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Praying Through Lent: Week 1

Updated: Feb 26

Week beginning Sunday 21st February 2021


We’d like to invite you to join with others in our congregation to pray together through Lent, knowing that we can feel connected to each other by knowing that others will be praying with us.

A woman, with eyes closed and hands clasped, praying.

Each week we shall reflect and pray over the lectionary passage for the week, following the same format: a Bible reading, a question(s), a prayer and an action.


Before you begin to pray, find a comfortable, quiet place to sit — perhaps light a candle. If it’s helpful to you, perhaps establish a rhythm by praying at the same time each day.

Week 1: beginning Sunday 21st February 2021


As I begin to pray, I pause to be still;

to breathe slowly, to acknowledge that I am in the presence of God.

Mark 1:9–15


The Baptism of Jesus

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”


The Temptation of Jesus

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.


The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Questions to Consider

  • What is it that makes us decide whether or not discipleship is too costly?

  • Why is God only able to work with us when we are totally honest with Him?

Prayer

Lord God, we come with our muddled priorities and conflicting agendas to be made whole, to renounce evil and to be equipped to announce the kingdom of peace through word and action. No more lies, no more deceit; only healing, justice and love. Please Lord, give us the grace to respond to Your call, with honesty and sincerity. Amen.


Action

Go out of your way to contact someone to whom you have not spoken for ages. Bring into the conversation your activity and the Church’s response with homeless folk and asylum seekers, our response to the climate crisis, thus developing their understanding of God’s heart for the poor.

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