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The United Benefice of
St Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers
with St John the Baptist, Chelveston-cum-Caldecott

MEETING POINT

Third Sunday before Lent

5th February 2023

Welcome to our Online Worship 
Father Paul introduces this service with its emphasis on Light and Salt in our world

5.2.2023---MEETING-POINT
00:00 / 15:42

HYMN

Thou, whose almighty Word
Chaos and darkness heard,
And took their flight;
Hear us, we humbly pray,
And, where the Gospel’s day
Sheds not its glorious ray,
Let there be light!

Thou, who didst come to bring
On Thy redeeming wing
Healing and sight,
Health to the sick in mind,
Sight to the inly blind,
O now, to all mankind,
Let there be light!

Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy Dove,
Speed forth Thy flight;
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And, in earth’s darkest place,
Let there be light!

Blessèd and holy Three,
Glorious Trinity,
Wisdom, love, might!
Boundless as ocean’s tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world far and wide,
Let there be light!

Words: John Marriot  (1813)    Music: John B. Dykes (1840)

A Reading from St. Matthew's Gospel 

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 

Matthew 5:13-16

HYMN

Meekness and majesty
Manhood and deity
In perfect harmony
The Man who is God

Lord of eternity
Dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility
And washes our feet

 

Oh what a mystery
Meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship
For this is your God
This is your God

 

Father's pure radiance
Perfect in innocence
Yet loves obedience
To death on a cross

Suffering to give us life
Conquering through sacrifice
And as they crucified, prays "Father forgive"

 

Oh what a mystery
Meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship
For this is your God
This is your God

 

Wisdom unsearchable
God the invisible
Love indestructible
In frailty appears

Lord of infinity
Stopping so tenderly
Lifts our humanity to the heights of His throne

Oh what a mystery
Meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship
For this is your God
This is your God

This is your God

Words & Music: Graham Kendrick (1988) © Thank You Music Ltd.

A REFLECTION on the READING and a BLESSING

HYMN

Who would true valour see,
let him come hither;
one here will constant be,
come wind, come weather;
there's no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

Whoso beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound;
his strength the more is,
No lion can him fright;
he'll with a giant fight,
but he will have the right
to be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
can daunt his spirit;
he knows he at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, fly away;
he'll fear not what men say;
he'll labour night and day
to be a pilgrim.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)    (Public domain)

Material used in this service is copyright of its respective rights owners. Music and hymn words are reproduced under ONE LICENSE number A-633137, Church Copyright License 2148907 and Music Reproduction License 2216255. Material in this order of service is taken from Common Worship, copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000-2006 and is used here with permission. www.commonworship.com.

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