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Morning Prayer
Sunday, 21 February 2021
The First Sunday of Lent


O Lord, open our lips
Alland our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,
Allaccording to your judgement give us life.

A prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

A Song of Penitence

1Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; 
according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out my offences.

2Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness 
and cleanse me from my sin.

3For I acknowledge my faults 
and my sin is ever before me.

4Against you only have I sinned 
and done what is evil in your sight,

5So that you are justified in your sentence 
and righteous in your judgement.

6Cast me not away from your presence 
and take not your holy spirit from me.

7Give me again the joy of your salvation 
and sustain me with your gracious spirit;

8Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked 
and sinners shall return to you.

9Deliver me from my guilt, O God,
the God of my salvation, 

and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 51.1-5, 12-15

AllGlory 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.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.

The Word of God


The appointed psalmody is said.

Psalm 77

Refrain:In the day of my trouble I have sought the Lord.

1I cry aloud to God; 
I cry aloud to God and he will hear me.

2In the day of my trouble I have sought the Lord; 
by night my hand is stretched out and does not tire;
my soul refuses comfort.

3I think upon God and I groan; 
I ponder, and my spirit faints.

4You will not let my eyelids close; 
I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 

5I consider the days of old; 
I remember the years long past;

6I commune with my heart in the night; 
my spirit searches for understanding.

7Will the Lord cast us off for ever? 
Will he no more show us his favour?

8Has his loving mercy clean gone for ever? 
Has his promise come to an end for evermore?

9Has God forgotten to be gracious? 
Has he shut up his compassion in displeasure?

10And I said, ‘My grief is this: 
that the right hand of the Most High has lost its strength.’ 

11I will remember the works of the Lord 
and call to mind your wonders of old time.

12I will meditate on all your works 
and ponder your mighty deeds.

13Your way, O God, is holy; 
who is so great a god as our God?

14You are the God who worked wonders 
and declared your power among the peoples.

15With a mighty arm you redeemed your people, 
the children of Jacob and Joseph. 

16The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and were afraid; 
the depths also were troubled.

17The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; 
your arrows flashed on every side;

18The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the ground; 
the earth trembled and shook.

19Your way was in the sea, and your paths in the great waters, 
but your footsteps were not known.

20You led your people like sheep 
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Refrain:In the day of my trouble I have sought the Lord.

God our shepherd,
you led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget your people in their troubles,
but raise up your power
to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

AllGlory 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.

If there are two Scripture readings, the first may be read here, or both may be read after the canticle.

Exodus 34.1-10

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me, on the top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and do not let anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; and do not let flocks or herds graze in front of that mountain.’ So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the former ones; and he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name, ‘The Lord.’ The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed,
‘The Lord, the Lord,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
yet by no means clearing the guilty,
but visiting the iniquity of the parents
upon the children
and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.’
And Moses quickly bowed his head towards the earth, and worshipped. He said, ‘If now I have found favour in your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.’

He said: I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform marvels, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation; and all the people among whom you live shall see the work of the Lord; for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.


The Song of Manasseh


AllFull of compassion and mercy and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

1Lord almighty and God of our ancestors, 
you who made heaven and earth in all their glory:

2All things tremble with awe at your presence, 
before your great and mighty power.

3Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised mercy, 
for you are God, Most High.

4You are full of compassion, long-suffering and very merciful, 
and you relent at human suffering.

5O God, according to your great goodness, 
you have promised forgiveness for repentance
to those who have sinned against you.

6The sins I have committed against you 
are more in number than the sands of the sea.

7I am not worthy to look up to the height of heaven, 
because of the multitude of my iniquities.

8And now I bend the knee of my heart before you, 
imploring your kindness upon me.

9I have sinned, O God, I have sinned, 
and I acknowledge my transgressions.

10Unworthy as I am, you will save me, 
according to your great mercy.

11For all the host of heaven sings your praise, 
and your glory is for ever and ever.

Manasseh 1a, 2, 4, 6, 7a, b, 9a, c, 11, 12, 14b, 15b

AllGlory 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.

AllFull of compassion and mercy and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

Scripture Reading

One or more readings appointed for the day are read.

The reading(s) may be followed by a time of silence.

Romans 10.8b-13

‘The word is near you,
   on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
AllO my God, in you I trust.
You are the God of my salvation,
AllTo you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
In you I hope all the day long.
AllO my God, in you I trust.
Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
AllTo you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust.

from Psalm 25

Gospel Canticle

The Benedictus


AllBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, 
who has come to his people and set them free.

2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
born of the house of his servant David.

3Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,

4To show mercy to our ancestors, 
and to remember his holy covenant.

5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: 
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6Free to worship him without fear, 
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

7And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, 
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8To give his people knowledge of salvation 
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9In the tender compassion of our God 
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, 
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

AllGlory 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.


AllBlessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.


Everlasting God, your son Jesus Christ was tried and tempted by the devil. May we never be ashamed of temptation but saved from the weakness of giving in.  Help us choose the way of faithfulness rather than popularity, service rather than fame and sacrifice rather than power.                                                                                       Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, we pray for the whole family of your church here in the united benefice.  May all your people be built up in faith and demonstrate in their lives the gospel of Jesus Christ especially as at this time we are struggling to meet together because of the pandemic. Help us to play our part in the life of the church throughout the world; through our prayers and by our gifts of money and service during this season of Lent and beyond. Give courage to those who find it hard to follow you. Give us a fresh vision that leads to action and strengthen us to serve you in the places where we live.                                                                Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Father, during our Lenten fasting may we be constantly aware of those in our world who are always hungry and thirsty and of all those who have so little when we have so much.                    Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Father God, we ask you to protect our loved ones, our friends and our neighbours. We pray that this Lenten season may bring grace to our friends and relatives who no longer practice their faith, and that they may return in the certain knowledge of your loving acceptance of them.                                                                                          Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Loving God, we pray for those who are ill and in pain, longing to live full lives, for those who are sad and hurt longing for comfort, for those in hospital awaiting treatment, for those convalescing, seeing an end to their suffering and for those whose only relief will come through death.  May we always offer gentle support to those in trouble sensitive encouragement to those in need, and strength and support to those in weakness.  We especially pray for any suffering from Coronavirus.                    Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, we pray for those saddened by the death of someone close to them. Give them your comfort as they mourn for their loved ones and turn their darkness into light.  We commend to your everlasting love and care those who have died praying that will rest eternal in the light of Christ.                                                                                Lord in your mercy, Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, help us to see this time of Lent as an opportunity to develop our discipleship and discipline and as your Son Jesus showed us how to reject temptation, fill us with grace to be faithful to his example in this Lenten season and the years ahead as we look to the changes that will take place in the Diocesan Restructure with parishes joining together and the number of stipendiary clergy reduced.

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

Silence may be kept.

The Collect of the day is said

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.

The Lord’s Prayer is said

Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

AllOur 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.

The Conclusion

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Let us bless the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.

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