Sun 28/2/21

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Broadcast & Online services.

Full Morning Prayer with Sermon and Hymns which will be used on ZOOM at 11am to join us email 

Broadcast and Live-streamed Opportunities for Worship
8.10 am Radio 4 Sunday Worship marks St David's Day
9.00 am  The Church Of England on-line Service is led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is available from 9.00 am at: Second Sunday of Lent | The Church of England
9.30 am  A modern style of worship is available from Christ Church Gipsy Hill at: Christ Church Gipsy Hill - Home | Facebook
10.00 am  The Cathedral Eucharist is available from 10.00 am at: Chester Cathedral - YouTube
A wide choice of Book of Common Prayer Services are available to livestream on the Prayer Book Society website at: Online streaming of BCP services - The Prayer Book Society (

A Service of the Word For 

Use on Zoom



Leader   We come from scattered lives to meet with God. Let us recognise his presence with us.


Leader   As God’s people we have gathered:

All          Let us worship him together.


All          Lord, direct our hearts, and teach us to pray.  Lift up our hearts to worship you in spirit and truth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


HYMN    Be still for the presence of the Lord



Leader   The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.
Let us come to the Lord, who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith.


Leader   God our Father, 
we come to you in sorrow for our sins

For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;
Father, forgive us:

All          save us and help us.

Leader   For behaving just as we wish,
without thinking of you;
Father, forgive us:

All          save us and help us.

Leader   For failing you by what we do,
and think and say:
Father, forgive us:

All          save us and help us.

Leader   For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us:
Father, forgive us:

All          save us and help us.

Leader   For living as if we were ashamed
to belong to your son;
Father, forgive us:

All          save us and help us.


Leader   May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All          Amen.

Psalm    22: 23 – 31

Reader 1:      You who fear the Lord, 

All:                praise him! 

Reader 2:      All you offspring of Jacob, 

All:                glorify him; 

Reader 3:      stand in awe of him, 

Reader 2:      all you offspring of Israel! 

Reader 1:      For he did not despise or abhor 

Reader 2:      the affliction of the afflicted; 

All:                he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. 

Reader 3:      From you comes my praise in the great congregation; 

Reader 1:      my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 

All:                The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever! 

Reader 2:      All the ends of the earth shall remember 

All:                and turn to the Lord; 

Reader 3:      and all the families of the nations 

All:                shall worship before him. 

Reader 1:      For dominion belongs to the Lord, 

All:                and he rules over the nations. 

Reader 2:      To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; 

Reader 3:      before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, 

All:                and I shall live for him. 

Reader 1:      Posterity will serve him; 

Reader 2:      future generations will be told about the Lord

All:                and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.


Reading        Romans 4: 13 - end    


A Song of Humility

Leader   Come, let us return to the Lord,
who has stricken us and will heal us.

All          God has stricken us and will bind up our wounds.

Leader   After two days, he will revive us,
and on the third day will raise us up
that we may live in his presence.

All          Let us strive to know the Lord,
his appearing is as sure as the sunrise.

Leader   He will come down to us like the showers,
like the rain that waters the earth.

All          ‘O Ephraim, how shall I deal with you?
How shall I deal with you, O Judah?

Leader   ‘Your love for me is like the morning mist,
like the dew that goes early away.

All          ‘Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets and my judgement has gone forth as the light.

Leader   ‘For loyalty is my desire and not sacrifice,
and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

All          Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be fore ever.  Amen.

Hosea 6: 1 - 6


Hymn    Take up thy cross, the Saviour said


Reading       Mark 8: 31 - end



Sermon for 2nd Sunday of Lent                               Mark 8    31- 38


We don’t get off to a good start, do we, when we hear all the negative words in that gospel reading, when what we’re looking for is some positive guidance and encouragement for the coming week. Listen again: suffer, rejected, killed, rebuke, Satan, deny, lose, forfeit, ashamed, adulterous, sinful, and in the next verse - death.


We could perhaps be forgiven if we shrug and think ‘Well, it’s Lent so we have to put up with the gloom and doom and soul-searching and being told to pray more, read our Bibles more and give up our favourite food or tipple. Should we simply remember that it will soon be ‘This joyful Eastertide’?


Happily  it soon will be  Easter, but not yet. We’d do well to turn our attention to what Jesus told his disciples to do. In all that he said to them and the crowds that day was the simple instruction ‘Follow me.’ That’s what his disciples have been doing from that day to this - following him.


Followers of teams or clubs can often be distinguished by a uniform or badge. How would the proverbial Man from Mars  pick out the followers of Jesus on planet  earth today, particularly if he arrived in Cheshire East? There’s plenty of evidence of past followers -  in beautiful church buildings. paintings, music,  hospitals and charities set up by Christians. The people who did all these good things must have thought that the one in whose name they did it was worth following, and that he is indeed the risen Son of God, our Saviour;  the one whose word we can trust; the one who conquered death.


What about his followers now? I suspect that many would-be followers  of Jesus are often confused  and puzzled by some of the things he said and they stumble as did Peter. However  even after Jesus rebuked him he didn’t give up and walk away but carried on and followed his master.


That’s encouragement for us. As followers we try and often fail, and Lent is reckoned to be a good time to take stock and work out how we could follow Jesus more faithfully. Of course we’ll all be different - we’re all on our own journey of faith. It’s trite but true to say that every journey starts with one step and then, as Captain Tom said ‘You just keep on putting one foot in front of the other.’ Once you’ve begun following someone the trick is that you don’t let them get too far out of sight or earshot. Many sermons must have been preached about the dangers of straying, taking a wrong turning, or looking back too often as we try to follow in the right path.


I won’t wring every last thing out of the analogy of following someone on foot, but nevertheless  suggest that we think about how closely  we’re following Jesus. If he’s disappeared out of sight, he’ll wait for us and reassure us of his forgiveness and love. Then the closer we follow we’ll be alert to what he wants us to do, and in the process we’ll gradually become more like him.


If we live like him then our families, friends and community will see in us reasons to follow Jesus too, not to avoid him. That would surely be evidence that there are followers of Jesus, Son of God in this community; that his followers are alive and well and not an extinct sect which vanished with the cave men.  The Man from Mars should be impressed.


Some will tread a more difficult path than others but by way of encouragement,  remember ‘God so loved the world’ - that’s you and me; and in one translation of some verses in Hebrews,  (Hebrews 13.5) God said ‘I will never under any circumstances leave you without support, nor will I forsake you, or let you down, or relax my hold on you.’


That should surely encourage  his followers to step out in faith   this week.



Hymn    What a friend we have in Jesus


Statement of Faith

Leader   Let us affirm our faith in God.

All          We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



Prayers of Intercession

Leader   Let us pray to our God in faith,
knowing that he understands what is best for us.

Leader   Heavenly Father, increase our faith,
that everyone in your Church
may be more ready to trust you
and move forward with you
wherever you lead us.
You speak what is true:

All          and truth can set us free.

Leader   Heavenly Father, give to all leaders
and their advisors
the courage to be honest,
the will to be just,
the greatness to be humble
and the openness to learn.
You speak what is true:

All          and truth can set us free.

Leader   Heavenly Father, at the door of each home
place your welcome;
in the rooms of each home, your love;
in the eyes of each person, your truth;
and in all our companionship, your presence.
You speak what is true:

All          and truth and set us free.



Leader   Heavenly Father, give comfort and healing
to those who are ill,
peace to the anxious,
and reassurance to the afraid;
may we know your love for us
through both the good and agonising times.
You speak what is true:

All          and truth sets us free.

Leader   Heavenly Father, may the dying be prepared
to meet you,
and the souls of those who have died in faith
live for ever in the joy of your presence.
You speak what is true:

All          and truth sets us free.

Leader   Heavenly Father, give us thankful hearts
to bless your name in sadness and in joy,
knowing that you are always there beside us.

Leader   Merciful Father

All          accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



The Collect for the Second Sunday of Lent

Leader   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
may we come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All          Amen

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

All          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.



Hymn    Will you come and follow me


Closing Prayer

All   God of compassion
through your Son Jesus Christ,
you have reconciled your people to yourself.
As we follow his example of prayer and fasting,
may we obey you with willing hearts
and serve one another in holy love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Be Still for the Presence of the Lord

Take up thy Cross the Saviour said

What a friend we have in Jesus
Will you come and follow me