Collects and Readings the Fifth Sunday of Lent, 7th April 2019
Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved
the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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. Amen.
Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19 I am about
to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild animals will honour me,
jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself
they might declare my praise.
Philippians 3. 4b-14
4If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised
on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a
Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to
regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order
that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but
one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and
the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow
I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;
but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I
have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I
press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
John 12. 1-8
1Six days before
the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2There they gave a dinner
for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume
made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the
perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5‘Why
was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ 6(He said this not
because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into
it.) 7Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8You
always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’
Lord Jesus Christ. You have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers
and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all and gave up your
life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayers - we have been asked to remember in our prayers:
David 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.