2021 ONLINE WORSHIP ARCHIVE

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY 2021
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

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‘Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verberbt’ (In Adam’s fall all mankind fell) – F W Zachau (1663-1721) teacher of Handel

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Hymn: Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,
if thou wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me.

Take up thy cross: let not its weight
fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear thy spirit up,
and brace thy heart, and nerve thine arm.

Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let thy foolish pride rebel:
thy Lord for thee the cross endured,
to save thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross then in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
’twill guide thee to a better home,
it points to victory o’er the grave.

Take up thy cross, and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only they who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

To thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
all praise for evermore ascend:
O grant us in our home to see
the heavenly life that knows no end.

Words: Charles William Everest (1814-1877)
Music: ‘Breslau’ German traditional melody harmony probably by William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

1st Reading:
Genesis -17 1-7, 15-16 God establishes a Covenant with Abram and promises Sarai a son

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.’
God said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days old, including the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring. Both the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money must be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.’
God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’

For the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem
Lord for thy tender mercy’s sake – either Richard Farrant (d.1580/81) or John Hilton (1560-1608)

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(The Cambridge Singers directed by John Rutter)

Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake lay not our sins to our charge; but forgive that is past and give us grace to amend our sinful lives; to decline from sin, and incline to virtue, that we may walk in an upright heart before thee this night and evermore. Amen.
Words: Christian Prayers and Holy Meditations, 1568

Gospel according to Mark
Mark 8. 31-38 Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon by Revd David Eaton

Prayers prepared and read by David Sayce

Merciful Father accept these prayers through our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

Blessing
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen

Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins…
Go in the light and peace of Christ
Thanks be to God

Organ Voluntary : Prelude on ‘Gerontius’ (Praise to the Holiest in the height) – W S Lloyd-Webber (1914-82)

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God Bless
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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2021
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness,
so may we know your power to save;
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

Hymn: Forty days and forty nights

Forty days and forty nights
Thou wast fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights
tempted, and yet undefiled:

Sunbeams scorching all the day;
chilly dew-drops nightly shed;
prowling beasts about thy way;
stones thy pillow, earth thy bed

Shall not we thy sorrows share
and from earthly joys abstain,
fasting with unceasing prayer,
glad with thee to suffer pain?

And if Satan, vexing sore,
flesh or spirit should assail,
thou, his vanquisher before,
grant we may not faint nor fail.

So shall we have peace divine;
holier gladness ours shall be;
round us too shall angels shine,
such as ministered to thee.

Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
ever constant by thy side;
that with thee we may appear
at the eternal Eastertide.

Words: George Hunt Smythian (1822-1870) and Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Melody by ‘M.H.’ in Nürnbergisches Gesangbuch, 1676 possibly by Martin Herbst 1654-1681)

1st Reading:
Genesis 9.8-17 God establishes his covenant with Noah

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’

For the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem Almighty and everlasting God – Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

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(Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge)

Almighty and everlasting God,
mercifully look upon our infirmities,
and in all our dangers and necessities
stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us,
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words: Collect for the Third Sunday after Epiphany

Gospel Mark 1.9-15 The baptism and temptation of Jesus and the beginning of his Ministry

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ.

Sermon by Revd Anna Moore

Prayers prepared and read by Ginny Eaton

Merciful Father accept these prayers through our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

Blessing
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen

Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins…
Go in the light and peace of Christ
Thanks be to God

Organ Voluntary :
‘Wo sill ich fliehen hin’ (Where shall I flee), No 2 of the ‘Schübler Chorales’ BWV646 – J S Bach (1685-1750)

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ASH WEDNESDAY

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Ash Wednesday marks the important start to our Lenten journey together. It marks the first day of Lent 40 days during which Christians often abstain from rich foods or everyday habits such as watching excessive amounts of television. We take part in the annual abstinent period to commemorate Jesus Christ, who spent 40 days and nights fasting in the Judaean Desert while being tempted by Satan. During this time he came close to God by retreating from the world around him and through prayer and listening he discerned God’s will. This time of Lent is our opportunity to come close to God by adjusting our lens from everyday routine to that of God’s will for our lives and our church community. Although this is a solemn season it also serves as a reminder to live life to the fullest, appreciating God’s Kingdom around us which nourishes and sustains us rather than relying on our earthly wants and needs.

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
All Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
All and also with you.

Introduction

Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting.
By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord.
I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.

All Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

The Collect

Let us pray for grace to keep Lent faithfully.

Silence is kept.

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
All  Amen.

Readings

Isaiah 58 1-12

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.

2 For day after day they seek me out;
they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.

3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’
“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers.

4 Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife,
and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
and expect your voice to be heard on high.

5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,

10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
The Lord is a great God, O that today you would listen to his voice.
Harden not your hearts. cf Psalm 95.3, 8

All Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew .
All Glory to you, O Lord.

Matthew 6 1-6, 16-21

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Prayer

5 “And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Fasting

16 “And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Treasures

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Liturgy of Penitence 

Self-examination and Confession

Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.
God the Father,
All have mercy on us.
God the Son,
All have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
All have mercy on us.
Trinity of love,
All have mercy on us.

Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
All Lord, have mercy.

We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
All Lord, have mercy.

We confess to you, Lord …
all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy and impatience of our lives.
All Lord, have mercy.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people.
All Lord, have mercy.

Our anger at our own frustration
and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves.
All Lord, have mercy.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts
and our dishonesty in daily life and work.
All Lord, have mercy.

Our negligence in prayer and worship
and our failure to commend the faith that is in us.
All Lord, have mercy.

Accept our repentance, Lord …
for the wrongs we have done,
for our blindness to human need and suffering,
and our indifference to injustice and cruelty.
All Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgements,
for uncharitable thoughts towards our neighbours
and for our prejudice and contempt towards those who differ from us.
All Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation
and our lack of concern for those who come after us.
All Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us.
All Favourably hear us, for your mercy is great.

Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
All that we may show your glory in the world.

By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
All bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.

Silence is kept.

All We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

The Imposition of Ashes

If the imposition of ashes is to follow, the president says
Dear friends in Christ,
I invite you to receive ashes
as a sign of the spirit of penitence with which we shall keep this season of Lent.
God our Father,
you create us from the dust of the earth:
grant that these ashes may be for us
a sign of our penitence and a symbol of our mortality;
for it is by your grace alone
that we receive eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
All Amen.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ.

The Lord enrich you with his grace,
and nourish you with his blessing;
the Lord defend you in trouble and keep you from all evil;
the Lord accept your prayers,
and absolve you from your offences,
for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
All Amen.

The Peace

Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has given us access to his grace.
Romans 5.1,2
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All and also with you.

Responsory

This is love, not that we loved God,
All but that he loved us and sent his Son.
He is the sacrifice for our sins,
All that we might live through him.
If God loves us so much
All we ought to love one another.
If we love one another
All God lives in us. cf 1 John 4.12

The Dismissal Gospel

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
All Glory to you, O Lord.

Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
Luke 15.4-7
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

The Blessing

May God the Father,
who does not despise the broken spirit,
give to you a contrite heart.
All Amen.
May Christ,
who bore our sins in his body on the tree,
heal you by his wounds.
All Amen.
May the Holy Spirit,
who leads us into all truth,
speak to you words of pardon and peace.
All Amen.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
All Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All In the name of Christ. Amen.

UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2021
SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT – The Transfiguration

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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2021
SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT – FAMILY COMMUNION

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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 31 JANUARY 2021
THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (CANDLEMAS)

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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
SUNDAY 24th January 2021

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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
SUNDAY 17th January 2021

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UNITED BENEFICE OF ST MICHAEL BETCHWORTH AND ST MARY BUCKLAND
SUNDAY 10 JANUARY 2021
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY ; THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Collect

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
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.

Hymn : Songs of thankfulness and praise

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Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesu, Lord, to thee we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem,
in thy birth at Bethlehem:
praises be to thee addrest,
God in man made manifest.

Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana, wedding guest
in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine:
praises be to thee addrest,
God in man made manifest.

Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
Mirrored in thy holy word;
May we imitate thee now,
And be pure, as pure art thou;
That we like to thee may be
At thy great Epiphany;
And may praise thee, ever blest.
God in man made manifest.

Words: Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)
Music: ‘Salzburg’ by Jacob Hintze (1622-1702)

1st Reading: Genesis 1.1-5 The first day of Creation

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
For the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem: Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – John Gardner (1917-2011)

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(Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge Conducted by Andrew Nethsingha)

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day:
I would my true love did so chance
to see the legend of my play,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing, O my love, O my love, my love, my love;
this have I done for my true love.

Then I was born of a virgin pure,
of her I took fleshly substance;
thus was I knit to man’s nature,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing, O my love, O my love, my love, my love;
this have I done for my true love.

In a manger laid and wrapped I was,
so very poor this was my chance,
betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing, O my love, O my love, my love, my love;
this have I done for my true love.

Then afterwards baptized I was;
the Holy Ghost on me did glance,
my Father’s voice heard from above,
to call my true love to my dance:
Sing, O my love, O my love, my love, my love;
this have I done for my true love.

Words: Traditional English Carol

Gospel
Mark 1.4-11 John the Baptist at the River Jordan

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you O Christ

Sermon : Revd Anna Moore

Prayers. Written by Trevor Cook

Merciful father accept these prayers through our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

Blessing
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen

Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins…
Go in the light and peace of Christ
Thanks be to God.

Organ Voluntary; Epilogue on ‘Dix’ – W H Harris (1883-1973)
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(Played by Thomas Moore on the organ of Wakefield Cathedral)

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