The Sunday Eucharist Service – 7th March 2021

All are warmly welcome! We hold our services in la Iglesia de San Miguel, Plaza Andalucia, Nerja. Please note this is not the church near the Balcon de Europa – El Salvador! Plaza Andalucia is an easy walk from the first large roundabout on the main road (after the bridge – coming from Torrox). But do take a map with you! Our Eucharist service begins at 12 midday.

3rd Sunday of Lent – 7th March 2021

The Revd Masaki Narusawa who has been attending our services over the past few weeks, with his wife Alicia, will be preaching today.

INTROIT HYMN: Oft in danger, oft in woe 585

COLLECT: Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.

READINGS: Exodus 20:1-17, 15-16; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

PSALM: 19

RESPONSE: The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever

GRADUAL HYMN: Lead kindly light 421

GOSPEL: John 2:13-22

OFFERTORY HYMN:

The king of love my shepherd is 715

POST COMMUNION PRAYER:Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world,he flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

POST COMMUNION HYMN:

To God be the glory 777

PRAYERS

Please remember those who need our prayers at this time:

Joanne, David, Sandra Brown, Joan Elliott, Veronica Bobby, Lotte Ennis, Amy Clint, Alain Feghoul, Cheryl Smy, Pepa Cortes Garrido, Ted Moorhouse + family, Mark Gregory, Liam Dumont, Hannah, Rachel King + her son Finley.

PSALM 19 (7-end)

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;

the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever;

the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;

sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned;

in keeping them there is great reward.

12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;

do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,

and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever

CHURCH SHOP

The Church Shop is now open. Please come and support us!

Remember that we are entirely self-supporting as a church community and we need regular income from the shop for us to pay our way. If you would like to help in the shop please contact either Brian or Diane Elliott in church after the service here in Nerja.

WEDNESDAY ZOOM EUCHARIST SERVICE

Please remember that there is a Zoom Eucharist service every Wednesday at 9.30am until we are able to return to having the services in Church Shop. Please let Fr Nigel or John Hodgson, the Churchwarden, have your e-mail details if you would like to join us.

READINGS FOR WEDNESDAY’S ZOOM EUCHARIST

An e-mail containing the readings for the first 3 months of 2021 has been sent to everyone who is on our ‘Zoom’ list. If you have not received this e-mail or would like to receive it, please contact either Fr Nigel or John Hodgson, the Churchwarden after the midday service in San Miguel, Nerja.

THURSDAY COMPLINE SERVICE

(An Order for Night Prayer)

Please remember we have started an on-line Compline service every Thursday beginning at 6pm. Compline is a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. During the service we pray for the Church, our community’s future and our own walk with God. It takes place on the ‘Zoom’ platform. If you would like to take part and have not already given your e-mail to Fr Nigel, please do so (all those who take part in the Wednesday Eucharist have already been sent an on-line version of the service). There are also copies of the service booklet at the back of church.

LENT BIBLE COURSE

We began our Lent Bible Course 2 weeks ago. It begins at 11am every Tuesday. Because of the Covid restrictions it is held online; we use the Zoom platform and considering we are new at this it is going well! The course will run for five consecutive Tuesdays finishing on Tuesday, March 23rd. We are using Steven Croft’s book, Exploring God’s Mercy. There are some hard copies of the book available at the back of church (free of charge!). We shall also be e-mailing everyone who does not have a copy and who is on our Eucharist e-mail list the relevant pages of the book week by week. Each session will last about 90 mins.

Do let either Fr Nigel or John Hodgson know if you would like to add your e-mail to the list. An invitation to join the session will then be sent to you 30 mins before we start.

The details of next Sunday’s Eucharist:

14th March 2021 4th Sunday of Lent

Readings: Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2:1-10

Gospel: John 3:14-21

Psalm: 107

Hymns: 120, 223, 369, 425

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