This week’s Worship
1st Sunday of Lent – 6th March (1st Sun.)
8:00 am BCP Holy Communion, Mawdesley
9:00 am Family Worship, Bretherton
9:15 am Holy Communion, Croston
11:00 am Holy Communion, Mawdesley
Wednesday 10:00 am Holy Communion, Croston
Friday 9:00 am Morning prayer, Mawdesley
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
On this 1st Sunday of Lent we hear how Jesus stands firm against the temptations of the devil and remains true to the word of God, at this time of great testing we perhaps all need to pray for the strength and courage to follow his example. We are familiar with the stories of Jesus during his time in the wilderness, it’s a time of stones, not bread, a time of testing and dreams. Jesus was tempted by seducing thoughts of the miracles and wonders he could do to win people over to him, he’s tempted to show that he’s special because God’s angels catch him when he leaps from the Temple. How we would wish for some miracles and wonders to put an end to the disaster that is unfolding in the Ukraine. When we face times like this of being confronted with a tragedy or disaster it is so easy for us to be propelled into our own wilderness of faith: times when our own faith is pushed to the limit and we, in turn, put God to the test in doubt or anger.
“If you are a loving God, why do I have to undergo this great personal ordeal.”
“If you really care, then heal the sickness in this child and let them live.”
“If you are a God of peace, stop the fighting and the bombs.”
Then there are the other times when the testing is more subtle, and we each face our own personal temptations day by day. We are all different: what tempts me may not tempt you; the things you struggle with may not trouble me. But the devil knows our very personal vulnerabilities and will use them to catch us out when we least expect it, when we’re very tired, stressed or unwell, when we’re away from home, alone or anxious.
This Lent let’s keep watch and be aware of and alert to the times and circumstances in which we might be caught off guard, let us watch out for one another with compassion and understanding and let us encourage each other to keep firm the resolve to do things God’s way and to be the people God calls us to be. Let us like Jesus face up to our temptations and tests of faith and let us hold true to our faith in God, and let us not put God to the test.
Just as God sent angels to minister to Jesus in the wilderness during his time of temptation, may he also send his angels to minister to all those who are caught up in the conflict in Ukraine.
With love & prayers. Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Sunday – 2nd Sunday of Lent 13th March (2nd Sun.)
9:15 am Family Worship, Croston
11:00: am Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am Holy Communion, Mawdesley
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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
Mildred Hitchon, Tom Taylor
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord may light perpetual
shine upon them, may they rest in peace and rise in glory.
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Mawdesley Prayer Group, Tues. 15th March 10:45 for 11am start.
Meet at Robin Hood Cottage (Bluestone Lane, opposite Nook Lane)
We hope you can come and pray alongside us for our community and the world.
Daily Lenten devotions
Signs of Life – Follow us online each day during lent as we journey with Jesus through Johns Gospel, booklets are also available in church.
Google – #LiveLent 2022: Embracing Justice
Offers a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer, as well as a practical challenge linked to the week’s theme. An accompanying child’s version is also available to help children and their families explore how we can live well together.
Confirmations 2022 at St. Michael’s Church Sat. 14th May
Young people must be year 6 or above – no upper age limit!
Please contact the Rector for further details
Covid Guidance Thankfully the high infection rates are receding but:
- Do not come to church if you are feeling unwell or have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven days
- We are no longer required to wear face masks but please be mindful of those who may be less confident and choose to wear a mask.
Please do continue your support of the Food Bank
Thank you for your support throughout 2021 but as we all hear in the news financial pressures are increasing and more families are struggle with the basic necessities, your donations are so important and will continue to make a real difference to people’s lives
Exciting News at St. Michael & All Angels!
Starting again on Sunday 6th March is our Childrens Sunday Club. Please see the below poster for more details.
A prayer for Ukraine:
Almighty God, seated above all the affairs of humankind
and sovereign over nations and leaders,
hear our prayer for Ukraine at this time of war,
that lives may be spared,
that national boundaries be respected
and that forces of aggression be restrained.
Grant, Lord God, peace in your world in our time.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Also pray for the people of Russia
that they may be freed from this ruthless dictator.
Humanitarian Disaster – ways to support for the people of Ukraine
See our Facebook page and posters in Church for ways to support this locally. The disasters and emergency committee appeal can be found at: www.dec.org.uk which is an effective way to offer your support.
Please be Vigilant
Flagstone thefts from churches in the Northwest
Please keep an extra watch over the churches
and report any suspicious activity to the police
immediately, also take a note of number plates.
Facebook & YouTube Online Worship
An Act of Worship from Blackburn Cathedral will be available every Sunday from 9am. You can view this on the Cathedral YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4GsctW6SLc or on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BlackburnCathedral
This week Church of England worship on the First Sunday in Lent is led by Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, on ‘Justice in Creation’, and the sermon is from Dr Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director, @Tearfund. This service has BSL interpretation in-vision and has been manually subtitled.
You can view this from 9am on Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland or via
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
As the Israelites offer their first fruits, so the ceremony recalls all that God has done for them, bringing them from slavery to a homeland.
Moses spoke to the people, saying:
When you have come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our ancestors to give us.’ When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the LORD your God, you shall make this response before the LORD your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house.
Confessing belief in the risen Lord is central to faith, giving strength to believers and opening their hearts to salvation.
What does scripture say? ‘The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Tempted as we are, Jesus stands steadfast, rejecting the devil and relying on the Spirit to lead him through his desert retreat and bring focus to his ministry.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.”’
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”’
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’ When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.
Prayer after Communion
Lord God, you have renewed us with the living bread from heaven; by it you nourish our faith, increase our hope, and strengthen our love: teach us always to hunger for him who is the true and living bread, and enable us to live by every word that proceeds from out of your mouth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.