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7th February 2021

posted 5 Feb 2021, 03:01 by Church Office   [ updated 5 Feb 2021, 08:46 by CHS Info ]

Second Sunday before Lent
Parish Eucharist

The readings this week are in the Church of England Lectionary to give us a ‘Creation Sunday’ which points us to the majesty of God – and the smallness of us! The focus of the passage in Proverbs is Wisdom, who is part of God before the creation of the world, and involved with God in creation.

If we had the New Testament reading set for today we would hear St Paul describe in his letter to the Colossians (verse 15 of chapter 1) that “Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created…”.

The familiar passage from the prologue of John, which we have for our Gospel reading today reflects this same theme of involvement of Christ (Word/Wisdom) in creation from the very beginning: “all things came into being through him” and “what has come into being in him was life”. It is in Christ that we find the source and ground of all our being – and that truth is utterly amazing.

This is a week to reflect not only on the wonder of creation, but also our part in it, and how we respond to the generosity of God’s love for us.


First Reading: Proverbs 8:1, 22-31

Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.
Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth—
when he had not yet made earth and fields, or the world’s first bits of soil.
When he established the heavens, I was there, 
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,
then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
rejoicing in his inhabited world 
and delighting in the human race.

Gospel Reading: John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The 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.
Church Office,
5 Feb 2021, 03:01