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21st February 2021

posted 18 Feb 2021, 03:22 by Church Office   [ updated 18 Feb 2021, 03:25 ]

First Sunday of Lent
Parish Eucharist

During Lent our old testament texts focus on God’s covenants with us as we move towards the great new covenant of the cross and resurrection.

This week we have the made covenant with Noah after the flood in Genesis 9:8-17. God hangs a bow (a weapon of war) in the sky as a sign that God will not bring destruction on the earth. Human beings, however, continue to happily wreak destruction on one another and the world God made. So we need to be reminded of God’s open ended promise, God’s commitment to always offer us life. Our gospel text is the baptism of Christ, Mark 1:9-15; it recalls the covenant with Noah as Christ emerges from the waters and the spirit rests on him in the form of a dove; it tells us that God is always seeking ways to bring us again out of the waters of chaos and destruction and renew his creation.


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.”

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:9-15

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”
When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him.

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Church Office,
18 Feb 2021, 03:22