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The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday)

31st March 2019

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Year C  /  Lent  /  Violet

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

Principal Service

Collect One

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God,
that we, who for our evil deeds
do worthily deserve to be punished,
by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect Two

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lent Collect

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Father,
through your goodness
we are refreshed through your Son
in word and sacrament.
May our faith be so strengthened and guarded
that we may witness to your eternal love
by our words and in our lives.
Grant this for Jesus’ sake, our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Joshua 5: 9–12
No suggested hymns

Psalm Psalm 32 [L1A/Pr6C*]
562* Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine
92* How sweet the name of Jesus sounds



2nd Reading 2 Corinthians 5: 16–21
550* ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
268* Hail, thou once–despisèd Jesus
417 He gave his life in selfless love
299* Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
522* In Christ there is no east or west
634* Love divine, all loves excelling
231* My song is love unknown
59* New every morning is the love
306* O Spirit of the living God
528* The Church’s one foundation

The Gospel Luke 15: 1–3, 11b–32
642* Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
328* Come on and celebrate
329* Father, again in Jesus’ name we meet
319* Father, of heaven, whose love profound
570* Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning (omit v. 1)
(Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising)
268* Hail, thou once–despisèd Jesus
419* I am not worthy, holy Lord
130* Jesus came, the heavens adoring
587* Just as I am, without one plea
594* O Lord of creation, to you be all praise!
622 O the love of my Lord is the essence
366* Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
448 The trumpets sound, the angels sing

Second Service

Collect One

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God,
that we, who for our evil deeds
do worthily deserve to be punished,
by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect Two

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lent Collect

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Father,
through your goodness
we are refreshed through your Son
in word and sacrament.
May our faith be so strengthened and guarded
that we may witness to your eternal love
by our words and in our lives.
Grant this for Jesus’ sake, our Lord.

Option B - Principal Service

Collect One

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God,
that we, who for our evil deeds
do worthily deserve to be punished,
by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect Two

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lent Collect

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

View readings View readings

Post Communion Prayer

Father,
through your goodness
we are refreshed through your Son
in word and sacrament.
May our faith be so strengthened and guarded
that we may witness to your eternal love
by our words and in our lives.
Grant this for Jesus’ sake, our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Exodus 2: 1–10
541* God of Eve and God of Mary
569* Hark, my soul, it is the Lord


Alternative 1 Samuel 1: 20–28
1st Reading 391 Father, now behold us (at a Baptism only)
651* Jesus, friend of little children


Psalm Psalm 34: 11–20
657* O God of Bethel, by whose hand
507 Put peace into each other’s hands
372* Through all the changing scenes of life


Alternative Psalm Psalm 127: 1–4
63* All praise to thee, my God, this night
481* God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
543* Lord of the home, your only Son
288* Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son


2nd Reading 2 Corinthians 1: 3–7
361* Now thank we all our God
508 Peace to you


Alternative Colossians 3: 12–17 [C1C/BSA]
2nd Reading 346* Angel voices ever singing
294* Come, down, O Love divine
511 Father of mercy, God of consolation
550* ‘Forgive our sins, as we forgive’
454* Forth in the peace of Christ we go
300 Holy Spirit, truth divine
360* Let all the world in every corner sing
525* Let there be love shared among us
503* Make me a channel of your peace
524* May the grace of Christ our Savior
361* Now thank we all our God
708* O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height
369* Songs of praise the angels sang
601* Teach my, my God and King
374* When all thy mercies, O my God
458* When, in our music, God is glorified
344* When morning gilds the skies
376* Ye holy angels bright


The Gospel Luke 2: 33–35
691* Faithful vigil ended
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
472 Sing we of the blessed mother (vv. 1–2)


Alternative Gospel John 19: 25–27
523* Help us to help each other, Lord
226* It is a thing most wonderful
495* Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love
429* Lord Jesus Christ, you have come to us
543* Lord of he home, your only Son
472 Sing we of the blessèd mother (vv. 1–2)

Option B - Second Service

Collect One

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God,
that we, who for our evil deeds
do worthily deserve to be punished,
by the comfort of thy grace may mercifully be relieved;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Collect Two

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lent Collect

Lord God
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
Give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

View readings View readings

Post Communion Prayer

Father,
through your goodness
we are refreshed through your Son
in word and sacrament.
May our faith be so strengthened and guarded
that we may witness to your eternal love
by our words and in our lives.
Grant this for Jesus’ sake, our Lord.

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