Resources for Worship on the Second Sunday Before Lent

These are worship resources for The Second Sunday Before Lent, 2021. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.

Gospel of John Frontispiece and Incipit, Donald Jackson, from The Saint John’s Bible

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Please join us for an online Zoom-only service. You can join our Zoom Service of the Word by clicking this link or by entering the following into your Zoom application: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Passcode: 010209.

We at the Anglican Church of St Thomas, Crete, will not actually be using the readings for the Second Sunday Before Lent on February 7, but another set of readings. Likewise, the music appointed will be different from what is listed below. The Order of Service for this alternate set of readings and hymns can be downloaded here, although all the parts needed by the congregation – hymns and responses – will be up on the screen.

Read

The readings appointed for the Second Sunday of Lent are Proverbs 8.1, 22-31, Psalm 104.26-end, Colossians 1.15-20, and John 1.1-14.

Reflect

My sermon from Christmas 2019 refers to the gospel reading and the reading from Proverbs, so you may want to have a look at that.

Fr Leonard Doolan of the Anglican/Episcopal Church of St Paul, Athens, has sent me his pre-recorded sermon which will be preached live on February 7, 2021.

Sermon for 7 February, 2021, Fr Leonard Doolan, Athens

Pray

Collect
Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever. Amen.

(or)

Almighty God,
give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Intercession
That this day may be holy, good and joyful:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may offer to you our worship and our work:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may strive for the well-being of all creation:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That in the pleasures and pains of life,
we may know the love of Christ and be thankful:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit,
in communion with Thomas and with all your saints,
entrusting one another and all our life to Christ:
All  we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

Biddings
I bid your prayers for the Church:

I bid your prayers for the leaders and people of the nations; especially

I bid your prayers for the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs;

  • remembering the over twenty-five million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the over 2.3 million who have died in the pandemic;
  • for the 1.9 million people in the UK with active cases of covid-19, the over 110,000 who have died of it there, and the over 9,289 active cases here in Greece, and the families of the over 5903 dead here;
  • remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
  • all those having issues with mental health;
  • those suffering from addiction, and those in recovery;
  • those who have been affected severely by the economic effects of the pandemic, especially in food services and tourism;
  • and giving thanks for the efforts of researchers in finding vaccines, and for the rollout of vaccines across the world.

Sing

All Creatures of Our God and King
Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

          

I Feel the Winds of God Today

   

Thou, Whose Almighty Word

 

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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