This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church.

If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.

Opening Prayer

We come before you Almighty God, ever mindful that you have called us as your own. Lead us in your truth and teach us your paths of steadfast love and righteousness. Amen.

Hymn: 465 (StF) Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah

Sing/Read/Pray/Proclaim the words or listen to it HERE

Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,

pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

hold me with thy powerful hand:

Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,

feed me now and evermore;

feed me now and evermore.

Open thou the crystal fountain

whence the healing stream shall flow;

let the fiery, cloudy pillar

lead me all my journey through:

strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,

be thou still my strength and shield;

be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan

bid my anxious fears subside;

death of death, and hell’s destruction,

land me safe on Canaan’s side:

songs of praises, songs of praises,

I will ever give to thee;

I will ever give to thee.

William Williams (1717-1791)

Let us pray together

O Lord we lift up our hearts and minds and bless your holy name. For you have created all things and your glory is seen in the heavens and on the earth. Thank you for your bountiful provision and your love that goes before us. May this time of Lent enable us to walk humbly and be mindful of your covenant with us. Forgive us Lord for the words said and deeds done that have been selfish, inconsiderate, or hurtful to others. We thank you for your mercies that are new to us each day and that wash us clean. In Jesus Name. Amen

Today’s Readings

Genesis 9:8-17

Mark 1:9-15

Time to Reflect

Here we are at the beginning of a new Church season in Lent 1. There are two readings for today. The Gospel passage should be familiar to folk as portions of it have already featured twice in this year’s lectionary and the Genesis passage which I find particularly applicable to our present situation worldwide.

Noah and his family have been restricted to an Ark for 378 days, not just 40 days. Which is so similar to how long this Pandemic has been making our lives difficult. When Noah disembarks and makes sacrifices to God, then God promises to establish a covenant which has the rainbow as a sign.

What will you sacrifice to God to open a way for God to bless you? Our hands are full of many different things that we need to let go of before we can take up new things.

Just as God wiped the earth clean of all wickedness by way of the flood waters so too does the Baptism of repentance wash us clean.

The wilderness, like Lent is also a time for reflection, fasting and spending time in prayer as we prepare for what God is going to do in us and through us.

What are the “struggles” that you have faced in this last year? What path will you take in the Lenten season ahead?

A time of prayer

Lord God, we pray for those who find themselves in restricted spaces and unexpected places.

We pray for places affected by climate change, areas where water is scarce and crops fail, places where flooding is affecting people’s homes.

We pray for those who are homeless and have lost

everything through earthquake or fire.

We pray for those who wait for medical results, for those who are ill in hospital or at home.

For those who have lost their jobs and those who await news about benefits.

We pray for our healthcare workers, nurses and doctors, essential service workers, teachers and police.

For our children whose education has been so badly affected, and parents who are juggling time constraints.

For those who are grieving the loss of loved ones.

For Religious leaders and funeral parlours who minister to the bereaved.

For those who are working on the Vaccine rollout, scientists, government leaders, economists, and medical aid associations.

Breathe new life into your people and all circumstances as we approach Easter. May we always know your presence with us. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father ……

HYMN: 260 (StF) Listen to “Waymaker” Michael W. Smith HERE

or sing a verse of a hymn that comes to mind.

A prayer of blessing

May Almighty God, who has called us by His grace bless and keep us by confirming and strengthening us through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit to His instruments of peace in the world. Amen.

Original Materials by Fiona Calverey

All Hymns reproduced under CCLi 1144191

and locally under CCLi 246179.