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Brougham Place Uniting Church
The First Sunday in Lent
February 21, 2021
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.
Looking Inward… Looking Outward – An invitation in Lent
Inner nurture, reflection, thought shaping, stillness and centring are all notions aligned with the season of Lent. It is a time that invites us to turn our attention inwards; to the ways in which faith is shaping the contours of our heart and mind.
It is also a time that invites us to pay attention to the world around us; to turn our attention outwards. The season invites us to orient our lives towards God’s hopes and loving intentions for the world. It is an invitation to see clearly and act courageously.
Looking Inward… Looking Outward will guide our Lenten journey this year. This will happen in many ways throughout worship and through the daily devotions. We are invited to consider the scripture passage through occupying the text through the eyes of Jesus. The scripture text is included below for your own contemplation and reference. We are invited to consider our own needs and the needs of the world. We are invited to notice the gifts around us and the gifts we bring. We are invited to shape and be shaped, inwardly and outwardly.
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.’
Lighting of the Candles and Introit: When He was Baptized in Jordan TiS 252
Call to Worship
Come and step inside the frame,
see the view from the inside.
Step back and wonder,
what is it that I see,
what view do I ponder?
Step inside your own being,
to sense the shaping of your own path,
to know the breath of the Spirit’s wisdom,
the constant and unabating love of God,
and Christ’s call to courageous living.
Step outside your own being,
to see the needs of the world,
to see the view of another,
to glimpse beyond our frame.
Let us come to worship, to be shaped by God and one another.
Let us come to worship with open hearts and minds this day.
Let us worship God together.
We Sing: See YourselfNCYC
Chorus – all
Open your eyes
see yourself in the One who’s shining on the hill.
Hear the voice say to you,
“This is the one that I love!” (repeat)
See yourself in the waters of the Jordan,
baptised into all that Christ will do.
Go to your Jerusalem,
eat and watch and pray with him,
take your cross and follow on the way.
Chorus – all
See yourself in the healing of the lepers,
see yourself in the raising of the dead.
Hear what demons say to him,
be denied, betrayed with him,
die and rise up each and every day.
Chorus – all
Words by Robin Mann © 2001. Used with permission. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License#A‑604444.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Passing of the Peace
The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.
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Anthem: Lead Me, LordSS Wesley
Scripture Readings: Mark 1:9-15
We Sing: Let All Who are Thirsty ComeTaizé
Let all who are thirsty come.
Let all who wish receive the water of life freely.
Amen, come Lord Jesus.
Amen, come Lord Jesus.
Words and music: Taizé. © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, Le Bourg, 71250 Taizé, France.
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Prayers of the People
…and now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying:
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
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.
Looking inward… Looking outward
We Sing: Take This MomentATOK 414
Take this moment, sign, and space,
take my friends around.
Here among us make the place
where your love is found.
Take the time to call my name,
take the time to mend
who I am and what I’ve been,
all I’ve failed to tend.
Take the tiredness of my days,
take my past regret,
letting your forgiveness touch
all I can’t forget.
Take the little child in me,
scared of growing old.
Help me here to find my worth,
made in Christ’s own mould.
Take my talents, take my skills,
take what’s yet to be.
Let my life be yours, and yet,
let it still be me.
Words and music: The Iona Community. © 1989 The Iona Community. Administered in Australia and New Zealand by Willow Connection Pty Ltd, PO Box 288, Brookvale NSW 2100. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License#A‑604444.
Sending Forth and Benediction
In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. There are sign-up sheets for morning tea at the welcome desk to share coffee in cafés in North Adelaide.