Order of Service for Lent 2, 5 March 2023

Lent 2, 5 March 2023

Gathering of the Community

Sign of Cross and Grace at entrance

(Welcome, Greeting & Theme)

Priest: As we continue in our Lenten journey, I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word. 

(Silence is kept. Kyries)

Wash away all our iniquity

and cleanse us from our sin:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Against you, you only have we sinned

and done what is evil in your sight:

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Create in us a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within us:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

Processional Hymn: Change my heart O God

Act of Praise: Omit

Opening Prayer

Priest: Let us pray for grace to keep Lent faithfully (Silence)

Hope beyond all human hope,

you promised Abraham and Sarah

descendants as numerous as the stars.

You promise light and salvation

in the midst of darkness and despair,

and redemption to a world that will not listen. Gather us in tenderness

and open our ears to your word,

so that we may live faithfully and confidently in your promises.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.

All: Amen.

Children’s Church

(children’s blessing)

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-10

Psalm Refrain: “Let your love be upon us Lord even as we hope in you”

Gospel Acclamation: “Glory to you O Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ. Glory to you O Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

(silent meditation after homily)

Let us declare our faith in God,

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God:

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


The Prayers of the People

With confidence and trust let us pray to the Lord saying: “Lord of compassion, in your mercy, hear us”

Penitential Rite

Priest: Let us call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God.

(Silence is kept)

Priest: May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The Peace

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn: I will offer up my life

(children return)

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Prayer over the Gifts

Eucharistic Prayer 4

The Lord’s Prayer

Breaking of the Bread

Divine Gift

Sacrifice became for us the gift of life

We hold it dear, you are always here.

Bread and Wine mysteries we can’t define, We only know it is divine gift to us, You are here with us. You are here in us. You are here as us.


(Let’s sit with open hands in silent appreciation of the radiant Love living within and among us. Ring bell.)

Prayer after Communion

Doxology (Longer)

Priest: All your works praise you, O Lord.

All: And your faithful servants bless you.

Gracious God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. May we, who share his body, live his risen life; we, who drink his cup, bring life to others; we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world. Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so that we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




May God the Father,

who does not despise the broken spirit, give to you a contrite heart. Amen.

May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his wounds. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace. Amen.

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness, to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Recessional Hymn: Holy Ground


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