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We are now in the period of Lent.
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
Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
and my bones grow weak.
Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.
For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.
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 everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son 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 Mark chapter 15 verses 1-39 read it aloud below.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom.Then he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. And they began saluting him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews.’ And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!’ In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.’ Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!
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.
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This week’s challenge:
Each week we are called to put our prayer into action:
Try this week to spot the story of the passion in everyday life.
Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord
In the name of Christ Amen.
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