The Collects and Readings for
Third Sunday before Lent, 9th February 2020
Almighty God, who alone can
bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to
desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys
are to be found; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
1Shout out, do not hold back!
up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
to the house of Jacob their
2 Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
they were a nation that practised righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgements,
they delight to draw near to God.
do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’
you serve your own interest on your fast-day,
and oppress all your workers.
you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you
will not make your voice heard on high.
5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator* shall go before you,
glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light
shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the
the restorer of streets to live in.
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has
lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on
a hill cannot be hidden. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand,
and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets;
I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter,* not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore,
whoever breaks* one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same,
will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom
of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never
enter the kingdom of heaven.
Post Communion Collect
Merciful Father, who gave Jesus
Christ to be for us the bread of life, that those who come to him should never hunger: draw us to the Lord in faith and love
,that we may eat and drink with him at his table in the kingdom, where he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.
Prayers - we have
been asked to remember in our prayers:
Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Lynda Hinton, Diane Jones, Rev’d John Knight, Jill Knight,
Philip Le Roux, Sylvia Reynolds, and James Wagstaffe.