Reflections from "Pew News"
IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS CHURCH
OR A VISITOR
PLEASE DO MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN TO US.
Texts from the New International Version (NIV) Bible
Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 19:2-8 & Isaiah 40:3-5
Service Theme: Stepping Out
Collects and Readings
25th February 2018 - 2nd Sunday of Lent
Collects and Readings
God of all comfort,
where we are stuck, release us,
where we have given up hope, inspire us,
where we focus only on ourselves,
help us to see the needs of others;
transform us by your Spirit
to be the people you have called us to be,
spreading your love
and proclaiming your presence
throughout the world.
We ask this through your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
First Reading - 1 Kings 19:2-8
So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he travelled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
Second Reading – Isaiah 40:3-5
A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
you see that we have no power
of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts
which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Readings for next week – 4th March 2018
3rd Sunday before Lent
- Isaiah 40:6-11
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7