Sunday 21 February

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.  Amen.

Mark 1.9–15
 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 for 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.’

Psalm 25.1-9
    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.
    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.
    Remember not the sins of my youth
      or my transgressions,
   but think on me in your goodness, O Lord,
      according to your steadfast love.
    Gracious and upright is the Lord;
   therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.
    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.