A Village Lent A tall standing Cross, large candle, Bible, bowl of blessed water and sprig of greenery are placed centrally on the altar beforehand. The candle is not lit. A basket containing the tokens for distribution at the end is placed on one side of the altar.
Preparation for worship
Welcome in the name of Christ. God's grace, mercy and peace be with you and also with you.
Call to Worship
The gospel calls us to turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ. As we offer ourselves to him in penitence and faith, we renew our confidence and trust in his mercy.
Repentance Kyrie confessions
May the Father forgive by the death of his Son and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit all our days. Amen. Let us pray:
Faithful one, whose word is life: come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives for the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First reader takes the Bible from the Altar to the Lectern to read.
Hearing the Word of God Reading Isaiah Chapter 58, verses 6 ‐12 After the reading This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God The first reader returns to the nave, leaving the Bible on the lectern. Psalm 51, verses 10 ‐17 sung by all 10 Turn your face from my /sins • and blot out all /my misdeeds. 11 Make me a clean heart, O/ God, • and renew a right spirit with‐/in me. 12 Cast me not away from your /presence • and take not your holy spi‐/rit from me. 13 Give me again the joy of your sal‐/vation • and sustain me with your gra‐/cious spirit; 14 Then shall I teach your ways to the /wicked • and sinners shall re‐/turn to you. 15 Deliver me from my guilt, O God, the God of my sal‐/vation, • and my tongue shall sing of /your right‐eousness. [The 2nd Reader moves to the lectern now] 16 O Lord, open my /lips • and my mouth shall pro‐/claim your praise. 17 For you desire no sacrifice, else I would /give it; • you take no delight in /burnt of‐ferings.
Reading Romans Chapter 12, verses 1 ‐ 12 After the reading This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God The 2nd reader hands the Bible to the Gospeller, who moves with it to the middle of the nave during the Acclamation. Stand Acclamation
Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. Your word is a lantern to my /feet and a light up‐/on our path
Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. Gospel Matthew Chapter 5, verses 1 ‐ 12 Response beforehand Glory to you, O Lord. Response afterwards Praise to you, O Christ. After the Gospel Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. Praise to you O Christ, King of eternal glory. The Bible is replaced on the altar after the Gospel reading. Sit
Promises ‐ the response to the word of God.
The large candle is lit in front of the Cross
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him. Therefore I ask: Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God? All I reject them. Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil? All I renounce them. Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour? All I repent of them. Do you turn to Christ as Saviour? All I turn to Christ. Do you submit to Christ as Lord? All I submit to Christ.
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life? All I come to Christ. May almighty God who has given us the desire to follow Christ give us the strength to continue in the way. During the hymn, the leader takes the blessed water and moves among the congregation, sprinkling them in memory of their Baptism. Hymn When Jesus came to Jordan to be baptized by John, he did not come for pardon, but as his Father’s Son. He came to share repentance with all who mourn their sins, to speak the vital sentence with which good news begins. He came to share temptation, our utmost woe and loss; for us and our salvation to die upon the cross. So when the Dove descended on him, the Son of Man, the hidden years had ended, the age of grace began. Come, Holy Spirit, aid us to keep the vows we make, this very day invade us, and every bondage break. Come, give our lives direction, the gift we covet most: to share the resurrection that leads to Pentecost. Tune: Sally Gardens – English folksong
Words: Fred Pratt Green. © Stainer and Bell
Kneel or sit
Offering ‐ The Three Traditional Lenten works 1 Fasting a time of silence before the Cross Dear friends in Christ, let us fast for a while from words and music, from activity and thought, to pray in silence before this cross for the world God created, loved and redeemed in Jesus.
2 Prayer The Lent Prose
3 Almsgiving Three people (bringing one token each representing talents, produce, and money) move from the west end to the altar, where the gifts are received; the three remain at the altar step, then the leader holds up each token in turn and says: talents Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation; through your goodness we have these skills to offer, seeds of your creation and the labour of our hands. Take us and our talents to grow your Kingdom on the earth. Blessed be God for ever produce Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. through your goodness we have these fruits to offer, yield of the earth and the skills of our tending it. Take us and our harvests for the nurture of all people. Blessed be God for ever. money
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation; through your goodness we have this gold to offer, reward of our labour with the knowledge you have given us. Take us and our wealth to be invested in your service. Blessed be God for ever.
The people return to their places
Dedication and sending out
Though many, we form one body in Christ. We belong to one another.
By God's grace we have different gifts. We will use them in faith.
Rejoice in hope, stand firm in trouble, be constant in prayer. Filled with his Spirit we will serve the Lord.
The leader moves to the centre in front of the altar Receiving and sharing Take from this altar a token of God’s care for his world, shown now through us, his disciples. Give to the afflicted in accordance with your means, and this token. Keep it to remind you of your promises made this day in his name, to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Follow the Commandments, be faithful in worship, generous in loving, and keep the cross always before you to remind you at what price we were bought by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the image of the unseen God, the first‐born of all creation. To him be glory and power, thanksgiving and worship, now and for ever. Amen. A symbol of one of the works of charity from Matthew’s Gospel is given to all from the altar in a single‐file procession whilst the hymn is sung. Hymn Will you leave your self behind Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? and never be the same? Will you risk the hostile stare Will you let my love be shown, should your life attract or scare, will you let my name be known, will you let me answer prayer will you let my life be grown in you and you in me? in you and you in me? Will you let the blinded see Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name? if I but call your name? Will you set the prisoners free Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same? and never be the same? Will you kiss the leper clean Will you use the faith you’ve found and do such as this unseen, to reshape the world around and admit to what I mean through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me? in you and you in me?
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name. Let me turn and follow you and never be the same. In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show. Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me. ©1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland
When all have received a token, the leader says: Freely you have received, freely give. Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen. The following is sung as a round as the people leave Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice! Acknowledgements Kyrie confessions from the Meon Mass are © Rosemary Field. You may reprint the music from this order of service without further permission but must acknowledge any music thus: © Rosemary Field, firstname.lastname@example.org Church House, Lincoln LN2 1PU. When Jesus came to Jordan ‐ words Fred Pratt Green, © Stainer and Bell. Used with permission. Will you come and follow ‐ ©1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU, Scotland. [WGRG allow reprinting of words for worship only, up to 500 copies.]