19th January 2020 2nd Sunday of Epiphany
INTROIT HYMN: Great is thy faithfulness 273
COLLECT: Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord.
READINGS: Isaiah 49: 1-7; 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
RESPONSE: I love to do your will, O God
GRADUAL HYMN: The people that in darkness sat 727
GOSPEL: John 1:29-42
OFFERTORY HYMN: Just as I am, without one plea 413
POST COMMUNION PRAYER: God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
POST COMMUNION HYMN: We have a gospel to proclaim 798
As the new Conservative government has just swept into power with a large majority and Brexit will become a reality in a question of weeks rather than months, the PCC suggests that those who are concerned about the future for ex-pats living in Spain go on to the following website for the latest information – www.gov.uk. There is a Brexit link on the home page and up-to-date info on how to prepare for Brexit if you live in the EU.
You can always ask to talk with Fr Nigel about this issue in all confidence. Or alternatively, share your concerns with other members of the congregation. A positive solution for all concerned, particularly the half million Brits living in Europe, has to be at the centre of our prayers over the next few weeks.
We pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret Surie who had her cremation on Monday. She was a well-loved member of this congregation for many years. We await further information of her memorial service.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine on her.
PRAYERS – Remember those who need our prayers
Beatriz Velasco, Joanne, David, Sandra Brown, Joan Elliott, Laurence Smy, David Naisby, Kevin Leeman, Philip Jones, Eric Young, Pat Jacobs, Valerie & Michael Bacon.
I love to do your will, O God
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me out of the roaring pit, out of the mire and clay;
he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.
He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
many shall see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord
who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie.
Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great your designs for us!
There is none that can be compared with you.
If I were to proclaim them and tell of them
they would be more than I am able to express.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire but my ears you have opened;
Burnt offerings and sacrifice for sin you have not required, then said I:
‘Lo, I come. In the scroll of the book it is written of me that I should do
your will, O my God; I delight to do it: your law is written in my heart.’
I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation;
Behold, I did not restrain my lips; and that, O Lord, you know.
Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth
from the great congregation.
I love to do your will, O God