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 PREPARATION 

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O Lord, open our lips.

All        and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

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Reveal among us the light of your presence  

All        that we may behold your power and glory.

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Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all,

to you be glory and praise for ever.

You founded the earth in the beginning

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

In the fullness of time you made us in your image,

and you have spoken to us through your Son Jesus Christ, 

the Word made flesh.

As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us

let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,

your Spirit ever renew our lives

and your praises ever be on our lips.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

All        Blessed be God for ever.

PSALM 95

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

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Silence is kept

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As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

All        Amen.

 

THE WORD OF GOD

PSALM

Psalm refrain is read...

Refrain for Psalm 32:

Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord.

 

Prayer:

Give us honest hearts, O God,

and send your kindly Spirit

to help us confess our sins

and bring us the peace of your forgiveness;

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Refrain for Psalm 27:

With you, O God, is the well of life.

 

Prayer:

O God, the well of life,

make us bright with wisdom,

that we may be lightened with the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

All        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

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            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.

BIBLE  READING

Luke 23.26-43

 

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.” Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us”; and to the hills, “Cover us.” For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?’

 

Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding* him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

All        Forsake me not, O Lord;

             be not far from me, O my God.

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Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

All        Be not far from me, O my God.

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Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

All        Forsake me not, O Lord;

             be not far from me, O my God.

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from Psalm 38

 

BIBLE REFLECTION

by Steven Croft

 

 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom' (v.42) 

 

The story of the crucifixion is best read slowly and carefully,  pondering each moment and encounter. Luke reprises many of his most distinctive themes as he draws the passion story to its conclusion: the important role of women in Jesus' life and  ministry; the truth that Jesus is for all nations, represented by  Simon of Cyrene and the centurion; the place of Jesus in God's  time, fulfilling prophecy yet looking forward; the titles of Christ as   Messiah and king; his innocence and forgiveness; his relationship with the Father.

 

But it is the story of the two crucified with Jesus that stands out. This is where we are meant to find ourselves in the story. Once again, Jesus' innocence is stressed. The two criminals are equally  guilty and 'under the same sentence of condemnation' by their own admission. Their different responses to Christ present those of us who read the gospel with a choice. Who is this Jesus?

Will we reject him and all he offers us in life and death? Or will we honour him and seek his grace to enter into the kingdom? The prayer of a thief and murderer becomes our own. The promise given is full of mercy even in the agony of the cross.

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word.

May it be a lantern to our feet, a light upon our paths, 

and a strength to our lives.

 

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, 

who has come to his people and set them free.

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He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 

born of the house of his servant David.

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Through his holy prophets God promised of old 

to save us from our enemies,

from the hands of all that hate us,

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To show mercy to our ancestors, 

and to remember his holy covenant.

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This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: 

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

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Free to worship him without fear, 

holy and righteous in his sight

all the days of our life.

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And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, 

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

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To give his people knowledge of salvation 

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

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In the tender compassion of our God 

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

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To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, 

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:68-79

 

All        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.

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            Raise us up, O God,

            that we may live in your presence.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

O Lord our God, great, eternal, wonderful, utterly to be trusted, 

you welcome all who come to you. 

Forgive our sins, secret and open, 

and cleanse us of every thought which is foreign to your love; 

that our hearts and minds may be at peace, 

and we may bring our prayers to you confidently and without fear.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Gracious God and Father, creator of all that is good, 

we thank you for the gift of life, 

for the wonder of the world in which you have placed us, 

and for all the blessings you so freely lavish upon us your children. 

Forgive us that too often we take your gifts for granted  

and think so little of the Giver.

Help us to recognise your hand in the ordinary things of life, 

and never to be ungrateful for food and clothing, 

work and recreation, health and home, family and friends.

So may we live from day to day in the knowledge 

of your love and goodness, giving thanks always for all things.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

We thank you Father, for those whose work sustains our nation, 

and this country in which we live; 

for all who create the wealth by which we trade, 

for those who grow and provide our food,

or who in industry, commerce and transport bring it to our homes.

We thank you for those who, 

day and night, 

maintain the public services; 

for the police, for those who respond to  emergencies, 

and for all whose work is in health or healing  or social care.

Teach us to remember 

that all our lives depend upon the work of many minds and hands; 

and we pray that we may live thankfully 

and in unity as members of one human family.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Lord of the nations and friend of the poor, strengthen in the leaders of today's world 

  • a belief in human dignity and in basic human rights; 

  • a belief in the values of justice, freedom and peace,  in love and generosity, in reason rather than force. 

That the nations may grow in mutual respect and under standing, and recognise that the problem of world poverty is the concern and responsibility of us all. 

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

O God, we pray that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move the hearts of the people of this land, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; and grant that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; throughJesus Christ our Lord.

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Lord God, the judge of all mankind, 

we pray for those who are called to minister justice between people’s, 

to clear the innocent, and to convict and punish the guilty.

Give them prudence and discernment, 

that without fear or favour 

they may justly and mercifully fulfil their duties as in your sight, 

to the good of our nation and the glory of your name.    

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

We remember before you, O God, 

those who exercise authority among us 

and influence public opinion in Church and State, 

in industry and commerce; 

all who speak to the  nation through broadcasting and the press; 

and all who have  power over the lives of others. 

Grant them the humility to seek your guidance 

and the courage to do your will, 

so that more people may be led to the knowledge of you 

and to the service of your kingdom

 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

Almighty God, we pray for those engaged in the political life of our nation as Members of Parliament and local councils. 

Help them to put loyalty to what is right above loyalty to  party or class, above popularity or the praise of men; and may their only motive be to serve their country and community, and promote the welfare of their fellow people. 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

To your care and protection, O Lord of hosts, we commend the men and women of our armed forces at home and overseas.

Defend them in the hour of danger; strengthen them in the  fulfilment of their duty; and enable them to serve their country with loyalty, courage and honour; 

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer 

 

O God of love and power, we commend to you all those who are ill in body, mind, or spirit and those who are cast down, sad or distressed in mind. 

Tell them in the midst of all their pain and anxiety that your name is Love; and since you have ordained that your own will needs our co-operation, use these our prayers. 

Turn our caring into their courage, our solicitude into their succour, our faith into their will to get well;

    

We bring to you, O loving Saviour, those sufferers of whom we think, whom we name and those whom we do not know. 

 

We pray for all those who have asked for our preyers especially remembering today...

John and Helen 

An and Doug

Pam and Ben

Pat

 Sammy

Rory and Jenny

Sarah, Carsten and James 

Griff and Maria

Lord in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for the souls of the dead and those recently bereaved and ask you heavenly Father to send your Holy Spirit upon all who grieve. Give them your comfort in their grief, a light in their darkness and hope for the future.

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We now have a moment of silent prayer to bring to the Lord those people and things on our hearts and mind.

Silence

Lord in your mercy

All        Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all in our communities 

especially remembering those who live in...

Burton Dassett, LITTLE DASSETT & NORTHEND

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.

All         Merciful Father,

              accept these prayers
              for the sake of your Son,
              our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE COLLECT FOR THE DAY

Lord God, your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair,

that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All        Amen.

THE LORDS PRAYER

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Trusting in the compassion of God,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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All        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

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Let us bless the Lord.

All        Thanks be to God. 

The Dassett Magna Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit:

fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Strengthen your church here in Dassett Magna:

deepen our faith

and pour out your love, through us,

on our communities.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.

Amen.

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