Morning Prayer (2) on Sunday 28th February 2021

Matins 28th February 2021
The Second Sunday in Lent

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—SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD
Jesus, Saviour of the world, come to us in your mercy:
we look to you to save and help us.
By your cross and your life laid down you set your people free:
we look to you to save and help us.
When they were ready to perish you saved your disciples:
we look to you to come to our help.
In the greatness of your mercy, loose us from our chains,
forgive the sins of all your people.
Make yourself known as our Saviour and mighty Deliverer;
save and help us that we may praise you.
Come now and dwell with us Lord Christ Jesus:
hear our prayer and be with us always.
And when you come in your glory:
make us to be one with you and to share the life of your kingdom. Amen.

THE FIRST READING
is written in the second letter of St Paul to the Romans,
chapter 4, beginning at verse 13
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Please remain seated
PSALM 22: 23-31
Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
O seed of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor; neither has he hidden his face from them;
but when they cried to him he heard them.
From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
I will perform my vows in the presence of those that fear you.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord shall praise him; their hearts shall live for ever.
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
For the kingdom is the Lord’s
and he rules over the nations.
How can those who sleep in the earth bow down in worship,
or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
He has saved my life for himself; my descendants shall serve him;
this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
They shall come and make known his salvation, to a people yet unborn,
declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.
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 8, beginning at verse 31
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’
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 God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
Grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things
as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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.

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, we pray to you safe in the knowledge that where two or three are gathered together, in your name, there you will be also. We remember the words of the Psalmist; words of comfort from the ancient past, so valid for us today, and which will uplift those who fear you in ages yet to come.

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord.” We pray for our world, and for all that dwells in it. Make us remember that each of us is a part of your creation and jointly responsible for how we utilise and share the resources you have given to us. May we use wisely all that we have been given, and nurture and protect for future generations what you have prepared for them.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

“… the families of the nations shall worship before him.” We pray for the nations of the world, their leaders and the international organisations charged with maintaining peace and order in a world beset with rivalries and self-interest. We thank you for all who seek to bring peace and harmony that they may reflect your glory in so-doing, and for those fostering disruption and hostility, that they may see the error of their ways and seek common cause with their neighbours. We ask for your blessing at points of great danger, remembering the leaders and people of Myanmar, The Congo, China, Taiwan, Yemen and Iran.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

“Future generations will be told about the Lord and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn.” We pray for the church, for its bishops, priests, deacons and all Christian people, that they may bring the good news to our fellow man and resource to those coming afresh to the faith. Protect our children and those who nurture them in the things of God; may we all help to raise, train and resource new generations of people to bring the message of peace and salvation to a world sorely in need of it.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

“”… He … heard when I cried unto him.” We pray for all who seek your blessing in time of need, whether through illness or stress, fear or mourning. May they feel your presence in the difficult days and your blessing in the darkest moments. We pray for those who care for the suffering, whether professionally or voluntarily, for those who keep contact with the isolated and lonely and those who befriend the friendless.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

“You who fear the Lord, praise him.” We pray for ourselves. You know our inmost thoughts and weaknesses, we have nowhere to hide from you, yet still we disobey and disappoint. Help us to rise above our earthbound selves, to become through you something much greater than we can ever achieve ourselves. Help us to live only for you.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

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
Christ give you the 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.