Lent 2021


You are warmly invited to attend our Zoom Benefice Lent course. 
We are going to be using Rev Dr Stephen Cherry’s book: ‘Thy Will Be Done’ about the Lord’s Prayer. 
This will be on a Thursday evening at 8-9pm and will need to be done on Zoom. 
The link  below will also be on the website and will be the same each week: 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125852020?pwd=allHdHhUU3RyQkxyem8rMytON1hYdz09
Meeting ID: 831 2585 2020
Passcode: 460266

Please let Susan know if you are intending to participate, and if so please buy your copy of the book: Thy Will Be Done: Stephen Cherry Bloomsbury (currently £9.99 at Toppings Ely and £7.38 on Amazon, and £5.03 on Kindle.)

"At a time of change, uncertainty and widespread anxiety, we need to discover again the freshness of our most familiar spiritual resources. Stephen Cherry's Lent Book does exactly this by inviting the reader to immerse themselves in the most central, important and iconic of Christian prayers – the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father."

Stephen is Dean of Kings College Cambridge and has kindly agreed to top and tail our Lent Course with a Zoom question and answer session, they will be live at 3.15pm on Monday 8th February and Thursday 25th March. You are welcome to join those Zoom sessions, but I am hoping also to record them and then we can put them on the website.

LENT GROUP WEEK 3              4 March

Welcome


 

 

Bread is broken, wine is poured

In remembrance of the Lord

who has called us all to be

As open to our God, as he.

 

Not in careless solitude 

Is a life with God pursued,

But immersed within the ways

By which his world lives out its days.

 

Loves and doubts, and hopes and fears

Make the pattern of our years;

Which with every passing week

Is where we’ll find the God we seek.

 

Holy God, holy and strong, Holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Thy Will Be Done: Part Three: Bread.

 

Holy God, holy and strong, Holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Reading

Luke 16:19-21  

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table.

 

 

Music

Panis Angelicus

Panis angelicus
Fit panis hominum
Dat panis coelicus
Figuris terminum
O res mirabilis
Manducat dominum
Pauper, pauper
Servus et humilis

 

May the Bread of Angels

Become bread for mankind;

The Bread of Heaven puts

All foreshadowings to an end;

Oh, thing miraculous!

The body of the Lord will nourish

the poor, the poor,

the servile, and the humble.

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the Lord: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

 

 

 

MG Poem

 

Give us this day

Give us this day our daily bread we pray,

As though it came straight from the hand of God,

As though we held an empty plate each day,

And found it filled, by miracle, with food,

Although we know the ones who plough and sow,

Who pick and plant and package whilst we sleep

With slow backbreaking labour, row by row,

And send away to others all they reap,

We know that these unseen who meet our needs

Are all themselves the fingers of your hand,

As are the grain, the rain, the air, the land,

And, slighting these, we slight the hand that feeds.

 

What if we glimpsed you daily in their toil

And found and thanked and served you through them all?

 

Prayers

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.

 

Our Father…

hallowed be thy name; 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  

Amen.

 

 

Music 

 

Blessing



LENT GROUP WEEK 2              25 February

Thursday 25th Feb Part Two: Earth

 

Welcome

Our Father

 

 Ch’s 6-12 Thy Will be Done Stephen Cherry

  

CONCLUSION

 

Holy God, holy and strong, Holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Reading

Galatians 5

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 

 

John 6

There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.

 

MG Poem

Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth

Can we imagine what we’re asking for?

When all we know and all we think we’re worth

As vanity might vanish, disappear,

Fading before the splendours you reveal:

The beggars crowned with glory, all the meek

Exalted even as the mighty fall,

And everywhere the triumph of the weak.

 

And we, who have been first, will be the last

And queue for mercy like the refugees

Whom only moments earlier we passed

By on the other side. For now the seas

That separated are no more. The Sun

Is risen like justice, and his will is done.

 

Prayers

Called as partners in Christ's service,

called to ministries of grace,

We respond with deep commitment

fresh new lines of faith to trace.

May we learn the art of sharing,

side by side and friend with friend,

Equal partners in our caring

to fulfil God's chosen end.

 

Our Father…

hallowed be thy name; 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

in earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our trespasses, 

as we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  

Amen.

 

 

Music

 

 

We come as guests invited

            when Jesus bids us dine,

his friends on earth united

            to share the bread and wine;

the bread of life is broken,

            the wine is freely poured

for us, in solemn token

            of Christ our dying Lord.

 

We eat and drink, receiving

            from Christ the grace we need,

and in our hearts believing

            on him by faith we feed;

with wonder and thanksgiving

            for love that knows no end,

we find in Jesus living

            our ever-present friend.

 

One bread is ours for sharing,

            one single fruitful vine,

our fellowship declaring

            renewed in bread and wine:

renewed, sustained and given

            by token, sign and word,

the pledge and seal of heaven,

            the love of Christ our Lord.

 

Blessing 

 



LENT GROUP WEEK 1              18 February

Thy Will be Done
Welcome

Music
The Lord’s prayer in Aramaic

Intro:
Stephen Cherry recording..

Part 1 Heaven

Discussion of chapters 1-6
                   Lent 1

                      Lent 2
 
THINKING CHALLENGE from this section:
What is our attitude to God as we pray the Lord’s prayer?

PRACTICAL CHALLENGE from this section: 
If we call our Father Him who is incorruptible and just and good, we must prove by our life that the kinship is real.  Gregor

Our Motherly-Father of all humanity,
Who is intimately present and personally powerful,
May we be changed by your goodness and perfection. 


Holy God, holy and strong, Holy and  immortal, have mercy on us.

John 4
Jesus said:
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ 

Reading
Malcolm Guite
I heard him call you his beloved son
And saw his Spirit lighten like a dove,
I thought his words must be for you alone,
Knowing myself unworthy of his love.
You pray in close communion with your Father,
So close you say the two of you are one,
I feel myself to be receding further,
Fallen away and outcast and alone.

 

And so I come and ask you how to pray,
Seeking a distant supplicant’s petition,
Only to find you give your words away,
As though I stood with you in your position,
As though your Father were my Father too,
As though I found his ‘welcome home’ in you.

Prayers
Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Our Father…
hallowed be thy name; 
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  
Amen.

MUSIC: 
How shall I fitly meet Thee
And give Thee welcome due?
The nations long to greet Thee
And I would greet Thee too
O Fount of light, shine brightly
Upon my darken'd heart
That I may serve Thee rightly
And know Thee as Thou art

Blessing:
And now may Our Motherly-Father of all humanity,
Who is intimately present and personally powerful,
 change us by their goodness and perfection. 
And the blessing  of the motherly father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with you this night and always