Fifth Sunday of Lent

21 March, 9:00 am @ St. Mark's

Lent 5

Theme: Covenant
Leader: Rev Gav
Preacher: Rev Gav
Welcome Team: Lynn Smith and Andrea Peats

Principal Bible Reading: Jeremiah 31.31–34

Read by Colin Campbell

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.

Devotional Bible Reading: Psalm 51:1-13

Read by Eliana Kirkos

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.

You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you

Prayers: John Nichols


O God, you commanded your servant Moses to make trumpets of silver to call your people to your church. Sanctify and bless these bells, rung for you, to remind your people that they are all welcome in our church building, to hear and receive your Holy Word, be refreshed by the teachings, and comforted by your grace.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, that those unable to join with us in person to worship, through sickness or due to shielding, may hear these bells and be reminded that they are always a part of our church family at St Mark’s. Bring them to wholeness and comfort them in their loneliness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, when our bells ring out for those we have lost, grant them grace, light and ever-lasting rest. Bring peace to their families that mourn them. We think especially of our brother Keith Rossiter who passed away this week.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, O Lord, that the ringing of these bells will be heard by all who carry out the works of your church. Fill them with knowledge, understanding, compassion and the will to drive hatred and prejudice from our communities. Empower them to speak your healing, life-giving words against despair and hopelessness and guide them in their teaching and counsel to us, your children. We pray your blessings today on bishop Nicholas, fathers Gavin and John, members of our vestry and guild, and all who spread the good news of Your love.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessed be your name, O God, as with the ringing of these bells, we offer ourselves in your worship and service. We give thanks for those who made the installation of the bells possible 110 years ago. May we always be reminded of their dedication to honouring this house of God. We ask your blessing on each and every one of us today, as we continue to worship together. May we always reflect the glory of your Name.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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


Song 1: Light of the World (Here I am to Worship)
Song 2: In Christ Alone
Song 3: I am a new Creation (we did practice this on Thursday)

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