Gracious God, at the start of Lent we come to worship in a spirit
of thoughtfulness and penitence. We tune our minds to the poverty of
Jesus` journey into the desert and the riches of his emerging
ministry. Help us we pray, to put aside the values of the world
around us so that we can embrace the eternal truth evident in the
teaching of Jesus. Give us strength to be the people of God we pray.
May we use this time of Lent to reassess our place in the church, our place in the world and our place within your kingdom.
Thanks be to God. Amen.