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The Fourth Sunday before Lent

5th February 2017

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For services, please see Daily Prayer (Morning), Daily Prayer (Evening) and Holy Communion.

Principal Service

Collect One

O Lord,
we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people;
that we, who are justly punished for our offences,
may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness,
for the glory of thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.


Collect Two

O God,
you know us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
Grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

God of tender care,
in this eucharist we celebrate your love for us and for all people.
May we show your love in our lives
and know its fulfilment in your presence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Isaiah 58: 1–9a (9b–12) [AWABC]
647* Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
535* Judge eternal, throned in splendour
712* Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
497 The Church of Christ in every age
510 We pray for peace

Psalm Psalm 112: 1–9 (10)
591* O happy day that fixed my choice

2nd Reading 1 Corinthians 2: 1–12 (13–16)
11* Can we by searching find out God
567* Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
220* [Glory be to Jesus]
232 Nature with open volume stands
594* O Lord of creation, to you be all praise
248* We sing the praise of him who died
247* [When I survey the wondrous cross]

The Gospel Matthew 5: 13–20
86 Christ is the King! O friends, rejoice
381* God has spoken – by his prophets
324* God, whose almighty word
382* Help us, O Lord, to learn
589 Lord, speak to me that I may speak
503* Make me a channel of your peace
526 Risen Lord, whose name we cherish


Second Service

Collect One

O Lord,
we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people;
that we, who are justly punished for our offences,
may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness,
for the glory of thy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.


Collect Two

O God,
you know us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
Grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

View readings View readings

Post Communion Prayer

God of tender care,
in this eucharist we celebrate your love for us and for all people.
May we show your love in our lives
and know its fulfilment in your presence.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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