St.Mary the Virgin, Lewisham Lewisham High Street  SE13 6LE

Sunday Service and Pew Sheet

24th March 2019

3rd Sunday of Lent

The Lord is compassion and love. In him, our sins are forgiven, always. No matter how many times we fail, God gives us another chance.  

Mass setting: Ives

Entrance Hymn    110

1. Disposer supreme, and Judge of the earth,
thou choosest for thine the meek and the poor;
to frail earthen vessels, and things of no worth,
entrusting thy riches which ay shall endure.

2. Those vessels soon fail, though full of thy light,
and many, once made, are broken and gone;
thence brightly appeareth thy truth in its might,
as through the clouds riven the lightnings have shone.

3. Like clouds are they borne to do thy great will,
and swift as the winds about the world go:
the Word with his wisdom their spirits doth fill;
they thunder, they lighten, the waters o'erflow.

4. Their sound goeth forth, "Christ Jesus is Lord!"
then Satan doth fear, his citadels fall;
as when the dread trumpets went forth at thy word,
and one long blast shattered the Canaanite's wall.

5. O loud be their cry, and stirring their sound,
to rouse us, O Lord, from slumber of sin:
the lights thou hast kindled in darkness around,
O may they awaken our spirits within.

6. All honour and praise, dominion and might,
to God, Three in One, eternally be,
who round us hath shed his own marvellous light,
and called us from darkness his glory to see.

Sung Kyrie

Jesus, Lord, have mercy on us: X3

Have mercy on us all.

Christ our Lord, have mercy on us: X3

Have mercy on us all.  

Jesus, Lord, have mercy on us: X3

Have mercy on us all

First Reading  

A reading from the book of Exodus


Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, priest of Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I must go and look at this strange sight’, Moses said, ‘and see why the bush is not burnt’. Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am’ he answered. Come no nearer he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father’, he said ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob’. At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.

And the Lord said, I have seen the miserable state of my people in Egypt. I have heard their appeal to be free of their slave-drivers. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings. I mean to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians and bring them up out of that land to a land rich and broad, a land where milk and honey flow.  Then Moses said to God, I am to go, then, to the sons of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you. But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them? And God said to Moses, I Am who I Am. This he added is what you must say to the sons of Israel: The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name for all time; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm 102(103) CRP p.166

R.  The Lord is compassion and love.

1.  My soul give thanks to the Lord,

all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul gives thanks to the Lord

and never forget all God’s blessings.

2   It is God who forgives all your guilt,

who heals every one of your ills,

who redeems your life from the grave,

who crowns you with love and compassion..

3. The Lord does deeds of justice,

gives judgement for all who are oppressed.

The Lord’s ways were made known to Moses;

and the Lord’s deeds to Israel’s children.

4. The Lord is compassion and love,

slow to anger and rich in mercy.

For as the heavens are high above the earth

so strong is God’s love for the God-fearing.

Second Reading    

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 10:1-6.10-12

I want to remind you, brothers and sisters, how our ancestors were all guided by a cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and their corpses littered the desert.

These things all happened as warnings for us, not to have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer. All this happened to them as a warning, and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The one who thinks they are safe must be careful that he does not fall.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Gospel Acclamation

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

Repent, says the Lord,

For the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!

Gospel      Luke 13: 1-9

The Lord be with you.  And also with you

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

Glory to you, O Lord.

There were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn   259

1. Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest,
Beneath your contemplation
Sink heart and voice oppressed.
I know not, ah, I know not
What joys await us there,
What radiancy of glory,
What bliss beyond compare.

2. They stand, those halls of Zion,
all ubilant with song
And bright with many angels
And all the martyr throng.
The prince is ever in them;
The daylight is serene;
The pastures of the blessed
Are decked in glorious sheen.

3. There is the throne of David,
And there, from care released,
The shout of those who triumph,
The song of those who feast.
And they, who with their leader
Have fully run the race,
Are robed in white forever

before their Saviour’s face.

4. O sweet and blessed country,
shall I e’er see thy face?
O sweet and blessed country
shall I e’er win thy grace?
Exult, O dust and ashes

The Lord shall be thy part:
his only, his for ever,

Thou shalt be, and thou art!

Communion Motet  Spiritual, Go down, Moses

Communion Hymn 220

1. How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away our fear.

2. It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary, rest.

3. Dear Name, the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury, filled
with boundless stores of grace!

4. Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

5. Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

6. Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy Name
refresh my soul in death!

Final Hymn 30

1. And can it be that I should gain
an int’rest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died he for me, who caused his pain?
For me, who him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2. ’Tis myst’ry all! th’Immortal dies:
who can explore his strange design?
In vain the first-born seraph tries
to sound the depths of love divine!
’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
let angel minds inquire no more.

3. He left his Father’s throne above
so free, so infinite his grace;

emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race;
’tis mercy all, immense and free;
for, O my God, it found out me.

4. Long my imprisoned spirit lay
fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
my chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

5. No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine,

bold I approach the eternal throne,
and claim the crown,

through Christ my own.

Prayers and visits– please use our Prayer board for personal prayers. Contact us with names you want us to pray for:  

Visits can be arranged by emailing


Revision of Church Electoral Roll. Please see the list of those on the revised roll, in the porch, and speak with Liz Evans, ASAP if you feel there is an error.


Mothering Sunday—Youth Church—we would love members of youth church to sign up to do some of the usual roles during our service on 31st March (Mothering Sunday).  This would be things such as taking up the bread and wine, welcoming people, and taking the collection.  Please talk to Trevor Dixon for more information.


1st Communion 2019: our young people are continuing their preparation for their 1st Communion on Sunday 31st March, Mothering Sunday.pray for them Kosa, Isadora, Jessica, Ebonique, Teah, Erinayo, Jahmya, Katria, Kelly and Daisy.


Confirmation 2019, Sunday 9th June,

Pentecost Sunday: Bishop Karowei joins us on for Confirmation in the 10.00am mass.

Anyone interested in Confirmation is invited to join the Alpha Course. Please speak to Fr Steffan or Fr Steve.


New Leaders needed for Children's Church. Could you consider helping with the younger members of our church, meeting on Sundays in the Crypt from 10.00am?  Our children are precious, and it's important that we give them the best start in their faith, knowing God’s love for them, in a fun and lively way. New leaders are needed—training and support is given. Speak to Jacqui or the clergy.


6th April  - Quiet Day of St Andrew, SE13 5DY-   All welcome. See flyer on the welcome desk for info.


Friday’s 12:30pm In the crypt room, Lent Lunches Throughout Lent. All welcome


Sunday 31st March, The Mother’s Union will be holding a cake sale after church. Donations welcome.


Saturday April 13th, 10.30 - 12.30pm. Big Dig in the Therapeutic Garden. If you can help, please join us. Children are welcome with an adult. Refreshments will be available, as well as the usual delicious hot soup lunch! Please let Marion or Mark know if you can come.


Saturday April 13th,  7:30pm,  Lewisham Concert Band, Spring Concert. Here in church. Tickets £10 adults, £5 students & seniors. Available on the door, or via



Dear Friends,

On Thursday, about ten of us from St Mary’s crossed the main road with Fr Steve, and went to the Islamic Centre, opposite the hospital. The Imam, Shakeel Beg, had invited all faith leaders in the borough to come together in a show of solidarity, following the terror attack in New Zealand. About a hundred people gathered on the pavement, in front of the centre, to listen to speeches from the mayor and councillors, as well leaders of all three Abrahamic faiths.

We stood, for over an hour, as speaker after speaker condemned the attack, and the fear and hatred it had invoked. Lewisham is the most diverse of the London boroughs, and the most active in its multi-faith activities. We had gathered to celebrate our diversity, to offer support and comfort, whilst at the same time acknowledging the racism that is a constant threat in Lewisham today, and thinking how we can challenge it.

Abrahamic monotheism was the first moral system to be based not just on justice and reciprocity – do for others what you would like them to do for you – but on love. The book of Deuteronomy contains the great command that defines Judaism as a religion of love: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your might.”  It also contains the most inter-human command: “Love the stranger for you yourself were strangers once in Egypt.” But what is really unexpected is what Moses later says: “Do not hate the Egyptian, because you were once a stranger in their land.”

This is a very counter-intuitive command, but one that we, as Christians, need to acknowledge more than ever today. We were all strangers once. Martin Luther King said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness.”

One Muslim speaker begged us all not to turn a blind eye when we see acts of racism, however small. A poem written by the German Lutheran Martin Niemöller(1892–1984) is about the cowardice German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power,subsequent incremental purging their chosen targets, group after group.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
I was not a Jew.   Then they came for me—and there was no one left
to speak for me.         Reader Marion

St.Mary the Virgin Lewisham

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