St Mary’s Ecclesfield

 

“Following Jesus: Celebrating Life; Welcoming All”

 

Morning Prayer in the season of Epiphany 2021

 

We Prepare

May the light and peace of Jesus our Lord be with us.

Amen

 

Blessed are you, Lord our God, king of the universe!

To you be glory and praise forever.

 

From the rising of the sun to its setting

your name is proclaimed in all the world.

To you be glory and praise forever.

 

When the time had come you sent your Son,

in Him the fulness of your glory dwells.

To you be glory and praise forever.

 

Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

We Confess.

The grace of God has dawned upon the worldthrough our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who gave Himself for us to purify a people as his own. Let us confess our sins.

 

The minister invites us to a time of reflection and self-examination.

 

Lord Jesus, illuminate the darkness in our hearts:

Lord, have mercy.     

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, open our eyes to your saving love:

Christ, have mercy.   

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, unstop our ears to hear your living word:

Lord, have mercy.      

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

May Almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever. 

Amen

 

Eternal Lord God,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

We listen to the Word of God

 

First Reading - Hebrews 3:7-14

 

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

 

‘Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,

as on the day of testing in the wilderness,

where your ancestors put me to the test,

though they had seen my works 10 for forty years.

Therefore I was angry with that generation,

and I said, “They always go astray in their hearts,

and they have not known my ways.

As in my anger I swore,

“They will not enter my rest.”’

 

Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

 

We pause for a time of reflection.

 

The Psalm - Psalm 95: 1,8-11

 

O come, let us sing to the Lord;

    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

    as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

when your ancestors tested me,

    and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

For forty years I loathed that generation

    and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,

    and they do not regard my ways.’

Therefore in my anger I swore,

    ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

 

At the end of the Psalm we say:

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

 

Second Reading - Mark 1:40-end

 

A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

 

Reflection.

 

The Apostles’ Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Prayers

We are led in prayers of intercession.

 

Lord in your mercy,

hear our prayer.

 

At the end of the intercessions:

Merciful Father

accept these prayers for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ our lord.

Amen

 

 

The Collect of the day is said.

 

The Lord’s Prayer.

Trusting in God’s promises, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

 

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.

 

May the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ

shine in our hearts and transform our lives,

that we may bring His light to others,

and the blessing of God Almighty,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever.

Amen

 

Let us go in the light and peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Amen