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Please click here to go to our page for online spiritual and worship resources for adults.

And here for online resources for the young.


Instructions for the online service below:

> Start at the beginning of the service below and go through to the end.

> Watch online videos in full screen mode if possible.

> If you are living in a family or household group, try and go through the service together

Other Resources:

> Children's Colouring Sheet - based on the service theme - Click here to download.

> Bridge - Newspaper of the Diocese of Southwark, February edition - Click here.

> The Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call - Week One - Click here for information about projects in the the Croydon Episcopal Area supported by the Lent Call this year.

> Giving to the Bishops Lent Call - Click here for information about how to give to the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call.

21 - 27 February 2021

Jesus prepares for his ministry

Church bells call us to worship: Worcester Cathedral (2020) - (Where the Rector was ordained deacon in 1988 and priest in 1989) - Click here to listen.

Welcome and an invitation to Confession: By the Rector - Click here to listen.

Confession: You say:

You speak, Lord, but we are not always listening.

Sometimes other voices are louder or more persuasive.

You show us your way, Lord, but we are not always looking.

Sometimes other ways seduce us with their ease or power.

You give us choices, now help us to learn your will.

Lead us, Lord, to walk your way on any road we travel.


Absolution: Said by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Collect for the first Sunday of Lent:

You Say:

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


A Hymn to sing: Forty days and forty nights - Click here for the music and lyrics.

Read the full Bible passages: Click here to view if you wish to read the full Bible. Passages for this service.

New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 3: 18-22, read by Louise van der Valk - Click here to listen.

Psalm: Click here to listen to Psalm 25 on Bible Gateway - (Press the play button in the media player that comes up. / Click stop at the end of Psalm 25).

A Song Video to listen to: Ahbak Raaby (I love you, my Lord), by the Better Life Team, Egypt - Click here to listen.

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 9-15, read by the Rector - Click here to listen.

Video: The place where Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness - Click here to watch.

Creed: Let us declare our faith in the words of the Apostles Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting.


Sermon: By David Thompson - Click here to listen.

A Song to listen to: Since Jesus came into my heart, Sung by The Collingsworth family - Click here to listen.

The Prayers: Said by Sarah Syanda - Click here to listen.

The Lords Prayer: You Say:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Peace: Click here to listen - After these words share the peace with those you are sharing this service with, or think of your loved ones wherever they are.

A Hymn to sing: My song is love unknown - Click here for words and music.

A Blessing: By the Rector - Click here to listen.

Psalm 1:3 and the Grace:

You Say:

Blessed is the man who meditates day and night

on the law of the Lord:

He will yield fruit in due season.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the love of God,

And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

Be with us all, evermore.


Dismissal: You say: Let us depart in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

Music to conclude our worship: Jerusalem, version by Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Click here to listen.


View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives

Please join us again next week :)

The rainbow, the sign of Gods promise.

Jesus is baptized by John and the Holy Spirit descents like a dove upon Him.

Jesus fasts and prays in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.

A woman is baptized by full immersion.