St Bartholomew's Milehouse, Plymouth
St Bartholomew's Milehouse, Plymouth

Worship at home


St Bartholomew & St Mark

Milehouse, Plymouth


Worshiping together at home.


2nd Sunday & week of Lent 28th February 2021.


Anyone can lead this service, with another or by themselves.

Fr Richard may ask to lead this over the phone when he calls.


The Welcome.


Leader:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

                and of the Holy Spirit.


Others:  Amen


Penitential rite.


Leader:   Let us remember before God

                  our failings and needs.


Leader:   Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness

             And cleanse me from my sin: Lord have mercy.

Others: Lord have mercy.


Leader:  Create in me a new heart, O God,

             And renew a right spirit within me. Christ have mercy.

Others: Christ have mercy.


Leader:  Cast me not away from your presence,

            And take not your Holy Spirit from me. Lord have mercy.

Others: Lord have mercy.


Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,

                forgive us our sins,

                and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.







O God, who teach us that you abide
in hearts that are just and true,
grant that we may be so fashioned by your grace
as to become a dwelling pleasing to you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen


Mark 9:2-10

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean.



This Gospel reading is the account of Jesus’ transfiguration. It is quite a remarkable scene. It begins as Jesus takes James, John and Peter up a mountain. Did these men wonder why Jesus was only taking the 3 of them up the mountain? Did they wonder why Jesus chose them?

When they arrived on the mountain, they were gifted with a wondrous experience: Jesus was transfigured before them! His clothing was changed. His garments became a dazzling white. These disciples also received another gift: Moses and Elijah appeared. What a wondrous experience for these ordinary and simple men!

Moses and Elijah then conversed with Jesus for a time. James, John and Peter were stunned and awed. They also were terrified. They had never experienced anything like this. These disciples told Jesus that they wanted to put up three tents: one each for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.

Then in the next moment, they had another stunning experience: a voice from heaven spoke to them! This voice told them: “This is my beloved Son.” Then the voice added that they should listen to Jesus. In the next instant, Jesus and the three disciples once again were alone.

I assume that in this encounter, these disciples had a life-changing experience. They must have looked at Jesus with very different eyes. After all, God had told them that Jesus was his Son. It must have taken awhile to absorb this experience. At times, did they question their sanity? Did they truly hear the words that God had spoken to them? It must have been a blessing for them that they could process this experience with one another and with Jesus.

Ask yourself: how would you react if you had an experience like this? Would we have the faith to believe that God was right there with us? Or would we be skeptical and question our experience? Perhaps we might even think we were hallucinating. And yet, I would guess that most, if not all of us, would love to have such a close encounter with God or Jesus. What a gift and blessing this encounter would be!

Most likely today we will not have a vision or hear a voice from heaven speaking to us. Yet, perhaps today God is saying to each one of us: “You are my beloved child.” God loves us as deeply as God loves Jesus! Do we believe and trust that this is true?

Today, I invite you to sit down, be still and allow God’s word and love to fill your mind and heart. Hear God speaking to you: “You are my beloved child. Allow my presence and my love to fill you and surround you. I am always with you! Let me in! Trust me!”


Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau, OSB


The Peace.


Leader: In fellowship with the whole Church of God,

                with all who have been brought together

                by the Holy Spirit to worship on this day,

                let us rejoice that we are called

                to be part of the body of Christ.


              The Peace of the Lord be with you.

 Others:  And also with you.





Pray for your families, your friends, those who are alone, those who are scared or in pain and those who are passed from this world. (Use the sheet).



Leader: As our Saviour has taught us so we pray:


All say:   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.







Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
                and the love of God,
                and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
                be with us all evermore.


Others:  Amen. 




The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary:

And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.



Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

Be it unto me according to your word.


Hail Mary...


And the Word became flesh.

And dwelt among us.


Hail Mary...


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Let us pray:

We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of your dear Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.





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