24 March 2019
The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Welcome to our worship this morning
Gluten free hosts are available – please see our Sacristan, Andy Serafin, before the service if you need to receive a gluten free wafer.
To access the hearing loop please turn your hearing aid to T-setting.
If you are taking the common cup please stand in the outer circle for communion; if you are intincting (dipping) the host (wafer), please stand in the inner circle for communion.
Those not taking communion are invited to share in either circle
for a blessing.
Kindly turn your mobile phone off or silent before the service begins.
We stand as the Celebrant and Sanctuary Persons enter the church.
Celebrant: You will cleanse me with hyssop, O lord, and I shall be clean.
People: You will wash me O Lord, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Hymn TiS 295 (T.83 Monkland) – Saviour of the nations come.
X The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins
Whose mercy endures forever.
SENTENCE: said by the Deacon or Sub-Deacon
Here am I, the servant of the Lord, let it be with me according to your Word” Luke 1:38
THE PRAYER OF PREPARATION
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.
We sing –
we sing the St James Trisagiom
[Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.]
We sit or kneel for –
AN ACT OF PENANCE – said by the Sub-Deacon
Lord Jesus Christ said, “If you love me, keep my commandments;
Happy are those who hear the word of the Lord and keep it.”
Hear then these commandments, which God has given to his people, and take them to heart.
- I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods but me.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.
- You shall not make for yourself any idol.
God is Spirit, and those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth.
- You shall not dishonor the name of the Lord your God.
You shall worship God with reverence and awe.
- Remember the Lord’s day and keep it holy.
Christ is risen from the dead; set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
- Honour your father and mother.
Live as servants of God; honour all people; love your Christian sisters and brothers.
- You shall not commit murder.
Do not nurse anger against your brother or sister; overcome evil with good.
- You shall not commit adultery.
Know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
- You shall not steal.
You shall work honestly and give to those who are in need.
- You shall not tell lies.
Let everyone tell the truth.
- You shall not desire anything that belongs to your neighbour.
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus; it is more blessed to give than to receive. Love your neighbour as yourself, for love is the fulfilling of the law.
THE COLLECT OR PRAYER OF THE DAY
The Celebrant: We pray the Collect together:
We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that, as we have known the incarnation
of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel,
so by his X cross and passion we may be brought
to the glory of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD – (read by the people)
We sit for the Bible readings and the Psalm – please note we are not singing the ‘Glory to God’ etc at the end of the psalm during Lent.
First Reading Isaiah 7:10-14
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.’ Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David!
Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son and shall name him Immanuel.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Psalm 40: 6-13
- Great are the wonderful things you have done,
and your thoughts which | are to | wards us.
there is none to | be com | pared with | you.
†7. Were I to pro |claim and | tell of them;
they would be more than I am | able | to ex | press.
- Sacrifice and offering you do | not de |sire,
but my | ears you have | marked for o| bedience.
- Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have | not re |quired;
then | I said | “Here I | am;
- In the scroll of the book it is written of me that I should | do your | will;
O my God I long to do it; your | law de | lights my | heart.”
- I have told the glad news of deliverance in the | great congre | gation;
I have not restrained my lips O | LORD and | that you | know.
- I have not hidden your saving help with | in my | heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness | and of | your sal | vation;
- I have not concealed your steadfast love | and your | faithfulness;
from | the great | congre | gation.
Second Reading Hebrews: 10.4-10
A reading from the Letter to Hebrews
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will, O God” (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).’
When he said above, ‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then he added, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
For the word of the Lord Thanks be to God
Gospel Procession – during the Gospel procession we sing the following chant
Gospel Acclamation: Said by the Deacon
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us;
And we saw His glory.
Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
The Deacon Says: The Lord be with you
Response: And also with you.
The Gospel Luke 1:26-38
The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
X Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.
For the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
We sit for the sermon.
After the sermon, a time of silence may be kept for reflection on the word of God. We remain seated for the following Hymn.
TiS 302 – The Angel Gabriel
Let us together affirm the faith of the church.
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 Many people here bow their heads…
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became truly human. and here stand upright.
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.
X We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (Led by the people)
The Celebrant: Please sit or kneel for prayer as we pray for God’s people and the world.
After each petition we respond…
Lord in your mercy Hear our Prayer
Prayer for our Parish (We pray together)
God of Love, God of Mission,
you alone bring growth to your Church,
send to us your Holy Spirit to give
vision for our planning, wisdom in our actions,
and power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers
in spiritual commitment to you,
and in service to our local community. Amen
For our community today: –
Kay & Natasha Younie; Amelia Zea; Shirley & Barbara Allen.
Our prayers for those in immediate need: –
Peter Carllson; Pip Leonard; Ben; Dayalan Saminanthan; Andrew Stuckgolda; Penny Barraclough; Emily Jones; Christine Pickard; Geoff Widmer; Cody Hogg and his family; Denise Barnes; Angela Bell; Barbara Becroft; Anne Derwin; Nelson Palma; George McLean; Lyn Carrington; Deborah Vickers; Br. Kentigern John SSF; Robert & Lyndall; Kirsten Harley; Sister Frances CSC; William Frew; Emma Burns; Sue Drewett; Doug Hall; Kristy & Rodney and Kay Wilkins.
Anniversaries of the Departed:
Edith Spurrier; Elsie Davis; Wendy Clarke; Ida Ross; Joan Burton; Harry Mossop.
X Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon them.
Commemoration of the Saints –
Today: The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
29th: John Keble, priest (d.1866)
And after the final prayer:
Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen
THE CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
The Sub-deacon says:
Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled and wandered far off..
A time of silence is kept.
Let us then ask for mercy, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.
our maker and our judge,
we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,
and in what we have failed to do:
we have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves;
we repent, and are sorry for all our sins.
Father forgive us.
Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The priest (or bishop if present) says the absolution.
who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith:
X pardon you and set you free from all your sins,
strengthen you in all goodness
and keep you in eternal life,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
THE GREETING OF PEACE
We are the body of Christ
His Spirit is with us.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
We offer each other the greeting of God’s peace.
A hymn is sung while the collection is taken.
TiS 497 – Let all mortal flesh keep silence
The bread and wine are brought to the altar. Small candles are also brought up. Any member of the congregation can carry a candle to represent a prayer or a thanksgiving of their own.
During the hymn there is a pause for the offertory prayer as the bread and wine (gifts) are offered…
The Celebrant –
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have these gifts to share.
Accept and use our offerings for your glory
and for the service of your kingdom.
Blessed be God for ever.
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
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 our thanks and praise.
All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere,
Mighty Creator, ever-living God.
We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
Who by the power of your Spirit was born of Mary and lived as one of us.
He was tempted in every way as we are,
Yet He did not sin.
By His death on the cross and rising to new life,
He offered the one true sacrifice for sin
And obtained an eternal deliverance for his people.
Therefore with angels and archangels,
And with all the company of heaven,
We proclaim your great and glorious name,
For ever praising you and singing:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
X Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Merciful God, we thank you for these gifts of your creation,
This bread and wine,
And we pray that by your Word and Holy Spirit,
We who eat and drink them may be partakers of Christ’s body and blood.
On the night He was betrayed Jesus took bread;
And when He had given you thanks, He broke it
And gave it to His disciples, saying
‘Take, eat. This is my body given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper, He took the cup,
And again giving you thanks
He gave it to His disciples, saying,
‘Drink from this, all of you.
This is my blood of the new covenant
Shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
Therefore, we do as our Saviour has commanded;
Proclaiming His offering of Himself made once for all upon the cross,
His mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
And looking for His coming again,
We celebrate, with this bread and this cup,
His one perfect and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
X Renew us by your Holy Spirit; unite us in the body of your Son,
And bring us with all your people into the joy of your eternal kingdom;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
With whom and in whom, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
We worship you, Father, in songs of never-ending praise.
X Blessing and honour and glory and power
are yours for ever and ever. Amen.
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD AND THE COMMUNION
The Celebrant says:
As this broken bread was once many grains,
which have been gathered together to make one bread,
so may your church be gathered from the ends of the earth
into your kingdom.
Then is sung the Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us your peace.
THE INVITATION TO COMMUNION – The Celebrant
Come let us take this holy sacrament of the body and blood of Christ in remembrance that He died for us, and feed on Him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.
X The body of Christ [the bread of heaven] keep you in eternal life. Amen
When offering the wine, the priest or assistant says…
X The blood of Christ [the cup of salvation] keep you in eternal life. Amen
If you are taking the common cup please stand in the outer circle for communion; if you are intincting (dipping) the host (wafer), please stand in the inner circle for communion. Non-communicants are invited to share in either circle and receive a blessing. When offering the bread, the priest or assistant says…
We sing the following chant during the distribution of Communion:
THE SENDING OUT OF GOD’S PEOPLE
We stand…the Celebrant continues –
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
God of mercy,
may we who have shared in this holy meal
know your forgiveness in our lives,
and be a sign of your wholeness in this broken world.
Then we say together: –
Most loving God,
you send us out into the world you love.
Give us grace to go thankfully and with courage
in the power of your Spirit. Amen
The priest (or bishop if present) gives a seasonal blessing.
Christ our Saviour draw you to himself,
That you may find in Him crucified a sure ground for faith,
A firm support for hope and the assurance of sins forgiven;
and the X blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen.
A final hymn is sung: TiS 161 – Tell out my Soul
The Notices are given by the Rector or a Churchwarden.
We stand for
THE MEMORIAL OF THE INCARNATION, OR THE ANGELUS
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
I am the lowly servant of the Lord
be it done to me according to your word.
The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us.
Blessed in the message Gabriel brought
blessed by the work the Spirit wrought;
from whom the great desire of earth
took human flesh and human birth.
Lord, we unite our prayers with those of Mary and all your saints.
Let your Word become flesh in our lives
Grant Lord, that as we have known the incarnation of your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his X cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Amen.
The deacon says
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen.