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The Third Sunday before Lent

The Sunday between 11 and 17 February

12th February 2017

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First Service

Collect One

Lord,
we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church
in continual godliness;
that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities,
and devoutly given to serve thee in good works,
to the glory of thy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:
Give your people grace
so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise;
that, among the many changes of the world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Deuteronomy 30: 15–20

The Psalm

Psalm 119: 1–8

The Second Reading

1 Corinthians 3: 1–9

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 5: 21–37

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Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Father,
you gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life,
that those who come to him should never hunger.
Draw us to our Lord in faith and love,
that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom,
where he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Deuteronomy 30: 15–20 [Pr18C]
206 Come, let us to the Lord our God
56* Lord, as I wake I turn to you
591* O happy day that fixed my choice
597* Take my life and let it be

Alternative Sirach 15: 15–20
1st Reading 206 Come, let us to the Lord our God
56* Lord, as I wake I turn to you
591* O happy day that fixed my choice
597* Take my life and let it be

Psalm Psalm 119: 1–8 [Pr26B*/5–1]
630* Blessed are the pure in heart
649* Happy are they, they that love God
601* Teach me, my God, and King

2nd Reading 1 Corinthians 3: 1–9
481* God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
42* [Good is the Lord, our heavenly King]
43* [Holy is the seed–time, when the buried grain]
303* Lord of the Church, we pray for our renewing
438* O thou, who at thy eucharist didst pray
526 Risen Lord, whose name we cherish
47* [We plough the fields and scatter]

The Gospel Matthew 5: 21–27
402 Before I take the body of my Lord
550* ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
520 God is love, and where true love is, God himself is there
421* I come with joy, a child of God
589 Lord, speak to me that I may speak

Second Service

Collect One

Lord,
we beseech thee to keep thy household the Church
in continual godliness;
that through thy protection it may be free from all adversities,
and devoutly given to serve thee in good works,
to the glory of thy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:
Give your people grace
so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise;
that, among the many changes of the world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Amos 2: 4–16

The Psalm

Psalms 7, 13

The Second Reading

Ephesians 4: 17–32

The Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 40–45

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Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Father,
you gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life,
that those who come to him should never hunger.
Draw us to our Lord in faith and love,
that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom,
where he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

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