St Bart's Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

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The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray.

Collect of the Day   Almighty and everlasting God, you despise nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our brokenness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   Amen.

Opening Hymn   511   Lord Jesus, Think on Me  

Lord Jesus, think on me, and purge away my sin:
From earth-born passions set me free and make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me, with many a care oppressed;
Let me thy loving servant be and taste thy promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me, nor let me go astray;
Through darkness and perplexity point thou the heavenly way.

First Reading:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

A Reading from the Book of Joel
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come. Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, grain-offering and a drink-offering for the Lord, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, “Where is their God?”

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.    Thanks be to God

Psalm 103:8-18

8. The Lord is full of com/passion . and / gracious,
Long-suffering / and of / great / goodness.
9. He will not / always . be / chiding:
Neither keepeth / he his / anger . for / ever.
10.  He hath not dealt with us / after . our / sins,
Nor rewarded us ac/cor-ding / to our / wickednesses.
11.  For look how high the heav’n is in comparison / of the / earth,
So great is his mercy / also . toward / them that / fear him.
12.  Look how wide also the /east is . from the / west,
So far hath he /set our / sins / from us.
13.  Yea, like as a father pitieth his / own / children,
Even so is the Lord merciful / un-to / them that / fear him.

2nd Part

14.  For he knoweth whereof / we are / made;
He remembereth / that we / are but / dust.
15.  The days of man are / but as / grass;
For he flourisheth as a / flow’r / of the / field.
16.  For as soon as the wind goeth over it, / it is / gone;
And the place there/of shall / know it . no / more.
17.  But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon / them that / fear him,
And his righteousness / un-to / child-ren’s / children;
18.  Even unto such as / keep his / covenant,
And think upon / his com/mandments . to / do them.
The Gospel:  Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21   

‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  

Homily:  The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Address from our prayer book
Dear friends in Christ,
every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption
through the death and resurrection
of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration
and to renew our life in the paschal mystery.
We begin this holy season
by remembering our need for repentance,
and for the mercy and forgiveness
proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent
by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,
and by reading and meditating on the word of God.

Silence is then kept for reflection.

Psalm 51.1–18   said
RefrainCreate in me a clean heart, O God.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness; *
in your great compassion blot out my offences. Wash me through and through from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me.
Against you only have I sinned *
and done what is evil in your sight.

And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgement.
Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother’s womb.

Refrain:  Create in me a clean heart, O God.

For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; * wash me, and I shall be clean indeed.
Make me hear of joy and gladness, *
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Refrain:  Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
I shall teach your ways to the wicked, * and sinners shall return to you.

Deliver me from death, O God, *
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation.
Open my lips, O Lord, *
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, * but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; *
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Refrain:  Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Litany of Penitence
The priest and people say together,
Most holy and merciful Father, we confess to you, to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

The priest continues,
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.

We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: the pride, hypocrisy, and impatience of our lives,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our self-indulgent appetites and ways, and our exploitation of other people,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our anger at our own frustration, and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work,
We confess to you, Lord.

Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us,
We confess to you, Lord.

Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For all false judgements, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbours, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.

Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Hear us, Lord, for your mercy is great.

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

Hymn:  505   Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

Be thou my wisdom, and thou my true Word;
I ever with thee and thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father; thine own may I be,
Thou in me dwelling, and I one with thee.

High King of heaven, when victory is won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Blessing and Dismissal




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