Online Service for Sunday 21st March 2021

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Online Service for Sunday 21st March 2021

Morning Prayer for Passion Sunday from St Andrew’s Church, Burnham on Sea on

Sunday 21st February 2021


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Welcome to our service this morning as we enter Passiontide. There is a change now in our thinking.

Today we move from Ash Wednesday and pondering our own faith journey and discipleship, to thinking about the events around the end of Christ’s life – his Passion.

We meet in the name of the living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

O Lord, open our lips
All: and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Collect for Passiontide

Gracious Father, you gave up your only Son for love of the world:

Lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know peace

Through Christ’s sacrifice. Amen

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.
All Amen.

Turn to us again, O God our saviour,

and let your anger cease from us:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Show us your compassion, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Your salvation is near for those that fear you,

that glory may dwell in our land:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

The Words of God’s forgiveness

God so loved the world that he gave his Son that all that believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. Lord forgive us and heal us. Amen.

The Word of God

A reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah.

31 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt – a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jer. 31 v31 - 34


Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

20 Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22 Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour. 27 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say – “Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29 The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30 Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31 Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ 33 He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Let us pray: Holy Spirit be our teacher as we explore our scripture readings, awaken our hearts, expand our minds and shape our identities this day.

Meditation by Fr Graham

Passion Sunday - Today, we reflect on that prophesy of Jesus as to the manner of his own death. Since crucifixion was a Roman form of punishment it meant that Jesus knew he was on a collision course with the occupying Roman authorities as well as the Scribes and Pharasees.

Passion as a word has its roots in the Latin word meaning ‘to suffer’ – and so today we focus not on our own discipleship, but consider the actions Jesus took to bring eternal reconciliation to the world. He took the annual Passover and sacramentally made it his own. He was to be the symbolic Passover lamb of God – to be, in the words of the hymn

Once, only once, and once for all,
His precious life he gave;
Before the Cross in faith we fall,
And own it strong to save.


So that one off event of Calvary was the way of saving humanity from itself and sin. Through suffering Christ redeems, absorbs and cleanses all negativity, sin and inhumanity. The heart is traditionally the seat of passion – we speak of being broken hearted. It is the heart, the biological and psychical centre of life which needs conversion to Christ. Note the first reading from Jeremiah 31 – I will write it on their hearts. Conversion to live according to the will of God goes far beyond human reason – it is the heart and not the mind that primarily needs to change and turn to God. We will KNOW according to Jeremiah not think. We will intuitively experience God’s passionate love.


God is a jealous God and did not want to compromise his relationship with Israel or share it with idols and local Gods – and he did not want Israel to be unfaithful to him – such was, and is his fierce and passionate love.


So, let us all fall passionately in love with God again as he knows us – and invites us to move from faith and reason, church as institution to a relationship of knowing deep within ourselves that we are loved by the mind behind creation and is passionate to the point of death about his relationship with us and

Jealous of sharing us with any other competing Gods in our lives.

May we be the church of the beloved Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Intercessions Let us pray for the Church and for the world and let us thank God for his goodness.

As we enter into prayer now may we be still;

to breathe slowly; to re-centre our scattered senses upon the presence of God.


We pray for the people, nations and churches of God’s world - For Justin and Stephen our Archbishops (pause)

We pray for our local church and for Bishop Peter as he continues to isolate following a Stem Cell transplant. ( Pause)

For Bishop Ruth and Archdeacon Ann as they oversee the diocese and Archdeaconry (pause)

We pray for the work of our local schools, for staff and pupils – Pause

We pray for those areas of the world torn by war, afflicted by famine and being destroyed by Covid – especially we think of the people of the Yemen. (pause)

Finally, we pray for our families and homes and this community. (pause)

We name before God those friends and family who we love but no longer see (pause)


Lord hear our prayers and use them to open the way to your kingdom for those we have prayed for. Amen


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.
All: Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

A Hymn is sung

© The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005 - Filepath/Morning Prayer/Church Opening file/July 2020(REVISED)

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