The 1st Sunday of Lent: 18 Feb – Mark 1:12-15 ~ forty days of wilderness testing

The First Sunday of Lent
[All over the world today, children and adults alike are beginning their preparation for baptism at the Easter Vigil. Like them, we begin our own preparations, looking forward to renewing our baptismal vows and receiving God’s refreshment and blessing at Easter.]

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God of the covenant, as the forty days of deluge swept away the world’s corruption and watered new beginnings of righteousness and life, so in the saving flood of baptism your people are washed clean and born again. Throughout these forty days, we beg you, unseal for us the wellspring of your grace, cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy, and cause your gift of new life to flourish once again. Grant this through Christ, our deliverer from sin, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, holy and mighty God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“He Is Our God” – Prayers of the Saints Live


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Gospel Reading: Mark 1:12-15 (NLT)

The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Prayers of Intercession:

Gracious God: Take care of your people on our Lenten journey. We pray especially –

+ For church leaders around the world – care for them and deliver them from evil….
+ For people of peace and goodwill in every tribe and nation – care for them and deliver them from evil….
+ For believers suffering oppression and persecution  – care for them and deliver them from evil….
+ For the hungry, the poor and the homeless – care for them and deliver them from evil….
+ For ourselves and our families on this Lenten journey – care for us and deliver us from evil….
+ For our neighbors, especially those who are sick – care for them and deliver them from evil….
+ For all who have died in Christ – raise them with you to an eternal life of endless glory….

God of all goodness: You have shown love from the dawn of creation: show us how to live in harmony with you, and help us along the way, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Lord, Have Mercy” – Prayers of the Saints Live


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Blessing

God of salvation, let your Son’s passion and death be for your people protection from evil in this life and the sure hope of glory in the life to come. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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