Sunday Service Pew Sheet (ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH, BRAY)


2nd Sunday in Lent

The Sunday Called Quinquagesima

Sunday 28th  February 2021


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Hymn At the Name of Jesus

At the name of Jesus - Bing video

1. At the name of Jesus ev'ry knee shall bow,

ev'ry tongue confess him King of glory now.

'Tis the Father's pleasure we should call him Lord,

who from the beginning was the mighty Word.


2. Mighty and Mysterious In the highest height

God from everlasting very light of light

In the Father’s bosom with the spirit blessed

Love in love eternal rest in perfect rest


3. Humbled for a season to receive a name

from the lips of sinners unto whom he came,

faithfully he bore it spotless to the last,

brought it back victorious, when from death he passed.


4. Bore it up triumphant with its human light

Through all rank of creatures to the central height

To the throne of Godhead, to the Fathers breast

Filled it with the Glory of that perfect rest.


5. In your hearts enthrone him; there let him subdue

all that is not holy, all that is not true;

crown him as your Captain in temptation's hour:

let his will enfold you in its light and pow'r.


6. Brothers, this Lord Jesus shall return again,

with his Father's glory, with his angel train;

for all wreaths of empire meet upon his brow,

and our hearts confess him King of glory now.


Almighty God,

you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,

that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted

into the fellowship of Christ's religion,

that they may reject those things

that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen


Reading Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’


Psalm 22. 22-31

22.  I will declare thy name / unto • my / brethren:

in the midst of the congre/gation / will I / praise thee.

23. O praise the Lord / ye that / fear him:                                                                                                                              

magnify him all ye seed of Jacob,  and fear him / all ye / seed of / Israel;

24. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the poor in / his af/fliction:

he hath not hid his face from him, but when

he / called • unto / him he / heard him.

25. My praise is of thee in the / great • congre/gation:

my vows will I perform in the / sight of / them that / fear him.

26. The poor shall / eat • and be / satisfied:

they that seek after the Lord shall praise him; may your / heart / live for / ever.

27. Let all the ends of the world remember, and be turned / unto • the / Lord:

and let all the families of the / nations / worship • be/fore him.

28. For the dominion / is the / Lord's:

and he is the / Governor • a/mong the / nations.

29. As for all them that sleep in the earth, / how • shall they / worship him:

all they that go down into the dust, / how • shall they / kneel be/fore him?

30. But my life shall be preserved in his sight,  and my /

children • shall / worship him:

they shall tell of the Lord unto the / gener/ations • to / come,

31.  And unto a people that shall be born shall they de/clare his / righteousness:

that / he hath / brought • it to / pass.


Reading  Romans 4. 13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.


For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.


Hymn There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy - Bing video

1. There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,

like the wideness of the sea.

There’s a kindness in God’s justice,

which is more than liberty.


2. There is welcome for the sinner,

and more graces for the good.

There is mercy with the Saviour,

there is kindly judgement given.


3. For the love of God is broader

Than the measures of our mind

And the heart of the Eternal

Is most wonderfully kind.


4. But we make his love too narrow

By false limits of our own

And we magnify his strictness

With a zeal he would not own


5. There is plentiful redemption

In the blood that has been shed

There is joy for all the members

In the sorrows of the head.


6. There is grace enough for thousands

Of new worlds as great as this

There is room for fresh creations

In that upper home of bliss.


5. If our love were but more simple,

we could take Him at his word,

and our lives would be illumined

In joy of Christ the Lord.


Gospel Mark 8. 31-38

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’


He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’


Hymn Take Up Thy Cross, The Saviour Said

Take Up Thy Cross, the Saviour Said [with lyrics for congregations] - Bing video

1. Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,

If thou wouldst My disciple be;

Deny thyself, the world forsake,

And humbly follow after Me.


2. Take up thy cross, let not its weight

Fill thy weak spirit with alarm;

His strength shall bear thy spirit up,

And brace thy heart and nerve thine arm.


3. Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,

Nor let thy foolish pride rebel;

Thy Lord for thee the cross endured,

And saved thy soul from death and hell.


4. Take up thy cross then in His strength,

And calmly sin’s wild deluge brave,

’Twill guide thee to a better home,

It points to glory o’er the grave.


5. Take up thy cross and follow Christ,

Nor think til death to lay it down;

For only those who bear the cross

May hope to wear the glorious crown.


6. To Thee, great Lord, the One in Three,

All praise forevermore ascend:

O grant us in our home to see

The heavenly life that knows no end.

Book of Common Prayer"



Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended against all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Epistle  1 Thessalonians 4. 1-8

We beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication; that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God; that no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter; because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.


Gospel St Matthew 15. 21-28

Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.



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