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Genesis 9:8-17

The story of the flood ends with God’s covenant promise that water will never again be a means of total destruction. The rainbow is the symbol of this promise.

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, ‘As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark. I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’ God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’

Mark 1:9-15

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised 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.’

Collect

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.

 

The 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.

 

Please remember in your prayers this week:

If you wish to add someone you know to the prayer list, please check with them first, as a matter of courtesy.

Members of our congregations unable to attend today.

Those who are sick or suffering: especially Marjorie Burtonshaw , Sandra Lowndes and those known to you.

The recently bereaved, especially the families and friends of Isaac Lomas, Ron Drummond, Dennis Johnson, Michael Lee, Malcolm Millward,  Maureen Clarke, Dorothy Hensley, Michael Simnett, John  Wood, Kay Redfern, Annuschka Reilly and Eleanor Yates.

Samantha Limer & Joseph Allen, whose wedding is in St.Peter’s next Saturday.

The seeds of reconciliation in Korea and Northern Ireland: may they grow and bloom.

 


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