Lent Four

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C024 - Lent 4 - English

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Collect 48 (Text shown)

Post Communion Prayer 49 (Text shown)

Principle Service (Text shown)
Joshua 5. 9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5. 16-21
Luke 15. 1-3, 11b-32

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 30
Prayer of Manasseh or Isaiah 40.27 – 41.13
2 Timothy 4. 1-18
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
John 11. 17-44

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 84; 85
Genesis 37. 3-4, 12-36
1 Peter 2. 16-25

1984 (Text not shown)
Page 85

Collect 48
1984 Prayer Book
Almighty Father, look upon thy family the Church, that refreshed and strengthened by thy grace, we may persevere in the way of salvation, and find in thee our joy and our peace; through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Lord God,
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 49
Loving God,
as a mother feeds her children at the breast
you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life:
help us who have tasted your goodness
to grow in grace within the household of faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Joshua 5. 9-12
The Lord said to Joshua, ‘Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.’ And so that place is called Gilgal to this day.
While the Israelites were encamped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

Psalm 32
Biblical text
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’, and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. You are a hiding-place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Pointed Psalm
Happy the one whose transgression / is for/given :
and / whose / sin is / covered.
Happy the one to whom the Lord im/putes no / guilt :
and in whose / spirit there / is no / guile.
For I / held my / tongue :
my bones wasted away
through my / groaning / all the day / long.
Your hand was heavy upon me / day and / night :
my moisture was dried up / like the / drought in / summer.
Then I acknowledged my / sin to / you :
and my in/iquity I / did not / hide.
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions / to the / Lord’ :
and you for/gave the / guilt of my / sin.
Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
in / time of / trouble :
in the great / water flood, it / shall not / reach them.
You are a place for me to hide in;
you pre/serve me from / trouble :
you sur/round me with / songs of de/liverance.
‘I will instruct you and teach you
in the way that / you should / go :
I will / guide you / with my / eye.
‘Be not like horse and mule
which have / no • under/standing :
whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle,
or else they / will not / stay / near you.’
Great tribulations re/main for the / wicked :
but mercy embraces / those who / trust in the / Lord.
Be glad, you righteous, and re/joice in the / Lord :
shout for joy, / all who are / true of / heart.

2 Corinthians 5. 16-21
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation;that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Luke 15. 1-3, 11b-32
Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable:
‘There was a man who had two sons.The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them.A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger!I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ”So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him.Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe – the best one – and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate;for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.
‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.”Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him.But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!”Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found


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