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You will need for today’s service, a small bowl of water, a candle a pen and paper.
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Today is Candlemas – the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Light your candle as you pray:
As we light this candle in prayer we ask God’s blessing on us, our family, our church and world. We ask Christ to surround and his Angels to protect us.
open our ears to hear your word
and draw us closer to you,
that the whole world may be one with you
as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Psalm (Poem) for the Week say this aloud quietly and slowly
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Saviour.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.
Penitence where we reflect on the good and bad of the last week
Meditation on our last week:
Quietly look at your candle burn before you.
Think of the one thing that you are most proud of this week
Where have you surprised yourself with your kindness or patience
Quietly think it over and relive that moment in your mind.
Feel the Joy within you as you notice God’s presence.
Write it down and place it by your candle
Think of one thing that you are ashamed of this week.
What led to that thought, action or inaction?
How did this make you feel?
Now touch the water in your bowl and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead
Then say aloud:
Lord God I am your child my I turn away from the darkness of depression to the joy of love
The Prayer for the week:
Almighty and ever-living God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you
with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The Word where we listen to the Bible Readings and the Sermon
This week’s readings are:
This week our featured reading is from Luke chapter 2 verse 22-40 read it aloud below.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’
And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed-and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
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Intercessions we pray for others and our world.
Spend some time thinking about situations in your life or in our community and world.
What is it in the Church that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What is in your family that you are most concerned about? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you seen on the news that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
What have you heard about within our community that most concerns you? Think for a moment and write it down
Who do you know who is sick at the moment? Think for a moment and write it down
Think about your loved ones who have passed, Think for a moment and write it down
Take a drop of water on your finger, touch each person or situation you have written, as you do this pray aloud for each one written..
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on us.
Thanksgiving where we say Thank you to God and bring to him all we thought and prayed about today
Listen to the choir sing, this is a hymn they sing during communion. As you listen think back over all the readings, prayers, sermon and your own life. Within you heart, say thank you to God for those things that led you to feel that deep Joy within you.
Click to listen to the Choir
This week’s challenge:
Each week we are called to put our prayer into action:
How can we be a light in the world this week even if it causes us to suffer?
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord
In the name of Christ Amen.
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