Second Sunday before Lent – February 20th 2022

Welcome

We come from scattered lives to meet with God. Let us recognize his presence with us. Silence is kept. As God’s people we have gathered: let us worship him together.

Opening prayer

Almighty God, your Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence. Give us new hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Worship

Collect

Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

1 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. 

2 For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. 

3 Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 

4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 

5 Commit everything you do to the LORD . Trust him, and he will help you. 

6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. 

7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. 

8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. 

9 For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. 

10 Soon the wicked will disappear. Though you look for them, they will be gone. 

11 The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity. 

39 The LORD rescues the godly; he is their fortress in times of trouble. 

40 The LORD helps them, rescuing them from the wicked. He saves them, and they find shelter in him.

Psalm
37:1-11,40-41

Confession


The word of God is living and active.
It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
All is open and laid bare before the eyes of him
to whom we give account.
We confess our sins in penitence and faith.

We are often slow to follow the example of Christ.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ came in humility to share our lives:
forgive our pride.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.


We often fail to walk the way of forgiveness and mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Christ came in love to a world of suffering:
forgive our self-centredness.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

We often fail to be known as Christ’s disciples.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ came with good news for all people:
forgive our silence.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.


Almighty God,
who in Jesus Christ has given us
a kingdom that cannot be destroyed,
forgive us our sins,
open our eyes to God’s truth,
strengthen us to do God’s will
and give us the joy of his kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Let us declare our faith in God.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Word

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Luke
6:27-38

Reflection

Witness

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Sending out.

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AMEN

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church