Online Sunday Service 28th February 2021

Join us this Sunday for a service of hymns, readings, prayers and a short reflection. Service sheet is below. This service will be live-streamed on the St Edward Facebook page at 9.15am and then added here later in the day.


The Greeting


In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and also with you.


Collect for Purity


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.


Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the height


Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depth be praise:

in all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways.


O loving wisdom of our God!

When all was sin and shame,

a second Adam to the fight

and to the rescue came.


O wisest love! that flesh and blood,

which did in Adam fail,

should strive afresh against the foe,

should strive and should prevail;

And that a higher gift than grace

should flesh and blood refine,

God's presence and his very self,

and essence all-divine.


O generous love! that he, who smote

in Man for man the foe,

the double agony in Man

for man should undergo;


And in the garden secretly,

and on the cross on high,

should teach his brethren, and inspire

to suffer and to die.


Praise to the Holiest in the height,

and in the depth be praise:

in all his words most wonderful,

most sure in all his ways.

Prayers of penitence


In the wilderness we find your grace;

you love us with an everlasting love.


Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


There is none but you to uphold our cause;

Our sin cries out and our guilt is great.


Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


Heal us, O Lord, and we shall be healed;

Restore us and we shall know your joy.


Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

The God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sin,

and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Collect


Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things

that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading: Genesis 17.1-7,15-16.

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’

Psalm: Psalm 22.23-end.


You who fear the Lord, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;

stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he did not despise or abhor

the affliction of the afflicted;

he did not hide his face from me,

but heard when I cried to him.


From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the Lord.

May your hearts live for ever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember

and turn to the Lord;

and all the families of the nations

shall worship before him.

For dominion belongs to the Lord,

and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

and I shall live for him.

Posterity will serve him;

future generations will be told about the Lord,

and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,

saying that he has done it.

Epistle Reading: Romans 4.13-end.


For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Gospel Reading: Mark 8.31-end


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 word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Reflection

Hymn: Be Thou my Vision


Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

be all else but naught to me, save that thou art.

Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,

Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.


Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;

Be thou ever with me, and I with thee, Lord.

Be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;

Be thou in me dwelling and I with thee one.


Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;

Be thou mine inheritance, now and always.

Be thou and thou only, the first in my heart,

O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.


High King of heaven, thou heaven’s bright Sun,

O grant me it’s joys after victory is won;

Great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

The Creed


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.


For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Intercessions


Response: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour 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.


Blessing


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 among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn: O Jesus I have promised

O Jesus, I have promised

To serve thee to the end;

Be thou forever near me,

My Master and my friend;

I shall not fear the battle

If thou art by my side,

Nor wander from the pathway

If thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel thee near me!

The world is ever near:

I see the sights that dazzle,

The tempting sounds I hear.

My foes are ever near me,

Around me and within;

But, Jesus, draw thou nearer,

And shield my soul from sin.


O let me hear thee speaking

In accents clear and still,

Above the storms of passion,

The murmurs of self-will.

O speak to reassure me,

To hasten or control;

O speak, and make me listen,

Thou guardian of my soul.


O Jesus, thou hast promised

To all who follow thee

That where thou art in glory

There shall thy servant be.

And, Jesus, I have promised

To serve thee to the end;

O give me grace to follow,

My Master and my friend.


O let me see thy footmarks,

And in them plant my own;

My hope to follow duly

Is in thy strength alone:

O guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then in heaven receive me,

My Saviour and my Friend.


Dismissal


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.


Common Worship copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2002 and published by Church House Publishing.

Hymns from Hymns Ancient & Modern hymns & songs for refreshing worship

Praise to the Holiest in the height - John Henry Newman (1801-1890); Be Thou my Vision

- Trans. M.E. Byrne (1880- 1931); O Jesus I have promised

- J.E, Bode (1816-1874)

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