The Sunday next before Lent

We come together for prayer and home worship this Sunday next before Lent. Our first prayer today is from the Diocese in Europe, as we pray for the people of Central Turkey and North West Syria, whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake.

Be present, O Lord, our Good Shepherd, to bring comfort, relief, shelter and human kindness. Shield the people who suffer, console those who are bereaved, prosper the provision of relief, strengthen the work of emergency teams, and shine your light and hope in the midst of despair, and hope in the midst of despair.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen


Opening Hymn

Hymn 494 – Christ is the world’s true light


The Collect

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The Readings

Exodus 24: 12-end
Romans 8: 18-25
Matthew 17: 1-9


The Psalm

Psalm 2


The Anthem

Anthem: Mine eyes for beauty pine – Herbert Howells



Hymn 400 – Light of the minds that know him


The Intercessions



Closing Hymn

Hymn 484 – The Church’s one foundation

Closing Prayers


Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever. Amen. 


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