17 February 2021                                                                                         Ash Wednesday

10.00 am Online Ash Wednesday Eucharist with Meditation – Readings and Hymns

Celebrant and Preacher: Revd Stuart Kersley

Reading: Isaiah 58: vv1–8
Gospel: Matthew 6: vv16–21

Hymn:  Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us 
o'er the world's tempestuous sea; 
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us, 
for we have no help but thee; 
yet possessing every blessing, 
if our God our Father be. 
Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us: 
all our weakness thou dost know; 
thou didst tread this earth before us, 
thou didst feel its keenest woe; 
lone and dreary, faint and weary, 
through the desert thou didst go. 
Spirit of our God, descending, 
fill our hearts with heavenly joy, 
love with every passion blending, 
pleasure that can never cloy: 
thus provided, pardoned, guided, 
nothing can our peace destroy. 
Words James Edmeston (1791-1867) 
Tune MANNHEIM Friedrich Filitz (Choralbuch, 1847) 

For those in need in body, mind and spirit: Gabriella; Sara Harden; Mollie Williams; Roger Powell; Dorothy Gill; Penny Bowyer; Trevor Ball; Sheila Ward; Wendy Davies; Stella Hastings; Vivienne Holland

For those who have died recently: Charles Jarvis, John Woolgar, Tony Wallace, Georgie Muggeridge
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
At the PCC meeting held via Zoom on 19 January, it was agreed that the church would remain closed for the duration of the current lockdown.
Ecumenical prayer services: As the local churches are not currently open for groups or worship, and February is not the best time to be praying outside, Fr Charles and Revd Charles Hadley have agreed that to postpone the Tuesday prayer time until, hopefully, March.


Ash Wednesday Eucharist with Meditation

Welcome: Revd Stuart Kersley
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

Invitation to observe Lent

All: Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Almighty and everlasting God you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy perfect forgiveness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Reading: Isaiah 58: vv1–8 Dennis Cowdrey

Gospel: Matthew 6: vv16–21

Meditation: Revd Stuart Kersley

Liturgy of Penitence
Minister: Let us now call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.
Minister: God the Father
All: Have mercy on us

Minister: God the Son
All: Have mercy on us

Minister: God the Holy Spirit
All: Have mercy on us

Minister: Holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity
All: Have mercy on us

Minister: Each of the next brief prayers has the response:

All: Good Lord deliver us.

Period of silent reflection.

Minister: Make our hearts clean, O God
All: And renew a right spirit within us.

All: Father eternal, giver of life and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have 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 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.  Amen.

Remember we are dust, and to dust we shall return. We turn from sin and turn to Christ.

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 Peace
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
All: and also with you.

Preparation of the table
Wise and gracious God, you spread a table before us; nourish your people with the word of life and the bread of heaven.   Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer B
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

And now we give you thanks because you give us the spirit of discipline, that we may triumph over evil and grow in grace, as we prepare to celebrate the pascal mystery with mind and heart renewed.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, 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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: 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.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.  As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of St Mary and all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Lord's Prayer
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour taught us.

The Breaking of the Bread
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.

Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The priest says:
The body of Christ, keep you in eternal life.  Amen.
The blood of Christ, keep you in eternal life.  Amen.

Post Communion Collect
Lord our God, grant us to desire you with our whole heart; that so desiring, we may seek and find you; and so finding, may love you; and so loving we may hate those sins from which you have delivered us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Blessing
Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, to take up your cross, and follow him; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.   Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.