Tudor House Chapel Service The power of the Word Connections come from words
Entrance Hymn – BlaenwernLove divine, all loves excelling, Finish, then, Thy new creation;Joy of heaven to earth come down; Pure and spotless let us be.Fix in us thy humble dwelling; Let us see Thy great salvationAll thy faithful mercies crown! Perfectly restored in Thee;Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Changed from glory into glory,Pure unbounded love Thou art; Till in heaven we take our place,Visit us with Thy salvation; Till we cast our crowns before Thee,Enter every trembling heart. Lost in wonder, love, and praise.Come, Almighty to deliver,Let us all Thy life receive;Suddenly return and never,Never more Thy temples leave.Thee we would be always blessing,Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,Glory in Thy perfect love.
Friends in Christ, we are assembled here today by God, and in His presence. We as his children are receiving a kingdom that is completely secure and so we must be thankful and worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.We will give thanks to God that he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ into our world; that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary to pay the penalty for our sin and rose from the dead to be the first of many to live after they have died.
To prepare ourselves let us hear from the Word of God:“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18“Worthy is the lamb (Jesus Christ) who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise.” Revelation 5:12
The ResponseAlmighty God, our Heavenly Father,You know our thoughts and the things we do.We are sorry for the hurt we have caused othersAnd the ways in which we have not pleased you.Forgive us, we pray, for all of these things and give us strength to resist the evil we face from day to day.Lead us into your way of truth and love.Help us to make a new startWe pray through Jesus Christ our LordAMEN
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, when we ask to be forgiven, God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and remember them no more.Thanks be to God.
Bible Reading – Tom BroinowskiThe lesson for this second Sunday before Lent is taken from the Gospel of St John, chapter1beginning to read at verse 1:The Word Became FleshIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He waswith God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing wasmade that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The lightshines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testifyconcerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; hecame only as a witness to the light.The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in theworld, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. Hecame to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receivehim, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born ofGod.The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the gloryof the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Lord be with youAnd also with you. Our Father, in heaven,Let us pray. hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, Now and for ever. Amen
Lord we thank you for the young people of our community and for the vision, enthusiasmand vitality which they bring to our common life. We pray for all children and youth, andespecially for those in need. Give them a firm trust in your loving and eternal purposes. Lord hear our prayer.Lord we pray for all those suffering and in special need – for the sick, theunemployed, the lonely, the misfortunate, the homebound and homeless. Lord we makespecial mention of those suffering in Syria. We pray, especially, for Chloe Palmer and herfamily who are dealing with critical injuries suffered in a car accident. As the God of allcomfort help them to experience the power and consolation of your love.Lord hear our prayer.We remember prisoners and their families, the victims of crime and their families.Magistrates and all who administer our laws.Lord hear our prayer.Almighty God our Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ shared in the life of an earthlyhome at Nazareth. Bless our homes and school we pray. Help parents and teachers tocare for children with love and to impart the knowledge of Christ to them. Help us to beservants of each other and to be hospitable and caring for others. Provide for our needsand keep us from hurting each other. Fill our homes and school with peace and joy.Lord hear our prayerThrough Jesus Christ our Lord AMEN.
Gradual Hymn (St Denio)Immortal, invisible, God only wise,In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring aboveThy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.All laud we would render; O help us to see’This only the splendour of light hideth Thee,And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.
It is the power of the connection.That is what we strive to develop.
Lord of the DanceI danced in the morning I danced on a FridayWhen the world was begun, When the sky turned black -And I danced in the moon Its hard to danceAnd the stars and the sun, With the devil on your back.And I came down from heaven They buried my bodyAnd I danced on the earth, And they thought Id gone,At Bethlehem But I am the Dance,I had my birth. And I still go on.Chorus:Dance, then, wherever you may be, ChorusI am the Lord of the Dance, said he,And Ill lead you all, wherever you may be, They cut me downAnd Ill lead you all in the Dance, said he. And I leapt up high; I am the lifeI danced for the scribe Thatll never, never die;And the pharisee, Ill live in youBut they would not dance If youll live in me -And they wouldnt follow me. I am the LordI danced for the fishermen, Of the Dance, said he.For James and John -They came with me ChorusAnd the Dance went on.
The BlessingThe Lord be with youAnd with Your SpiritLet us depart in PeaceIn the name of the Lord - Amen
Tudor House Chapel Service The World is Our Words