Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Readings’ Category

Collect

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 64: 1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence!  When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed.We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.  Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.

 

From Psalm 80

1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel : you that led Joseph like a flock;
2 Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim :
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
3 Stir up your mighty strength : and come to our salvation.
4 Turn us again, O God : show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
5 O Lord God of hosts : how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?
6 You feed them with the bread of tears : you give them abundance of tears to drink.
7 You have made us the derision of our neighbours : and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

8 Turn us again, O God of hosts : show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
18 Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand :
the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
19 And so will we not go back from you : give us life, and we shall call upon your name.

20 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts : show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Glory to the Father and |to the |Son : and |to the |Holy |Spirit;

As it was in the be|ginning, is |now : and shall be for |ever. |A-|men.

 

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Gospel: Mark 13: 24-37            (HC only: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

Jesus said, ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’

 (HC only: This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

 

Preface

Salvation is your gift through the coming of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, and by him you will make all things new when he returns in glory to judge the world:

 

Post Communion

God our deliverer, awaken our hearts to prepare the way for the advent of your Son, that, with minds purified by the grace of his coming, we may serve you faithfully all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

This coming Sunday, 20th November, is the feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the church year. As well as bringing our proclamation of Jesus Christ to a climax, in the vision of the whole world “subject to his just and gentle rule”, this Sunday bids us stir ourselves to make ready for his coming, as the Advent season approaches.

 

 

 

Collect

Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

First Reading: Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.

Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.

I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

 

Psalm 100

1 O be joyful in the Lord, |all the |earth : serve the Lord with gladness, and come before his |presence |with a |song.
2 Know that the |Lord is |God : it is he that has made us and we are his; we are his |people •and the |sheep of •his |pasture.

3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his |courts with |praise : give thanks to |him and |bless his |name.
4 For the Lord is gracious; his steadfast love is |ever|lasting : and his faithfulness endures from gene|ration to |gene|ration.

 

Glory to the Father and |to the |Son : and |to the |Holy |Spirit;

As it was in the be|ginning, is |now : and shall be for |ever. |A-|men.

 

 

Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 15-23

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

Gospel: Matthew 25: 31-46   (HC only: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

Jesus said, ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

(HC only: This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

 

Post Communion

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that plenteously bearing the fruit of good works they may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Read Full Post »

Some of the materials from this week’s Quiet Hour in Glasnevin.

CHRIST’S COMING                     P.H. Pearse

I have made my heart clean to-night
As a woman might clean her house
Ere her lover come to visit her:
O Lover, pass not by!

I have opened the door of my heart
Like a man that would make a feast
For his son’s coming home from afar:
Lovely Thy coming, O Son!

Some time later I was going home in the London Underground late at night. Two young people sat opposite me, locked in an embrace which was as passionate as you can get when there is a seat-divider between you. As we clicked our way down the line, she told him he was beautiful and she loved him. He repeated it to her at the next station, and she lobbed the words back at him before we had scarcely moved. A woman in the carriage sighed, looked at them, and sighed again meaningfully at me.

I knew what she meant. It was repetitious and boring, and would never change. Somehow or other, those tired hackneyed words would be as fresh to the lovers at the end of the line as they had been boring for us at its beginning. If you are inside the experience, such repetition is fresh; if you are outside the experience, all words are stale.

I thought of my prayers…                

        Rabbi Lionel Blue

  

I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’…

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 12and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 14When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). 17Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ 18Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

From John 20

  

In the East Window of Glasnevin Church we see the Risen Lord with Mary Magdalene. This personal encounter of love forms the backdrop to the Lord’s Table and the Holy Communion.

  •  Here Christ calls us by name.
  • Here we experience his resurrection and ours.
  • Here sinners are welcomed and made whole.
  • From here we go into the world to proclaim “I have seen the Lord”.

 

A SONG FOR MARY MAGDALENE     P.H. Pearse

 O woman of the gleaming hair,

(Wild hair that won men’s gaze to thee)

Weary thou turnest from the common stare,

For the shuiler Christ is calling thee.
O woman of the snowy side,

Many a lover hath lain with thee,

Yet left thee sad at the morning tide,

But thy lover Christ shall comfort thee.
O woman with the wild thing’s heart,

Old sin hath set a snare for thee:

In the forest ways forspent thou art

But the hunter Christ shall pity thee.

 

O woman spendthrift of thyself,

Spendthrift of all the love in thee,

Sold unto sin for little pelf,

The captain Christ shall ransom thee.
O woman that no lover’s kiss

(Tho’ many a kiss was given thee)

Could slake thy love, is it not for this

The hero Christ shall die for thee?

1.Take this moment, sign and space;   

Take my friends around;          

Here among us make the place

Where your love is found.                  

2. Take the time to call my name, 

Take the time to mend

Who I am and what I’ve been, All I’ve failed to tend.

3. Take the tiredness of my days,                     

Take my past regret;                                    

Letting your forgiveness touch

All I can’t forget.                                                 

4. Take the little child in me,

Scared of growing old;

Help me here to find my worth

Made in Christ’s own mould.

5. Take my talents, take my skills,

Take what’s yet to be;

Let my life be yours, and yet

Let it still be me.                                                                                                   John Bell

 

 

Christ rising was indeed such a gardener, and that a strange one, who made such an herb grow out of the ground this day as the like was never seen before, a dead body to shoot forth alive out of the grave.

But I ask, was he so this day alone? No, but this profession of his, this day begun, he will follow to the end. For he it is that by virtue of this morning’s act shall garden our bodies too, turn all our graves into garden plots; yea, shall one day turn land and sea and all into a great garden, and so husband them as they shall in due time bring forth live bodies, even all our bodies alive again.

Mary Magdalene standing by the grave’s side, and there weeping, is brought to represent unto us the state of all mankind before this day, the day of Christ’s rising again, weeping over the dead. But Christ quickened her, and her spirits that were good as dead. You thought you should have come to Christ’s resurrection today, and so you do. But not to his alone, but even to Mary Magdalene’s resurrection too. For in very deed a kind of resurrection it was was wrought in her; revived as it were, and raised from a dead and drooping, to a lively and cheerful estate. The gardener had done his part, made her all green on the sudden.

From Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, Easter Sermon 1620

Read Full Post »

Here are some of the materials used at our Lenten Quiet Hour this afternoon in Finglas.

THE POWER OF SILENCE

One Thursday, I passed a Quaker meeting house, when a meeting was about to take place. It was not for undergraduates who came on Sunday but for Quaker farmers in the country round about. I walked in, sat down, and was sucked into the silence. It is the only mystery the Quakers possess, but it is a very powerful one. Some people got up from time to time and said the normal things, reminding the Almighty of the more distressing current events as if He did not know them. I did not bother about them. I wanted to go deeper into that silence, because I knew that something was in it. It was the same silence I had felt in synagogue after my Bar Mitzvah. I had picked up an old thread, and I was jolly well going to follow it and unravel it. I attended that meeting every week for about two months, and the silence became deeper and more profound. It began to have a face, a personality and a voice.

 From A Backdoor to Heaven – Rabbi Lionel Blue

 

MARY HAS CHOSEN THE BETTER PART

 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

 Luke 10:38-42

The East Window in Finglas Church shows Martha and Mary with Jesus; traditionally the two sides of Christian life, active service and quiet contemplation. Forming the backdrop to the altar, it suggests that both adoration and action are fruits of the Eucharist.

Can we imagine ourselves offering hospitality to Jesus? Receiving his hospitality? Attending to him and serving him in the people we meet?

 

Martha and Mary were friends of Jesus,

They loved him dearly, and he loved them

Martha was busy, serving his dinner.

Mary was quiet, listening to him

 

We must be busy, working for others.

We must be quiet, so we can pray:

Busy with Martha, quiet with Mary;

Always with Jesus, all through the day.

Mary Oswin

 

THE JESUS PRAYER

It can be hard to still ourselves – our minds race, our thoughts wander. It is helpful to sit comfortably and relaxed, and to allow our breathing to become regular. Reciting a simple prayer over and over can help to concentrate the mind. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46) is an example.

In the Eastern Church, the classic prayer that undergirds Orthodox spiritual practice is that which is called the “Jesus Prayer”, based on Luke 18:13.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Repeated slowly and attentively, the Jesus Prayer calms us and allows us to be open in humility to God’s love.

Bust of Jesus Christ

LOVE

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lack’d any thing.
A guest, I answer’d, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?
Truth, Lord, but I have marr’d them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat.
So I did sit and eat.

George Herbert

Read Full Post »

Collect

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: Give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

First Reading: Exodus 24: 12-18

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.’ So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, ‘Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.’

Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

 

Psalm 99

1 The Lord is king: let the |peoples |tremble; * he is enthroned above the cherubim: |let the |earth |shake.

2 The Lord is |great in |Zion * and |high a|bove all |peoples.

3 Let them praise your name, which is |great and |awesome; * the |Lord our |God is |holy.

4 Mighty king, who loves justice, you have es|tablished |equity; * you have executed |justice and |righteousness in |Jacob.

5† Exalt the |Lord our |God; * bow down before his |footstool, for |he is |holy.

6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among those who |call upon his |name; * they called upon the |Lord |and he |answered them.

7 He spoke to them out of the |pillar of |cloud; * they kept his testimonies |and the |law• that he |gave them.

8 You answered them, O |Lord our |God; * you were a God who forgave them, and |pardoned •them for |their of|fences.

9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship him upon his |holy |hill, * for the |Lord our |God is |holy.

 

Glory to the Father and |to the |Son * and |to the |Holy |Spirit;

As it was in the be|ginning, is |now * and shall be for |ever. |A-|men.

 

Second Reading: 2 Peter 1: 16-21

Eyewitnesses of Christ’s Glory

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

 

Gospel: Matthew 17: 1-9       The Transfiguration

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’

 

Post Communion Prayer

Holy God, we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. May we who are partakers at his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Read Full Post »

Collect

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: Teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen.

 

First Reading: Genesis 1: 1 – 2: 3

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.

And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’ So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

 

Psalm 136: 1- 9

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for |he is |gracious, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever.

2  Give thanks to the |God of |gods, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever.

3  Give thanks to the |Lord of |lords, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

4  Who alone |does great |wonders, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

5  Who by wisdom |made the |heavens, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

6  Who laid out the earth up|on the |waters, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

7  Who made the |great |lights, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

8  The sun to |rule the |day, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever;

9†  The moon and the stars to |govern the |night, * for his |mercy en|dures for |ever.

 

Glory to the Father and |to the |Son * and |to the |Holy |Spirit;

As it was in the be|ginning, is |now * and shall be for |ever. |A-|men.

 

Second Reading: Romans 8: 18-25

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

 

Gospel: Matthew 6: 25-34

Jesus said, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

 

Post Communion Prayer

God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the Bread of life at the heart of your Church. May we who have been nourished at your table on earth be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s Cross and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Read Full Post »

The Third Sunday before Lent

Collect

Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: Give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise; that, among the many changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

First Reading: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.

You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; and you shall not lie to one another. And you shall not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of your God: I am the Lord.

You shall not defraud your neighbour; you shall not steal; and you shall not keep for yourself the wages of a labourer until morning. You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling-block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.

You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.’

 

Psalm 119:33-40

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes * and I shall keep it to the end.

34  Give me understanding and I shall keep your law; *  I shall keep it with my whole heart.

35  Lead me in the path of your commandments, * for therein is my delight.

36  Incline my heart to your testimonies * and not to unjust gain.

37  Turn away my eyes lest they gaze on vanities; * O give me life in your ways.
38  Confirm to your servant your promise, * which stands for all who fear you.

39  Turn away the reproach which I dread, * because your judgements are good.

40  Behold, I long for your commandments; * in your righteousness give me life.

Glory to the Father and |to the |Son * and |to the |Holy |Spirit;

As it was in the be|ginning, is |now * and shall be for |ever. |A-|men.

 

 

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’, and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’ So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

 

Gospel: Matthew 5: 38-48   (HC only: Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

Jesus said, ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

(HC only: This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ)

 

Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Father, you gave Jesus Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger. Draw us to our Lord in faith and love, that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

Read Full Post »