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St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Cobourg

Worship for the First Sunday in Lent February 21, 2021

Gracious God, eternal Glory, incarnate Word and abiding Spirit, You know the adversities and burdens we face in this earthly life.

Enable us to trust that you walk with us through this wilderness, That you reach out for us with arms of healing
And that you long for us to embrace your message of hope. May we, in this Season of Lent, renew our faith,
Believe the Good News of the Gospel and follow Jesus. Amen.

A Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

(Psalm 25:1-10)

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore the Lord instructs sinners in the way.

The Lord leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Come, let us worship.

Gathering Words Invitation to Worship

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Reader:

God’s Word for God’s People

A reading from the Gospel of Mark. (Mark 1:9-15)

The Baptism of Jesus
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the

Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Temptation of Jesus

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry of Jesus

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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Reflection – Part One

Hymn

(Common Praise #646)

Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers

Spirit divine, attend our prayers and make our hearts your home; descend with all your gracious powers,
O come, great Spirit, come!

Come as the light: to us reveal our emptiness and woe, and lead us in those paths of life
where all the righteous go.

Come as the fire and purge our hearts like sacrificial flame; let our whole life an offering be
to our Redeemer’s Name.

Come as the dove, and spread your wings, the wings of peaceful love; and let your Church on earth become
blest as the Church above.

Come as the dew and sweetly wind, with rushing sound and pentecostal grace, that all of woman born may see

the glory of your face.

Spirit divine, attend our prayers; make this lost world your home; descend with all your gracious powers;
O come, great Spirit, come!

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Affirming Our Faith

(With thanks to Sharon L. Beckstead and Douglas Schalin of the United Church of Canada – modified)

Together let us proclaim our faith.

We live in God’s world.
We are not alone; in life, in death, in life beyond death God is with us.

We believe and trust in God:
Who has created and is creating;
Who has come in Jesus, the word made flesh, to reconcile and make new; Who works in us and others by the Spirit.

We are called to be the church:
To celebrate God’s presence; to live with respect in Creation; To love and serve others; to seek justice and resist evil; To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our life and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death God is with us.

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The Prayers of the Community of Faith

Gracious God, in this season of Lent,

We remember your Christ, who went out into the wilderness to fast and undergo temptation.

We confess that we are often distracted by material comforts.

We are often tempted to value them above the Kingdom of God.

You, God, are our help in difficulty.

The Christ is our inspiration.

We confess that we do not live by bread or worldly provision alone,

But by every word that comes from you.

May we fill our hearts, our minds with your words.

That we might be transformed and renewed.

May we, with renewed hearts and minds,

Better serve the purposes of your kingdom.

May we, by setting aside worldly distractions,

Become more like the Christ.

May we, with purified motives and deeper understanding,

Receive the Christ when he comes to us.

Gracious God, we pray for the one holy catholic and apostolic Church throughout the world.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in the world, that a spirit of respect and reconciliation may grow among all peoples.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for the vulnerable, the persecuted, the sick, those who suffer and all in danger;

that they may be relieved and protected.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray for all whom we have injured or offended,

Lord, hear our prayer.

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Officiant:

All:

Officiant:

All:

Officiant

We pray for grace to amend our lives that we may live as children of your Kingdom.

Lord, hear our prayer.

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We pray that we may always walk in your presence:

With your love in our hearts, your truth in our minds and your strength in our wills. Amen. The Peace of the Christ of God

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Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

: We are called to bring the peace of Christ into our world.

All: As the peace of Christ surrounds and infuses us, we will reveal Christ’s peace in all we do.

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The Prayer for St. Peter’s, Cobourg

Leader:

Let us pray. Gracious God,

All: we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter. We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us. Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Reflection – Part Two

Leader:

All:

Living and loving God,

The Prayer of the Day

your beloved Son fasted forty days in the wilderness and was tempted as we are. Through the grace of your Spirit enable us to discipline ourselves that we may conform our lives to your divine will, trusting that as you know our weakness, we may know your power to save. Amen.

As Jesus taught us, let us pray.

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Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

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The Blessing
The God of mercy transforms us by his grace.
The blessing of God, eternal Glory, incarnate Word and abiding Spirit is with us today and in every tomorrow. Amen.

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The Closing All: Lead us in the ways of Jesus. Amen.

Leader: May we follow Jesus, embrace the journey and travel in grace, love and peace.

All: May the Christ be with us to defend us, within us to keep us, before us to lead us and beside us to guard us. Amen.

Leader: Go into the world as God’s people.

All: We go to spread the good news of God’s grace, love and peace. Amen.

Leader: Faithful and loving God,

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