Beloved in Christ, though we are apart, we are together in God as we worship, and give praise and thanksgiving. We confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness, we read his holy word, and bring before him our needs and the needs of the world, praying that in the power of his Spirit we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
Let us worship the Lord
All praise to his name.
Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him. Daniel 9: 9
Let us confess our sins to the God who longs to forgive.
O God, our loving Father in heaven, we confess that we have sinned against you; we have broken your commandments; we have often been selfish, and we have not loved you as we should. For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray: through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the Father forgive us and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit all our days. Amen.
Your word is a lantern to my feet
And a light upon our path
O Lord your word is everlasting
It stands firm for ever in the heavens
Let us then receive the word of the Lord
So may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.
First Lesson : 1 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. 19For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
20Where 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? 21For 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. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure
and gives wisdom to the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure
and gives light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;
the judgements of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
more than much fine gold,
sweeter also than honey,
dripping from the honeycomb.
By them also is your servant taught
and in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can tell how often they offend?
O cleanse me from my secret faults!
Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins
lest they get dominion over me;
so shall I be undefiled,
and innocent of great offence.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Canticle : Te Deum Part 3
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as our | trust | is in | thee.
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let me | never | be con|founded.
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Second Lesson : John 2: 13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making 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. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After 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.
Reflection on the Gospel
CANTICLE Jesus Saviour of the World
1 Jesus, Saviour of the world, come to us in your mercy:
we look to you to save and help us.
2 By your cross and your life laid down you set your people free:
we look to you to save and help us.
3 When they were ready to perish you saved · your disciples:
we look to you to come to · our help.
4 In the greatness of your mercy, loose us from our chains,
forgive the sins of all your people.
5† Make yourself known as our Saviour and mighty · Deliverer;
save and help us · that we may praise you.
6 Come now and dwell with us Lord Christ Jesus: hear our prayer ·
and be with us always.
7 And when you come in · your glory:
make us to be one with you and to share the life of your kingdom. Amen.
Collect of the Word
O God, the fountain of life,
to a humanity parched with thirst
you offer the living water that springs from the Rock,
our Saviour Jesus Christ:
stir up within your people the gift of your Spirit,
that we may profess our faith with freshness
and announce with joy the wonder of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Let us declare our faith in God:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s 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 again 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 Lord be with you and also with you.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, guide and defend our rulers
and grant our government wisdom.
Let your ministers be clothed with righteousness
and let your servants shout for joy.
O Lord, save your people and bless those whom you have chosen.
Give peace in our time, O Lord, and let your glory be over all the earth.
O God, make clean our hearts within us and renew us by your Holy Spirit.
THE COLLECTS & PRAYERS
Collect Lent III
Merciful Lord, Grant your people grace to withstand the temptations
of the world, the flesh and the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect at Morning Prayer
Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray that your Holy Spirit may so guide and govern us that in all the cares and occupations of our daily life, we may never forget your presence but may remember that we are always walking in your sight,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray for the World, the Church and your Community.
Pray for those on your hearts, and for yourself.
Keep a Time of Silence; an Intentional Waiting on God…
May the God of hope fill us with all joy and all peace in faith, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We go into the world to walk in God’s light,
to rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory.
The Lord be with you and also with you.
Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.