Sunday March 1st, 2020

First Sunday in Lent


09:00 Holy Communion at Farlow

10:30 Holy Communion at Middleton Scriven

18:30 Evensong at Stottesdon


Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 – The ‘Fall’

Romans 5:12-19 – Trespass and redemption

Matthew 4:1-11 – The Temptations


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 forever. Amen.

Psalm 32

1 Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven, ♦ and whose sin is covered.

2 Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, ♦ and in whose spirit there is no guile.

3 For I held my tongue; ♦ my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

4 Your hand was heavy upon me day and night; ♦ my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you ♦ and my iniquity I did not hide.

6 I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ ♦ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

7 Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you in time of trouble; ♦ in the great waterflood, it shall not reach them.

8You are a place for me to hide in; you preserve me from trouble; ♦ you surround me with songs of deliverance.

9 ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; ♦ I will guide you with my eye.

10 ‘Be not like horse and mule which have no understanding; ♦ whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.’

11 Great tribulations remain for the wicked, ♦ but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.

12 Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord; ♦ shout for joy, all who are true of heart.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen.

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