Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000.

Prayer during the Day
4 February 2023 at 10 am

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

A prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all, to you be glory and praise for ever. You founded the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands. In the fullness of time you made us in your image, and in these last days you have spoken to us in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us let the light of your love always shine in our hearts, your Spirit ever renew our lives and your praises ever be on our lips,

Blessed are you, Lord our God, you turn the shadow of death into morning and renew the face of the earth: to you be praise and glory for ever. You roll the darkness from the face of the light, making the night to pass that brings on the day. You have lightened our eyes that we sleep not in death, delivering us from the terror by night, from the pestilence that stalks in the darkness. You have driven sleep from our eyes and slumber from our eyelids. You make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy, for we lay down and slept and rose up again and you, Lord, have made us dwell in safety.

We awoke, and look, our sleep was sweet to us.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever.

Canticle

A Song of Deliverance

1Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust and will not be afraid;
2For the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and has become my salvation.
3With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
4On that day you will say,
'Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name;
5Make known his deeds among the nations,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
6Sing God's praises, who has triumphed gloriously;
let this be known in all the world.
7Shout and sing for joy, you that dwell in Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.'

Isaiah 12.2–6

A Song of God's Greatness

1Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, how excellent is your greatness!
2You are clothed with majesty and honour,
wrapped in light as in a garment.
3The sun knows the time for its setting.
You make darkness that it may be night.
4O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
5When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
6May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works;
7I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will make music to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 104.1,2,21b,22a,26,32,33,35

A Song of David

1Blessed are you, God of Israel, for ever and ever,
for yours is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty.
2Everything in heaven and on earth is yours;
yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head over all.
3Riches and honour come from you
and you rule over all.
4In your hand are power and might;
yours it is to give power and strength to all.
5And now we give you thanks, our God,
and praise your glorious name.
6For all things come from you,
and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29.10b–13,14b

A Song of God's Blessing

1God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us,
2That your way may be known upon earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
4O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
for you will judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon earth.
5Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
6Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
and God, our own God, will bless us.
7God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalm 67

The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)

1Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
2He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
3Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
    from the hands of all that hate us.
4To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.
5This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
6Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
    all the days of our life.
7And you, child, shall be called
    the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord
    to prepare his way,
8To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins.
9In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
10To shine on those who dwell in darkness
    and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68–79

The Magnificat, the Song of Mary

1My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
    my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
2From this day all generations will call me blessed;
the Almighty has done great things for me
    and holy is his name.
3 He has mercy on those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
4He has shown strength with his arm
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
5Casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.
6He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty.
7He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
to remember his promise of mercy,
8The promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Luke 1.46–55

A Song of the Blessed

1Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
3Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
4Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
5Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
6Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
7Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
8Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5.3–10

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.

Scripture Readings

Hosea 14 NIV p.909

1Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God.
 Your sins have been your downfall!
2Take words with you
 and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
 “Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
 that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
3Assyria cannot save us;
 we will not mount war-horses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
 to what our own hands have made,
 for in you the fatherless find compassion.”
4“I will heal their waywardness
 and love them freely,
 for my anger has turned away from them.
5I will be like the dew to Israel;
 he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon
 he will send down his roots;
6 his young shoots will grow.
His splendour will be like an olive tree,
 his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
7Men will dwell again in his shade.
 He will flourish like the grain.
He will blossom like a vine,
 and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.
8O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
 I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a green pine tree;
 your fruitfulness comes from me.”
9Who is wise? He will realize these things.
 Who is discerning? He will understand them.
The ways of the Lord are right;
 the righteous walk in them,
 but the rebellious stumble in them.

Psalm 23 NIV p.555

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
 for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk
 through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
 for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
 they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
 in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
 my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
 and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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.

1 Corinthians 16:10–end NIV p.1157

10If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just as I am. 11No-one, then, should refuse to accept him. Send him on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting him along with the brothers.

12Now about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go when he has the opportunity.

13Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14Do everything in love.

15You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, 16to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labours at it. 17I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.

19The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20All the brothers here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

22If anyone does not love the Lord—​a curse be on him. Come, O Lord!

23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

24My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Prayers

Gracious God, fountain of all wisdom,
we pray for all Christian people;
for Bishops Rosemarie, Christopher and Justin, for all Christian leaders,
and for those who teach and guard the faith …
May the word of Christ dwell richly in our hearts,
and knit us together in the bond of your love.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the leaders of the nations,
and for those in authority under them …
Give them the gift of your wisdom,
and a right discernment in all things.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for the London Borough of Sutton;
for those who live and work here,
and for those who visit this place …
Speak your word of peace in our midst,
and help us to serve one another as Christ has served us.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for those who do not believe,
and yet who long to know you, the very Word of life …
Open their ears to hear your voice,
and open their hearts to the knowledge of your love in Christ.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We pray for those bowed down with grief, fear or sickness, especially …
May your living Word bring comfort and healing to all those in need.
Hear us, good Lord.
Hear us, good Lord.

We give thanks for all those who have died in the faith of Christ
and we rejoice with all your saints,
trusting in the promise of your word fulfilled.

Lord of life, hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy for ever.
Amen.

New Patterns of Worship F44,
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002
cf. Psalm 119

For the peace that comes from God alone,
for the unity of all peoples,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the Church of Christ, for Jonathan, Christopher and Justin our Bishops, [for … ]
and for the whole people of God,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the nations of the world, [for … ,]
for Charles our King and for all in authority,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For this town of Sutton,
for our neighbours and our friends,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us,
and for the wisdom and will to conserve it,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm,
for the widowed and orphans,
for the sick and suffering,
and for all in any need,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed,
for the unemployed and the destitute,
for prisoners and captives,
and for all who remember and care for them,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the dying, for those who mourn,
for the faithful whom we entrust to the Lord in hope,
as we look forward to the day when we share the fullness of the resurrection,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

Rejoicing in the communion of [… and of all] the saints,
let us commend ourselves, and one another,
and all our life, to God.
Silence is kept.
For yours is the majesty,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

New Patterns of Worship F39,
Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002

Open prayer may be offered.

The Collect for the fifth sunday before Lent:

Almighty God, by whose grace alone we are accepted and called to your service: strengthen us by your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour has 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.

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,
and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
We hope you will join us again soon.