Church of England Diocese of Ely Gamlingay with Hatley St. George and East Hatley

These events occur regularly throughout the calendar year.

Wednesday

Said Communion Service

Every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. for 45m

Church Street
Gamlingay
Sandy

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Said communion in St. Mary's Church and via Zoom
This service will be available both in church and streamed live via Zoom. Those attending the church service must wear a face covering, observe the 2 metre social distancing rules and sign in on entry and out on leaving.

Live streamed service Book of Common Prayer Eucharist/Holy Communion Event held in a Church
Thursday

Open Meeting

Every Thursday at 8 p.m. for 1hr 30m

Zoom
In your home

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Bible study session for those new to bible study.

Live streamed service Bible study
Sunday

Benefice Service Holy Communion The Third Sunday of Lent 7th March 2021

Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for 1hr

Zoom live streaming
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Collects and Readings For The Third Sunday of Lent 7th March 2021
Opening Hymn ‘All people that on earth do dwell’
Collect
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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. Amen
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Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen
First Reading: Exodus 20.1-17
1 Then God spoke all these words:
2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no oth- er gods before me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
8 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
12 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. 13 You shall not murder.
14 You shall not commit adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
17 You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Psalm 19
1 The heavens are telling the glory of God • and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 2 One day pours out its song to another • and one night unfolds knowledge to another. 3 They have neither speech nor language • and their voices are not heard,
4 Yet their sound has gone out into all lands • and their words to the ends of the world. 5 In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, •
that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber and rejoices as a champion to run his course. 6 It goes forth from the end of the heavens and runs to the very end again, •
and there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; •
the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; •
the commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; •
the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, • sweeter also than honey, dripping from the honeycomb.
11 By them also is your servant taught • and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how often they offend? • O cleanse me from my secret faults!
13 Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins lest they get dominion over me; • so shall I be undefiled, and innocent of great offence.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, • O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and shall be forever. Amen
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1.18-25
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.19For it is written,‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom,23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Gradual Hymn ‘Immortal, invisible, God only wise’ Gospel John 2.13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves,‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a mar- ket-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written,‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him,‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’19Jesus answered them,‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said,‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples re- membered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Offertory Hymn ‘As the deer’
Music at Communion Anthem ‘Call to Remembrance’ by Richard Farrant.
Post Communion Prayer
Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Closing Hymn ‘In Christ alone’ or ‘Be still my soul’
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Reflection
For this third Sunday in Lent, first in March, our Benefice worship precedes the Annual Parochial Meeting for Gamlingay with the Hatley St George and East Hatley. Our church governance processes are under pressure, so that’s very much at the top of my mind as we pray ‘send the right people’ and each reflect on what is the right thing for us at the moment as the Body of Christ. Jesus actions in the temple remind us not to get distracted from offering to God what is due in worship by making money for ourselves.We can also be encouraged if we don’t think of ourselves as ‘wise’ in this world’s terms - ‘clever’ is not the same as ‘good’ - the wisdom of God is to be trusted, so we are called back to basics in the ’10 rules for life’. Jesus does not replace this ancient formulation, rather he completes it, but adding the 11th rule ‘love as I have loved you’ - the immensity of the love of God in Jesus swamps out all our petty human likes and dislikes and calls and enables us into a place of self-giving which gains far more than it costs. So we pray for that overflowing grace for ourselves in order to be there for one another in Christ.

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Tuesday

Lent Faith Group

Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for 1hr 30m

Your home via Zoom

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Lent Study in the Benefice 2021 begins - February 23rd and 24th
Zoom sessions, on Listening and Prayer, are on Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm and on Wednesday mornings starting at 10.30am.
Week 1, 23rd/24th February Prayer and Listening - Introduction
Week 2, 2nd/3rd March Prayer and Listening to God in Creation
Week 3, 9th/10th March Prayer and Listening to God in Church
Week 4, 16th/17th March Prayer and Listening to others
Week 5, 23rd/24th March Prayer and Listening to myself

Lent Jars - containing daily challenges on topics to do with care for our world, are already being distributed and will continue to be available. If you would like either a made-up jar or contents to fill your own, please let Hilary, Sandra or Sarah know. Whether or not you join in with the challenges, why not put a jar aside as a ’Jar of Grace’ to make a collection through Lent, to be returned at Easter? Collections will be shared between the church they are given to and Christian Aid.

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Wednesday

Lent Faith Group

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for 1hr 30m

Your home via Zoom

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Lent Study in the Benefice 2021 begins - February 23rd and 24th
Zoom sessions, on Listening and Prayer, are on Tuesday evenings between 7.30 and 9.00pm and on Wednesday mornings starting at 10.30am.
Week 1, 23rd/24th February Prayer and Listening - Introduction
Week 2, 2nd/3rd March Prayer and Listening to God in Creation
Week 3, 9th/10th March Prayer and Listening to God in Church
Week 4, 16th/17th March Prayer and Listening to others
Week 5, 23rd/24th March Prayer and Listening to myself

Lent Jars - containing daily challenges on topics to do with care for our world, are already being distributed and will continue to be available. If you would like either a made-up jar or contents to fill your own, please let Hilary, Sandra or Sarah know. Whether or not you join in with the challenges, why not put a jar aside as a ’Jar of Grace’ to make a collection through Lent, to be returned at Easter? Collections will be shared between the church they are given to and Christian Aid.

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#LiveLent Lent course