Presentation of Christ

7 February, 9:00 am @ St. Mark's

Candlemas

Theme: Presentation of Christ
Leader: Rev Gav
Preacher: Rev Gav
Welcome Team: The Gilmours

Principal Bible Reading: Luke 2:22-40

Read by Sam Johansen (video)

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

Devotional Bible Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Read by Jane Bielby

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Prayers: Peter Nash

Prayers

Holy God
Renew and strengthen your Church, across the world and here in Bermuda. We pray for our leaders in the faith: for Bishop Nick and Fathers John and Gavin; for our Vestry, and Guild, and for all of those involved in the various ministries of our parish. Make us tireless in bearing witness to you and use us to draw all people to yourself. Lord in Your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
Renew and strengthen this congregation. Grant us wisdom and clarity as we seek to find our way forward through this pandemic. Give us confidence to willingly wait upon you for guidance, and to gladly obey and carry out your will. We pray for all those who are struggling with being separated from family, from friends, and from fellow believers, in this parish and globally. Use us to encourage and support our families, friends, neighbours and members of our community, especially those who most need to know your love. Lord in Your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
Renew and strengthen the leaders of the nations. Grant them wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and a desire to seek your will. Guide them to care for their people, especially the poor and those who suffer from natural disasters or man made problems. Make each of us eager to learn what makes for righteousness and peace in our communities and world. Lord in Your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
Renew and strengthen all who work to bring us justice, safety, and healing in these troubled times – especially front-line health workers, those developing, approving and distributing vaccines, and those caring for the most vulnerable. Grant them courage and integrity, shield them and their loved ones from harm. Lord in Your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
Renew and strengthen all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit—we think especially of our dear brother Norman, his wife Mary-Claire, their family and the healthcare workers supporting them in their struggles to get Norman well enough to be at home permanently, and settled into their new routine. Give them hope: to wait upon your gifts of health and wholeness. Give them faith: to rise above doubt, despair and sorrow. Give them your love, shared through each of us: to strengthen, shield, and surround them always. We also pray silently, the names of those known to us who need your healing hand. *SILENCE* Lord in Your mercy:
Hear our prayer.
Merciful God, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Music

Song 1: 10000 Reasons
Song 2: Let Me Now Depart (communion)
Song 3: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

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