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Order of Service - March 29, 2020
Posted on 29-03-2020

Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

March 29, 2020

 

Welcome

 

Opening Hymn: #128 The Royal Banners Forward Go

 

The royal banners forward go,

The Cross shines forth in mystic glow,

Where he, the Life, did death endure,

And by that death did life procure.

 

There was he slain in noble youth,

There suffered to maintain the truth,

And there, to cleanse the heart of man,

From out his side life’s torrent ran.

 

Fulfilled is all his words foretold:

Then spread the banners, and unfold

Love’s crowning power, that all may see

He reigns and triumphs from the Tree.

 

O Tree of grace, the conquering sign,

Which dost in royal purple shine,

Gone is thy shame; for lo, each bough

Proclaims the Prince of Glory now.

 

For once thy favoured branches bore

The wealth that did the world restore,

The priceless treasure, freely spent,

To pay for man’s enfranchisement.

 

Father of all, life’s source and spring,

May every soul thy praises sing,

May those obey the rule of heaven

For whom the perfect life was given.

 

Opening Sentence                             

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

 

 

 

 

 

The Exhortation

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us in sundry places to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloke them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart and humble voice unto the throne of the heavenly grace.

 

General Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, We have offended against thy holy laws, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant. O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

 

Absolution

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live, hath given power and commandment to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent and unfeignedly believe in his holy Gospel. Wherefore we beseech him to grant us true repentance and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him which we do at this present, and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Our Father

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 them that 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.

 

O Lord, open thou our lips;

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

O God, make speed to save us;

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Praise ye the Lord;

The Lord's name be praised.

 

Venite

O Come, let us sing unto the Lord:

let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are all the corners of the earth: and the strength of the hills is his also.

The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.

O Come, let us worship, and fall down, and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is the Lord our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Today, O that ye would hear his voice: ‘Harden not your hearts as in the Provocation, and as in the day of Temptation in the wilderness;

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works.

Forty years long was I grieved with that generation, and said,  "It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways";

Unto whom I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest.'

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I called you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, O Lord, who could stand?

3 For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.

4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; in this word is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy.

7 With him there is plenteous redemption, and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

The First Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14

 

Hymn: #485    Breathe on Me Breath of God

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what thou wouldst do.

 

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Until my heart is pure;

Until my will is one with thine

To do and to endure.

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Till I am wholly thine;

Until this earthly part of me

Glows with thy fire divine.

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

So shall I never die,

But live with thee the perfect life

Of thine eternity.

 

Gospel: John 11:1-45

 

Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited, and redeemed his people;

And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, in the house of his servant David;

As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, which have been since the world began;

That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hands of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, that he would grant us

That we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies might serve him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

 

And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people for the remission of their sins; Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the day-spring from on high hath visited us; To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Apostles Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate. Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body,

And the Life everlasting. Amen.

The Lord be with you:

People. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

 

Our Father

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 them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

O Lord, show thy mercy upon us;

People: And grant us thy salvation.

O Lord, save the Queen;

And mercifully hear us when we call upon thee.

Endue thy Ministers with righteousness;

And make thy chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save thy people;

And bless thine inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord;

And evermore mightily defend us.

O God, make clean our hearts within us;

And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

 

The Collect of the Day

We beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Second Collect, for Peace

God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Third Collect, for Grace

Lord our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings may be ordered by thy governance, to do always that is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Sermon

 

Prayers of the People

 

From a distance the world looks blue and green, And the snow-capped mountains white, From a distance the ocean meets the stream And the eagle takes to flight*

 

Holy One, during this time of social distancing and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, remind us that we are still connected to one another. We pray for those impacted by travel bans, those unable to connect with loved ones, those who have insurance, those who do not, those who are getting treatment, and all those who cannot get a hospital bed.

We pray for all of us, who are anxious and afraid. Remind us that we are infinitely connected to you, and we can come to you in prayer at any time, in any setting. We pray for Bishop Geoff, for the Primate’s Task Group on prayer and repentance, for the National Indigenous Bishop and the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, for the parishes of Harbour Grace and Heart’s Content and for those worshipping in the South Sudan.

 

From a distance there is harmony

And it echoes through the land

It’s the voice of hope

It’s the voice of peace

It’s the voice of every human

 

Help us to be the Body of Christ that you call us to be in this moment.

May we be your hands and feet right now, in neighborhoods, farms and small towns, hospitals and clinics, tribes and large cities as we work to safely feed each other, heal each other, look out for each other, and act as your instruments in this ailing world.  Be with the very young, the school-age children as they watch this world around them. Be with those who are sick, those who mourn and for those who see you face to face.

Guide the healers on each continent, in each country, in each city around the globe, and be with them and each of us as we struggle to navigate new things in new ways.  Sustain the researchers, virologists, laboratories and medical transport teams.

 

From a distance we all have enough

And no one is in need

And there are no guns, no bombs and no disease No hungry mouths to feed

 

All economies around the world have been terribly affected over these past months. We pray for each of the ways it is impacting the small business owners, investors, our elderly, our homeless, the middle class, all of us in vastly varied ways. May we rebuild together without rank of who is worthiest, but, instead, guided by your light and filled with your love, stronger than we can imagine.

 

 

 

 

 

From a distance we are instruments

Marching in a common band

Playing songs of hope

Playing songs of peace

They are the songs of every human

 

May we hear your songs of hope ringing from balconies. May we hear your songs of a common band.   May we hear your songs of peace in the “caremongers” of Canada who out of kindness, not fear, have created online groups searching out need (#iso) and/or providing help (#offer). May we know that these are the songs of all of us, your beloved children.

 

 

God is watching us

God is watching us

God is watching us from a distance

 

May God watch over us, and may we watch over one another, from a distance.

Amen.

 

*Excerpts taken From a Distance (Written by Julie Gold, sung by Bette Midler) with adaptations

World in Prayer, the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, California. Prayers. Prayers and litanies based on each week's world news.

 

A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom

Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee; and dost promise that when two or three are gathered together in thy Name thou wilt grant their requests: Fulfil now, O Lord, the desires and petitions of thy servants, as may be most expedient for them; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn #129   Sing, my Tongue, the Glorious Battle

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,

Sing the ending of the fray;

Now above the Cross, the trophy,

Sound the loud triumphant lay:

Tell how Christ, the world's redeemer,

As a Victim won the day.

 

Tell how, when at length the fullness

Of the appointed time was come,

He, the Word, was born of woman,

Left for us his Father's home,

Showed to men the perfect manhood,

Shone as light amidst the gloom.

 

Thus, with thirty years accomplished,

Went he forth from Nazareth,

Destined, dedicate, and willing,

Wrought his work, and met his death;

Like a lamb he humbly yielded

On the Cross his dying breath.

 

Faithful Cross, thou sign of triumph,

Now for man the noblest Tree,

None in foliage, none in blossom,

None in fruit thy peer may be;

Symbol of the world's redemption,

For the weight that hung on thee!

 

Unto God be praise and glory:

To the Father and the Son,

To the eternal Spirit, honour

Now and evermore be done;

Praise and glory in the highest,

While the timeless ages run.

 

 

 

 

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