Service sheet for Benefice Morning Prayer Sunday 31st January 2021

 Benefice Morning Prayer Sunday 31st January

 

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Candlemas

 

 

Opening Response

Today the Lord is presented in the Temple in substance of our mortal nature.        All   Alleluia.

Today the Mary and Joseph come to dedicate their son in accordance with the law.   All   Alleluia.

Today old Simeon proclaims Christ

as the light of the nations and the glory of Israel.  All   Alleluia. Praise to    Christ, the light of the world.

 

Opening Prayer

The night has passed,

and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

          Silence is kept

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.               Amen

 

 

Confession

When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Therefore, in the light of Christ let us confess our sins:

All Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Absolution

 

Hymn

When candles are lighted

on Candlemas Day

the dark is behind us,

and spring's on the way.

The kings have departed,

the shepherds have gone,

the child and his parents

are left on their own.

 

They go to the temple,

obeying the law,

and offer two pigeons,

the gift of the poor

But Anna and Simeon recognize there

the Christ-child who came at

the turn of the year.

 

Like Anna, like Simeon,

may we too trust,

our eyes to see Jesus,

and peace at the last.

The candles invite us

to praise and to pray

when Christmas greets Easter

on Candlemas Day.

 

Reading

Luk2: 22-40 At end of reading:

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon

 

Affirmation of Faith

We are not alone,

we live in God’s world.

 

We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus,

the Word made flesh,

to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others

by the Spirit.

 We trust in God.

 

We are called to be the Church:

to celebrate God’s presence,

to live with respect in Creation,

to love and serve others,

to seek justice and resist evil.

 

With Simeon and Anna, we recognise Jesus as Lord,

and proclaim Him, crucified and risen,

our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

 We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

 

Intercessions

The response to: ‘Lord, Hear us’

 Is (All):

‘and fill us with your love and light’

 

The Collect

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. All   Amen.

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

 

 

 

Hymn

1 Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.

Refrain

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

2 Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has pow’r to save us.

Make us your living voice.            Refrain

 

3 Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.                Refrain

 

4 Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone.            Refrain

 

5  Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

making your kingdom come.   Refrain

© Bernadette Farrell 1993

 

Notices

 

Blessing and Dismissal

Now, Lord, you let your servants go in peace: your word has been fulfilled.

Our own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people; A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.

 And may the blessing…

 

Go in the light and peace of Christ

(All): Thanks be to God

 Benefice Morning Prayer Sunday 31st January

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Candlemas

 

 

Opening Response

Today the Lord is presented in the Temple in substance of our mortal nature.        All   Alleluia.

Today the Mary and Joseph come to dedicate their son in accordance with the law.   All   Alleluia.

Today old Simeon proclaims Christ

as the light of the nations and the glory of Israel.  All   Alleluia. Praise to    Christ, the light of the world.

 

Opening Prayer

The night has passed,

and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

          Silence is kept

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever.               Amen

 

 

Confession

When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness, and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Therefore, in the light of Christ let us confess our sins:

All Lord God, we have sinned against you; we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent. Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us and restore us to the joy of your salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Absolution

 

Hymn

When candles are lighted

on Candlemas Day

the dark is behind us,

and spring's on the way.

The kings have departed,

the shepherds have gone,

the child and his parents

are left on their own.

 

They go to the temple,

obeying the law,

and offer two pigeons,

the gift of the poor

But Anna and Simeon recognize there

the Christ-child who came at

the turn of the year.

 

Like Anna, like Simeon,

may we too trust,

our eyes to see Jesus,

and peace at the last.

The candles invite us

to praise and to pray

when Christmas greets Easter

on Candlemas Day.

 

Reading

Luk2: 22-40 At end of reading:

This is the Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Sermon

 

Affirmation of Faith

We are not alone,

we live in God’s world.

 

We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus,

the Word made flesh,

to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others

by the Spirit.

 We trust in God.

 

We are called to be the Church:

to celebrate God’s presence,

to live with respect in Creation,

to love and serve others,

to seek justice and resist evil.

 

With Simeon and Anna, we recognise Jesus as Lord,

and proclaim Him, crucified and risen,

our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

 We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

 

Intercessions

The response to: ‘Lord, Hear us’

 Is (All):

‘and fill us with your love and light’

 

The Collect

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. All   Amen.

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

 

 

 

Hymn

1 Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.

Refrain

Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts.

Shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your church gathered today.

 

2 Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has pow’r to save us.

Make us your living voice.            Refrain

 

3 Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.                Refrain

 

4 Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others,

walls made of living stone.            Refrain

 

5  Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

making your kingdom come.   Refrain

© Bernadette Farrell 1993

 

Notices

 

Blessing and Dismissal

Now, Lord, you let your servants go in peace: your word has been fulfilled.

Our own eyes have seen the salvation

which you have prepared in the sight of every people; A light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people Israel.

 And may the blessing…

 

Go in the light and peace of Christ

(All): Thanks be to God