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HELPS TO WORSHIP AT HOME
HELPS TO WORSHIP AT HOME IN MARCH
+ IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN
Come, let us worship the Lord, our God and enter his gates with thanksgiving.
As the deer longs for the water-brooks,
so longs my soul for you, O God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God;
when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while all day long they say to me,
‘Where now is your God?’
I pour out my soul when I think on these things;
how I went with the multitude
and led them into the house of God.
With the voice of praise and thanksgiving,
among those who keep holy day.
Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
and why are you so disquieted within me?
Put your trust in God,
for I will give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God. (from Psalm 42)
O God, as we come before your presence
satisfy the hearts of all who wait in hope for your coming;
fill our soul with streams of living water
as we place our hope in you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Where in our lives do we need God’s forgiveness? Pause for a moment and silently recall your sins and failures:
Father of all, in our pride and weakness we have failed you
and we are truly sorry. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our
Saviour, who died for us, forgive us our sins and bind us to you
with cords of compassion that we may once again walk
in the light of your love.
COLLECTS AND GOSPEL READINGS:
LENT 2 (28th February)
Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant that all who are admitted to the fellowship of Christ’s religion, may reject those things that are contrary to their baptism and follow in the way of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.
Gospel: ST MARK 8:31-38.
LENT 3 (7th March)
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went up with joy but first 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 our Lord, who is alive lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.
Gospel: St John 2: 13-22
LENT 4 (14th) – MOTHERING SUNDAY
God of compassion, your Son, Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal, through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.
Gospel: St John 19:25-27
LENT 5 (21st) – PASSION SUNDAY
Most merciful God, by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ you delivered and saved the world; grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross, we may triumph in the power of his victory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
Gospel: St John 12: 20-23
In this prayer we ask God to give us spiritually the same grace we share when we physically receive Holy Communion:
Take, Lord and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will
and all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace -
that is enough for me.
Loving God, you fill all things with a fullness and hope
that we can never comprehend. Thank you for leading us
into this time where more of reality is being revealed for all to see.
We pray that you will take away our natural temptation
for cynicism, denial, fear and despair.
Help us to have the courage to awaken to greater truth,
greater humility and greater care for one another.
May we place our hope in what matters and what lasts,
trusting in your eternal presence and love.
Listen to our heart’s longing for the healing of our
We pray today for...... (add your own intentions)
We offer our prayers with Jesus, our Lord as we say
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of your love,
for your name’s sake. Amen.
Creator of light
The blessing of light be upon us
The blessing of daylight
The blessing of sunlight
The blessing of Christ light
Scatter the darkness from before us
That we may walk as children of light