Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 1st Sunday of Lent – 21/02/2021

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


Opening prayer

Loving God, thank you
for drawing us together to be your people.
Help us, as we meet together,
to see ourselves as you see us.
Give us faith to hear your words of love
beyond some of the hard realities of our lives.
May your Holy Spirit guide and inspire us
to recognise your presence in all we do.

Psalm 25: 1-9

In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.

I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.

No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.


Our Bible reading is Mark 1: 9-15

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

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Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Prayers of intercession

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

In situations where I have no answers,
and your presence seems distant:
to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

When the ways of the world
seem to overcome the light of Christ:
to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

When the world seems chaotic,
wars continue and disasters proliferate:
to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

When it seems that those I pray for
remain unhealed:
to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

When I despair and turn from you,
when I fall or fail:
to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
I put my trust in you.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me.
Hear my prayer, O God of my salvation. Amen.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,


Sending prayer

Creator God, you made us in your image
to be your people, wherever we go.
This coming week, whatever we experience,
wherever we find ourselves,
help us to know that you are with us –
guiding, revealing and sustaining – always.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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