The Sunday before Lent

23rd February 2020

Holy Communion: 9.30 am (BCP)

Sung Eucharist: 11.00 am (Common Worship)

Celebrant: President: The Revd Paul Skirrow

Hymns: 23, be still in the presence of the Lord, 170

Recessional hymn: 343


Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Exodus 24:12-18 

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the
tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.”  So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.  To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”
Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.  Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.  Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 2
2:1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?
2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
2:3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.”
2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision.
2:5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
2:6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
2:7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.
2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
2:10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.

 Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without e

Be still for the presence of the Lord

 Be still for the presence of the Lord The Holy One, is here;
Come bow before Him now with reverence and fear : In Him no sin is found we stand on holy ground.
Be still for the presence of the Lord The Holy One, is here. 

 Be still, for the glory of the Lord Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire, With splendour He is crowned:
How awesome is the sight – our radiant King of Light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord Is
shining all around 

  Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace –
No work too hard for Him. In faith receive from Him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

Matthew 17:1-9
After six days, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”  This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you O Christ


Please pray for those who are unwell: Jonathan Copping, John and Sylvia Stuart, Jean Musgrave, Wendy Packwood, Martin Smith , Jonathan Adrian Griffiths, Aidan O’Farrell, Lindsay and Madeleine Spencer, Sheila and Kate True Callum Joyce,
Gerrard Richmond and Brenda Smith

We give thanks for the lives of those whose anniversary occurs at this time:-
Sylvia Wiltshire, Olive Stephenson, Katherine Meffit Straus, Ian Doherty,
Jennifer McConville and Alf Pennington.





ELECTORAL ROLL—If  you are a regular member of the congregation you are invited to be included on the Electoral Roll. This only applies if you did not renew in 2019.  forms are available from Jane Stewart after the 11.00 am Sunday Service.


incumbent takes his first service on Sunday 15th March. The following Sunday, March 22nd, The Archdeacon,  Reverend Canon David Waller will officiate at the licencing of Reverend Ron. Please join us to celebrate this momentous


Holy God, we see your glory in the face of  Jesus Christ: may we who are partakers at his table reflect his life in word and deed, that all the world may know his power to change and save. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Tuesday  25th February
10.00 am Gardening Group meet
Wednesday  26th February
10.00 am Holy Communion Ash Wednesday Imposition of Ashes
11.15 am Bible Study

Thursday  27th February
10.00 am  Maintenance Group meet
10.00 am Craft Group meet

5.30 pm Taize Service

Sunday  1st March

 9.30 am Holy Communion
11.00 am Sung Eucharist


Future dates for your diaries

Reyes Bartlett Concerts

Tuesday 3rd March 5.00 pm

Saturday 21st March 5.00 pm

Sunday 22nd March 8.00 pm  Details to follow

IMPORTANT—With immediate effect the parsonage now has a new telephone number 922 97 88 63

In Interregnum
Wendy Sanderson Tel:   922 32 09 78

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A note for our visitors

All people who are in good standing with their own church are welcome to receive communion.

If you would prefer to come to the altar for a blessing you are welcome to do so. Please bring your service booklet with you so the chaplain knows you do not wish to partake in communion.

A warm welcome to you if you are visiting us today. Please join us for refreshments in the parsonage grounds after the 11.00am service, and take our best wishes to you own church when you return home.

Home visits: If you know anyone who would appreciate a visit from the chaplain, please do get in touch.

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