Week beginning Sunday 28th 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.
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 2: beginning Sunday 28th 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.
Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Questions to Consider
Why is it that living God’s way seems to lead to confrontation?
Loving God, open our hearts so that we really trust in your guiding spirit, ready indeed to move on with You and not just stand still. When, within Church, we disagree, give us the grace to listen and grow. Amen.
In our conversations with one another — for those online in breakout rooms, Zoom meetings, house groups, or for conversations on the telephone or street corner — enable us to speak honestly, justly, openly, searching for God’s ways.
No more easy silence; let us seek the courage to grow together. We all have something to offer, speak up and be counted!