St. Leonard, Clent
© Clent P.C.C. 2024
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Saint Leonard’s LENT Service Welcome to our OpenCast church service - on-line. There are prayers, readings, hymns and music; just as you would have in church. As you read through this service you may care to say aloud the bold text. To hear the music and the readings, click on each title (red, underlined text) (and remember to adjust the volume on your speakers).

Welcome

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. Let us confess our sins remembering before God the times when we have fallen from temptation into sin. Open our hearts to receive Your Message and prepare our lives to serve you, this Lent and always. We pray this.

Hymn

”Forty days and forty nights”

Intercessions

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Father. Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, let us pray to the Father Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For those preparing for baptism and confirmation_ for their teachers and sponsors Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For peace in the world that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among nations and peoples Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all in danger, that they may be relieved and protected Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For those whom we have injured or offended Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ For grace to amend our lives and to further the reign of God Lord of compassion, in your mercy hear us _ You have taught us to come close to you in penitence with prayer, fasting and generosity; accept our Lenten discipline and , when we fall by our weakness, raise us up by your unfailing mercy MERCIFUL FATHER, ACCEPT THESE PRAYERS FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. AMEN

Reflection

Lent

is

a

time

for

us

to

take

stock

of

our

lives.

To

do

a

spiritual

reset

and

to

focus

again

on

the

love

of

God

and

love

of

neighbour.

Traditionally,

Christians

during

Lent

have

engaged

in

prayer

and

fasting

and

almsgiving,

and

I

hope

that

all

of

us

will

rededicate

ourselves

to

prayer

during

this

Lent.

When

it

comes

to

almsgiving,

this

year

I

want

to

encourage

you

to

make

a

donation to the wonderful charity - Friends of the Holy Land.

Last

year

I

recorded

my

Lent

message

in

Jerusalem.

Sadly,

it's

no

longer

possible

to

take

pilgrimages

to

the

Holy

Land.

We're

all

aware

of

the

terrible

things

that

are

happening

there.

The

atrocious

attack

by

Hamas

and

the

terrible

bombardment

of

Gaza

that

has

followed.

This

year’s

Lent

message

was

recorded

in

the

chapel

of

St

George,

where

we

give

thanks

for

all

those

whose

sacrifice has enabled our freedom, and we pray for peace.

Please

continue

to

pray

for

peace

in

the

Holy

Land

and

as

an

act

of

solidarity

with

our

fellow

Christians

there,

I

encourage

you

to

make

a

donation

to

the

Friends

of

the

Holy

Land,

a

charity

which

is

set

up

to

support

the

witness

and

ministry

of

Christians

in that land where Jesus was born, where he lived, where he died, and where he rose again.

Christians are a persecuted minority in the Holy Land and are suffering probably at least as badly as anyone else.

So please engage in prayer and fasting for peace and in almsgiving. And may this Lent be a time of spiritual renewal for you.

A spiritual reset to enable your lives to turn towards God and neighbour.

Bishop + John.

Bishop John’s Lent Appeal this year is for the ‘Friends of the Holy Land’.

Hymn

“Parce Domine” The Gregorian Chant - Lent Hymn - for Ash Wednesday

Prayer

Christ has no body now but ours. No hands, no feet on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Ours are the feet with which he walks about to do good. Ours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes, We are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but ours.

Blessing

Compassion and forgiveness belong to the Lord our God, though we have rebelled against him. Let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy by confessing our sins this Lent in penitence and faith. Our Lord said “I am coming !” .. Lord, you have come to us .. we are so glad. Amen.
St. Leonard
© Clent P.C.C. 2024
Saint Leonard’s CANDLEMASS Service Welcome to our OpenCast church service - on-line. There are prayers, readings, hymns and music; just as you would have in church. As you read through this service you may care to say aloud the bold text. To hear the music and the readings, click on each title (red, underlined text) (and remember to adjust the volume on your speakers).

Welcome

As we celebrate the birth of a child of earth as well as heaven, speak to us through Your WORD which welcomes all - making strangers friends for ever - and uniting us all in bonds of expectation. Living Lord Jesus, DRAW US TO YOUR LIGHT, HELP US TO SEEK YOUR WAY, LET US REJOICE IN YOUR SALVATION. Open our hearts to receive Your Message and prepare our lives to serve you, this Epiphany and always. We pray this.

Carol

”When candles are lighted on Candlemass Day”

Intercessions

Loving God, in Jesus you know what it is to be human and you understand the concerns and needs we all carry for ourselves and for others. Hear us as we pray to you now for help, healing and guidance in your church and in the world. Let us pray for all the people of God’s church that through her ministry God’s salvation in Jesus Christ may be revealed to all peoples, setting free all those held in slavery by the fear of death. Let us pray for the needs of this world: for those whose lives are threatened by violence of war or terrorism; for those oppressed by cruelty and injustice; for those deprived of food and water by greed and indifference to their suffering. Let us pray for our own communities: for families whose relationships are being tested and strained; for families suffering financial hardship; for families struggling with ill health and bereavement. Let us pray for the people we know who need God’s healing touch today that they may know his presence alongside them and his strength supporting them. Loving God we thank you that with compassion and mercy you hear our prayers and reach out to touch the lives of those for whom we pray. Let your light shine through our lives revealing more and more of your love to the world around us. We ask this in the name of the one who became like us and revealed to us your glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. LORD IN YOUR MERCY - HEAR OUR PRAYER May our offerings of prayer be acceptable to the King of glory, revealed to all who seek him diligently in faith. MERCIFUL FATHER, ACCEPT THESE PRAYERS FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST. AMEN

Reflection

Continuing the ‘Birthdays’ theme:_

It's

the

birthday

of

Charles

Lutwidge

Dodgson,

better

known

as

Lewis

Carroll, born in Cheshire, England (1832).

He

was

a

painfully

shy

mathematician

and

church

deacon

-

with

what

is

now

known

as

OCD

(Obsessive

Compulsive

Disorder)

who

kept

fastidious

charts

showing

what

his

guests

had

eaten

when

they'd

dined

with

him

and

what

chair they'd sat in.

He

even

summarized

and

filed

all

of

his

correspondence

in

a

catalogue

system containing 98,000 cross references.

Afflicted

by

a

stammer,

he

was

more

comfortable

with

children

than

with

adults,

especially

with

the

three

young

daughters

of

his

college

dean.

While

taking

them

on

a

rowboat

outing

in

July

of

1862,

he

spun

a

tale

about

a

girl

named

Alice,

who

fell

down

a

rabbit-hole

into

an

unexpected

underground

world.

The

middle

daughter,

whose

name

was

Alice,

begged

him

to

write

the

story

down

for

her,

and

so

he

obligingly

scrawled

out

what

became

Alice's

Adventures

in

Wonderland

(1863),

followed

several

years

later

by

a

sequel called Through the Looking-Glass (1871).

He

thought

that

young

children

should

be

allowed

to

read

picture

books

in

church

during

the

sermon,

so

that

church

would

be

a

bright

and

happy

memory, and so they wouldn't turn against religion later in life.

How true .. how very, very true. I once saw the replies from a group of children and young people - in their drawings - of their response to the question .. ‘What would you really like to do when you come to church ?’ Suggestions ranged from have comfortable seating - I could agree with that ! a ‘help-yourself’ coffee machine - Yep, and me; two sugars please ! a quiet ‘chill-out’ zone for when things get ‘boring’ - Make room for me ! space and time to talk things over and understand what has been said - Couldn’t we all ? even a Jacuzzi .. and not just for Baptisms - Oh YES !! We really should listen to the young people a lot more .. a lot, lot more.

Hymn

“Christ be our Light”

Prayer

Christ has no body now but ours. No hands, no feet on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Ours are the feet with which he walks about to do good. Ours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes, We are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but ours.

Blessing

May God guide me by His presence, protect me with His love, support me in walking towards Him, and grant me His blessing at Candlemass. Our Lord said “I am coming !” .. Lord, you have come to us .. we are so glad. Amen.