The Second Sunday of Lent

We welcome you to this written service for the Second Sunday of Lent. Here you can find today’s readings, prayers and music for worship at home.

A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell 


Opening Hymn

NEH 381 – Jerusalem the golden

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever. Amen.


The Collect for today

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. Amen. 



NEH 311 – We pray thee, heavenly Father


The Readings

Genesis 15: 1-12,17-18
Philippians 3: 17- 4.1
Luke 13: 31-end


The Anthem

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem – Herbert Howells


The Intercessions

Mighty God, you spoke to your servant Abram telling him not to be afraid; to use you as his shield; and to expect a great reward. In times of fear and worry help us to remember that you are always with us to the ends of the earth. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Almighty God, help us as a church to stand firm in the midst of turmoil. May we as individuals live according to the example set before us by the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Merciful God, we pray for The Ukraine, for the thousands of refugees fleeing their homes to an uncertain future. We pray for the aid organisations, countries and individuals who are working to create some form of safety in this desperate situation. May there be progress in the negotiations and we pray for the leaders of world that you will grant them wisdom in the decisions they make to bring this disastrous war to an end. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father God, we bring before you those we know and love who are ill or in need at this time and we pray for all who care for them at home or in hospital. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Gracious God, we pray for those who have died recently, especially those who have lost their lives during the war in The Ukraine. We remember all who mourn their passing. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Loving God, as we go out into the world today may we bring your love, light and hope to those we meet.

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


Closing Hymn

NEH 343 – Bright the vision that delighted


Closing Prayers

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. 


Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. 


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