URC Daily Devotions Service for Ash Wednesday (2nd March) 2022 – The Revd. Andy Braunston

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Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church
Service for Ash Wednesday 2022
 

photo credit Marius Gerome/unsplash
 
The Rev’d Andy Braunston – Minister for Digital Worship
 
Opening Music        Dies Irae by Karl Jenkins
 
Introduction
 
Welcome to this special service for Ash Wednesday where, with Christians around the world, we mark the start of Lent – a time of preparation for Easter.  My name is Andy Braunston and I am the United Reformed Church’s Minister for Digital Worship.  This is a new role which is designed to continue the work of the Daily Devotions which we’ve been sending out for many years and to continue, and enhance the digital forms of worship we’ve been using since the Covid pandemic started.  The job will also involve finding other ways to resource local churches as they plan and prepare worship.  I currently live in Glasgow where, until a few weeks ago I served four lovely congregations but will, in a few weeks’ time be moving up to Orkney and will become part of the Peedie Kirk – our most northerly congregation.  Let’s join together now in our Call to Worship:
 
Call to Worship
 
One:         Almighty God, we pray for your blessing on the Church here in this place: Here may the faithful find salvation and the careless be awakened.
 
Many:      Here may the doubting find faith
and the anxious be encouraged.
 
One:         Here may the tempted find help,
and the sorrowful find comfort.
 
Many:      Here may the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed.
 
One:         Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired.
 
Many:      Through Christ, our Lord, Amen. 
 
Hymn:      Led By the Spirit of Our God
Bob Hurd © OCP Publications
 
Led by the Spirit of our God,
we go to fast and pray
with Christ into the wilderness;
we join His paschal way.
“Rend not your garments,
rend your hearts.
Turn back your lives to me.”
Thus says our kind
and gracious God,
whose reign is liberty.

2. Led by the Spirit, we confront temptation face to face,
and know full well
we must rely
on God’s redeeming grace.
On bread alone
we cannot live,
but nourished by the Word.
We seek the will of God to do:
this is our drink and food.

 

3 Led by the Spirit, now draw near the waters of rebirth
with hearts that long
to worship God
in spirit and in truth.
“Whoever drinks the drink I give
shall never thirst again.”
Thus says the Lord who died for us,
our Saviour, kin and friend.
 
4 Led by the Spirit, now sing praise to God the Trinity:
the Source of Life, the living Word made flesh to set us free,
the Spirit blowing where it will
to make us friends of God:
This mystery far
beyond our reach,
yet near in healing love.

 

Prayers of Approach
 
Living God we tremble in your presence;
sometimes because we are ashamed,
sometimes because we are excited,
and sometimes because we are unsure what to expect.
Like the people of old we yearn to turn to you, O God;
we long to show our faith with our hearts and our lives,
and with inward change not outward show.
So today, as we turn to you,
help us to live lives which reflect your love,
help us to have faith which is real,
that we may tremble with joy in your presence,
through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
 
A Bit About Lent
 
Lent commemorates the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the start of his ministry; a time Scripture records spent in prayer and fasting.  A time of temptation.  In Western churches Lent starts today and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter and Sundays were days off fasting.  In Eastern Churches Lent starts in a few days’ time but includes Sundays.  The Eastern churches still keep up an old habit of abstaining from meat and dairy products during Lent – something we only see in shadow form with the consumption of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday – an effort to use up all dairy products before Lent started.  Eastern Orthodox Christians try to attend church more during Lent, study the Scriptures more and early Church writers and attend more faithfully their prayers. 
 
In the early Church Christians were encouraged to live only on vegetables, bread, salt and water establishing a pattern of fasting and abstinence.  Augustine thought that it was a great sin not to fast in Lent.  Muhammed, the founder of Islam, knew a Christian monk and from his example and practice thought that Lent was far too harsh limiting fasting to just 28 days in the month of Ramadan.
 
For well over 1,000 years ash has been used on Ash Wednesday as a sign of repentance; sometimes strewn over one’s heads or originally only for women – who would cover their heads in worship, with a cross marked on the forehead.  Now everyone is marked with a cross. 
 
During the Reformation era Lenten practices came into question.  Famously Zwingli attended a meal where sausage was served during Lent leading to the ending of abstaining from meat in reformed Zurich.  Calvin was worried that Lent had become a superstitious season where people felt that if they fasted they earned God’s favour.  Over the years, in the West, fasting has gone out of fashion for religious purposes and we may now try and give something up for Lent – most often chocolate – or try and take something up for Lent.  Interestingly, Muslims still observe a month of fasting during the hours of daylight and in modern dieting fads intermittent fasting – where one eats a very limited number of calories on certain days of the week – has become all the rage! 
 
In worship today we mark the start of Lent – an ancient season with contemporary resonance.  Today we focus on ash – a symbol of destruction and repentance; yet also something that can cleanse and be incredibly fertile. 
 
So now we prepare to hear the Word read and proclaimed, something else that can cleanse us and be fertile in our lives. 
 
Prayer of Illumination
 
Cleanse our hearts, O Holy Spirit,
that we may hear your Word to us in the words read and proclaimed,
that we may turn to you anew,
ready to follow where ever you call.  Amen.
 
Reading:  Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17
 
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near – a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness spread upon the mountains a great and powerful army comes; their like has never been from of old, nor will be again after them in ages to come. Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the aged; gather the children, even infants at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her canopy. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep. Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD, and do not make your heritage a mockery, a byword among the nations. Why should it be said among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?'”
 
Psalm 51 1 – 12
Sung by the Bon Accord Choir from Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland
 
After thy loving-kindness, Lord,
have mercy upon me:
For thy compassions great, blot out
all mine iniquity.
Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me,
I shall be cleansed so;
Yea, wash thou me, and then I shall
be whiter than the snow.

 

Cast me not from thy sight, nor take thy Holy Sp’rit away.
Restore me thy salvation’s joy; with thy free Sp’rit me stay.
 
St Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21
 
Jesus said  “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Sermon
 
A few weeks ago the nation was gripped by apologies; we were marvelling at grovelling repentance which seemed to be as infectious as the Omicron variant.  The Prime Minister stood in Parliament and apologised for going to a party when the country was in a strict lockdown.  The tone was right but the words didn’t quite reflect the tone and it wasn’t clear, to me at least, if he was apologising for going to a party or for not realising it was a party.  Of course the nation then speculated about a work culture where meetings involved cheese, wine, and alcohol.  Senior Civil Servants then seemed to apologise for organising these parties, or possibly work meetings.  The use of the passive voice in these apologies makes it difficult to know if the repentant are sorry that the party happened, sorry that they went, sorry they allowed it to happen or sorry they’ve been found out.  During that same week the Duke of York lost an argument in a court case,  was made to withdraw further from public life, stripped of his honorary military ranks, and agreed not to use at least one of his titles; of course no apology came as the Duke does not accept he’s done anything wrong.  His accuser let it be known that whatever else she wants, she desires an apology for how, she says, the Duke treated her. 
 
So apologies are fashionable yet aren’t always what they seem.  I confess that I am rather cynical and have to listen to the words very closely.  Are we getting an apology for what the person has done, or for how we feel?  Are we getting an admission of guilt and a desire to repent or ever more intricate excuses masked by the use of the word “apology”?  It seems to be a contemporary art form to sound repentant without actually being so. 
 
The readings set for today should give us pause for how we give and receive apologies; they can help educate us about the nature of real repentance. 
 
First we heard from the ancient prophet Joel.  We’re not sure when Joel lived and ministered – scholars debate this and the text itself doesn’t help.  His warnings though are powerful, and reminiscent of the Dies Irae we heard at the start of the service.  Joel combined terror at the coming of the Lord before whom we all should tremble with faith in God’s loving kindness.  Joel called his people to repentance, evidenced by fasting, weeping and mourning.  He hoped that such repentance would bring mercy, not judgement, from God. 
 
The Psalm we sung a little of is the Psalter’s great prayer of repentance, Psalm 51 and introduces an image of sin and dirt.  The Psalmist desires to be washed clean from sin.  It is often paired with David’s repentance after being confronted by the Prophet Nathan exposed his rape of Bathsheba and the murder of her husband.  We’ve no idea, of course, if David wrote this but the powerful images of repentance and sorrow for sin have stayed with us; the Psalm is used by priests and those in religious life on Fridays as a prayer of repentance and the lovely version of it we heard today helps us focus on the need to turn to God and away from sin. 
 
One of the great heresies we have in our contemporary culture is confusing repentance with sorrow.  We see this in the apologies that are issued by our leaders.  We are, of course, to be sorry for faults and failings; we are, of course, expected to experience remorse but repentance is so much more than this.  Almost every criminal in a dock is sorry – what they are sorry for, however, is what matters. 
 

  • Sorry for what they’ve done or sorry they’ve been caught?
  • Sorry for the pain they’ve caused or
  • sorry they’re about to be sentenced?

 
No, repentance is about much more than sorrow.   Jesus calls us to repent – to turn around, to change direction. 
 

  • Think of the addict finding freedom through a 12 Step programme learning, slowly to turn her life around.
  • Think of an abuser finally finding insight through therapy and an understanding of his inner, faulty, thought processes.
  • Think of someone who converts to Christ leaving previous patterns of thought and behaviour behind – this is most dramatically summed up in the baptism vows used in the Catholic Church which start – Do you reject Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises?The rite continues with questions about the convert’s decision to turn to Christ.
  • Repentance requires work.
  • Repentance requires a change of life, of direction and of attitudes.
  • Repentance may involve sorrow but sorrow by itself is not repentance.

We see in our Gospel reading Jesus’ warnings about false piety.  In an age when one could show one’s religiosity off, Jesus has harsh words.  When we give we should do so privately with no thought of reward; when we pray we are not to show off using fancy words but privately where only our Father sees and hears us; when we fast we’re to put on our finery and look our best – perhaps that’s why the Church has purple as the liturgical colour for this season as purple was the finest colour and most expensive dye in the ancient world.  Wear our best, look happy, don’t show others you’re fasting or it has no spiritual reward says Jesus. 
 
Of course these words of Jesus sit a little uneasily with the practice of putting ash on our heads as a symbol of repentance yet the imagery of ash is very strong:

  • When we think of ash we think of fire and destruction.We might even remember the smell of fire and its all-consuming rage which takes all before it.Biblical writers and poets since reflect on the fire of God which turns all into dust and ashes in its heat consuming.We pray that God’s fire consumes our sin, our selfish desires, our ability to hurt and wound others.
  • The World Health Organisation recommends, if soap is not available, that ash is used to clean.It is alkaline and a disinfecting agent.As the Psalmist prayed to be cleansed we make a link with ash that can be a substance that cleans.
  • If we are gardeners we might know that ash can be very fertile as it contains a range of natural compounds that help plants grow.

So ash does rather sum up a range of attitudes we need if we truly repent.  it reflects the destruction of our old selves, patterns of behaviour, and attitudes that we seek to turn away from when we turn to Christ and say we repent.  It represents the cleaning power of the Holy Spirit who continually calls us sanctity and, of course it is fertile – as our lives should be as we seek to be a place where the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling allowing glorious fruits to grow in our lives.  As Colin Thompson expresses it in a hymn we will be singing a little later “let beauty blossom out of ash”.
 
So with our desire to see our selfishness and sin burnt away, our need to be cleansed from all that drags us down and our longing to be fertile with God’s gifts let’s confess our sins together using a lovely chant from Taizé sung by the choir of Victoria Methodist Church, Bristol.
 
Prayers of Confession
Kyrie © Ateliers et Presses de Taize (Kyrie 12) sung by the choir of Victoria Methodist Church, Bristol
 
Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson! Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson!
Lord have mercy!
 
Genuine repentance involves two things:
the dying away of the old self and the coming to life of the new.
The dying away of the old self is to be genuinely sorry for sin,
to hate it more and more, and to run away from it.
The coming to life of the new self
is wholehearted joy in God through Christ
and a delight to do every kind of good as God wants us to.
Together, as Christ’s body, we now confess our sin
and express our longing to live in joyful obedience to God. 
 
Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson! Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson!
Lord have mercy!
 
Eternal God, it is hard to think that we will die someday.
We dream, make plans, and talk about what we’ll do in the near future.
We don’t always think about what you want.
Instead we make choices that we think are good for us.  Forgive us.
 
Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson! Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson!
Lord have mercy!
 
We realise we are only here because you care for us,
yet we confess we forget we need you all the time.
We confess we sometimes make choices that aren’t what you want.
We don’t know what is best for our lives.  Forgive us.
 
Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson! Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson!
Lord have mercy!
 
Holy God we are sorry for our sin.
Help us to remember we live because of you.
Help us to do what you want us to do.
 
Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson! Kyrie, Kyrie, Kyrie, elieson!
Lord have mercy!

Assurance of Pardon
 
God so loved the world that He gave His only son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life. 
 
May God, the Ancient of Days,
who does not despise the broken spirit, give us contrite hearts. 
May Jesus Christ, God the Son,
who bore our sins in his body on the tree heal us by his wounds. 
May the Most Holy Spirit, light and breath of creation,
who leads us into all truth speak words of pardon and peace.
 
God, the Three in One, forgives you:
have the courage to forgive yourselves. 
 
Hymn       We Rise Again From Ashes
                  Tom Conry © 1978 OCP Publications
 

We rise again from ashes,
from the good we’ve failed to do.
We rise again from ashes,
to create ourselves anew.
If all the world is ashes,
then must our lives be true,
an offering of ashes,
an offering to you.
 
2: We offer you our failures,
we offer you attempts,
the gifts not fully given,
the dreams not fully dreamt.
Give our stumblings direction,
give our visions wider view
an offering of ashes,
an offering to you.
3: Then rise again from ashes,
let healing come to pain,
though spring has turned to winter,
and sunshine turned to rain,
the rain we’ll use for growing
and create the world anew
from an offering of ashes,
an offering to you.
 
4: Thanks be to the Father,
who made us like Himself,
thanks be to His Son,
who saved us by His death;
thanks be to the Spirit,
who creates the world anew,
from an offering of ashes,
an offering to you.

 

Affirmation of Faith
 
One:         This is the good news that we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved, if we hold it fast:
 
Many:      that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day,
 
One:         and that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses.
 
Many:      We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.  He is the first and last, the beginning and the end, He is our Lord and our God.  Amen
 
Intercessions
 
We bring our prayers to God, for the Church, the world and those we love, as well as those we find hard to love.
 
God of ash and fire,
pour your Spirit on the Church to cleanse us of all that is sinful.
Help your people in every land to examine themselves
and see where we have wounded and oppressed,
covered up sin to protect ourselves,
and where we have colluded with the powers and rulers of this age.
Show us all, O God, how to truly repent
and turn back to you.  (pause)
 
God of ash and fire,
we bring to you the leaders of our nations,
those who lead us in appointed and elected office.
Remind them always that leadership is service,
that the power of truth overcomes all lies and deceit
and to whom they will, one day, have to give an account.
Bless them with your love and guidance,
that the poor may be lifted up,
the hungry filled,
and just laws enacted.
Show them all, O God, how to truly repent
and turn back to you.  (pause)
 
God of ash and fire,
we pray for those we love
and those we should love,
who are in any kind of need. 
Bless with your presence those who are in pain,
those who are struggling (pause)
 
We pray, particularly for those who labour under the weight of sin,
our own sin and the sins of our world,
particularly those who suffer due to how we live,
struggling with toxic waste, unjust economic systems,
historic, and current, racism and prejudice,
through the beauty of ash may our world be transformed,
our sinful systems be destroyed
and your Kingdom come.
And so we pray…
 
Our Father…
 
Hymn       O Matchless Beauty of Our God
                  The Rev’d Colin Thompson (b 1945) based on St Augustine’s Confessions
 
O matchless beauty of our God
so ancient and so new,
kindle in us your fire of love,
fall on us as the dew!
 
2: How late we came
to love you, Lord,
how strong the hold of sin!
Your beauty speaks from all that is,
your likeness pleads within.
 
3: You called and cried,
yet we were deaf;
our stubborn wills you bent;
you shed your fragrance,
and we caught
a moment of its scent.
 
4: You blazed and sparkled,
yet our hearts
to lesser glories turned;
your radiance touched us
far from home,
your beauty in us burned!
 
5: And should our faith
grow weak and fall,
tried in the wilderness,
let beauty blossom out of ash,
and streams of water bless!
 
6: O matchless beauty of our God,
so ancient and so new,
enfold in us your fire of love
anoint us with your dew!
 
Holy Communion
 
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  So we come to Jesus now as we share this Sacrament together. 
 
Here we are gathered into God’s presence. 
Here, by faith, we are fed by God’s own self. 
Here, we find peace, energy, and inspiration.  Let us pray.
 
It is right and good to give you thanks and praise,
almighty and everlasting God, the Ancient of Days,
through Jesus Christ your Son.
For in these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance
that through a pilgrimage of prayer and discipline we may grow in grace
and learn to be your people once again.
Through true repentance you bring us back to your generous heart.
Through study of your holy word
you open our eyes to your presence in the world
and free our hands to welcome others
into the radiant splendour of your love.
As we prepare to celebrate Easter with joyful hearts and minds
we bless you for your mercy and join with saints and angels
for ever praising you and singing:
 
Sanctus
Brian Doerkson 1983 © Vineyard Worship UK and Ireland sung by Brian Doerkson
 
Holy is the Lord. (Holy is the Lord)
Holy is the Lord. (Holy is the Lord)
Holy is the Lord. (Holy is the Lord)
Holy is the Lord. (Holy is the Lord)
 
Righteousness and mercy;
judgement and grace;
faithfulness and sovereignty.
Holy is the Lord. Holy is the Lord.

 

Gratitude, praise, hearts lifted high, voices full and joyful;
these You deserve, Eternal One,
 
For when we were nothing, you made us something;
when we had no name and no faith and no future,
You called us to be Your children;
when we lost our way or turned away, You did not abandon us;
when we came back to You, Your arms opened wide in welcome.
 
And look, You prepare a table for us,
offering not just bread, not just wine, but Your very self
so that we might be filled, forgiven, healed, blessed,
and made new again. You are worth all our pain and all our praise.
 
Eternal One, as we come to share the richness of Your table,
we cannot forget the rawness of the Earth.
We cannot take bread and forget those who are hungry.
Your world is one world and we are stewards of its nourishment.
God, put our prosperity as the service of the poor.
We cannot take wine, and forget those who are thirsty.
The ground and the rootless,
the earth and its weary people cry out for justice.
God, put our prosperity at the service of the poor.
 
We cannot hear Your words of peace and forget the world at war
or, if not at war then preparing for it.
Show us quickly, O God, how to turn our weapons into welcoming signs
and the lust for power into a desire for peace.
 
And now,  O God, send down Your Spirit on us
and on these gifts of bread and wine,
that they may become for us Your body,
healing, forgiving and making us whole;
and that we may become for You, Your body,
loving and caring in the world until Your Kingdom comes.
And we remember Jesus who among friends on the night that he was betrayed, took bread, broke it, blessed it and gave it to his friends saying;
 
“Take this all of you and eat it,
this is my body which is given for you,
do this and make me real in your lives.”
 
In the same way, after the meal, he took the cup filled with wine,
blessed it and gave it to his friends saying:
 
“Take this all of you and drink from it,
this is the cup of my blood, 
the blood of the new and everlasting promise of God
for you and all people.
Do this and remember me.”
 
Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith…….
 
Christ has died!  Christ is Risen!  Christ will come again!
 
This is the table, not of the Church, but of God,
it has been made ready for those who love God,
and those who want to love God more.
 
So come, those who have much faith,
and those who would like to have more;
those who have been here often,
and those who have not been for a long time,
those who have tried to follow, and those who have failed.
 
Come, not because I invite you, for it’s God who invites us here,
and it is God’s will that all who want it should find life and beauty and happiness here.   Come and share this meal. To prepare ourselves to meet the Lord in Holy Communion let us sing the Lamb of God.
 
Behold the Lamb of God
John Bell, © Wild Goose Worship Resource Group, The Iona Community performed and sung by the Stamford Methodist Church Virtual Orchestra and Choir, used with their kind permission.
 
Behold the Lamb of God, behold the Lamb of God,
he takes away the sin, the sin of the world.
 
Post Communion Prayer
 
Living God, you have fed us,
like a mother, with your very self,
cleanse us with your ash,
help us to grow and be fruitful
as we continue to turn towards you,
and away from sin and destruction.  Amen.
 
Hymn       Come Down O Love Divine
Bianco da Siena (d.1434) translated Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890)
 
Come down, O Love Divine,
seek out this soul of mine,
and visit it
with your own ardour glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it,
your holy flame bestowing.

2  O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes,
in its heat consuming;
and let your glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round,
the while my path illuming.

 
3 And so the yearning strong, with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess God’s grace,
till love creates a place wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
 
Blessing

 

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves,
take up your cross,
and follow him;
and the blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
be with you all,
now and always
Amen.

 
Sources
 
Call to Worship adapted from The Worship Source Book (p46) recorded at Barrhead URC. Affirmation of Faith from St Matthew 16:16, St Mark 16.9, St John 20:28, I Corinthians 15: 106 & Revelation 23:13 (The Worship Source Book p153) and recorded at Barrhead URC.  Confession & Assurance of Pardon adapted from The Worship Source Book page 552.  Communion Preface adapted from the Church of England preface for Lent.  Eucharistic Prayer adapted from the Iona Community.  All other liturgical material by Andy Braunston.
 
Led By the Spirit of Our God – Bob Hurd © OCP Publications  OCP Session Choir
We Rise Again From Ashes – Tom Conry © 1978 OCP Publications sung by the combined choirs of Ave Marie and Cantate Domino at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Singapore and used with their kind permission
O Matchless Beauty of Our God – The Rev’d Colin Thompson (b 1945) based on St Augustine’s Confessions – sung by the Rev’d Paul Robinson
Come Down O Love Divine – Bianco da Siena (d.1434) translated Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890) (alt.) Performed by the Riverside Church Choir, New York used with their kind permission.
 
Thanks to Christopher Whitehead, Geoffrey Roper, Sue Cresswell, Graham Handscomb, Marion Thomas, John Wilcox, Anne Hewling and the Revd. Andrew Mann-Ray for reading various spoken parts of the service.

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