Audlem Saint James The Great Church

Lent Liturgy


Lent Liturgy

The  Lord be with you
All: And also with you.


Jesus, by your example you challenge us to make Lent a journey of discovery;
All:  Help us to discern who we are and embrace what we might become.
Jesus, by your words and actions you show us how to watch and wait and wrestle;
All:  Help us to recognise where we are and show us the path to follow.
Jesus, you offer us your company in the familiar and the unknown places;
All: Through story and song, and in bread and wine, help us to better understand the threads of our lives that they may be woven into the patterns of God's KIngdom. Amen.

God of the uncharted places, you draw us into the quietness of the wilderness so that we can encounter ourselves.
All: But we confess that all too often we stubbornly cling to things that limit us rather than face the necessity of change.
You call us to put down the habits that structure our lives so that we can discover what really matters.
All: We confess that all too often we continue to choose our own comfort rather than serving the needs of others. Forgive us, O Lord, wherever we have chosen to be, or do, or dare less than you have asked of us; and as we walk on in the wilderness with you, help us watch and wrestle with these things, so that we might choose differently in future.

The president declares God's forgiveness

Almighty God, who forgives all who truely repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and dleiver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All:   Amen.

Take this moment, time and space:
Take my friends around;
Here among us make the place
Where your love is found

Take the tiredness of my days,
Take my past regret,
Letting your forgiveness touch
All I can't forget.

Special Prayer/ Collect

First reading

At the end
This is the word of the Lord
All:  Thanks be to God




Gospel reading
At the end
This is the gospel of the Lord.
All: Praise to you O Lord.


O God you searched me and you know me.
All my thoughts lay open to your gaze.
When I wake or lie down you are before me:
Ever the maker and keeper of my days.
Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God:
All: Though he was divine, he did not cling to equality with God, but made himself nothing. Taking the form of a slave, he became as we are; as a man he humbled himself, and was obedient to death - even the death of the cross. Therefore, God has raised him on high, and given him the name above every name:that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Prayers for God's world

The peace;
In Lent we will share a silent peace

The Collection

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.

On the night he was betrayed, before going out into the dark Garden, Jesus sat down to eat and drink with his friends. To show them the challenge of the way ahead, and offer them gifts for that journey, he took bread - sustaining and wholesome- and poured wine - earthy and warming - sharing these as signs of his continuing presence with them throughout time to come.
All: And now, remembering that moment, and recognising that its promise is also for us we share bread and wine with one another.
And we recognise with joy that Christ is present with us now and throughout time to come; and we join our voices with those of all creation in the unending song of praise:
All: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!

God of all places, send upon us now, and on these gifts of bread and wine, that same Spirit who sent Jesus into the wilderness, that we too may be tempered and strengthened by your presence and refreshed and renewed through your love.

The Lord's Prayer
All: 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 our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
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.

The Breaking of the Bread
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ
All: Though we are many we are one body because we all share in one bread.

The people are invited to receive communion
The table of God stands open and ready as a place of sanctuary and safety, of hospitality and healing. So, come all you who are tired and travel-stained, footsore and famished; come with your fellow travellers and find companionship and comfort; for here, Jesus - who knows what it is to wander, watch and wrestle in the wilderness - waits to meet us and welcome us in, offering us rest and restoration, solace and strength, for the journey still to come.

The people receive communion

All: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live asnd work to your praise and glory. Amen.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: In the name of Christ. Amen.

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