Sunday Next before Lent

The Benefice of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk, Gilling East and Stonegrave

Morning Prayer
Sunday Next before Lent

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For to us a child is born
to us a Son is given.
His name will be called
Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on earth.

Hymn   Christ, whose glory fills the skies
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
         Christ, the true, the only light,
         sun of righteousness, arise,
         triumph o’er the shades of night;
         day-spring from on high, be near;
         day-star, in my heart appear.

2       Dark and cheerless is the morn
         unaccompanied by thee:
         joyless is the day’s return,
         till thy mercy’s beams I see,
         till they inward light impart,
         glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

3       Visit then this soul of mine;
         pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
         fill me, radiancy divine;
         scatter all my unbelief;
         more and more thyself display,
         shining to the perfect day.

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

The sun of righteousness has dawned
with healing in his wings.
Let us come to the light of Christ,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father,
you sent your Son full of grace and truth:
forgive our failure to receive him.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Saviour,
you were born in poverty and laid in a manger:
forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of Love,
your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call:
forgive the hardness of our hearts.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Blessed are you, sovereign God,
creator of heaven and earth,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As your living Word, eternal in heaven,
assumed the frailty of our mortal flesh,
may the light of your love be born in us
to fill our hearts with joy as we sing:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.
The darkness is passing away
and the true light is already shining;
the Word of life which was from the beginning.
That which we heard, which we saw with our eyes,
and touched with our hands,
we proclaim to you.
For our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Word of life which was from the beginning
we proclaim to you.

The Word of God 

 

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 4.3-6

A Song of the Messiah

To us a child is born,
to us a son is given.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
upon them the light has dawned.
You have increased their joy and given them great gladness;
they rejoiced before you as with joy at the harvest.
For you have shattered the yoke that burdened them;
the collar that lay heavy on their shoulders.
For to us a child is born and to us a son is given,
and the government will be upon his shoulder.
And his name will be called: Wonderful Counsellor;
the Mighty God;
the Everlasting Father; the Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness.
From this time forth and for evermore;
the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

To us a child is born,
to us a son is given.

Hymn   Shine, Jesus, shine
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Lord, the light of Your love is shining,
         in the midst of the darkness, shining:
         Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us;
         set us free by the truth You now bring us –
         shine on me, shine on me.
         Shine, Jesus, shine,
         fill this land with the Father’s glory;
         blaze, Spirit, blaze,
         set our hearts on fire.
         Flow, river, flow,
         flood the nations with grace and mercy;
         send forth Your word,
         Lord, and let there be light!

2       Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,
         from the shadows into Your radiance;
         by the blood I may enter Your brightness:
        set us free by the truth You now bring us
         shine on me, shine on me.
         Chorus

3       As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
         so our faces display Your likeness,
         ever changing from glory to glory:
         mirrored here, may our lives tell your story –
         shine on me, shine on me.
         Chorus

Graham Kendrick (born 1950)

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Mark 9.2-9

To us is born a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and all the heavenly hosts now sing,
Glory to God in the highest.

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  
 who has come to his people and set them free
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour, 
 
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old 
 
to save us from our enemies,
 
from the hands of all that hate us,
To show mercy to our ancestors,  
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet;
of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now
and shall be for ever.
Amen.

To us is born a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
and all the heavenly hosts now sing,
Glory to God in the highest.

A Song of the Light – Simon Lole
sung by St Martin’s Voices

Light of the world, in grace and beauty,
mirror of God’s eternal face.
Transparent flame of love’s free duty,
you bring salvation to our race.

Now as we see the lights of evening,
we raise our voice in hymns of praise.
Worthy are you of endless blessing,
sun of our night, lamp of our days.

Phos Hilaron (from ‘Celebrating Common Prayer’)

The Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Prayers          

 

 

 

 

Intercessions

Collect

Benefice Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

HYMN  Bright the vision that delighted
sung by St Martin’s Voices

1       Bright the vision that delighted
         once the sight of Judah’s seer;
         sweet the countless tongues united
         to entrance the prophet’s ear.

2       Round the Lord in glory seated
         cherubim and seraphim
         filled his temple, and repeated
         each to each the alternate hymn:

3       ‘Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
         earth is with its fulness stored;
         unto thee be glory given,
         holy, holy, holy, Lord.’

4       Heaven is still with glory ringing,
         earth takes up the angels’ cry,
         ‘Holy, holy, holy,’ singing,
         ‘Lord of hosts, the Lord most high.’

5       With his seraph train before him,
         with his holy Church below,
         thus unite we to adore him,
         bid we thus our anthem flow:

6       ‘Lord, thy glory fills the heaven;
         earth is with its fulness stored;
         unto thee be glory given,
         holy, holy, holy, Lord.’

Richard Mant (1776-1848)

May God, who has called us out of darkness
into his marvellous light,
bless us and fill us with peace.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

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