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25th April 2021

posted by Church Office

Parish Eucharist - Fourth Sunday of Easter


It’s good shepherd Sunday. The fourth Sunday after Easter is always about sheep. Sheep and shepherds were the main Biblical metaphor for leadership and most of all the critical role of trust in a community.

When trust is eroded the people are scattered, led all over the place by a multitude of different voices. In our age of fake news, the fragmentation of sources of information and opinion, and the erosion of trust in public office, these passages might have much to tell us.

In the gospel reading, John 10:11-18, Jesus takes the role of the good shepherd because he unfailingly puts the good of the sheep first. This isn’t a bad litmus test for giving our trust. The trouble arises when the sheep seem to have opposing interests as in the letter from John, 1 John 3:16-24. This is a letter written to a bunch of believers who have fallen out. The advice in this situation is to remain in community with one another: not to divide and fragment, but to commit to the hard work of building trust, not through words but by action; action modelled on Christ, the good shepherd, who strove to expand our vision of who belongs and whose needs are to be served.

Can we model Jesus by striving to extend our understanding of others who are not like us, and commit to building a community that serves their needs as well as our own?

The Readings

1 John 3:16-24

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Gospel Reading: John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”


18th April 2021

posted 16 Apr 2021, 05:39 by Church Office   [ updated 16 Apr 2021, 09:03 ]


Violence Against Women

Service of Prayer & Protest, 6.30pm


With guest speakers Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP Streatham and Tabitha Morton, Deputy Leader, Women’s Equality Party.

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18th April 2021

posted 15 Apr 2021, 03:37 by Church Office   [ updated 16 Apr 2021, 04:03 ]

Third Sunday of Easter
Parish Eucharist

Our first reading this week, 1 John 3:1-7, tells us that we are children of God, not because we deserve it but because God loves us. Yet, as children of God we have the chance to become something new, to have our identity shaped; not by the demands of the world (law, payment, justice), but by the spirit of the God of love. As such we will be misunderstood by the world, just as Christ was, yet we are called to be in the world witnessing to the possibility of a new order grounded on love and forgiveness.

This calling is not without its costs, as the disciples perhaps reveal when they are terrified at the appearance of the risen Christ in our gospel reading Luke 24:36-48. The disciples are terrified when Christ appears and shows them the reality of his resurrected body (a body which still bears the wounds of his crucifixion), and is hungry! Just as his resurrected body is not some new and intangible thing, but a transformed continuation of the old earthly body, so the new life he offers is a continuation of our life – all that went before is not discarded but fulfilled. Just as Christ carries in his body both death and life, woundedness and healing, so we are called to work with the mess of life as God seeks to transform it.

Readings
1 John 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-48

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.


11 April 2021

posted 8 Apr 2021, 03:29 by Church Office   [ updated 9 Apr 2021, 04:44 ]

Second Sunday of Easter - Parish Eucharist



Acts 4:32-35
The disciples, who were locked away in fear, are now fearlessly preaching the gospel. They are no longer afraid, not of the Romans, not of the temple authorities, also not of each other or future security: just as they freely preach their faith so they give to each other freely. What are the fears that hold us back from giving ourselves freely in the service of God’s love?

John 20:19-end
“Fear has never been a good advisor” Angela Merkel. The disciples are paralysed by fear - literally locked in. Today fear still locks many of us in. Breaking out of the tombs we create for ourselves and one another is not always easy. Fortunately, Christ is able to pass through the locked doors of upper rooms and of hearts and minds. The risen Christ brings a cure for our fear: peace, shalom, trust in the goodness of God and his creation. The path to peace is forgiveness which sets us free to embrace God and one another.

The Readings

First Reading Acts 4:32-35

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

The Collect
Risen Christ,
for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father.
Amen

4th April 2021

posted 30 Mar 2021, 08:37 by Church Office

Easter Day Parish Eucharist

Silence and terror are not what we are expecting on Easter Sunday; on Good Friday maybe but not Easter Sunday. No one, it seems, has instructed the writer of the gospel according to Mark (16:1-8) how to write a good ending. Yet this is the ending we’re given: an empty tomb, silenced and terrified women who do nothing. Well, that’s not quite all we’re given. We also hear the words of the mysterious stranger at the tomb who tells the women three things: do not be afraid; do not look for the life among the dead; go back to the beginning. According to Mark, the women ignore these words (at least for a while). What about us? Will Mark’s ending be our beginning, or are we too afraid of what might come next?

The Readings

Acts 10.34-43
Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Gospel Reading: Mark 16:1-8
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

The Collect
God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen

28th March 2021

posted 25 Mar 2021, 05:43 by Church Office

Palm Sunday - Parish Eucharist

Today marks the beginning of Passiontide: 7 days in which we follow Christ’s last days on earth and enter into the mystery of the passion. This is a time when we reflect upon the difference between our expectations (of ourselves, the world and God) and God’s expectations—always surprising, always unexpected, creating possibilities we never dared hope for.

Liturgy of the Palms:
Jesus subverts the expectations his followers have of him as a national and political leader: he processes into the city, as would a conquering emperor, but, unlike an emperor rides on the back of a colt.

Liturgy of the Passion:
Jesus now reveals the true nature of his leadership: to become the servant of all, a sacrifice for many: a leader who will give instead of taking, who will serve instead of being served, who will bring salvation instead of judgement.

The words of the poet Malcolm Guite beautifully sum up the week that lies before us:

“Now, in Passiontide, Christ becomes all the more visibly, our companion. We walk with him and see him face and overcome our own worst fears; we see him take on, in us and for us, the pain, the frailty, the fear, the failure, and the death itself that haunts and shadows our life. We stay with him through his Good Friday as he stays with us through ours, so that when Easter dawns, we also share with him, and he bestows abundantly on us, the new life and light which death can never overcome.”

Palm Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Passion Gospel: Mark 14:32-15:39 (Passion Gospel performed in church, streamed online)

The Collect
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Amen.

21st March 2021

posted 18 Mar 2021, 05:11 by Church Office   [ updated 19 Mar 2021, 00:52 by CHS Info ]

Fifth Sunday of Lent - Parish Eucharist

This Sunday is the last Sunday in Lent. Our Old Testament readings during Lent have travelled through the covenants God made with us throughout time. This final week of Lent the prophet Jeremiah 31:31-34 looks forward to a new covenant. This covenant will be made with all God’s people from the greatest to the least: Everyone will be included, all will be equal, the promises of God will be written on our hearts and carried within each of us. No one will mediate, no one will have privileged access - all sins will be forgiven. How ready are we for this? No hierarchy? No judgment? A new relationship with God always leads to a new relationship with one another,

In our Gospel reading, John 12:20-33, Jesus echoes the truth of the new covenant promised by Jeremiah: It is in the giving up and laying down of status, hierarchy, and moral judgment that we will find life & bring life to others.

Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt - a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Gospel Reading: John 12:20-33

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say - ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Collect
Gracious Father,
you gave up your Son
out of love for the world:
lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,
that we may know eternal peace
through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

14th March 2021

posted 11 Mar 2021, 05:45 by Church Office   [ updated 12 Mar 2021, 04:48 ]

Mothering Sunday 
Parish Eucharist

This Sunday is Mothering Sunday. The day when the church celebrates and reflects our calling as mothers of the faith. The vocation to mothering is something we all share in, made, as we are, in the image of God who is mother and father to us all.

Our reading from Samuel sees Hannah, Samuel’s mother, give him to God and to Eli, trusting that they will be mother to him and raise him to be a mother to his people. Eli has failed dismally as father of his own children and yet, through him, God mothers Samuel in truth and love. The cost of mothering is great for Eli whose own sons are destroyed. So too Mary in the reading from John’s gospel counts the cost of giving up her own son in order that she too may be a mother of the faith community.

Readings

1 Samuel 1:20-28

In due time Hannah conceived and born a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”

She left him there for the Lord.

Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

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.

7th March 2021

posted 4 Mar 2021, 01:09 by Church Office   [ updated 5 Mar 2021, 03:09 ]

Third Sunday of Lent
Parish Eucharist

With the giving of the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, for the first time God seems to be placing conditions on his promises: if you keep my law then I will give you life. Is God’s promise really conditional on our good behaviour? Our experience of God tells us no, but organised religion has often answered yes.

Religious observance often emphasises a transactional approach to faith. And it is this that angers Jesus in the temple courtyard before the Passover in John 2:13-25. Yes, Jesus is angry with the exploitation of the poor by the temple sacrificial economy. But more than this he is angry with the whole concept of buying God’s favour. Again and again God’s promise to be our God expresses God’s desire to be in relationship with us. The community formed around the 10 commandments is not to be a community based on transaction and legalism but on relationship: with God, with the land, and with one another.

Readings

Exodus 20:1-17


Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Gospel Reading: John 2:13-25

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, both 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.

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.

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.

28th February 2021

posted 25 Feb 2021, 03:52 by Church Office   [ updated 25 Feb 2021, 04:08 ]

Second Sunday of Lent
Parish Eucharist

Last week we heard God’s promises to Noah, a promise never to destroy us. This week we hear God’s promises to Abraham, a promise to walk with us and to bless us.

We meet Abraham in Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 when he has begun to doubt the promise; he has jeopardised it with his own actions and he cannot imagine how God will be able to keep the promise. Like Noah last week, God gives to Abraham a sign of his promise: for Noah it was the rainbow; for Moses, it is the stars of the sky and the sand of the desert – God’s blessings will be more numerable than these.

When God promises Abraham his blessing it is so that he and his people will be a blessing to all peoples. In Mark’s gospel 8:31-38, Jesus is heading to Jerusalem to face his death. He reminds his followers (that’s us folks) that not only are we blessed so that we might bless others, but that it is in blessing others that we find ourselves blessed: “whoever loses their life for my sake and the sake of the Gospel will gain it".

Readings

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.”

Gospel Reading: 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.”

Collect
Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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