St. Mary's Church

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent

5 Mar 2022 • General news

Collect:Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion: Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven; by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Deuteronomy 26. 1-11

Moses spoke to the people, saying: 1When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, 2you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. 3You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.’ 4When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, 5you shall make this response before the LORD your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. 6When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, 7we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; 9and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. 11Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.

Romans 10. 8b-13

8What does scripture say?‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’
(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. 11The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. 13For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Luke 4. 1-13

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ 4Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.”’

5Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ 8Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.”’

9Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you”,11and
“On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”’12Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’ 13When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Intercessions St Mary Walsgrave, 1st Sunday of Lent, 6 March 2022

A Prayer for Ukraine - Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen

In the name of the Lord Jesus, let us pray together for the church and the world.

Lord, we pray for the worldwide church and its people, for courage and hope in times of great fear and anxiety; that we may all stand up against evil and injustice wherever we find it: trusting in you, without thought of personal safety. In the silence we pray for the suffering people of Ukraine.

S I L E N C E

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, we bring to you the world’s leaders and their governments, and all in influential positions; that they make good use of their power, and aim to serve the needs of others. We bring to you world leaders who do notuse their powers wisely and for the good of their people. We pray their hearts and minds will turn away from self-seeking violence and evil.

In the silence we pray for the people of Russia, for the many who are powerless at this deadly time of conflict to express their opposition to the invasion of the Ukraine.

S I L E N C E

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, you showed us the healing power of love and forgiveness. We pray for all who hate, for all who seek revenge, for all who refuse to forgive, that love may transform their lives.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for the people next to us here; that being open to the grace of God, our community of St Mary’s may be deeply filled with the Holy Spirit of outgoing love.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, we carry into your presence those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Thank you for all who work to restore them to good health. May the Holy Spirit be with those in pain.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Lord, we bring to you those whose earthly life is almost at an end and those who have died recently. Thank you for the gift of eternal life. Be with those who mourn. We give thanks for the life of Sarah Little who died last weekend. Be with Terry and their daughters as they mourn her.

Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer

Show us, good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given in Jesus Christ our Lord.

[Caryl Micklem]

Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Prepared by Sue Morton 1st March, to be updated for 6th March]