3rd Friday of Lent

1
Through Christ let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God,
the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Hebrews 13:15
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
2 The Opening Canticle, A Song of God's Grace
We have complete freedom:
to go into the most holy place by means of the death of Jesus
He opened for us a new way, a living way:
through the curtain, through his own body.
Since we have a great high priest
set over the household of God:
let us draw near with a sincere heart and a sure faith,
With hearts that have been made clean
from a guilty conscience:
and bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22
3 The Opening Prayer
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence may be kept
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen.
4 The Psalms as appointed. A pause is observed after each.
1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, 
   and are so far from my salvation,
      from the words of my distress?
2  O my God, I cry in the daytime,
      but you do not answer; 
   and by night also, but I find no rest.
3  Yet you are the Holy One, 
   enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4  Our forebears trusted in you; 
   they trusted, and you delivered them.
5  They cried out to you and were delivered; 
   they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
6  But as for me, I am a worm and no man, 
   scorned by all and despised by the people.
7  All who see me laugh me to scorn; 
   they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8  ‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; 
   let him deliver him, if he delights in him.’
9  But it is you that took me out of the womb 
   and laid me safe upon my mother’s breast.
10  On you was I cast ever since I was born; 
   you are my God even from my mother’s womb.
11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near at hand 
   and there is none to help.
12  Mighty oxen come around me; 
   fat bulls of Bashan close me in on every side.
13  They gape upon me with their mouths, 
   as it were a ramping and a roaring lion.
14  I am poured out like water;
      all my bones are out of joint; 
   my heart has become like wax
      melting in the depths of my body.
15  My mouth is dried up like a potsherd;
      my tongue cleaves to my gums; 
   you have laid me in the dust of death.
16  For the hounds are all about me,
      the pack of evildoers close in on me; 
   they pierce my hands and my feet.
17  I can count all my bones; 
   they stand staring and looking upon me.
18  They divide my garments among them; 
   they cast lots for my clothing.
19  Be not far from me, O Lord; 
   you are my strength; hasten to help me.
20  Deliver my soul from the sword, 
   my poor life from the power of the dog.
21  Save me from the lion’s mouth,
      from the horns of wild oxen. 
   You have answered me!
22  I will tell of your name to my people; 
   in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
23  Praise the Lord, you that fear him; 
   O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
      stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
24  For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
      neither has he hidden his face from them; 
   but when they cried to him he heard them.
25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation; 
   I will perform my vows
      in the presence of those that fear you.
26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied; 
   those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
      their hearts shall live for ever.
27  All the ends of the earth
      shall remember and turn to the Lord, 
   and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
28  For the kingdom is the Lord’s 
   and he rules over the nations.
29  How can those who sleep in the earth
      bow down in worship, 
   or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
30  He has saved my life for himself;
      my descendants shall serve him; 
   this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
31  They shall come and make known his salvation,
      to a people yet unborn, 
   declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.
5 At the end of the (last) pause there may follow
Holy God, through your beloved Son you reconciled all things to yourself, making peace by the blood of his cross: fill us and those for whom we pray with your peace and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
6 One or two Readings from the Bible as appointed

Jeremiah 15:10-21 (Listen)

Jeremiah's Complaint

10 Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me, a man of strife and contention to the whole land! I have not lent, nor have I borrowed, yet all of them curse me. 11 The Lord said, “Have I not [1] set you free for their good? Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress? 12 Can one break iron, iron from the north, and bronze?

13 “Your wealth and your treasures I will give as spoil, without price, for all your sins, throughout all your territory. 14 I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.”

15 O Lord, you know;
remember me and visit me,
and take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
In your forbearance take me not away;
know that for your sake I bear reproach.
16 Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.
17 I did not sit in the company of revelers,
nor did I rejoice;
I sat alone, because your hand was upon me,
for you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unceasing,
my wound incurable,
refusing to be healed?
Will you be to me like a deceitful brook,
like waters that fail?

19 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“If you return, I will restore you,
and you shall stand before me.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,
you shall be as my mouth.
They shall turn to you,
but you shall not turn to them.
20 And I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
declares the Lord.
21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 15:11 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

John 8:48-59 (Listen)

Before Abraham Was, I Am

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ [1] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” [2] 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 8:54 Some manuscripts your God
[2] 8:57 Some manuscripts has Abraham seen you?

The reading may be followed by a period of silence for reflection, a hymn or
May your word live in us
and bear much fruit to your glory.
7 The Canticle, Saviour of the World
Jesus, Saviour of the world,
come to us in your mercy:
we look to you to save and help us.
By your cross and your life laid down,
you set your people free:
we look to you to save and help us.
When they were read to perish,
you saved your disciples:
we looked to you to come to our help.
In the greatness of your mercy,
loose us from our chains:
forgive the sins of all your people.
Make yourself known as our saviour
and mighty deliverer:
save and help us that we may praise you.
come now and dwell with us, Lord Christ Jesus:
hear our prayers and be with us always.
And when you come in your glory:
make us to be one with you
and to share the life of your kingdom.
8 The Apostles' Creed may be said
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
9 The Prayers
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy Lord have mercy.
10 The Lord's Prayer and the Collect of the Day
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Heavenly Father,
loving shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servant N,
who was faithful in the care and nature of your flock;
and we pray that we may follow the good of his example
and grow into the fullness of the stature
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
11 Intercessions and Thanksgivings may be made according to local custom and need.
12 The Morning Collect
Eternal God and Father, by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed; guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves to your service, and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
13
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Peace be to us all, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Ephesians 6:23
1
Peace to those who are far off.
Peace to those who are near.
Ephesians 2:17
Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as in the beginning, so now, and for ever. Amen.
2 The Opening Canticle, The Lord's Servant
He was despised; he was rejected:
a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.
As one from whom people hide their faces:
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Ours were the sufferings he bore:
ours the torments he endured,
While we thought he was being punished:
struck by God and brought low.
He was pierced for our sins:
bruised for no fault but ours.
His punishment has won our peace:
and by his wounds we are healed.
We had all strayed like sheep:
all taking our own way;
But the Lord laid on him:
the guilt of us all.
3 The Opening Prayer
The day is now passed and the night is at hand.
Let us pray with one heart and mind.
Silence may be kept
Father of lights, receive the prayer and praise we offer you as our evening sacrifice; make us a light for all the world, delivered by your goodness from all the works of darkness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
4 The Psalms as appointed. A pause is observed after each
1  Save me, O God, 
   for the waters have come up, even to my neck.
2  I sink in deep mire where there is no foothold; 
   I have come into deep waters and the flood sweeps over me.
3  I have grown weary with crying; my throat is raw; 
   my eyes have failed from looking so long for my God.
4  Those who hate me without any cause 
   are more than the hairs of my head;
5  Those who would destroy me are mighty; 
   my enemies accuse me falsely:
      must I now give back what I never stole?
6  O God, you know my foolishness, 
   and my faults are not hidden from you.
7  Let not those who hope in you
      be put to shame through me, Lord God of hosts; 
   let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me,
      O God of Israel.
8  For your sake have I suffered reproach; 
   shame has covered my face.
9  I have become a stranger to my kindred, 
   an alien to my mother’s children.
10  Zeal for your house has eaten me up; 
   the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
11  I humbled myself with fasting, 
   but that was turned to my reproach.
12  I put on sackcloth also 
   and became a byword among them.
13  Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, 
   and the drunkards make songs about me.
14  But as for me, I make my prayer to you, O Lord; 
   at an acceptable time, O God.
15  Answer me, O God, in the abundance of your mercy 
   and with your sure salvation.
16  Draw me out of the mire, that I sink not; 
   let me be rescued from those who hate me
      and out of the deep waters.
17  Let not the water flood drown me,
      neither the deep swallow me up; 
   let not the Pit shut its mouth upon me.
18  Answer me, Lord, for your loving-kindness is good; 
   turn to me in the multitude of your mercies.
19  Hide not your face from your servant; 
   be swift to answer me, for I am in trouble.
20  Draw near to my soul and redeem me; 
   deliver me because of my enemies.
21  You know my reproach, my shame and my dishonour; 
   my adversaries are all in your sight.
22  Reproach has broken my heart; I am full of heaviness. 
   I looked for some to have pity, but there was no one,
      neither found I any to comfort me.
23  They gave me gall to eat, 
   and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink.
24  Let the table before them be a trap 
   and their sacred feasts a snare.
25  Let their eyes be darkened, that they cannot see, 
   and give them continual trembling in their loins.
26  Pour out your indignation upon them, 
   and let the heat of your anger overtake them.
27  Let their camp be desolate, 
   and let there be no one to dwell in their tents.
28  For they persecute the one whom you have stricken, 
   and increase the sorrows of him whom you have pierced.
29  Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, 
   and let them not receive your vindication.
30  Let them be wiped out of the book of the living 
   and not be written among the righteous.
31  As for me, I am poor and in misery; 
   your saving help, O God, will lift me up.
32  I will praise the name of God with a song; 
   I will proclaim his greatness with thanksgiving.
33  This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen, 
   more than bulls with horns and hooves.
34  The humble shall see and be glad; 
   you who seek God, your heart shall live.
35  For the Lord listens to the needy, 
   and his own who are imprisoned he does not despise.
36  Let the heavens and the earth praise him, 
   the seas and all that moves in them;
37  For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; 
   they shall live there and have it in possession.
38  The children of his servants shall inherit it, 
   and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
5 At the end of the (last) pause there may follow
Holy Spirit, sanctifier, cleans us from all hypocrisy, unite us to one another in the bonds of peace and love, and confirm us in holiness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
6 One or two Readings from the Bible as appointed

Exodus 1:1-14 (Listen)

Israel Increases Greatly in Egypt

1:1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan and Naphtali, Gad and Asher. All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.

Pharaoh Oppresses Israel

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. 13 So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14 and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves. (ESV)

Hebrews 7:11-28 (Listen)

Jesus Compared to Melchizedek

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,

“You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever.’”

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost [1] those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times

The reading may be followed by a period of silence for reflection, a hymn or
May your word live in us
and bear much fruit to your glory.
7 The Canticle, A Song to the Lamb
You are worthy, our Lord and God:
to receive glory and honour and power.
For you have created all things:
and by your will they have their being.
You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain:
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation.

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God:
and they will reign with you on earth.
To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might, for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 4:11; 5:9b-10
8 The Prayers
Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy Lord have mercy.
9 The Lord's Prayer and the Collect of the Day
Our Father in heaven
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Heavenly Father,
loving shepherd of your people,
we thank you for your servant N,
who was faithful in the care and nature of your flock;
and we pray that we may follow the good of his example
and grow into the fullness of the stature
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
10 Intercessions and Thanksgivings may be made according to local custom and need.
11 The Evening Collect
Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray: and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
12
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us praise the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
May the God of all grace, who has called us to eternal glory in Christ, restore, establish, strengthen us. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10-11