Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the Sunday next before Lent – 14/02/2021

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

Amen.

Opening prayer

Almighty God,
we ask you to show us something more of who you are
and how awesome your presence is.
Overcome our fear of the unknown,
and lead us into a new experience of you.
May our worship today be as on a mountain-top,
a transforming encounter that empowers our discipleship.
Amen.

Psalm 50: 1-6

The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.

From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.

Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.

He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:

“Gather to me this consecrated people,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.

Amen.

Our Bible reading is Mark 9: 2-9

The Transfiguration

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”  Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

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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,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Prayers of intercession

God of glory,
we see you in the beauty of the universe,
we meet you in the love of our friends and families,
we find you in our joys and in our pain –
faithful and true.
We see you revealed to us in Scripture,
we hear you speaking to us in the silence,
we know you in our hearts,
and we find you in the person of Jesus.
As we look at the events in our world,
help us to see where you are at work.
In our homes and in our daily lives,
help us to notice the glimpses of your glory
shining through the ordinary fabric of our lives.
You are the God who comes close to us:
though we are far apart from each other

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

God of glory,
we live with so many uncertainties.
Today we pray for people whose lives are always uncertain:
for people in war torn parts of the world;
for all who wonder where their next meal will come from;
for people who are jobless or homeless;
for all who are fleeing from domestic violence.
Help us to make our churches sanctuaries of peace and safety.
May we be ready to respond to the need of others
and to do what we can to tell the story
of the love that will never let us go,
the love that can change us and the world.
Help us to love one another as you have loved us.
You are the God who comes close to us:
though we are far apart from each other
Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

God of glory,
we thank you for the tireless effort of nurses, doctors and consultants,
caring for patients, especially those who are suffering from Covid-19.
We ask that you would give all medical staff peace as they care for the sick,
and peace as many of them wait at the bedside of those who are at the end of life.
We thank you that the ordinary tasks of routine, order and gentleness
can bless the boundary between life and death.
As discussions begin about a future return to school,
we pray that the needs of children and young people would be central to the thinking.
We pray for all who have been kept apart from those they love;
for those who have not been able to mourn for friends and family who have died,
and we pray especially for relatives of people in care homes –
surround them all with your healing presence.
We remember people in our own communities who are suffering
asking that you would lighten the pain and distress of daily life.
You are the God who comes close to us:
though we are far apart from each other

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,

Amen.

Sending prayer

Lord Jesus, raise our expectations
of what it means to encounter God
not just in this place but in every place,
in all the places we shall be in the days ahead.
Help us every day to discover something new
about God’s ways, about what God wants of us –
and change the way we see the world,
and the way we act.

Amen.

Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.

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