Tuesday, February 13, 2018

An Ordo for the 1st Sunday in Lent (18 February 2018)

The First Sunday in Lent

18 February 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music



Blessed be the Lord day by day,
the God of our salvation,
who bears our burdens.


Before I take the body of my Lord,
before I share his life in bread and wine,
I recognise the sorry things within ---
these I lay down.

The words of hope I often failed to give,
the prayers of kindness buried by my pride,
the signs of care I argued out of sight,
these I lay down.

The narrowness of vision and of mind,
the need for other folk to serve my will,
and every word and silence meant to hurt,
these I lay down.

Of those around in whom I meet my Lord,
I ask their pardon and I grant them mine
that every contradiction to Christ’s peace
might be laid down.

Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast,
I empty now my heart and stretch my hands,
and ask to meet you here in bread and wine ---
which you lay down. [1]


May the God of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in the divine image
to the praise and glory of God’s holy name,
through Jesus our Redeemer.  Amen.[2]

The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

God of our salvation,
your bow in the clouds
proclaims your covenant with every living creature. 
Teach us your paths and lead us in your truth,
so that by your Holy Spirit, we may remember our baptismal vows
and be keepers of your trust with earth and its inhabitants.  Amen. [3]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  Genesis 9.8-17

A reading from Genesis.

            9.8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.  11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”  12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”  17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

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

The Psalm:  Psalm 25.1-9

Psalm 25.1-9 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Glorious Majesty, to you we lift up our hearts.

Holy One, to you I lift up my soul.
I trust you!  Do not let me be shamed.
O my God, do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
Truly, all who wait on you are never shamed.
Empty, treacherous people are shamed!

Refrain:  Glorious Majesty, to you we lift up our hearts.

Make your ways known to me, Holy One,
and teach me your paths.
Direct me in your truth!  Teach me!
You are indeed my saving, helping God.
I long for you all day long
because of your goodness, Holy One.
Remember your acts of mercy
and your enduring, faithful love!
Do not remember my youthful sins nor my transgressions,
but be mindful of your faithful love.

Refrain:  Glorious Majesty, to you we lift up our hearts.

The Holy One is good and upright,
teaching sinners the way they should go,
guiding the humble with true justice,
and teaching them the right way.
All God’s ways are loving, faithful and true
for those who keep the holy covenant and decrees.
For your name’s sake, Holy One,
pardon my iniquity, which is great.

Refrain:  Glorious Majesty, to you we lift up our hearts.

The Second Reading:  1 Peter 3.18-22

A reading from the first letter of Peter.

3.18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.  21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you — not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery’  Common Praise #179 v. 1

The Gospel:  Mark 1.9-15

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            1.9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

            12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

            14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery’  Common Praise #179 v. 6b

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

We believe and trust in God the Author of creation,
source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.

We believe and trust in God the Word of redemption,
who took our human nature, died for us and rose again.

We believe and trust in God the Spirit of wisdom,
who gives life to all people and makes Christ known in the world.

We believe and trust in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen. [4]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Mark How the Lamb of God’s Self Offering’  Common Praise #165

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God our refuge and our strength,
receive all we offer you this day,
and through the death and resurrection of your Son
transform us to his likeness. 
We ask this in his name.  Amen. [5]

The Great Thanksgiving

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
because you bid your faithful people to cleanse their hearts
and to prepare with joy for the paschal feast;
so that reborn through the waters of baptism
and renewed in the eucharistic mystery,
we may be more fervent in prayer
and more generous in the works of love. 
Therefore we raise our voices to you in praise
to proclaim the glory of your name. [6]

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. [7]

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of the universe and giver of life. 
You formed us in your own image
and called us to dwell in your infinite love. 
You gave the world into our care
so that we might be your faithful stewards
and show forth your bountiful grace.

But we failed to honour your image in one another and in ourselves;
we would not see your goodness in the world around us;
and so we violated your creation,
abused one another and rejected your love. 
Yet you never ceased to care for us
and prepared a way of salvation for all people.

Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. 
You delivered us from slavery,
sustained us in the wilderness
and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. 
Then, in the fullness of time,
you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. 
Born into a human family and dwelling among us,
he revealed your glory.
Giving himself freely to death on the cross,
he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

On the night before he died for us,
our Saviour Jesus Christ took bread,
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: 
‘Take, eat:  this is my body which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.’

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: 
‘Drink this all of you:  this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.’

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: 

Christ has died. 
Christ is risen. 
Christ will come again.

Remembering his death and resurrection,
we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine.  
By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit
and live as Christ’s body in the world. 
Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons,
so that with all your saints, past, present and yet to come,
we may praise your name for ever.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory and praise,
for ever and ever.  Amen. [8]

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
give us your peace. [9]

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘A Spendthrift Lover Is the Lord’  Common Praise #177

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Faithful God,
in this holy bread you increase our faith and hope and love. 
Lead us in the path of Christ who is your Word of life. 
We ask this in his name.  Amen. [10]

The Prayer over the People

Grant, eternal God,
that your people may recognize their weakness
and put their whole trust in your strength,
so that they may rejoice for ever
in the protection of your loving providence;
through Jesus our Redeemer.  Amen. [11]

The Closing Hymn

‘Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church’  Common Praise #174

The Dismissal

Go forth to proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand.
Thanks be to God. [12]

[1] Common Praise (1998), #610.

[2] Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[3] Liturgy Task Force (2016), 60.

[4] Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

[5] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 287.

[6] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220.

[7] Common Praise (1998), #735.

[8] Enriching Our Worship 1 (1998), 57-59 alt.

[9] Common Praise (1998), #747.

[10] The Book of Alternative Services (1987), 287.

[11] The Book of Occasional Services (2004), 25 alt.

[12] The Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett (2018).

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