Resources for the Second Sunday of Lent

These are worship resources for The Second Sunday of Lent, 2021. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.

Abraham and Sarah (1956) by Marc Chagall


The readings appointed for the Second Sunday of Lent are Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:22-30, Romans 4:13-25, and Mark 8:31-38.

In the Anglican Church of St Thomas, Crete, we are observing Easter on the Orthodox date – thus February 28 is for us the Third Sunday before Lent, and the readings are 2 Corinthians 4.5-12, Psalm 139.1-5,12-18, and Mark 2.23 – 3.6.


Please join us by clicking this link or by entering the following into your Zoom application: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Passcode: 010209. This will be a Zoom-only service — we may start having Zoomed service in the church in the next few weeks, involving the leaders in the church with three or four congregants, and the rest of you joining in remotely on your computers.

The Order of Service for the Third Sunday Before Lent can be downloaded here:


Here is a sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, riffing off of the Genesis reading, by the Very Reverend Sam Candler, the Dean of Georgia and Rector of the Cathedral of St Philip, Atlanta.

This is a sermon for February 28, 2021 by Fr Leonard Doolan, the priest at the Anglican Church of St Paul, Athens. He uses the same gospel as we will use, Mark 2.23 – 3.6, but for the first reading he is using 1 Samuel 3.1-10.


Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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. Amen.

I bid your prayers for the Church:

I bid your prayers for the leaders and people of the nations; especially

I bid your prayers for the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs;

  • remembering the nearly twenty-one million active cases of the novel coronavirus, giving thanks that this number has begun to go down; but mourning with the families of the over 2.51 million who have died in the pandemic;
  • for the 1.3 million people in the UK with active cases of covid-19, the over 122,000 who have died of it there, and the 14,964 active cases here in Greece, and the families of the over 6410 dead here;
  • remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
  • all those having issues with mental health;
  • those suffering from addiction, and those in recovery;
  • those who have been affected severely by the economic effects of the pandemic, especially in food services and tourism;
  • and giving thanks for the efforts of researchers in finding vaccines, and for the rollout of vaccines across the world.

We come before the Son of God, crucified and risen,
who eternally intercedes for us to the Father, saying:
turn our hearts again.

Son of God, you came into the world to save sinners:
All  turn our hearts again.

You became poor that we might become rich:
All  turn our hearts again.

You have taken on yourself all our sufferings:
All  turn our hearts again.

You loved the Church and gave yourself for her:
All  turn our hearts again.

For the joy which was set before you,
you endured the cross:
All  turn our hearts again.

King of the ages, you brought us the gift of life
and opened the way to unending joy:
All  turn our hearts again.


To Abraham and Sarah

1. To Abraham and Sarah
the call of God was clear:
‘Go forth and I will show you
a country rich and fair.
You need not fear the journey
for I have pledged my word:
that you shall be my people
and I will be your God.’

2. From Abraham and Sarah
arose a pilgrim race,
dependent for their journey
on God’s abundant grace;
and in their heart was written
by God this saving word:
that you shall be my people
and I will be your God.’

3 We of this generation
on whom God’s hand is laid,
can journey to the future
secure and unafraid
rejoicing in God’s goodness
and trusting in this word:
that you shall be my people
and I will be your God.’

In love you summon, in love I follow,
living today for your tomorrow,
Christ to release me, Christ to enfold me,
Christ to restrain me, Christ to uphold me.

1 At the name of Jesus
every knee shall bow,
every tongue confess him
King of glory now:
’tis the Father’s pleasure
we should call him Lord,
who from the beginning
was the mighty Word.

2 At his voice creation
sprang at once to sight,
all the angel faces,
all the hosts of light,
thrones and dominations,
stars upon their way,
all the heavenly orders,
in their great array.

3 Humbled for a season,
to receive a name
from the lips of sinners
unto whom he came,
faithfully he bore it
spotless to the last,
brought it back victorious,
when from death he passed:

4 Bore it up triumphant
with its human light,
through all ranks of creatures,
to the central height,
to the throne of Godhead,
to the Father’s breast;
filled it with the glory,
of that perfect rest.

5 Name him, Christians, name him,
with love strong as death,
but with awe and wonder
and with bated breath:
he is God the Saviour,
he is Christ the Lord,
ever to be worshipped,
trusted, and adored.

6 In your hearts enthrone him;
there let him subdue
all that is not holy,
all that is not true:
crown him as your Captain
in temptation’s hour;
let his will enfold you
in its light and power.

7 Surely, this Lord Jesus
shall return again,
with his Father’s glory,
with his angel train;
for all wreaths of empire
meet upon his brow,
and our hearts confess him
King of glory now.

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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2 Responses to Resources for the Second Sunday of Lent

  1. barbarazyx says:

    Hi Bruce,

    Just letting you know that I didn’t get an email from you this week. I usually do.

    I went in through Facebook instead but I prefer the more reliable email method.

    Trying to warm up ~ it was -2C here last night and not much higher now.

    I’m enjoying the zoom services; thank you to you, Frances and Jan for making it possible.


    Sent from my iPhone


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