Holy Communion (2) on Sunday 7th March 2021

THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
HOLY COMMUNION FORM 2 (1)
SUNDAY 7TH MARCH 2021

GREETING
Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all.
And also with you.

Good morning…

COLLECT FOR PURITY
Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden;
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE PRAYERS OF PENITENCE
Hear these commandments which God has given to his people, and take them to heart:

  1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods but me.
    We shall love the Lord our God with all our heart,
    with all our soul,
    with all our mind,
    and with all our strength.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any idol.
    God is Spirit,
    and we who worship him
    must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  3. You shall not dishonour the name of the Lord your God.
    We shall worship him with reverence and awe.
  4. Remember the Lord’s day, and keep it holy.
    Christ is risen from the dead:
    We will set our minds on things that are above,
    not on things that are on the earth.
  5. Honour your father and your mother.
    We will live as servants of God,
    honouring all people,
    and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ.
  6. You shall not commit murder.
    We will be reconciled to our brothers and sisters,
    overcoming evil with good.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
    We remember that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
  8. You shall not steal.
    We will be honest in all that we do,
    and care for those in need.
  9. You shall not be a false witness.
    We will speak the truth.
  10. You shall not covet anything which belongs to your neighbour.
    We remember the words of our Lord Jesus:
    It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Let us then confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace:

Please sit or kneel and keep silence.
In the wilderness we find your grace:
you love us with an everlasting love.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

There is none but you to uphold our cause;
our sin cries out and our guilt is great.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed;
Restore us and we shall know your joy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy on you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

COLLECT OF THE DAY
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. Amen.

COLLECT FOR THE SEASON OF LENT
Almighty and everlasting God,
you hate nothing that you have made
and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
that we, worthily lamenting our sins
and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may receive from you, the God of all mercy,
perfect remission and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE EPISTLE
is written in the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians,
chapter 1, beginning at verse 18
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. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where 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? For 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. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Please remain seated.
PSALM 19
The heavens are telling the glory of God
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
One day pours out its song to another
and one night unfolds knowledge to another.
They have neither speech nor language
and their voices are not heard,
Yet their sound has gone out into all lands
and their words to the ends of the world.
In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun,
that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber and rejoices as a champion to run his course.
It goes forth from the end of the heavens and runs to the very end again,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
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.
Please stand.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

THE GOSPEL
Hear the Gospel of our Saviour Christ according to St John,
chapter 2, beginning at verse 13
Glory to Christ our Saviour.
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making 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. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ They then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to Christ our Lord.

THE SERMON

Please stand.
THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Please sit or kneel.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Heavenly Father, you make foolish the wisdom of the wise, and yet save the humblest believer. Forgive us our foolish wisdom; but grant us a simplicity of belief, that we may worship you as the humble creatures that we are.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

We thank you for the world we live in, given freely to us to share, not to carve up and abuse. Forgive us our selfish greed; but grant us generosity of spirit, that we may share your abundance with all creation.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

We thank you for this season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance. Forgive us our sins; but grant us forgiveness as we forgive our fellow men, that we may warrant your blessing at the time of trial.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

We thank you for the gift of the Church in all its amazing and varied forms. Forgive us our parochialism and bigotry; but open our eyes to see that all Christians are blessed with a message of hope for the world.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

We remember those who suffer, whether through sickness, sorrow, regret or despair. Forgive us our neglect of many who suffer; but help us to grasp those opportunities in life where we might turn a kindly eye and a helping hand to all in distress.
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Heavenly Father, in a few moments of silence, we bring our own private concerns before you …

silence

Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of your holy apostles and martyrs and of all your servants departed this life in your faith and fear, we commend ourselves and one another and our whole life to you, Lord God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Merciful Father, accept these our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE EXHORTATION
Dearly beloved in the Lord, you who intend to come to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ must consider how Saint Paul urges everyone to think very carefully about their life, before they eat the Bread and drink from the Cup.
For although it will do us good if we receive the Holy Sacrament with a sorrowful heart and deep faith, equally it will do us harm if we receive the Holy Sacrament carelessly or thoughtlessly.
Be first to judge yourselves, brothers and sisters, so that God is not required to judge you. Admit your sins, and turn away from them. Deepen and strengthen your faith in our Saviour Christ. Change your life, and make peace with all people. By doing these things, you will be ready to receive Holy Communion.
But most importantly, give humble and genuine thanks to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for saving the world by the suffering and death of our Saviour Christ, who is both God and man, and who humbled himself—to the extent that he died upon the Cross—for us sinners, who live in darkness and in the shadow of death. He died so that we might become the children of God, and receive eternal life.
And in order to help us remember the depth of love shown by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when he died for us, and the unlimited benefits that his death has achieved for us, he instituted this Sacrament, as a guarantee of his love, and as an ongoing reminder of his death, from which we should take comfort.
To him, therefore, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, let us give spiritual thanks (as we ought to do), by dedicating every part of our life to him, and by studying to serve him in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.

Please remain seated.
THE PEACE
Being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

The Celebrant will prepare the Holy Table.

Be present, be present,
Lord Jesus Christ,
our risen high priest;
make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.

THE TAKING OF THE BREAD AND WINE
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us
therefore let us celebrate the feast.

SURSUM CORDA
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
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.

Father, almighty and everliving God,
at all times and in all places
it is right to give you thanks and praise:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who was in every way tempted as we are, yet did not sin;
by whose grace we are able to overcome all our temptations:
And so with all your people,
with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your great and glorious name,
for ever praising you and singing:
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!

Blessed are you, Father,
the creator and sustainer of all things;
you made us in your own image,
male and female you created us;
even when we turned away from you,
you never ceased to care for us,
but in your love and mercy you freed us from the slavery of sin,
giving your only begotten Son to become man
and suffer death on the cross to redeem us;
he made there the one complete and all-sufficient sacrifice
for the sins of the whole world:
he instituted, and in his holy Gospel commanded us to continue,
a perpetual memory of his precious death
until he comes again.

On the night that he was betrayed he took bread;
and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat,
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup;
and when he had given thanks to you,
he gave it to them, saying, Drink this, all of you,
for this is my blood of the new covenant
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup
we do as Christ your Son commanded:
we remember his passion and death,
we celebrate his resurrection and ascension,
and we look for the coming of his kingdom.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving;
and as we eat and drink these holy gifts,
grant by the power of the life-giving Spirit
that we may be made one in your holy Church
and partakers of the body and blood of your Son,
that he may dwell in us and we in him:
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, Almighty Father,
for ever and ever. Amen.

As our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

THE BREAKING OF BREAD
The bread which we break
is a sharing in the body of Christ.
We being many are one body,
for we all share in the one bread.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God,
who has taken away the sins of the world.
Happy are those who are called to his supper.
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and I shall be healed.

THE COMMUNION
Please remain at your seat.
If you have received bread (and wine)
please reverently consume it now.

THE GREAT SILENCE
In order not to distract those around you
during this time of prayer,
please maintain complete silence.

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION
Lord our God,
you feed us in this life with bread from heaven,
the pledge and foreshadowing of future glory.
Grant that the working of this sacrament within us
may bear fruit in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God,
we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food
of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

THE BLESSING
Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves,
and to take up your cross and follow him:
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

THE DISMISSAL
In this season of Lent, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.