Faith Foundation

Second Sunday in Lent

I do not glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Galatians 6.14

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Gathering Hymn        

Praise to the Lord

Verse 1
Praise to the Lord
The almighty the King of creation
O my soul praise Him
For he is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near
Join me in glad adoration

Verse 2
Praise to the Lord
Who oʼer all things so wondrously reigneth
Shielded thee under His wings
Yea so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen, How thy desires have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

Verse 3
Praise to the Lord
O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath
Come now with praises before Him
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
Let the amen, sound from His people again!
Gladly forever adore him

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Prayer

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
and the love of God, 
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, 
be with you all. 
And also with you.

Almighty God, 
to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Kyrie Eleison

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

The Collect

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness,  from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you  and the Holy Spirit,  one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

The First Lesson: Genesis 17:1-16

17 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, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And 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.

9 And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring, 13 both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

15 And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Second Lesson: Romans 4:13-25

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Hymn

To Know You

Verse 1
There's one thing that I want most
To know You, Lord, and to be known as Yours
So I will choose the narrow road
To walk with You through the highs and lows

Chorus
I'm following You, I'm following You
'Cause no one knows my heart the way You do
I just wanna stay close, I just wanna stay close
'Cause the more I see, the more I wanna know

Verse 2
Jesus Christ, the word made flesh
Your word brings life and Your truth brings rest
So I will choose the narrow road
To walk with You through the highs and lows

Chorus
I'm following You, I'm following You
'Cause no one knows my heart the way You do
I just wanna stay close, I just wanna stay close
'Cause the more I see, the more I wanna know

Bridge
Where else could I go?
You have the words of life
You have the words of life
Oh, where else could I go?
You have the words of life
You have the words of life

Chorus
I'm following You, I'm following You
'Cause no one knows my heart the way You do
I just wanna stay close, I just wanna stay close
'Cause the more I see, the more I wanna know

 

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38

The Lord be with you
And with thy spirit
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 
according to MARK
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ 

31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

The Gospel of Christ
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic
and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People

You speak what is true:
and the truth can set us free.

at the prayers conclusion

Merciful Father, 
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Confession

The Priest calls the people to confession, then all say together.

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

The Priest prays the Absolution

The Peace

 The Peace of the Lord be always with you
 And also with you.

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Offertory Hymn

All Sufficient Merit

Verse 1
All sufficient merit shining like the sun
A fortune I inherit by no work I have done
My righteousness I forfeit at my Saviour’s cross
Where all sufficient merit did what I could not

Verse 2
In love He condescended eternal now in time
A life without a blemish the Maker made to die
The law could never save us our lawlessness had won
Until the pure and spotless Lamb had finally come

Chorus
It is done it is finished
No more debt I owe
Paid in full all sufficient
Merit now my own

Verse 3
I lay down my garments any empty boast
Good works now all corrupted by the sinful host
I'm dressed in my Lord Jesus
A crimson robe made white
No more fear of judgement His righteousness is mine

Chorus
It is done it is finished
No more debt I owe
Paid in full all sufficient
Merit now my own

Verse 4
All sufficient merit firm in life and death
The joy of my salvation shall be my final breath
When I stand accepted before the throne of God
I’ll gaze upon my Jesus and thank Him for the cross
Yes I’ll thank Him for the cross

Prayer of Thanksgiving

God of wisdom, may the light of the eternal Word, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, guide us to your glory. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

…Therefore with angels and archangels
we raise our voices in joyful praise
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, 
hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes
who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna, 
hosanna in the highest.

… Therefore, Father, according to his command,
we remember his death,
we proclaim his resurrection,
we await his coming in glory.

…by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,  the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread,
Communion in Christ’s body once broken.

Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm,
we shall reign with him.

Invitation to the Lord’s Table

The Congregation is invited to the Lord’s Table to receive the bread and the wine.

The Gifts of God for the People of God
Thanks be to God

Communion Hymn

God Is In Control

Verse 
God is in control and there is peace
In His hands I know
There is strength when I'm weak
So I can close my eyes and rest
Assured that He will lead
For God is in control
And there there is peace

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God, in this holy bread you increase our faith and hope and love. Lead us in the path of Christ who is your Word of life. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Closing Hymn

 Jesus with your Church Abide

Verse 1
Jesus with your church abide
Be our Saviour Lord and guide
While on earth our faith is tried
Lord our Saviour hear us

Verse 2
May our lamp of truth be bright
May we raise on high its light
Through the realms of darkest night
Lord our Saviour hear us

Chorus
We praise you for your mercy and grace
You go with us to the end of the age
We hold on to your unfailing love
Til the fullness of your kingdom comes

Verse 3
May we serve the poor and blind
Seek the lost so they may find
And the brokenhearted bind
Lord our Saviour hear us

Verse 4
May your victory over death
Be the hope that we profess
All our failures we confess
Lord our Saviour hear us

Chorus
We praise you for your mercy and grace
You go with us to the end of the age
We hold on to your unfailing love
Til the fullness of your kingdom comes

Verse 5
Keep us while we wait below
Safely till you call us home
When we gather ‘round your throne
Lord our Saviour hear us

The Blessing

May God the Father, who does not despise the broken spirit, give you a contrite heart
Amen
May Christ, who bore our sins in his body on the tree, heal you by his wounds.
Amen
May the Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth, speak to you words of pardon and peace. 
Amen
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.
Amen

The Dismissal

Go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

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