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The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany

31st January 2021

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Principal Service

Collect One

O God,
who knowest 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.


Collect Two

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Generous Lord,
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed
the mystery of your love.
Help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Collect Of The Word

God of compassion,
you have shown us in Christ,
that your love is never ending:
enable us both to love you with all our heart
and to love one another as Christ loved us.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Deuteronomy 18: 15-20

*319 - Father of heaven, whose love profound
*92 - How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
*535 - Judge eternal, throned in splendour

Psalm 111

*84 - Alleluia! raise the anthem
462 - For Mary, mother of our Lord
*352 - Give thanks with a grateful heart
*353 - Give to our God immortal praise
*697 - Great and wonderful your deeds
574 - I give you all the honour
*130 - Jesus came, the heavens adoring
*56 - Lord, as I wake I turn to you
*529 - Thy hand, O God, has guided
*373 - To God be the glory!

1 Corinthians 8: 1-13

*518 - Bind us together, Lord
*103 - O Christ the same, through all our story's pages
*529 - Thy hand, O God, has guided

Mark 1: 21-28

*325 - Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here
320 - Firmly I believe and truly
574 - I give you all the honour
*211 - Immortal love for ever full
*94 - In the name of Jesus
*S71 - Jesus Christ is waiting
*99 - Jesus, the name high over all
*358 - King of glory, King of peace
513 - O Christ, the Healer, we have come
*104 - O for a thousand tongues to sing
*527 - Son of God, eternal Saviour
*112 - There is a Redeemer
*514 - We cannot measure how you heal

Second Service

Collect One

O God,
who knowest 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.


Collect Two

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Psalm

The First Reading

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

The ‡ prefaced to Gospel readings in the Second Service listing is a provision to be used if that service is a celebration of Holy Communion

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Post Communion Prayer

Generous Lord,
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed
the mystery of your love.
Help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Psalm 34 or Psalm 34: 1-10

86 - Christ is the King! O friends rejoice
S66 - In the Lord I'll be ever thankful
*S58 - I will nor be afraid of what I hear
*99 - Jesus, the name high over all
*634 - Love divine, all loves excelling
*657 - O God of Bethel, by whose hand
507 - Put peace into each other's hands
*372 - Through all the changing scenes of life
*S159 - When it's all been said and done
*376 - Ye holy angels bright
*S173 - You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord

1 Samuel 3: 1-20

608 - Be still and know that I am God
*549 - Dear Lord and Father of mankind
*S37 - From the breaking of the dawn
*581 - I, the Lord of sea and sky
589 - Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
624 - Speak, Lord, in the stillness
*S134 - Speak, O Lord, as we come to you

1 Corinthians 14: 12-20

*597 - Take my life, and let it be

‡ Matthew 13: 10-17

614 - Great Shepherd of thy people, hear
385 - Rise and hear! The Lord is speaking
*596 - Seek ye first the kingdom of God

Holy Communion - Presentation Option

Preparation for Communion

Jesus says: Come to me all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. (Matthew 11: 28)

God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that all who believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3: 16)

I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall never be hungry and whoever believes in me shall never be thirsty. (John 6: 35)

Thanksgiving

Thank God for all the many blessings you have received, and for all that is at present being done for you; for all doctors and nurses; (for this hospital and all who work here).

Repentance

Ask God’s forgiveness for the ways in which you have failed him and others.

Intercession and petition

Pray for all those you love: (for the other patients in your ward;) (for all who will be receiving communion with you;) for all who look after you; for all in need; for yourself, that you may come closer to God and his healing power.

All Lord Jesus Christ, you came to the poor and powerless and gave them hope. Come to me in this wonderful sacrament and raise me up in love to you, for I am helpless without you.

Be calm in the knowledge that you are under the protection of Almighty God.

The following prayer may be used in place of the Collect for Purity:

God of peace, you teach us that in returning to you we shall be saved:
By the power of your Spirit lift us to your presence,
where quietness and confidence shall be our strength;
and where we may be still and know that you are God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everliving God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the temple
in the substance of our mortal nature:
May we be presented to you with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Ministry of the Word

One or two readings

a gospel reading should normally be included.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Malachi 3: 1-5

*52 - Christ, whose glory fills the skies
331 - God reveals his presence
*566 - Fight the good fight with all thy might!
191 - Hail to the Lord who comes
*634 - Love divine, all loves excelling
*134 - Make way, make way, for Christ the King
*706 - O bless the God of Israel
640 - Purify my heart

Psalm 24: 1-10

*S11 - Before the throne of God above
48 - God in his love for us lent us this planet
*41 - God, whose farm is all creation
90 - Hail, Redeemer, King divine!
*266 - Hail the day that sees him rise, alleluia!
*94 - In the name of Jesus
*28 - I sing the almighty power of God
358 - King of glory, King of peace
337 - Lift up your heads, O ye gates
131 - Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
*134 - Make way, make way, for Christ the King
*S98 - My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
*284 - The golden gates are lifted up
50 - Think of a world without any flowers

Psalm 24: 7-10

*S11 - Before the throne of God above
48 - God in his love for us lent us this planet
*41 - God, whose farm is all creation
90 - Hail, Redeemer, King divine!
*266 - Hail the day that sees him rise, alleluia!
*94 - In the name of Jesus
*28 - I sing the almighty power of God
358 - King of glory, King of peace
337 - Lift up your heads, O ye gates
131 - Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
*134 - Make way, make way, for Christ the King
*S98 - My God is so big, so strong and so mighty
*284 - The golden gates are lifted up
50 - Think of a world without any flowers

Psalm 84

*400 - And now, O Father, mindful of the love
333 - How lovely are thy dwellings fair!
*S54 - How lovely is your dwelling place
*95 - Jesus, priceless treasure
*425 - Jesus, thou joy of loving hearts
*360 - Let all the world in every corner sing
*634 - Love divine, all loves excelling
620 - O Lord, hear my prayer
*487 - Soldiers of Christ, arise
342 - Sweet is the solemn voice that calls
*343 - We love the place, O God

Hebrews 2: 14-18

335 - Jesus calls us here to meet him
212 - Jesus, grant me this, I pray
*652 - Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
*635 - Lord, be my guardian and my guide
392 - Now is eternal life
*108 - Praise to the Holiest in the height
*114 - Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown
*627 - What a Friend we have in Jesus
291 - Where high the heavenly temple stands

Luke 2: 22-40

*119 - Come, thou long-expected Jesus
*88 - Fairest Lord Jesus
*691 - Faithful vigil ended
*454 - Forth in the peace of Christ we go
380 - God has spoken to his people, alleluia!
191 - Hail to the Lord who comes
*193 - In his temple now behold him
*S220 - Long the years of faithful waiting
*634 - Love divine, all loves excelling
S104 - Now go in peace, now go in love
472 - Sing we of the blessèd Mother
185 - Virgin-born, we bow before thee
*203 - When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day

The priest says

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1: 8)

Let us confess our sins.

A short pause for self-examination.

All Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned in thought and word and deed, and in what we have left undone. 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 walk in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

The priest says

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.

Prayer

Those present may mention personal needs and thanksgivings. The laying on of hands and/or anointing with oil may take place here or after receiving Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

The priest takes the bread and wine.

The Lord is here.

All His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, our God and Father, for you have created us and you sustain us. Through your only Son Jesus Christ you have revealed your love and your care for all your people; you are ready to forgive and to save in time of need; so we proclaim your glory, saying

All Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks to you, he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup we do as Christ your Son commanded:

All we remember his passion and death, we celebrate his resurrection and ascension, and we look for the coming of his kingdom.

Accept through him our great high priest this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; and, as we eat and drink these holy gifts, grant by the power of the life-giving Spirit, that we may be made one in your holy Church and partakers of the body and blood of your Son, that he may dwell in us and we in him:

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

All all honour and glory are yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

The priest breaks the bread, saying

The bread which we break is a sharing in the body of Christ.

All We, being many, are one body for we all share in the one bread.

Communion

After all have received, silence is kept for a space and the priest says

Let us pray.

All Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Strengthen us by the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding,
keep your heart and mind
in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Daily Prayer (Morning) - Presentation Option

Preparation

A Sentence of Scripture

From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord. Malachi 1: 11

God who said, ‘out of darkness light shall shine’, has caused his light to shine in our hearts, the light which is knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4: 6 (REB)

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. Titus 2: 11

Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

One or two readings

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Psalms 48

*646 - Glorious things of thee are spoken
380 - God has spoken to his people, alleluia!
354 - Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise
*593 - O Jesus, I have promised

146

*4 - God, who made the earth
*125 - Hail to the Lord's anointed
*92 - How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
357 - I'll praise my maker while I've breath
*97 - Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
*99 - Jesus, the name high over all
*535 - Judge eternal, throned in splendour
*S101 - My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine
*363 - O Lord of heaven and earth and sea
*708 - O praise ye the Lord! Praise him in the height
*712 - Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
*8 - The Lord is king! Lift up your voice
*376 - Ye holy angels bright

Haggai 2: 1-9

*683 - All people that on earth do dwell
501 - Christ is the world's true Light
*119 - Come, thou long-expected Jesus
*527 - Son of God, eternal Saviour
*488 - Stand up, stand up for Jesus
*678 - Ten thousand times ten thousand

John 2: 18-22

*336 - Jesus, where'er thy people meet
*343 - We love the place, O God

The Gospel Canticle

Benedictus

1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him all the days of our life.

7 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8 To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9 In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us.

10 To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed

Prayer

Kneel

Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

The Collect of the Day

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everliving God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the temple
in the substance of our mortal nature:
May we be presented to you with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen

Daily Prayer (Evening) - Presentation Option

Preparation

Penitence

All say

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.

The priest pronounces the absolution.

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.

If no priest is present the absolution is omitted and the following prayer may be said:

Merciful Lord,
grant to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins,
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

A Psalm

One or two readings

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Psalms 122

*683 - All people that on earth do dwell
*670 - Jerusalem the golden
506 - Pray that Jerusalem may have
342 - Sweet is the solemn voice that calls

132

*218 - And can it be that I should gain
275 - Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious
*457 - Pour out thy Spirit from on high

Exodus 13: 1-16

*681 - There is a land of pure delight
679 - When Israel was in Egypt's land

The Gospel Canticle

Magnificat

1 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,

2 who has looked with favour on his lowly servant;
from this day all generations will call me blessèd;

3 the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name.

4 God has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.

5 The Lord has shown strength with his arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,

6 casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.

7 God has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.

8 He has come to the aid of his servant Israel
to remember the promise of mercy,

9 The promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory

Kneel

Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

The Collect of the Day

may be said or one of the following alternative collects

Creator God,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
We pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and everliving God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the temple
in the substance of our mortal nature:
May we be presented to you with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

The Ending

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To God, who by the power at work within us,

is able to do far more abundantly

than all we ask or think,

to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus

to all generations for ever and ever.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen

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