Preface: The Angel & the Prophet

Day 1. 6 March. Ash Wednesday: The Magnificat

Day 2. 7 March. The Benedictus

Day 3. 8 March. Finding Jesus in the Temple

Day 4. 9 March. The Baptism & Temptation of Jesus

Luke 1.30-32 & 2.34-35

The Magnificat: A Prayer (based on Luke 1: 47-55)

O God, whose word is fruitless
   when the mighty are not put down,
   the humble remain humiliated,
   the hungry are not filled,
   and the rich are;
make good your word,
and begin with us.

Open our hearts and unblock our ears
to hear the voices of the poor
and share their struggle;
and send us away empty with longing
for your promise to come true
in Jesus Christ.Amen.

Janet Morley, in Tell Out My Soul, Christian Aid, 1990
From Bread of Tomorrow: Prayer for the Church Year,
ed. Janet Morley
Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1992, p. 151.

Luke 1:68-79

God of community,

whose call is more insistent
than ties of family or blood:

may we so respect and love
those whose lives are linked with ours

that we fail not in loyalty to you,

but make choices according to your will;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Collect for 1st Sunday after Christmas APBA 1990

Luke 1:46–55

Gracious God,
out of your love and mercy
you breathed into dust the breath of life,
creating us to serve you and one another:
call forth our penitence and acts of love,
and strengthen us to face our mortality,
so that we may look with confidence
for your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Luke 3:21-23a, 4:1-12

The desert is a place of emptiness, solitude and silence.
It is a home of jackals, snakes and inner demons, beasts of the soul.
The Spirit of God led Jesus into such a place: in our aloneness, in our darkness, we are never alone.

In this sacred space,
in these moments of stillness,
our thoughts and silence are like incense.
Holy God,
Whose glory touches and transfigures
the mind and the material,
Whose intimate, gentle Spirit
embraces our vulnerability
and fills our empty spaces with hope,
may we know the deep calm
that only You can give.
Through the mystery of absence and presence,
come, fill us with Your emptiness,
Your eternal silence. Amen.

~ excerpted from a longer prayer by Rev Scott Mckenna, Minister of Edinburgh Mayfield Salisbury. Posted on the Weekly Worship page of the Church of Scotland website.





Luke 2:41–52

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way for your Son our Saviour by preaching a baptism of repentance: make us so to follow his teaching and holy life, that we may truly repent, and, following his example, may constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice, and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Welcome to Luke for Lent 2019, the daily devotional prepared by the parishioners of St Barnabas Anglican Church, Kalamunda, Western Australia.

Luke for Lent 2019 extends last year’s successful
Lent for Men 2018, which pioneered the use of recordings made by men of the parish.

This year 44 parishioners have read selected verses of
David Bentley Hart’s The New Testament: a translation (Yale University Press, 2017).

Another 15 Parishioners have prepared and read a reflection for each of these readings.

The devotions are set for Monday to Saturday throughout Lent.

Simeon’s Moment, Ron Dicianni

Jump for Joy, Corby Eisbacher

Jesus among the teachers: MAFA ART (Cameroons) 1973

Christ in the Wilderness, Briton Rivier 1898

11-16 March

Lent 1