Readings and prayers for February 21st 2021



Woodfield Team prayer. God our Father, you long to draw all people into your love; increase in number your church   throughout the Woodfield Team, deepen us as followers and learners of Christ and give us courage to share the good news of your kingdom. We pray this in the power of your Spirit, to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  A service of Morning Prayer can be accessed here: and Holy Communion here:

 There is material for families and children at

 The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

Gospel: Mark 1:9-15

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’

A suggestion: Read the passage slowly two or three times.

  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • How does this passage speak to you of Jesus? Does it change anything for you? Does it surprise you?

Prayers for today:

  • That we draw closer to Jesus this Lent and learn to love him more and serve him more faithfully
  • For the restart of Sunday worship in our churches
  • For the Lent sessions starting this week on Zoom
  • For the villages and people served by the Woodfield Team
  • For the diocesan ‘Shaped by God’ process which will affect how so many things are done and organised in church life in the diocese
  • All working in hospitals and care homes and essential services; for our local medical centres and vaccination centre at Measham
  • Those working from home who are finding that lonely or difficult
  • For those we know who are ill or bereaved
  • Those in countries afflicted by war, famine and natural disaster