St Mary’s Ecclesfield

 

“Following Jesus: Celebrating Life;

Welcoming All.”

 

Morning Worship in Passiontide

 

 

We Prepare

 

The grace and mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

And also with you.

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;

by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

 

We preach Christ crucified,

the power of God and the wisdom of God.

By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

God forbid that I should glory,

save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;

by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief

your only Son was lifted up

that he might draw the whole world to himself.

May we walk this day in the way of the cross

and always be ready to share its weight,

declaring your love for all the world.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

 

Let us pray

 

We hold a moment of silent prayer.

 

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom 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.

 

 

We Confess

 

Christ Himself bore our sins in His body on the Cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24)

 

We hold a time of silence as we invite the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our failure to love.

 

Almighty and most merciful Father,

we have wandered and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.

We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have offended against your holy laws.

We have left undone those things that we ought to have done;

and we have done those things that we ought not to have done;

and there is no health in us.

But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us sinners.

Spare those who confess their faults.

Restore those who are penitent,

according to your promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,

that we may live a disciplined, righteous and godly life,

to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

 

May Almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

 

 

We listen to the Word of God

 

First Reading

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

We pause for a time of reflection.

 

 

The Psalm

 

At the end of the Psalm we say:

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever

Amen.

 

 

Second Reading

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Reflection

 

 

Our Faith

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Prayers

 

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We are led in prayers of intercession…

 

 

The Collect of the Day

 

 

The Lord’s Prayer.

Standing at the foot of the cross,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

The Conclusion

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us

that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters

we do also for you:

give us the will to be the servant of others

as you were the servant of all,

and gave up your life and died for us,

but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

The Blessing

 

Christ crucified draw you to himself,

to find in him a sure ground for faith,

a firm support for hope,

and the assurance of sins forgiven;

and the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever. Amen.

 

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,

set us free to serve him with joy. Amen.