Holy Communion for Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple.                                                                         30th January 2022

The Gathering

1st Hymn – (AMNS 53) Songs of thankfulness (vv1,2,5)

 

1. Songs of thankfulness and praise,
Jesu, Lord, to thee we raise,
manifested by the star
to the sages from afar;
branch of royal David’s stem
in thy birth at Bethlehem:
anthems be to thee addrest,
God in Man made manifest.

 

2. Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana wedding-guest
in thy Godhead manifest;
manifest in power divine,
changing water into wine:
anthems be to thee addrest,
God in Man made manifest.

 

5. Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,
mirrored in thy holy word;
may we imitate thee now,
and be pure, as pure art thou;
that we like to thee may be
at thy great Epiphany;
and may praise thee, ever blest,
God in Man made manifest.

 

The Lord of glory be with you.

The Lord bless you.

 

Dear friends: forty days ago we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now we recall the day on which he was presented in the Temple, when he was offered to the Father and shown to his people. As a sign of his coming among us, his mother was purified, as we now come to him for cleansing. In their old age Simeon and Anna recognised him as their Lord, as we today sing of his glory. In this Eucharist, we celebrate both the joy of his coming and his searching judgement, looking back to the day of his birth and forward to the coming days of his passion.

The Gloria

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

 

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

 

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

 

COLLECT for Candlemas 

 

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty,

whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,

in substance of our flesh:

grant that we may be presented to you

with pure and clean hearts,

by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

FIRST READING Malachi 3:1-5

 

A reading from the book of the prophet Malachi.

 

Thus says the LORD God: See, I am sending my messenger to

prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will

suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in

whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.

But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand

when he appears?

 

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner

and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing

to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

 

Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear

falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien,

and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

 

PSALM Psalm 24:[1-6] 7-end

 

[The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,

the world and all who dwell therein.

For it is he who founded it upon the seas

and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

 

“Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?

and who can stand in his holy place?”

“Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,

who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,

nor sworn by what is a fraud.

 

They shall receive a blessing from the Lord

and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”

Such is the generation of those who seek him,

of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.]

 

Lift up your heads, O gates;

lift them high, O everlasting doors;

and the King of glory shall come in.

“Who is this King of glory?”

“The Lord, strong and mighty,

the Lord, mighty in battle.”

 

Lift up your heads, O gates;

lift them high, O everlasting doors;

and the King of glory shall come in.

“Who is he, this King of glory?”

“The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory.”

 

SECOND READING Hebrews 2:14-end

 

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

 

Since the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for

the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

 

This is the word of the Lord. 

Thanks be to God.

2nd Hymn – Faithful vigil ended (AMNS 453)

 

1. Faithful vigil ended,
watching, waiting cease;
Master, grant thy servant  ͜
his discharge in peace.

 

2. All thy Spirit promised,
all the Father willed,
now these eyes behold it
perfectly fulfilled.

 

3. This thy great deliverance  ͜
sets thy people free;
Christ their light uplifted  ͜
all the nations see.

 

4. Christ, thy people’s glory!
watching, doubting cease;
grant to us thy servants  ͜
our discharge in peace.

The Gospel Acclamation

 

Today the Lord is presented in the Temple in substance of our mortal nature.

Alleluia!

 

Today the Blessed Virgin comes to be purified in accordance with the law.

Alleluia!

 

Today old Simeon proclaims Christ as the light of the nations
and the glory of Israel.

Alleluia! Praise to Christ, the Light of the world!

The Gospel - Luke 2:22-40

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

 

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.”

 

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
  according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
  which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
  and for glory to your people Israel.”

 

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and

a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

 

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

The Creed

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.


Merciful Father,

accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers of penitence

 

Jesus says, 'I am the light of the world.

He who follows me shall not walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.’

Let us then bring our secret sins into his light

and confess them in penitence and faith.

 

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love,

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed,

and repent of all our sins.                      

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,

forgive us all that is past;

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light. Amen.

 

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Peace

 

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high has broken upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

 

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Preparation of the Table & Taking of the Bread and Wine

3rd Hymn – Lift up your heads (AMNS 483)

 

1. Lift up your heads, you mighty gates,
behold, the King of Glory waits,
the King of kings is drawing near,
the Saviour of the world is here.

 

2. O blest the land, the city blest
where Christ the ruler is confessed.
O happy hearts and happy homes
to whom this King in triumph comes.

 

3. Fling wide the portals of your heart,
make it a temple set apart  ͜
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.

 

4. Come, Saviour, come, with us abide;
our hearts to thee we open wide:
thy Holy Spirit guide us on,
until our glorious goal is won.

The Eucharistic Prayer

 

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right, it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning,

and formed us in your own image.

 

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born as man and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead

and exalted him to your right hand on high.

 

Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit,

and made us a people for your own possession.

 

And now we give you thanks because by appearing in the Temple

he brings judgement on the world.

The Word made flesh searches the hearts of all your people,

to bring to light the brightness of your splendour.

 

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and singing:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood;

 

Who in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying,

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

 

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying,

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross,

and proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension.

As we look for his coming in glory,

we celebrate with this bread and this cup

his one perfect sacrifice.

 

Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise;

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love,

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Through him, and with him, and in him,

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:

 

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

 

We break the bread of life,

and that life is the light of the world.

God here among us,

light in the midst of us,

bring us to light and life.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace, grant us peace, grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

 

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

During communion Chris Allsop plays Mit Fried' und Freud', BWV 616 - J. S. Bach [Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace]


 

Prayer after Communion

 

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna,

who lived to welcome the Messiah:

may we, who have received these gifts beyond words,

prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes

to bring us to eternal life;

for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen.

4th Hymn  - I am the light

 

1. I am the Light whose brightness shines
on every pilgrim’s way,
and brings to evil’s darkest place
the glorious light of day.

2. I am the Gate that leads to life
along the narrow way,
the Shepherd who will tend my sheep
that none are lost or stray.

3. I am the Resurrection life,
the power of God whereby
whoever truly trusts in me
shall live and never die.

4. I am the Way, the Truth, the Life,
and truth shall set you free
to seek and find the way to life
and live that life in me.              

Candlemas remembered

 

If you have a candle, please light it now..

 

Lord God, the springing source of everlasting light,

pour into the hearts of your faithful people

the brilliance of your eternal splendour,

that we, who by these kindling flames use light to your glory,

may the darkness of our souls be dispelled,

and so we may be counted worthy to stand before you

in that eternal temple where you live and reign,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

 

The North aisle window at Whitbourne church shows Jesus being handed to Simeon in the temple. Let’s listen to the setting of the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2.29) by Hugh Benham, sung by the Convivium Singers. The words are from the BCP:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace 
 according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation;
 which thou has prepared before the face of all people;
to be a light to lighten the Gentiles,
 and to be the glory of thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
  and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Final responsorial

Father, now we bring to an end our celebration

of the Saviour’s birth.

Help us, in whom he has been born,

to live his life that has no end.

 

We have offered the Church’s sacrifice of praise.

Help us, who have received the bread of life,

to be thankful for your gift.

 

We have rejoiced with faithful Simeon and Anna.

Help us, who have found the Lord in his temple,

to trust in your eternal promises.

 


 

We have greeted the Light of the world.

Help us, who now extinguish these candles,

never to forsake the light of Christ.

 

We can now extinguish our candles.

 

We remember the font, the place of our baptism.

Help us, who are marked with the cross,

to share the Lord’s death and resurrection.

 

We turn from Christ’s birth to his passion.

Help us, for whom Lent is near,

to enter deeply into the Easter mystery.

 

We bless one another in your name.

Help us, who now go in peace,

to shine with your light in the world.

Thanks be to God! Amen.

-oOo-

Weekly Zoomed services will continue through February; this will be reviewed and an announcement made by week 3 of February.

 

TUESDAY 1st February: 9am Morning Prayer from home by Zoom*.

WEDNESDAY 2nd February: 9.30am Morning Prayer from home by Zoom*.

SATURDAY 4th February: Coffee Morning at Upper Sapey church 10am-noon.

NEXT SUNDAY: 6th February “4th Sunday before Lent”, Platinum Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

9.30am Holy Communion from home by Zoom*
* Ask Dawn or John Bland for Zoom links.

 

2nd July 2022: Whitbourne Village Fête at the church. More information from Maureen Williams 821189.

 

Visit the Notices web-page for links to the services for viewing or printing.