Sunday Worship in Lent – 28. February 2021

Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian Calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing Lent, Christians reflect upon Jesus’ self-discipline and withdrawal into the desert for forty days. Lent is marked by a pulling back. Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including that crucifixion. The Christian churches of the 21st century use Lent as a time of prayer and reflection. Only a small number of people fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. And many might surrender time or money to make a difference to those in need. Whatever the sacrifice, it is a reflection only of Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline. In churches around the world the liturgical colour is purple.
At St Catherine’s during Lent we replace our ‘word-based’ Prayers of Intercession with a world map and pray in stillness for places on it (this year we will focus on the 20 or so nations of origin that are currently part of the Stuttgart-based St Catherine’s church family)
. The liturgy is observed mostly kneeling rather than standing. Missing for the whole of Lent are the Gloria and any Alleluias, instead what makes an appearance is a summary of the Ten Commandments.
Where there is a choice of liturgy, click on the purple text of your choice for this week in Lent.

Theme: Rocky Relationships



Opening Hymn:

An Opening Prayer:
Through the psalmist, God says,
‘Be still, and know that I am God!’
Let us come into God’s presence and still our hearts.
Let us come together to listen to God.
Let us be still, and know that God is indeed God.

The Commandments:
These are always read in full during Lent.
The Commandments from Exodus 20.1-17

From Common Worship

There are two on offer here –
A more traditional one taken from Psalm 51

Another more using the imagination

Stillness for reflection
In faith we receive God’s forgiveness and the Spirit’s enabling to change where we need to

Collect for today:
Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Bible Reading:

Jesus is telling his disciples a difficult truth about what will happen to him in his death and resurrection, but Peter finds it hard to take, and argues with Jesus. Jesus sets out that God’s ways are different from human nature: we must forget about our earthly desires and follow Jesus.
Sometimes it can be hard to accept a difficult truth. We might wonder if there have been times when we have had to receive a difficult truth. How did we react? How might we have responded if we had been in Peter’s shoes?


  • What topics would you be prepared to speak up about, even with fear of rejection?

Audio reflection:

Affirmation of Faith for Lent:

There are two on offer here –
A more traditional one taken from St Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter2

Another more using the imagination – you choose how many of the verses you wish to use week by week


Prayers of Intercession:
This week’s countries: USA and Romania and Malaysia and Egypt

The ‘Our Father’
We draw all our prayers together in the words of –
Our Father who art in heaven…
…for ever and ever. Amen.

A sending out responses:

Everything I am Lord, and everything I do.
Help me to be always more like you.
Teach me to be yours, Lord, show me when I’m wrong.
Help me to be always more like you.
You accepted all, Lord, help everyone to find the way.
Help me to be always more like you.


Closing Hymn: