Lent – March 6th 2022

Welcome

Call to Worship

We come to praise the Father for his goodness,
to thank Jesus for his open hands of love,
and to seek the Holy Spirit’s blessing.
Come, therefore, and worship God.

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Worship

Word

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]

The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[c]

The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you carefully;
11 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[d]

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[e]

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Luke 4
1-13

Reflection

Witness

As we enter the long weeks of Lent
and reflect on the sadness of its story;
when we look into our own hearts
and struggle to live by the responsibilities of our calling:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we feel lost and alone;
when trouble comes to our door
and we do not know how to face the future:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When church needs to change;
when the way ahead seems threatening and unknown
and the usual certainties are gone:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we are lured by seductive voices
of power, money and control;
and we no longer know what is true:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When our dreams and relationships lie shattered
by conflict, circumstance or cruelty
and we place our trust in what cannot fulfil us:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we invest more in developing weapons
than we do in the work of peace building –
more on what divides us than on the work of unity:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When children are killed in adult wars;
when cities are full of marching boots;
when there is blood on the ground and the sounds of play are silenced:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we look at cities that lie deserted;
when citizens flee in fear for their lives
and our enemies encircle us:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we take more than we should;
when we do not treat the earth with kindness
and our habits and choices create a wasteland:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we find it hard to follow you;
when easier pathways beckon
and our strength fails:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

When we look ahead and all is dark: send us light.
When our hearts are dry, our pathway full of ash and dust,
send us water to renew our souls.
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness.

Feed us with the bread and wine that is your body
and the love of our companions in the way.
May we know your Spirit’s comfort
and trust that your love is enough.
In the darkness that surrounds us
and the pain that is to come,
until we see you face to face:
God of life,
Lead us through the wilderness. Amen.

Blessing and Dismissal

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
and the blessing of God, the Creator, Saviour and Spirit, be with you all today and all days. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church