3/22/17

March 26, 2017, Lent IV

Hymns at 10:00 a.m.

Opening Hymn: I Am the Light of the World
Gradual Hymn: How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
Hymn-at-the-Offertory: Children of the Light
Hymns-during-Communion:
In Christ Alone
Lamb of God (P7)
I Look to the Shepherd (P183)
Hymn: 179: Tree of Life (V 4, 6e)
Closing Hymn: Sing to the King

Readings: Ephesians 5:8-14; Psalm 23; John 9:1-41

The Gathering of the Community

A Penitential Order

Greeting
All stand.
The presiding celebrant greets the community.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with you all.
               And also with you.

Bless the Lord
who forgives all our sins.
               His mercy endures for ever.

Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you 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 Summary of the Law
Hear the teaching of Christ: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And a second is this: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.
Spirit of God, search our hearts.

Confession and Absolution
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted.
Let us confess our sins remembering before God the times when we have fallen from temptation into sin.

Silence is kept.

Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

The celebrant stands and says,
Almighty God have mercy upon 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.

Hymn

The Collect of the Day
(see the insert)

The Proclamation of the Word
The Readings (see the insert for the readings)
A hymn or anthem will be sung before the Gospel reading at the 10:00 a.m. service.

Sermon

An Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: this we have received, and this we believe. Amen.
cf 1 Corinthians 15.3-7

The Prayers of the Community
With confidence and trust let us pray to God, our Creator. For the one holy catholic and apostolic Church… let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, (the Cycle of Prayer) let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For those preparing for baptism and confirmation… and for their teachers and sponsors, let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For peace in the world … that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples, let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer… for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, (prayers for those who are ill) let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For those whom we have injured or offended, let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God, let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
In communion with all those who have walked in the way of holiness (prayers for those who have died)… let us pray to God. Lord of compassion,
in your mercy hear us.
God our Father, in your love and goodness you have taught us to come close to you in penitence with prayer, fasting and generosity; accept our Lenten discipline, and when we fall by our weakness, raise us up by your unfailing mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Peace
The peace of the Lord
be always with you.
And also with you.

The Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
Hymn

The Prayer over the Gifts
(see the insert for this prayer)

The Great Thanksgiving
(see the Book of Alternative Services at 10:00 a.m., and the Book of Common Prayer at 8:00 a.m. The responses will be said.)

The Lord’s Prayer (said)

The Breaking of the Bread
(Lent and Holy Week)
We break this bread,
Communion in Christ’s body
once broken.
Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm,
we shall reign with him.

Lamb of God
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world / have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world / have mercy on us.
Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world / grant us your peace.


Hymns during communion at 10:00 a.m.
The Sending Forth of the Community
Hymn

The Prayer after Communion
(see the insert for this prayer)

A doxology
Faithful God,
may we who share this banquet
glory in the cross
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our salvation, life and hope,
who reigns as Lord
now and for ever. Amen.

Blessing
May the God of mercy transform you by his grace, and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Go in peace
to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.