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Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Presentation of Christ in the Temple

29 Jan 2022 • General news

Collect: Lord Jesus Christ, light of the nations and glory of Israel: make your home among us, and present us pure and holy to your heavenly Father, your God, and our God.Amen

Post Communion: Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna, who lived to welcome the Messiah:may we, who have received these gifts beyond words, prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes to bring us to eternal life; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.Amen

Malachi 3. 1-5

Thus says the Lord God: 1See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

5Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.

Hebrews 2. 14-end

14Since the children share flesh and blood, Jesus himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2. 22-40

22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,29‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;30for my eyes have seen your salvation,31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’

33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

36There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

Intercessions for January 30th. 2022.

Heavenly Father you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.

Jesus, Light of the World, as we follow you today please illuminate the darkness within us and around us.

We pray for our world, a world in need of greater tolerance and justice, where people care about others' needs and creeds.

We pray for the people of Tonga recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

We pray for political leaders. Help them to bear their responsibilities with wisdom and sensitivity. We pray that when life or death decisions are made affecting innocent people, your voice will be heard clearly.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen and we thank you for her example of calm duty.

Lord in your mercy.......Hear our prayer.

We thank you for our church community of St. Mary's. We thank you for its leaders who make decisions on behalf of us all and pray that the vision for the future of our church is realised.

We thank you for all who give generously of their time and energies and we ask you to show us all the spiritual gifts we can use in your service.

We pray for all clergy and Bishops Christopher and John in this diocese and we are especially thankful for the clergy who are supporting us during the interregnum.

Lord in your mercy......Hear our prayer.

We pray for our whole community of Walsgrave; its schools, hospital, surgeries, hospice and commercial activities. We pray for those who are struggling with work, financial difficulties, family problems and fear of the future. Help us to build a loving community ready to respond to those in need.

Lord in your mercy......Hear our prayer.

Gracious God we pray for all those who need healing in body, mind or spirit.

Especially we pray for........(naming those we know to be ill at this time). May your healing touch release them from pain.

Lord in your mercy.......Hear our prayer.

Merciful God we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close to them at this time. We know your compassion never fails. We thank you for the life of Bill Brown and we pray for Gwen as she mourns Bill's passing.

Lord in your mercy........Hear our prayer.

As we anxiously face a world of continuing risk from violence and Covid 19, we only ask for your company on our journey. We pray for the simple trust that only you can give us. Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.