February 21, 2021 • 1st Sunday of Lent

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Just Before You Begin


Lent in 3 Minutes

The Lent Song


Opening Song


Leader: We gather today in this season of Lent to be reminded that
God invites us to turn back to God when we have strayed.


Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to learn how to live more like Jesus.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Penitential Rite

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord Jesus, you came to teach us how to love each other better:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you bring us Good News in times of trouble:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you came to bring us life:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: All-powerful and ever-living God,
hear us as we ask your loving help
for all people in need of your healing throughout the world;
restore them to health and wholeness
that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.


All: Glory and praise to you, Word of life! Jesus! Jesus Christ!


Reader 1: The story we hear today is about what happened to Jesus right after he was baptized. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of Mark.

Reader 1: Right away God’s Spirit made Jesus go into the desert.
He stayed there for forty days while Satan tested him.
Jesus was with the wild animals, but angels took care of him.
After John was arrested,
Jesus went to Galilee and told the good news that comes from God.
He said, “The time has come! God’s kingdom will soon be here.
Turn back to God and believe the good news!”

Reader 1: The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Retelling

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflections on the Readings

  1. There are a lot of stories in the Bible about God’s friends spending a lot of time in the desert or the wilderness, sometimes because they want to and other times because they have to go there for a particular reason. Have you ever spent any time in a desert or in the wilderness? What was that like for you? Do you like being there or not? How come?
  2. When Jesus was in the desert there were both wild beasts and angels around him and with him. Sometimes we might be afraid of bad things that are happening to us, but God is still there with us—only we can’t usually see God or God’s angels. Think about a time when you had to do something difficult or you were scared. Maybe you couldn’t feel God then, but when you look back on it now, can you see how God or God’s angels helped you?
  3. When Jesus came out of the desert, he went right to work telling people that the Kingdom of God is right here and right now! Sometime we think the Kingdom is going to be in the future when we all die, but Jesus said it’s here now! What are some good or beautiful or brave or loving things that are happening in the world today that show the Kingdom of God is here—even if it’s not here all the time in all places yet?

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: We pray that God give wisdom to all the scientists, government leaders, and health care workers
who are working so hard to bring an end to the pandemic,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all those throughout this country and the world who have lost their jobs
or are having a hard time paying their bills because of the coronavirus,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For all students who are struggling to learn because of how school has changed,
and for teachers, staff, and administrators,
that they may work together for the good of all students,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: 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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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