Pew Sheets

Pew Sheet for 25th February 2018 – Lent 2- Click here to download pdf version.

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OPENING HYMN John Ernest Bode (1816-1874)


1.O Jesus, I have promised

to serve thee to the end;

be thou for ever near me,

my Master and my Friend;

I shall not fear the battle

if thou art by my side,

nor wander from the pathway

if thou wilt be my guide.


  1. O let me feel thee near me:

the world is ever near;

I see the sights that dazzle,

the tempting sounds I hear;

my foes are ever near me,

around me and within;

but, Jesus, draw thou nearer,

and shield my soul from sin.


  1. O let me hear thee speaking

in accents clear and still,

above the storms of passion,

the murmurs of self-will;


O speak to reassure me,

to hasten or control;

O speak, and make me listen,

thou guardian of my soul.


  1. O Jesus, thou hast promised

to all who follow thee,

that where thou art in glory

there shall thy servant be;

and, Jesus, I have promised

to serve thee to the end:

O give me grace to follow,

my Master and my Friend.


  1. O let me see thy foot-marks

and in them plant mine own;

my hope to follow duly

is in thy strength alone:

O guide me, call me, draw me,

uphold me to the end;

and then in heaven receive me,

my Saviour and my Friend.


We are gathered together as one body…

† In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


The Lord be with you.  And also with you.


Before the children leave for Children’s Church we pray together….

Dear God, this church is a family. Help us to learn together,

to worship together, to share together and to pray together.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.


God our Father, we come to you in sorrow for our sins.


Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love,

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past;

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.




Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you, †pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

THE COLLECT (The special prayer of the day)

Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession,and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ,who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.



Please sit for the readings…


FIRST READING: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16

After the reading…This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God


SECOND READING: Romans 4.13-end

After the reading…This is the word of the Lord: Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL HYMN: John Newton (1725-1807)

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost, but now I’m found,

was blind, but now I see.


’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,

and grace my fears relieved;

How precious did that grace appear,

the hour I first believed!


Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;

’Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,

and grace will lead me home.


We stand for the Gospel reading and sing…

Hear us O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have sinned against thee.


THE GOSPEL – Mark 8. 31-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark. Glory to you O God


At the end of the reading: This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.



THE NICENE CREED Please stand if you are able


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;

he was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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,

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.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.  Amen.




RESPONSE: Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.


At the end of the prayers we say together:

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


THE PEACE:  Please stand.

We share a sign of peace with those standing near us.


Since we are justified by faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has given us access to his grace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.  And also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


OFFERTORY HYMN: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

1.And can it be that I should gain

an interest in the Saviour’s blood?

Died he for me, who caused His pain?

For me, who him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be

that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be

that thou, my God, shouldst die for me?


  1. ’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies:

who can explore his strange design?

In vain the first-born seraph tries

to sound the depths of love divine!

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,

let angel minds inquire no more.

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,

let angel minds inquire no more.


  1. He left his Father’s throne above,

So free, so infinite his grace;

emptied himself of all but love,

and bled for Adam’s helpless race.

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;

for, O my God, it found out me.

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;

for, O my God, it found out me.


  1. Long my imprisoned spirit lay

fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

thine eye diffused a quickening ray,

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

my chains fell off, my heart was free;

I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

my chains fell off, my heart was free;

I rose, went forth, and followed thee.


  1. No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in him, is mine!

Alive in him, my living Head,

and clothed in righteousness divine.

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

and claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

and claim the crown, through Christ my own.






God of mercy and compassion,

your Word calls us home to faith and love.

accept all we offer you this day;

in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.





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 thanks and praise



It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise,

almighty God and everlasting Father, through Jesus Christ your Son. For in these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance

that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline

we may grow in grace and learn to be your people once again. Through fasting, prayer and acts of service

you bring us back to your generous heart.

Through study of your holy word you open our eyes

to your presence in the world and free our hands

to welcome others into the radiant splendour of your love.

As we prepare to celebrate the Easter feast with joyful hearts and minds we bless you for your mercy and join with saints and angels

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.

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

Hosanna in the highest.

New People’s Mass, A Gregory Murray © 1975, 1987 McCrimmon


We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.



On the night before he died he had supper with his friends

and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

Do this in remembrance of me.


When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again, he praised you, 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. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.


So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.

Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation,

we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.


Great is the mystery of faith

Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.


Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.

Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms

and bring us with the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Alban and all the saints

to feast at your table in heaven.


Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

for ever and ever. Amen.


As our Saviour taught us so we 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.

Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power and the glory, are yours,

now and for ever.  AMEN


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

New People’s Mass, A Gregory Murray © 1975, 1987 McCrimmon


Invitation to communion

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.


All baptised Christians who receive communion in their own churches are welcome to receive communion. Any member of the congregation may come to receive a blessing


COMMUNION HYMN: David J. Evans Copyright © 1986 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music.

1.Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the holy One is here;

come bow before him now

with reverence and fear.

In him no sin is found,

we stand on holy ground.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,

the holy One is here.


  1. Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around;

he burns with holy fire,

with splendour he is crowned.

How awesome is the sight,

our radiant King of light!

Be still, for the glory of the Lord

is shining all around.


  1. Be still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place;

he comes to cleanse and heal,

to minister His grace.

No work too hard for him,

in faith receive from him;

Be still, for the power of the Lord

is moving in this place.


Prayer after Communion

Almighty God, you see that we have no power

of ourselves to help ourselves:

keep us both outwardly in our bodies,

and inwardly in our souls;

that we may be defended from all adversities

which may happen to the body,

and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood

of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through Him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit

to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen




The love of the Lord Jesus draw you to himself,

the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in his service,

the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts. And the blessing….


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.


CLOSING HYMN: Frances J. van Alstyne (1820-1915)


1.To God be the glory! Great things he has done!

So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,

Who yielded his life an atonement for sin,

and opened the life-gate that all may go in.


Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Let the earth hear his voice!

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father through Jesus the Son;

And give him the glory,

great things he has done!


  1. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood!

To every believer the promise of God;

the vilest offender who truly believes,

that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


  1. Great things he has taught us,

great things he has done,

and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son:

But purer and higher and greater will be

our wonder, our worship, when Jesus we see!



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