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Worship for 21st February 2021


First Sunday in Lent

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Sunday 21st February 10:30 AM

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This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Francis M’Itiiri.

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

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Call to WorshipPsalm 51:16-17

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise’’.

Let us pray,

Dear Loving God, as we enter into our worship today, first Sunday in Lent, help us we pray, to draw near to you, in praise, stripping away all that distracts us from worshipping you, for we bring our prayers in the name of  Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and saviour.



Hymn: Christ will hold me fast

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast;
When the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
through life’s fearful path;
For my love is often cold;
He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast,
He will hold me fast;
For my Saviour loves me so,
He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight,
Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in his holy sight, He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost;
His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast.

For my life He bled and died,
Christ will hold me fast;
Justice has been satisfied;
He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life,
He will hold me fast
‘Till our faith is turned to sight,
When He comes at last!


by Keith & Kristy Getty

Prayer of Confession

Forgive us Lord for our apathy to speak out against injustices around us. give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace. Help us to step into another person’s shoes, or if they have no shoes, then not to be afraid to take off our own, peel off our preconceptions and assumptions, uncurl and spread out our toes, and tread in their footprints. May we be a liberating presence. and offer love, compassion and whatever is needed to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.


Mark 1:9-22


The baptism and testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10 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. 11 And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus announces the good news

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’

Jesus calls his first disciples

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Jesus drives out an impure spirit

21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.


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“Vision for the way of life with Jesus’’

The Gospel passage In Mark 1:9-22 should be familiar to many as portions of it have already featured twice in this year’s lectionary.

In this passage of the scripture, we discover a way John the Baptist introduced Jesus publicly to the World as a witness-through baptism!

Could you be able to remember the experience of your baptism by water or what theologians refers as new birth experience?

Then heaven used three things for public introduction:
1.Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open.
2. the Spirit descending on him like a dove.
3. and a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased!

Mark 1:9 is key to our theme:

During your baptism what vision did you catch? What were you initiated into? As a circuit we are developing a new vision, as we explore “Casting the net on the other side’’ to reimagine Northampton circuit. The booklet has been given to you so that you can be part in deciding our future as a circuit and where God is leading us at this time!

Mark 1:13At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness.’ Wilderness experience is an interesting ground for Jesus. How have you chosen to spend your Lent? I personally see the calling out of the first disciple as a typology of multicultural design and composition of the body of Christ. That the kingdom of God is – way of life welcoming: an inclusive, Listening, justice seeking Church.

Why did they abandon everything, Peter and Andrew, James and John?

Do you have any reason why you could leave everything you are doing now to follow Jesus?

The point is Belief on its own will be lifeless if it is not put into practice.

For Christians, a practice is putting into everyday living the central convictions in the gospel, in such a way that these become habits, developing a Christ-like character.

Our Connexion have produced a “Methodist Way of Life”.  We could liken it to a stool which, with its four legs is stable and bears much: (Finding the Way pg12.)

The Four “legs” of Methodist vision are Worship; Learning & Caring; Service and Evangelism.  The Methodist Way of Life has taken these and formed some practical values to help us keep a well-balanced personal Christian discipleship, following Jesus in all aspects of daily life.  We have sent out the booklet “Finding the Way” which is about this Methodist Way of Life.  Do please join us in Lent for our 4-week introduction course as a means of reflecting and renewing our discipleship.  In the coming week we’re looking at the first couple of chapters up to page 14.

We aren’t necessarily called to leave everything, but the priority of following Jesus, living life his way, colours, shapes and defines everything we believe and do every day.




Intercessory Prayers

God of mercy and love let us serve you in our world. Lord God, we pray for those who find themselves in restricted spaces and unexpected places. We pray for desert people, who live in a dry, parched land who lack water and must travel constantly so that they might live. Give them living water.
Let the deserts bloom into flower.

God of mercy and love, let us serve you in our world

We pray that those who work on climate change. may find solutions so that the erosion of soil may be reversed. We pray that water and other vital supplies might not be used as a weapon of war in countries where resources are scarce.

God of mercy and love, let us serve you in our world

We pray for those who have no peace, to those who are troubled and torn apart by violence and other form of abuses. We pray for countries where justice and human rights are ignored. Help us Lord, to challenge this injustices and endeavour to affirm your love for all humankind.

God of mercy and love, let us serve you in our world

The Lord's Prayer

Let us Share the Lord’s Prayer together

Please use the version that you prefer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.


Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
Now and for ever.


Hymn: Listen to “Waymaker”

You are here, moving in our midst
I worship You, I worship You
You are here, working in this place
I worship You, I worship You.

Waymaker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are.

You are here, turning lives around
I worship You, I worship You
You are here, healing every heart
I worship You, I worship You

Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working

He never stops working
Our God is at work with us here
Our God is a healer, He’s a comforter.



Michael W. Smith.


Prayer from Finding the Way

Gracious God,
Thank you for your extraordinary love
shown to us in Jesus.
Help us to live each moment of each day
in gratitude, loving those around us and
witnessing to the ways of your kingdom.
Refresh us continually in the power of
the Holy Spirit to be people of the Way.

A Prayer of Blessing

May Almighty God, who has called us by His grace bless and keep us by confirming and strengthening us through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit to His instruments of peace in the world.


Bible Course for Lent

Join in across Lent for a fresh look at our vision for Christian discipleship.

or contact Circuit Office

Service prepared by Revd Francis M’Itiiri
sheet format – Revd Phil Snelson

Webpage: Paul Deakin