This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

First Sunday in Lent:

February 21, 2021

The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at Saint Barnabas – Morning Prayer

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Parish of Blandford

Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia

Striving to be a Christian Community

of Worship, Welcome and Care.

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Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Website: parishofblandford.ca

Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: louisq@eastlink.ca

Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091

Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Anglican Church of Canada

First Sunday in Lent – Morning Prayer

Collect: God of the wilderness, your Son battled with the powers of darkness and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these forty days to grow in wisdom and prayer, so that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Common Worship(2000) alt.

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS. 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.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GENESIS 9:8-17

Psalm Refrain: The paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me. Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes. R

Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord. R

Gracious and upright is the Lord; therefore he teaches sinners in his way. He guides the humble in doing right and teaches his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. R PSALM 25:1-9

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER. Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you -not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. 1 PETER 3:18-22

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK. Glory to you Lord Jesus Christ. 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 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.” the Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. MARK 1:9-15

Prayers of the People:

As heirs of God’s covenant and called to share Christ’s victory over temptation, let us offer our prayers to God saying: Lord, have mercy.

For the Church throughout the world, that we may be led by the Spirit to a fuller living of the Gospel, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For this parish family as we meet for our Annual Meeting, that we who are one with Jesus may experience the Lenten wilderness not only as a place of testing, but also a place of triumph, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For peace, that God strengthen those who work for peace and grow their numbers, that they may be guided along new paths of dialogue, understanding and action, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For each of us as we embark on the journey of Lent, that we may seek ways to find room for God in our lives and increase our compassion for others, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.

For all those who seek shelter from storms, freezing temperatures, violence, and war; those seeking work, and those burdened by isolation, that they may receive our helping hand and obtain the resources they need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For all who are ill with Covid 19 and their caregivers, and for those in need of our prayers for healing from physical, emotional and spiritual illness, that their trust in God’s healing love may be strengthened by the healing presence of their brothers and sisters – US, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who have died, remembering especially Kingsley Meisner, that having been baptized into Christ’s death, all may share in the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Blessed are you, O God, who set your bow in the clouds as a sign of your covenant and brought us through the wilderness. Hear our prayers for all people, and bring us through these forty days to the joy of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts: God our refuge and our strength, receive all we offer you this day, and through the death and resurrection of your Son
transform us to his likeness. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Sunday February 28: We return to All Saints in Bayswater for our 10 am Sunday worship. We will be monitoring attendance over the coming weeks as physical distancing restrictions limit capacity to a maximum of @24 depending on the size of ‘bubble’ groups sitting together. We want no one to stay away because of fear of lack of space.

Bible Study & Reflection: There will be no Bible Study this week.

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. Rev. Louis will be working from home this week.

Food Bank Donations: A small donation box is be available at the service for Monetary Donations ONLY to the Chester Food Bank. No food donations will be accepted at this time. If you wish to make food donations, please do so as you have done since the beginning of Covid 19 restrictions.

How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time: Checkout our website (parishofblandford.ca) or contact Rev. Louis for different options available.

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Collieries ParishThe Reverend Dorothy Miller,The Reverend Myrna MacMullin, Associate Parish Priest, and Robert, St. Mary’s, Glace Bay, St. Paul’s, Port Morien, St. Luke’s, Port Caledonia, Christ Church, South Head, All Saints’, New Waterford, Church of the Good Shepherd, Dominion.

Anglican Lutheran Cycle of Prayer: ACC Bishop David Edwards, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Fredericton

ELCIC The dean, council, and congregations of the Grand River and Thames Areas of the Eastern Synod

Forty Days And Forty Nights

1. Forty days and forty nights
You were fasting in the wild;
Forty days and forty nights,
Tempted, and yet undefiled.

2. Shall not we your sorrow share
And from worldly joys abstain,
Fasting with unceasing prayer,
Strong with you to suffer pain?

3. Then, if Evil on us press,
Flesh or spirit to assail,
Victor in the wilderness,
Grant we may not faint nor fail!

4. So shall we have peace divine;
Holier gladness ours shall be.
Round us, too, shall angels shine,
Such as served You faithfully.

5. Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
Ever constant by your side,
That with you we may appear
At th’eternal Eastertide.

Meter: 77 77. Lyrics: George Hunt Smyttan (1822 – 1870). Public Domain