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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Prayer and Scriptures for the First Sunday of Lent (2015)

The Temptations of Jesus
Prayer for the Week:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First reading: Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10
Second reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
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." 
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. 
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."
Lectionary Reflections for the Season of Lent:

Ekklesia Project: Descent into Life.

The Brazos Blog: Genesis 9.

Slow Church: Alexander Schmemann – Lent is a Time of Slowing Down.

Experimental Theology: Litany of Penance.

Allan Bevere: Ash Wednesday and Creeping Mortality.

Allan Bevere: The Temptation of Jesus: The Ends Do Not Justify the Means.

Internet Monk: Lent is not about getting better.
Lent is not about getting better.
Lent is about preparing to die. 
Lent is the death bed vigil.
As we say in hospice, it involves coming to terms with our terminality.
I have sat with patients and their families during those vigils, some of them interminably long.
It is the hardest thing to answer when someone says, why must they linger so?
Why indeed, for forty days, must we watch ourselves dying ’til we’re dead?
Lent 1 Collect:
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 for ever.

*'Prayers for the Week' are collects from the Book of Common Prayer that can also be followed here and here.

*Weekly readings are from the Revised Common Lectionary.

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