Morning Prayer (2) on Sunday 14th February 2021

Matins 14th February 2021
The Sunday before Lent – Transfiguration Sunday

GREETING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Good morning…

Beloved in Christ, we come together to offer to Almighty God our worship and praise and thanksgiving, to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness, to hear his holy word proclaimed, to bring before him our needs and the needs of the world, and to pray that in the power of his Spirit we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
Let us confess our sins to God our Father:

Please sit or kneel
Heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done, and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.

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.

Please remain seated
♫ PRECES
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Please remain seated
CANTICLE—JUBILATE
O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness and come before his face with songs of joy.
Know that the Lord he is God;
it is he who has made us and we are his, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Come into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and bless his holy name.
For the Lord is good, his loving mercy is for ever,
his faithfulness throughout all generations.
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 FIRST READING
is written in the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians,
chapter 4, beginning at verse 1
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Please remain seated
PSALM 50: 1-6
The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
our God comes and will not keep silence.
Consuming fire goes out before him
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
He calls the heaven above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
‘Gather to me my faithful,
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.’
Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
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 Mark,
chapter 9, beginning at verse 2
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

SERMON

Please stand
APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his 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.

DOMINUS VOBISCUM
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Please sit or kneel
KYRIES
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

♫ VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, save the Queen
and grant her 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
Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
Give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.

THE OCCASIONAL PRAYERS
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, today we celebrate the transfiguration of Christ: that moment when three apostles heard your voice and saw the divine glory of your son. We honour two of those apostles in the name of this parish, and we pray that their experience of the glory of Christ may be reflected in the work and worship here, that our activities might reveal a little of the kingdom of heaven in this part of north Belfast; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for our world. For those peoples and nations for whom the freedoms and securities of our own country are but aspirations or desperate hopes. We remember especially the peoples of Myanmar, China and Hong Kong, Yemen, Syria, Libya and the Lebanon. We pray for those suffering oppression, even genocide, that they may be relieved of their pains and see their own lives transfigured into something better. And we pray for those who oppress them, that they may see the evil in their actions and change their ways. May your kingdom come and your will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for the Church throughout the world, in its myriad forms and expressions. We thank you that the Church is a blessing and refuge for countless millions who, in spite of doctrinal differences, are united in their love for you. Especially we remember the Church where preaching the good news is difficult and dangerous; do not let us, in our comfort, forget or ignore the price other Christians must pay to keep the faith. We pray for our Anglican Communion, for the Church of Ireland, for the Diocese of Connor and for our own parish of St Peter and St James. We ask you to bless our rector and parishioners; that they may be affirmed and strengthened in all they do, united in purpose, and joyous in heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for those for whom life is difficult. We remember our friends, colleagues and family members suffering from sickness, bereavement, loneliness, anxiety and want. Grant, Heavenly Father, that we may take our Christian responsibilities seriously: to help those in need, to uplift the fallen and to comfort those struggling to cope with the vicissitudes of life. We pray for the silent victims of the pandemic: for those in nursing homes or hospitals unvisited and unable to touch or see their loved ones; those with lasting illnesses and those who have lost life partners and friends. We pray for the silent heroes of the pandemic: doctors and nurses, care workers, home helps and those kindly souls who keep contacts with the elderly and isolated and do the menial tasks we all need to survive. Stay with those who suffer, and with those who work to alleviate their problems; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto you; and you have promised that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants as may be most expedient for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

THE BLESSING
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
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
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

GREETING
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Good morning…

Beloved in Christ, we come together to offer to Almighty God our worship and praise and thanksgiving, to confess our sins and receive God’s forgiveness, to hear his holy word proclaimed, to bring before him our needs and the needs of the world, and to pray that in the power of his Spirit we may serve him and know the greatness of his love.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
Let us confess our sins to God our Father:

Please sit or kneel
Heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault;
by what we have done, and by what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.

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.

Please remain seated
♫ PRECES
O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth will proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

Please remain seated
CANTICLE—JUBILATE
O shout to the Lord in triumph all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness and come before his face with songs of joy.
Know that the Lord he is God;
it is he who has made us and we are his, we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Come into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and bless his holy name.
For the Lord is good, his loving mercy is for ever,
his faithfulness throughout all generations.
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 FIRST READING
is written in the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians,
chapter 4, beginning at verse 1
Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Please remain seated
PSALM 50: 1-6
The Lord, the most mighty God, has spoken
and called the world from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth;
our God comes and will not keep silence.
Consuming fire goes out before him
and a mighty tempest stirs about him.
He calls the heaven above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
‘Gather to me my faithful,
who have sealed my covenant with sacrifice.’
Let the heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge.
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 Mark,
chapter 9, beginning at verse 2
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

SERMON

Please stand
APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
his 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.

DOMINUS VOBISCUM
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Please sit or kneel
KYRIES
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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.

♫ VERSICLES AND RESPONSES
Show us your mercy, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
O Lord, save the Queen
and grant her 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
Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
Give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.

THE OCCASIONAL PRAYERS
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, today we celebrate the transfiguration of Christ: that moment when three apostles heard your voice and saw the divine glory of your son. We honour two of those apostles in the name of this parish, and we pray that their experience of the glory of Christ may be reflected in the work and worship here, that our activities might reveal a little of the kingdom of heaven in this part of north Belfast; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for our world. For those peoples and nations for whom the freedoms and securities of our own country are but aspirations or desperate hopes. We remember especially the peoples of Myanmar, China and Hong Kong, Yemen, Syria, Libya and the Lebanon. We pray for those suffering oppression, even genocide, that they may be relieved of their pains and see their own lives transfigured into something better. And we pray for those who oppress them, that they may see the evil in their actions and change their ways. May your kingdom come and your will be done; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for the Church throughout the world, in its myriad forms and expressions. We thank you that the Church is a blessing and refuge for countless millions who, in spite of doctrinal differences, are united in their love for you. Especially we remember the Church where preaching the good news is difficult and dangerous; do not let us, in our comfort, forget or ignore the price other Christians must pay to keep the faith. We pray for our Anglican Communion, for the Church of Ireland, for the Diocese of Connor and for our own parish of St Peter and St James. We ask you to bless our rector and parishioners; that they may be affirmed and strengthened in all they do, united in purpose, and joyous in heart; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for those for whom life is difficult. We remember our friends, colleagues and family members suffering from sickness, bereavement, loneliness, anxiety and want. Grant, Heavenly Father, that we may take our Christian responsibilities seriously: to help those in need, to uplift the fallen and to comfort those struggling to cope with the vicissitudes of life. We pray for the silent victims of the pandemic: for those in nursing homes or hospitals unvisited and unable to touch or see their loved ones; those with lasting illnesses and those who have lost life partners and friends. We pray for the silent heroes of the pandemic: doctors and nurses, care workers, home helps and those kindly souls who keep contacts with the elderly and isolated and do the menial tasks we all need to survive. Stay with those who suffer, and with those who work to alleviate their problems; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto you; and you have promised that when two or three are gathered together in your Name you will grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of your servants as may be most expedient for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

THE BLESSING
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
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
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.