SELF-SERVICE for SUNDAY, 7th MARCH 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

for the Third Sunday of Lent

ORGAN PRELUDE  

James Stanton plays Reflection by Charles Wood

WELCOME  by David

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

All my hope in God is founded

COLLECT for the Third Sunday of Lent

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.

Amen.

FIRST READING

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

Marilyn Coates reads 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 25

TALK  by Francis: 
What Lent means to me

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

We sing the praise of him who died

1 We sing the praise of him who died,
     of him who died upon the cross;
   the sinner's hope let men deride,
     for this we count the world but loss.

2 Inscribed upon the cross we see
     in shining letters, 'God is love';
   he bears our sins upon the tree;
     he brings us mercy from above.

3 The cross! It takes our guilt away:
     it holds the fainting spirit up;
   it cheers with hope the gloomy day,
     and sweetens every bitter cup.

4 It makes the coward spirit brave,
     and nerves the feeble arm for fight;
   it takes its terror from the grave,
     and gilds the bed of death with light:

5 The balm of life, the cure of woe,
     the measure and the pledge of love,
   the sinner's refuge here below,
     the angels' theme in heaven above.

DRAMA DIALOGUE 

Sophistication – an imaginary dialogue between Peter and Jesus (written by John Bell, Iona Community) 

Read by Judith and David

GOSPEL READING 

Jesus clears the temple courts

Steven Round reads John 2: 13  22

SERMON  Preached by Martha

The foolishness of God

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

From heaven you came (the Servant King)

PRAYERS  Led by Liz

Let us join with Liz, saying
THE LORD'S PRAYER:

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.

Amen

HYMN  Click and join in or listen: 

Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him

BLESSING given by Tony

ORGAN VOLUNTARY  

James Stanton plays Prelude in E-flat by Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens

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Background image:
Christ cleansing the Temple (17th century)

Luca Giordano (1634–1705)

Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery, South Carolina, USA