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.
1st Reading Genesis 9: 8-17.
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.’
The response to Psalm 25 is:- Remember, Lord, your compassion
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O
my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies triumph over me.
Let none who look to you be put to shame, but let the
treacherous be shamed and frustrated. R.
Make me to know 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; for you have I hoped all the
day long. Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, for
they are from everlasting. R.
He will guide the humble in doing right and
teach his way to the lowly. All the paths of the Lord are mercy
and truth to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
2nd Reading. 1 Peter 3: 18-end.
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
The Gospel. Mark 1;
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, ‘The time is fulfilled, and
the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the
The Post 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. Amen.