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BRAMFORD ROAD METHODIST CHURCH

270 Bramford Road Ipswich Suffolk IP1 4AY

BRAMFORD ROAD METHODIST CHURCH

270 Bramford Road Ipswich Suffolk IP1 4AY

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Second Sunday in Lent

Lent Liturgy:

God names you in holy love, claiming you as God’s own.

Isaiah 49:6b     “I will appoint you as light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth”.

Let us pray:​    Spirit of the ages, name me and claim me according to you purposes. Train my ear to hear your call and tune my heart to follow your voice. Raise me as a child of your covenant, that I may be an heir of your promise. Amen

 

Hymn ​Singing the Faith 663:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zr9SMm1glI

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?
            Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?

            I have heard you calling in the night.
            I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
            I will hold your people in my heart.

 

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

            Here I am, Lord. ......

 

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will send the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

            Here I am, Lord. .....

Let us pray:

God of all grace

We come before you to praise you, mindful that you are the God of our ancestors, the God who made and keeps your promises. In Christ you showed us love that was willing to die on a cross for us. The Holy Spirit lives in our hearts and we rejoice that she binds us together as a family of faith. For these things we rejoice.

We are thankful for the wonder of nature that captivates us. We are thankful for all those people we love and care about and who bring great joy to our lives.

Yet we know that we do not live as your children or keep your commandments. If you kept a record of our sins, we could not stand. Joyously we know that through Christ’s abundance grace we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.
Amen.


Bible Reading:​Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16

The Prime Minister laid out his roadmap to recovery on Monday evening and he claims that if everything goes to plan, we should be back to normal by Monday 21st June this year, I wonder how you feel about that claim? I wonder also how you would feel when, at ninety-nine years of age God tells you that you will become the father of a multitude? I wonder how you would feel, if having known that you cannot bear a child, you are told that you will bear a son in your twilight years?

Consider:

• How much do you believe in the word of God? When you pray, how do you think that God will answer your prayer?

• Do you truly believe that God can do what seems to be impossible or implausible? 

• How do you react if you pray for something very specific and things don’t work out the way you had hoped for? Do you feel let down by God? Do you feel inadequate in your own ability to pray?

 

Hymn Singing the faith 518​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1-9wam-2Rk


Father, hear the prayer we offer:
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength, that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not forever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smite the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our Guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Saviour, be thou at our side.


Prayers

Loving God,

We pray for our world. Particularly thinking of those places we know that are on our screens on the news this week…

We pray for our communities and particularly those parts of our communities where hurt or division is felt…

We pray for those we know who are sick and suffering and ask that they know your presence…

We remember all who have died and their families and ask that you comfort the bereaved and hold those who have died in your eternal care…

Merciful God accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

Reading Mark 8: 31-38

The challenge that I think we always face as we journey through Lent, is that while we can see the glory of Easter Day, we know that we have to face the difficult journey that takes us there.  In the Bible reading, Jesus is trying to teach the disciples about the challenges that lie ahead, Peter doesn’t want to hear such horrifying news and he rebukes Jesus.  Maybe the roadmap for recovery is not what we want to hear, maybe the journey to recovery is not fast enough for some of us maybe too risky too soon for others, Jesus warns the disciples that the road ahead is a tough one to take and maybe not always to our choosing.

Consider:

• How heavy does your cross feel to be at the moment? Do you find the current situation difficult? Frustrating?Lonely? Painful? If you do, please speak to a friend, don’t keep it to yourself.  Who might you speak to?

• Jesus reminds them that his personal suffering was for a purpose.  He reminds them that the ultimate goal of their faith is to see the day when Christ will come in all his glory, the day when God will reign supreme. How do you think that might look?

• The news today is that sometime, not before the 21 June the limits of social contact will all be lifted and we will be free to go about our lives with some degree of normality.  What will that mean to you? What are you looking forward to doing? Do you think that you will take for granted the things that we are currently missing? Do you think that your values will have changed?

 

Hymn: Singing the faith 272 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4963QPHAIM


From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live.

This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King


There in the garden of tears
My heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
'Yet not My will but Yours, ' He said

This is our God, The Servant King…


Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

This is our God, The Servant King…


So let us learn how to serve

and in our lives enthrone him,

each other’s needs to prefer,

for it is Christ we’re serving.

This is our God, the servant King…

 

The Blessing

May we know the faithfulness of God in our lives, may we live with the assurance we are children of God and know ourselves to be loved. May we find ourselves faithful even amidst temptation. 

And the blessing of God the Three in One reside with us always. Amen



Service prepared by Rev Derek Grimshaw