Benefice Zoom Service

Ermin West Benefice
Order of Service for Sunday 28 February 2021
The Second Sunday of Lent
10.00 a.m. on Zoom
Led by Revd Dr Julie Nelson

Please say the words in bold type, even though you will be muted on Zoom!

Opening Prayers

We gather from scattered lives 
to become a community of prayer and praise.
Let us recognise God’s presence with us now.

Silence is kept.

Be with us, Spirit of God;
nothing can separate us from your love.

Breathe on us, Breath of God;
fill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, Wisdom of God;
bring strength, healing and grace.

The Lord is here.
God’s Spirit is with us.


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.

Keeping a good fast in Lent

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and have trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressure and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words; be silent and listen. 

(Pope Francis)

Silence is kept.

                                                                          The Collect

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Father, hear the prayer we offer
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Father, hear the prayer we offer:
         not for ease that prayer shall be,
         but for strength that we may ever
         live our lives courageously.

2       Not for ever in green pastures
         do we ask our way to be;
         but the steep and rugged pathway
         may we tread rejoicingly.

3       Not for ever by still waters
         would we idly rest and stay;
         but would smite the living fountains
         from the rocks along our way.

4       Be our strength in hours of weakness,
         in our wanderings be our guide;
         through endeavour, failure, danger,
         Father, be thou at our side.

Love Maria Willis (nee Whitcomb) (1824-1908), Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)

Fruitfulness on the Frontline: Making Good Work

Genesis 1.26-28

God spoke: ‘Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature, so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.’ 

God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature, he created them male and female. God blessed them: ‘Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.’

(The Message)

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

Colossians 3.15-4.1

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ – the Message – have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever – be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honour the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them. Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end. Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.

Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work.

And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master – God in heaven.

(The Message)

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


Prayers for the needs of the world

We pray to the Lord for courage to give up other things
and to give ourselves to God this Lent.

Give your Church the courage
to give up her preoccupation with herself
and to give more time to your mission in the world.

We pray for our Benefice and for all our church communities, especially those who serve as churchwardens, treasurers, secretaries and on our PCCs. Give us wisdom in our decision-making, compassion and humility as we seek to serve others, and joy in our worship.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give your world the courage
to give up war, bitterness and hatred,
and to seek peace.

We pray for the work of the United Nations and its agencies, and for charities and development organisations as they seek to bring peace and justice to all. We especially pray for the World Health Organisation and for the equitable sharing of vaccines across the world to help protect everyone against Covid.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give us the courage to give up quarrels, strife and jealousy
in our families, neighbourhoods and communities.

In a moment of silence, let us bring to mind anyone with whom we are in conflict…

May the presence of the risen Jesus,
his body once broken and now made whole,
bring peace and direction as we live with one another.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give us the courage
to give up our selfishness as we live for others.

We offer all our work to you: whether paid or voluntary, whether at home or out in the world, our daily tasks, our responsibilities and duties: may we honour you in all that we do. Help us to bring order, provision, beauty and joy to your world.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give us the courage to make time to give care and comfort to the sick.

We pray for those we know to be ill or struggling, at home, in hospital, or in a place that is strange and frightening for them.
May the wounded hands of Jesus bring healing, light and peace to all for whom we pray.

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give us the courage to give up our fear of death
and to rejoice with those who have died in faith.

May the feet of the risen Lord Jesus, once nailed to the cross,
walk alongside the dying and bereaved in their agony,
and walk with us and all your Church
through death to the gate of glory.

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

The Lord’s Prayer

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. 


Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
         pilgrim through this barren land;
         I am weak, but thou art mighty,
         hold me with thy powerful hand:
         bread of heaven,
         feed me now and evermore.

2       Open now the crystal fountain
         whence the healing stream doth flow;
         let the fiery, cloudy pillar
         lead me all my journey through:
         strong deliverer,
         be thou still my strength and shield.

3       When I tread the verge of Jordan
         bid my anxious fears subside;
         death of death, and hell's destruction,
         land me safe on Canaan's side:
         songs of praises
         I will ever give to thee.

Arglwydd arwain drwy'r anialwch 
William Williams (1717-1791)

Translated by Peter Williams (1727-1796)

Prayer for Judith’s Mum (Jean Brannigan)

God our Father, our times and years are in your hands:
we give thanks to you for Jean Brannigan, 
who celebrates her 90th birthday today.
May she know that she is treasured and loved, 
by her family, friends and neighbours.
Fill this day with joy and laughter,
and renew her in hope, courage and faith.
Bless her, today and always, 
and keep her safe. 
We ask this in Jesus’ name.


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you and remain with you,
today and always.

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

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