THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

 

THE  FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  LENT
 
Welcome to our services today: 8am Holy Communion at Affpuddle, and at Bere Regis 10am Parish Communion and 6pm Evensong.  The Bere Regis services are in the school whilst Church repairs are ongoing and thank you to the school for use of its building.
                                                 
                                                     
Collect for today 
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.
 
 
Epistle  Reading: 1 Peter 3, verses 18 to 22
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits – to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolises baptism that now saves you also – not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience towards God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
                   
The Holy Gospel :  Mark 1, verses 9 to15                                                             
 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised 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 for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.
 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!
                                             
                                           
Prayers                                                                                    
   
For the Church and the community of Christ
Jesus said “The Kingdom of God is near: repent and believe the good news” – so may we each go forward with the confidence of faith and the love that comes with the Holy Spirit
~we pray for Christian believers in the workplace: where there is a culture of hostility may they remain firm in faith, where they are faced with difficult choices may you be their guide and strength       ~ we pray for our Diocese and  its Bishops, and our Deanery, Rural Dean and its Synod     ~ and for the Episcopal churches in South Sudan and Sudan: for the Diocese of Wulu, and for the Rt Revd Zacharia Mangar Apeti its Bishop.
 
   
For the world and its leaders                                                                                                                Lord, may there be peace not war in so many places including  Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and  Afghanistan             ~for  food for the starving and hungry, clean water and decent sanitation         ~for the work of charities in dealing with those who prey on the vulnerable in developing countries        ~for progress on  our country’s issues particularly clarity of terms sought for Brexit
   For our parishes and community                                                                                                                 
We pray for any new to our villages and for their settling in, for any starting new jobs or a new phase in life           ~for organisers and those who volunteer to provide services and clubs like sports, scouts and the many diverse clubs           ~and for relationships: family, parents and offspring, neighbours, those we know only a little – may those relationships deepen, grow in love and respect, give enjoyment and sharing
   For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
 We pray for all who are ill or in pain and for those who care for them, family, friends and professional                 ~for those with failing mental faculties           ~for those suffering depression         ~ in our parishes  for Jane and Nigel Woodward, Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett, Edna Marsh,  Jo Powell, Benny Hazlehurst, Mary Fegan and Kay Jones
   For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                       
For the souls of all those who have died: locally we think of Tony Hawkins,  Mark Newbould, Pat Pashen and Gabby Lawrence                         ~for all in grief and mourning                
                                             
Post Communion Prayer  
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.
 
Wednesday 21st  February: Holy Communion for Lent followed by a simple lunch – at the vicarage
 
Services next Sunday 25th February, Second Sunday of Lent:    
   Affpuddle: 9.15am Parish Communion
   Bere Regis:  11am  Mattins and Communion            
   
On Wednesday 21st February the Deanery Synod meets at All Saints’ Church Hall in Swanage and on Wednesday 28th Affpuddle PCC meets at Bladen Tye, Briantspuddle
 
Reflect     Jesus does not say to me ‘wallow in your shame’, but ‘repent, and believe in the good news’! How often do I turn Lent into navel gazing, heaping coals upon my head, instead of living the good news of the Kingdom? 
Pray     Heavenly King, Servant King, thank you for giving me a path to follow and a message of good news to proclaim. Help me to follow, even when the way seems dark and unclear. Amen. 
Act Take a pinch of soil or ash in your hand. Hold it for a moment; remember that we are ‘but dust’. Acknowledge those things that are holding you back; then brush the dust away. A new beginning; the hope of life eternal. ‘Repent, and believe the good news’.
                                 
From Praying Together Lent 2018, for Sunday 18 February
                                                                                       
 
 
 
 
                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rough Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Welcome to our Churches at Bere Regis and Affpuddle. The services for today, 3rd September are 10am Parish Eucharist at Bere Regis, 11am Mattins with a shortened Communion at Affpuddle and at 6 pm Evensong at Bere Regis. A special welcome to visitors to the area.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holy Gospel : Matthew 16, verses 13 to 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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