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THE COLLECT FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

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

Thursday, 1st FebruaryBrigid, Abbess of Kildare, c. 525


Friday, 2nd February THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (CANDLEMAS)


Saturday, 3rd February – Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary of Denmark and Sweden, 865


Sunday, 4th February – THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT


Monday, 5th February – Feria


Tuesday, 6th February – The Martyrs of Japan, 1597


Wednesday, 7th February – Feria


Thursday, 8th February – Feria


Friday, 9th February – Feria


Saturday, 10th February – Scholasticus, sister of Benedict, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543


Sunday, 11th February – THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT


Monday, 12th February – Feria


Tuesday, 13th February – Feria


Wednesday, 14th February – ASH WEDNESDAY


Thursday, 15th February – Sigfrid, Bishop, Apostle of Sweden, 1045; Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG, 1730


Friday, 16th February – Feria


Saturday, 17th February – Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, 1977


Sunday, 18th February – THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT


Monday, 19th February – Feria


Tuesday, 20th February – Feria


Wednesday, 21st February – Ember Day


Thursday, 22nd February – Feria


Friday, 23rd February – Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155; Ember Day


Saturday, 24th February – Ember Day


Sunday, 25th February – THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT


Monday, 26th February – Feria


Tuesday, 27th February – George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633


Wednesday, 28th February – Feria


Thursday, 29th February – Feria



www.excitingholiness.org/first-edition is an excellent online resource containing short biographies of the saints, as well as prayers and readings for their day.





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Holy Communion for the The First Sunday of Advent, 2020, celebrated at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton


Prayers of Intercession for Advent


… and some favourite hymns for this day …

Awake, awake: fling off the night

Come, thou long-expected Jesus

Hark! A herald voice is calling

Hills of the north, rejoice

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

O come, O come, Emmanuel










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Our services for the month of February are as follows:

Sunday, 4th February, THE SECOND SUNDAY BEFORE LENT

9.15 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One – modern language), at St Nicholas’, North Bradley. 

11 am  Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order Two – “BCP”), with sermon, at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton.  

11 am  Family Service, at St Thomas’, Southwick.

Sunday, 11th February, THE SUNDAY NEXT BEFORE LENT 

8 am Said Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order Two – “BCP”), with sermon, at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton.

10.30 am Family Service, at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton.

11 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One – modern language), with sermon, at St Thomas’, Southwick

Sunday, 18th February, THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

9.15 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One – modern language), with sermon, at St Nicholas’, North Bradley.

11 am  Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One – modern language) with sermon, at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton. 

Sunday, 25th February, THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT  

8 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order Two – “BCP”), with sermon, at St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton.

10 am  Family Service, at St Nicholas’, North Bradley. 

11 am Holy Communion (Common Worship, Order One – modern language), with sermon, at St Thomas’, Southwick.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) The wearing of face coverings in church by all who attend worship and, in general, by all those who attend church when there may be others present is recommended, though no longer mandatory. 

Individual Prayer in our churches:

St Nicholas’, North Bradley and St Thomas’, Southwick are open by prior arrangement only.

St Mary’s, Steeple Ashton, is open during daylight hours throughout the week.

 

Morning Prayer is said at St Thomas’, Southwick at 10 am every Thursday.

If you have a smartphone do consider downloading and using the free Daily Prayer App (Aimer), where you can now also find a recording of each of the three daily offices – Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer.
 
 
“We lift up in prayer the people of our Benefice each morning; please let us know if you would like us to include in our prayers any particular person or cause.”
 
Worship at home
An excellent range of resources can be found at: www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online
From our own Diocese, you can find at www.salisburycathedral.org.uk daily reflections
and much streamed material, including, on Sundays, a Service of Words and Music
(often on the Cathedral YouTube channel).
 
 
Daily HOPE
The Church of England has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while our church buildings are closed.  …
Dial in to listen to daily services of prayers and reflections.
The service is available 24 hours a day.
 
 
 
Daily Hope is just a phone call away