Prayer and Meditation for February
Lord as we meet in prayer and in the Eucharist, help us to see that our bitterness
is forgotten; our discord is resolved, and our sins are forgiven. Amen.
"His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
(John 2: 5)
Sunday 21st February
1st Sunday in Lent, Year B
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. Amen
1st Reading: 1 Peter 3.18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
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 for 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.’
Please pray for those who are unwell in our parish:
Patrick Crowe, Patricia Burdon, Bob White, John Crocker, Marcia, Annie and Andy, Chris Sterry, Mark Lawson-Jones, Edna Poole, Baby Ibrahim, Julie Pollitt, Jenny, and Penny Wright
Please pray for the recently departed: Frank Lawrence, Marion Ford, Gary, Heather Shaw and Glyn Griffith (Priest)
And for those in our Year’s Mind: Kathleen Marjorie (22nd), Edgar Lewis (23rd), Ann Griffin, and Christine Shield (25th)
HORFIELD PARISH PRAYER
Lord, help us to love one another as you love us:
Send your blessing upon this parish and community of Horfield,
That your wisdom and your love may flow into our hearts,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
And that your will be done, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
David Wells; Brian Blancharde; Freddie Leaworthy; Mandy; Sophia Vryoni-Dickson; Becky Goodwin;
David & Pauline Perkins, Bill Thorn, Margaret Willey, Michael Crocker; Liz Dunmall; Eryl Lloyd Parry
Terry Lee; Marylou Thonger; Andy & Family; Martin Nicholls; Nevil Brind; David Staynings; Kathie Wright; Anna George; Frank
Robin & Maureen Wooton; Sister Sue; Andy Hill; Geoff Stock
Anne Hepper, Annie Prosser & Andy; James Wilson' Kathy Seaman; Thomas Otterstad; Cliff Haynes