *
            the Lord will sustain me.

Refrain:  The Holy One is our light and saving help.

11  Show me your way, O Lord; *
            lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.
12  Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *
            for false witnesses have risen up against me,
            and also those who speak malice.
13  What if I had not believed
that I should see the goodness of the Lord *
            in the land of the living!
14  O tarry and await the pleasure of the Lord;
be strong, and God shall comfort your heart; *
            wait patiently for the Lord.

Refrain:  The Holy One is our light and saving help.

The Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (3.17-4.1).

            3.17 Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.  18 For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears.  19 Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.  20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  21 He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

            4.1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

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

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Wait for the Lord, Whose Day Is Near’  Common Praise #94 (sung thrice)

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (13.31-35).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            13.31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus], “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”  32 [Jesus] said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.  33 Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’  34 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  35 See, your house is left to you.  And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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. [iv]

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

‘My Life Flows On in Endless Song’  Common Praise #401

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. [v]

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. [vi]

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. [vii]

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

‘Strengthen for Service, Lord’  Common Praise #87

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. [viii]

Glory to God,
whose power working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘We Sing to You, O God’  Common Praise #523 (sung to #365)

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

Sending Music

[i] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 216 alt.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 135.

[iii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  The First Sunday in Lent through the Fifth Sunday in Lent’, 1.

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

[v] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  The First Sunday in Lent through the Fifth Sunday in Lent’, 4.

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

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

[viii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects and Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion for Year C:  The First Sunday in Lent through the Fifth Sunday in Lent’, 4.

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