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The 2nd Sunday in Lent


17 March 2019

Preparing for Worship

  • Worship is something we do.  We are active participants rather than passive spectators.  When we enter the sanctuary, it is important to prepare ourselves prayerfully.  The following is offered as a guide.
  • Thank Jesus for being here today
  • Ask Jesus to open your heart and mind to hear him speaking to you in some way during worship
  • If you, a loved one or friend are struggling or hurting, ask for strength, guidance and healing for yourself or your friend
  • Pray Jesus will touch the hearts and the minds of your fellow worshippers
  • Offer your worship for Jesus’ glory and for the spread of his love

Service begins here

The people stand as they are able to sing verses 1 and 2 of the opening hymn.

Opening Hymn

The Hymnal 1982 #147


Now let us all with one accord,


in company with ages past,


keep vigil with our heavenly Lord


in his temptation and his fast.



The covenant, so long revealed


to those of faith in former time,


Christ by his own example sealed,


the Lord of love, in love sublime.


Opening Acclamation


Blessed be the God of our salvation:


Who bears our burdens and forgives our sins.

Penitential Sentence

The Presider then says

Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:14, 16

BCP 352

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Confession of Sin

All say together

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.


BCP 353

Bishop or Priest

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.


The children process to their class during the Kyrie and return for communion.

Glory to God, Kyrie or Trisagion

The Hymnal 1982, Service Music #95


Lord, have mercy.


Christ, have mercy.


Lord, have mercy.


A period of silence is kept.

Collect of the Day


The Lord be with you.


And also with you.


Let us pray together.

BCP 218

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.


Hear the Word of God

The people sit.

First Reading

A reading from The Book of Genesis (15:1-12,17-18).

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”


But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”Meaning of Heb uncertain


And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.”


But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.”


He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”


And he believed the Lord; and the Lord  Heb he reckoned it to him as righteousness.


Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”


But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?”


He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”


He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.


And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.


As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.


When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces.


On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,


The Word of the Lord


Thanks be to God

BCP p. 617

Psalm 27

Dominus illuminatio


The LORD is my light and my salvation;


whom then shall I fear? *


the LORD is the strength of my life;


of whom then shall I be afraid?



When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, *


it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who


stumbled and fell.



Though an army should encamp against me, *


yet my heart shall not be afraid;



And though war should rise up against me, *


yet will I put my trust in him.



One thing have I asked of the LORD;


one thing I seek; *


that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days


of my life;



To behold the fair beauty of the LORD*


and to seek him in his temple.



For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe


in his shelter; *


he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling


and set me high upon a rock.



Even now he lifts up my head *


above my enemies round about me.



Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation


with sounds of great gladness; *


I will sing and make music to the LORD.



Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; *


have mercy on me and answer me.



You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." *


Your face, LORD, will I seek.



Hide not your face from me, *


nor turn away your servant in displeasure.



You have been my helper;


cast me not away; *


do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.



Though my father and my mother forsake me, *


the LORD will sustain me.



Show me your way, O LORD; *


lead me on a level path, because of my enemies.



Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, *


for false witnesses have risen up against me,


and also those who speak malice.



What if I had not believed


that I should see the goodness of the LORD*


in the land of the living!



O tarry and await the LORD’s pleasure;


be strong, and he shall comfort your heart; *


wait patiently for the LORD.

Second Reading

A reading from The Letter of Paul to the Philippians (3:17-21; 4:1).

Brothers and sisters,Gk Brothers join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.


For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears.


Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things.


But our citizenshipOr commonwealth is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.


He will transform the body of our humiliationOr our humble bodies that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,Or his glorious body by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.


Therefore, my brothers and sisters,Gk my brothers whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.


The Word of the Lord


Thanks be to God

The people stand as they are able and sing verse 1 before and verse 4 after the reading of the Gospel.

The Hymnal 1982 #435


At the Name of Jesus


every knee shall bow,


every tongue confess him


King of glory now;


'tis the Father's pleasure


we should call him Lord


who from the beginning


was the mighty Word.



The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke (13:31-35).

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”


He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me,Gk lacks for me‘ Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work.


Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’


Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!


See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when Other ancient authorities lack the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”


The Gospel of the Lord.


Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people stand as they are able and sing verse 4 after the reading of the Gospel.

The Hymnal 1982 #435



Name him, Christians, name him,


with love strong as death,


name with awe and wonder


and with bated breath;


he is God the Savior,


he is Christ the Lord,


ever to be worshiped,


trusted, and adored.



The people stand as they are able.

The Nicene Creed

BCP 358

All say together

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; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from 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.  With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowlege one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Prayers of the People (Lent 2C)


Hearken to our voice, O Lord, when we call;


Have mercy on us and answer us.

Concluding Collect

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Birthday and Anniversary Prayer

The Peace


The peace of Christ be always with you.


And also with you.

The Ministers and People greet one another in the name of Christ.

The people sit for the announcements and offertory hymn.

The Announcements

Offertory Anthem

"My Song Is Love Unknown"     Violin/Organ Anthem

The people stand, as they able, while their offerings are presented to God, and sing verse 3 of The Doxology.

The Doxology

The Hymnal 1982 #380

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heavenly host:

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Share the Bread and Wine, the Body and Blood of Christ

Eucharistic Prayer A, BCP 361


The Lord be with you.


And also with you.


Lift up your hearts.


We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.


It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who was tempted in every way as we are, yet did not sin. By his grace we are able to triumph over every evil, and to live no longer for ourselves alone, but for him who died for us and rose again. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

The Hymnal 1982, Service Music #130


Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,


heaven and earth are full of your glory.


Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.


Hosanna in the highest.


BCP 362

Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said,

“Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said,

“Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN

Lord's Prayer


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,

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, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.

The Priest invites the people to Communion

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Christ invites you to his table to know and to grow in God's love.

The people come forward and line up facing the altar to receive communion. The right hand is placed over the left to form a cross symbolic that we receive the gift of Christ with open hands through Jesus' sacrifice. One hand guides the cup to the lips or dips the bread in the wine.   When all in the line have received the bread and the wine, people return to their seats down the side aisles.

Communion Anthem

"My Song Is Love Unknown"      Choir Anthem

Go to Serve in the Love of Christ

The people stand as they are able.

Postcommunion Prayer

BCP 365


Let us pray.

Presider and People

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Deacon says

Stand in silence before the Lord.

After a moment of silence, the presider says,

Keep this your family, Lord, with your never-failing mercy, that relying solely on the help of your heavenly grace, they may be upheld by your divine protection; through Christ our Lord.


The people sing verses 1, 2 and 3 of the closing hymn.


The Hymnal 1982 #495


Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus!


Hail, thou Galilean King!


Thou didst suffer to release us;


thou didst free salvation bring.


Hail, thou universal Savior,


bearer of our sin and shame!


By thy merit we find favor:


life is given through thy Name



Paschal Lamb, by God appointed,


all our sins on thee were laid:


by almighty love anointed,


thou hast full atonement made.


All thy people are forgiven


through the virtue of thy blood:


opened is the gate of heaven,


reconciled are we with God.



Jesus, hail! enthroned in glory,


there for ever to abide;


all the heavenly hosts adore thee,


seated at thy Father's side.


There for sinners thou art pleading:


there thou dost our place prepare;


ever for us interceding,


till in glory we appear.



Worship, honor, power, and blessing


thou art worthy to receive;


highest praises, without ceasing,


right it is for us to give.


Help, ye bright angelic spirits,


all your noblest anthems raise;


help to sing our Savior's merits,


help to chant Emmanuel's praise!



Let us go forth in the name of Christ.


Thanks be to God.

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