5th Sunday of Lent – April 3rd 2022

Welcome

Call to Worship

Waking up this morning,
we see a new day has dawned.
Let us raise our hands in thanksgiving

for the wonders of being alive,

for the 24 brand-new hours in which we are now living,

and the possibility of so many, many more.

A gathering prayer

Invite people to be still and quiet for a while, consciously noticing their own breathing.

Wonderful God,

thank you for the sensations of sacred breath,

your miraculous gift of life to each one of us.

We lift our hearts to you.

Our souls sing with joy.

May we know your presence in all our challenges,

and may our thankfulness pour out of our lives.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Worship

Confession

Heavenly Father, parent of us all,
we know we don’t always treat each other
as you want us to.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

There are times when we insist on getting our own way
despite what others feel.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

Sometimes we increase the tension
when we ought to seek peace,
or say things which hurt one another.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

God has loved us,
sending his Son Jesus to show us the true meaning of forgiveness
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.
Amen.
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Absolution

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Collect

God of love,
passionate and strong,
tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us
all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Word

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b] He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you,[c] but you will not always have me.”

John
18:1-8

Reflection

Witness

A prayer of praise and thanksgiving


For the unselfconscious outpouring of Mary’s love:

we praise you!

For the generous receiving of her beautiful gift by

Jesus:

we praise you!

For the opportunities we have to give to others:

we praise you!

For friends and family who give to us:

we praise you!

For your love and for the promise of eternal life:

we praise you!

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

we praise you!

Amen.

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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.

Blessing

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
and the blessing of God, the Creator, Saviour and Spirit, be with you all today and all days. Amen

Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. 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