Saint Barnabas Church

Sutton

The Solemn Evensong Service
The Third Sunday before Lent, or "Septuagesima"
5 February 2023 6:30 pm

We welcome you to our service of Solemn Evensong. Please join in the words in bold text.

This opening section is said in the seasons of Advent and Lent only.

Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture moveth us, in sundry places, to acknowledge and confess our manifold sins and wickedness; and that we should not dissemble nor cloak them before the face of Almighty God our heavenly Father; but confess them with an humble, lowly, penitent, and obedient heart; to the end that we may obtain forgiveness of the same, by his infinite goodness and mercy. And although we ought, at all times, humbly to acknowledge our sins before God; yet ought we most chiefly so to do, when we assemble and meet together to render thanks for the great benefits that we have received at his hands, to set forth his most worthy praise, to hear his most holy Word, and to ask those things which are requisite and necessary, as well for the body as the soul. Wherefore I pray and beseech you, as many as are here present, to accompany me with a pure heart, and humble voice, unto the throne of the heavenly grace, saying after me;

Almighty and most merciful Father, We have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep; We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts; We have offended against thy holy laws; We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders; Spare thou them, O God, which confess their faults; Restore thou them that are penitent, According to thy promises declared unto man­kind in Christ Jesu our Lord.

And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name.

Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desireth not the death of a sinner, but rather that he may turn from his wickedness, and live; and hath given power, and commandment, to his Ministers, to declare and pronounce to his people, being penitent, the Absolution and Remission of their sins : He pardoneth and absolveth all them that truly repent, and unfeignedly believe his holy Gospel. Wherefore let us beseech him to grant us true repentance, and his Holy Spirit, that those things may please him, which we do at this present; and that the rest of our life hereafter may be pure, and holy; so that at the last we may come to his eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, open + thou OUR lips :

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And our mouth shall shew forth THY praise.

O God, make + speed to SAVE us :

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O Lord, make haste to HELP us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Ho-LY Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world without end. A-men.

Praise YE² the LORD²:

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The Lord's NAME² be PRAIS²-ed.

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The Psalm.

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The First Lesson.

Amos 2:4–end

Here beginneth the fourth verse of the second chapter of the prophecy of Amos.

2:4Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
2:5But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
2:6Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
2:7That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
2:8And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
2:9Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
2:10Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
2:11And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the Lord.
2:12But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
2:13Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
2:14Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
2:15Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
2:16And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord.

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Here endeth the first lesson.

The Magnificat.

My soul + doth magnify the LORD :

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and my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD my Sav-iour.

For he hath re-GAR-ded :
the lowliness of HIS hand-maid-en.

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For behold, from HENCE-forth :
all generations shall CALL me bless-ed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified ME :
and ho-LY is his Name.

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And his mercy is on them that FEAR him :
throughout all GEN-er-a-tions.

He hath shewed strength with his ARM :
he hath scattered the proud in the imagina-TION of their hearts.

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He hath put down the mighty from their SEAT :
and hath exalted the HUM-ble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good THINGS :
and the rich he hath sent EMP-ty a-way.

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He re-membering his mercy hath holpen his servant IS-rael :
As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his SEED for ev-er.

Glory be to the Father, and to the SON :
and to THE Ho-ly Ghost :

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As it was in the beginning, is now and ever SHALL be :
world with-OUT end. A-men.

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The Second Lesson.

Ephesians 4:17–end

Here beginneth the 17th verse of the fourth chapter of the letter to the Ephesians.

4:17This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
4:18Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
4:19Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
4:20But ye have not so learned Christ;
4:21If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
4:22That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
4:23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
4:24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
4:25Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
4:26Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
4:27Neither give place to the devil.
4:28Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
4:29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
4:30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
4:31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
4:32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

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Here endeth the second lesson.

The Nunc Dimittis.

Lord, + now lettest thou thy servant de-part in PEACE :

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according TO thy word.

For mine eyes have SEEN :
thy SAL-va-tion:

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Which thou hast pre-PAR-ed :
before the face of ALL² peo-ple,

To be a light to lighten the GEN-tiles :
and to be the glory of thy peo-PLE Israel.

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Glory be to the Father, and to the SON :
and to THE Holy Ghost:

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever SHALL be :
world without END. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed.

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ
his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by
the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried,
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead,
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead
.

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The holy catholick Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection + of the body,
And the life everlasting
.

The Lord be with you :

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And WITH thy² spir²-it.

Let us pray.

The Prayers.

Lord, have mercy up-ON² us:

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Christ, have mercy up-ON² us.

Lord, have mercy up-ON² us.

Our Father,
which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil
.

O Lord, shew thy mercy up-ON us:

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And grant us thy salva-TION.

O Lord, save THE Queen :

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And mercifully hear us when we call up-ON thee.

Endue thy ministers with right-EOUS-ness :

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And make thy chosen people joy-FUL.

O Lord, save thy peo-PLE :

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And bless thine inherit-ANCE.

Give peace in our time, O Lord :

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Because there is none other that fighteth for us, but only thou, O God.

O God, make clean our hearts with-IN us :

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And take not thy holy Spirit FROM us.

The Collect for the third Sunday before Lent.

O Lord, we beseech thee favourably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Lent Collect.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast made, and dost forgive the sins of all them that are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins, and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect for Peace.

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels and all just works do proceed: Give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give: That both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and also that by thee we being defended from the fear of our enemies may pass our time in rest and quietness: Through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

The Collect for Aid against all Perils.

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord: And by thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night: For the love of thine only Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The LORD be² with² you :

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And WITH thy² spir²-it.

Let us BLESS² the Lord² :

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Thanks BE² to God².

May the souls + of the faithful through the mercy of God rest in peace :
And rise in glory.

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A sermon may be preached.

The intercessions.

The service concludes with a hymn:

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