Lent Study led by Ian and Janet Trimnell – Session 1
‘Woven’ Session 1: Into the Wilderness
God who calls us on our journey, as we remember Jesus’ time in the wilderness,
help us to cast aside those things that get in the way of hearing your word.
Help us to seek you in the places of bounteous beauty and of barren bleakness.
Help us to seek you in the faces of friends and in the smiles of strangers.
Help our devotion to be made real in the actions of our lives.
When we have looked deep into our own hearts and struggled with who we are,
send angels to minister to us and draw us out from our own wilderness
to fulfil our calling to serve you. In Christ’s name.
Psalm 25: 4–5[These verses will be read two or three times slowly. Allow the words to catch your imagination.]
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Mark 1: 9–15[The passage will be read slowly, close your eyes, and hear the scripture with your imagination.]
The baptism and testing of Jesus
9 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.
Jesus announces the good news
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 literary extract to stimulate reflection, followed by discussion
From Anne Frank’s Diary: Anne was a Jewish child hiding from the Nazis in WWII. Once discovered, she and all her family were taken to concentration camps; her father was the only survivor.
It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end and that peace and tranquillity will return again. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
What actions might you, your group or your church take in response to scripture and your discussion?
A time for open prayer, followed by the final Blessing:
Generous God, bless each one of us.
Bless those we love.
Bless the homes we return to.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit,
that we might grow deeper in wisdom,
more passionate in faith,
and more committed in our loving.
for the sake of Jesus Christ.
The Lenten prayer and the Bible readings can be downloaded here as a PDF, for you to print onto a single sheet of A4: WovenSession1IntoTheWildernessBibleReadings