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Weekly Pewsheet


Sunday 3rd March 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B


Prayer and Meditation for March

Lord, fill our hearts with gratitude for your gift of salvation and grant us freedom to proclaim, throughout the world, the Redemption that breaks the bonds of sin and restores liberty to humanity.  We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.


"May our Lord, Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who has given us such sure hope, encourage you, strengthen you in every good word and deed."  (2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17)

Please pray for those who are unwell: Gillian Crow, Stuart Crow, John Crocker, Marcia, Annie and Andy, Dorothy Charlton, Elvira Vryoni-Dickson and family, Anthony, Mary Strange, Matthew, Mattei, Annette Beck, Ray Harris, Bryan and Joan Bufton, Linda and Martin Brown, Phillada Ware, Martin Nicholls, Bill Nash, Jude Checkett, Andy, Lou Neale and Pat Riley.

Please pray for the recently departed: Bob White, Sally Mlewa, Oleg and Mario Toffolo.

and for those in our Year’s Mind: Donald Helliwell (3rd), Frank Plaice (4th), Eva Iggulden (8th), Avis Robbins (9th), Mollie Pritchard; Gordon Turner; and Freddie Archer-Joy.

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Readings and Collect

Collect:   Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

First reading:   1 Corinthians 1:18-25

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of the proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews ask for signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.


Gospel: John 2:13-22

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, with the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Hymns and Music for the Mass

2          Christ whose glory fills the skies
582      O God of earth and altar

131      O for a closer walk with God (tune: Belmont – 425)
549      The heavens declare

Mass setting for Lent: John Merbecke (1510-1585)

Missa Per Arma Justitiae - “The Mass of Embracing justice” (1530)



Lord, have mercy upon us. (x3)

Christ, have mercy upon us. (x3)

Lord, have mercy upon us. (x3)

Sanctus & Benedictus:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and earth are full of thy glory.

Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High.

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the Highest.

Agnus Dei:

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant us thy peace.

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Additional Prayers

A Prayer for Peace:

Holy and gracious God, we pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia; of Israel and Palestine.   We pray for all those who are afraid; for those who are suffering and traumatised; and for those who are grieving, that your everlasting arms may hold them in this time of great suffering. We pray for those who choose war; that they will turn their swords into ploughshares and seek for peace. We pray for the leaders of nations; that they may follow the wisdom and compassion of Christ.  We ask this in the name of your blessed Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen. 

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us! Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for your children

The Welcome Project Prayer

Lord, our God, source of all life, you reveal your compassion and mercy in the common life we share.  Bless each of us as we respond to your Spirit’s invitation to open wide our doors to Christ and may the doors of our hearts remain ever open in holy and unconditional welcome.  Bless The Welcome Project – that our welcome may be wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, as we reach out to welcome the stranger and friend alike and so welcome your Son.

We make this prayer in his name, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

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