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Liturgy - Lent



The Second Sunday in Lent

(Use all or part, add hymns, readings etc as you see fit)


Opening Prayer

Thank you Lord God for the opportunity of worship
for the freedom to be amongst your family
meeting together in your house
and in the warmth of your embrace
Thank you that in worship we can put aside
the uncertainties of this world and rest
upon the certainties of the Kingdom
for your promises are not changeable
as those of a politician might be
but immovable and eternal
Thank you that we can bring to your feet
all the hurts and fears that trouble us
and leave them there
knowing that your strength and assurance
are all that we require
Thank you that as we draw near in worship
we are transported
from a world of concerns and fears
to a place where we can be at peace in your presence
find healing, wholeness and refreshment.
Thank you Lord God for the opportunity of worship

 

A Psalm
(These verses from Psalm 27 are effective when read by three persons, but can equally be shared between two)

 

A - The LORD is my light and my salvation

B - whom shall I fear?

A - The LORD is the stronghold of my life

C - of whom shall I be afraid?

A - When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,

B - when my enemies and my foes attack me,

C - they will stumble and fall.

A - Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;

B - though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

C - One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:

A - that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

B - to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

C - For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

A - he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

B - Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;

C - be merciful to me and answer me.

A - My heart says of you, "Seek his face!"

B and C - Your face, LORD, I will seek.

 

Confession and Forgiveness


‘Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.’
Romans 4:7

 

The Lord’s Prayer

We say together the words of the Lord's Prayer.
All: Our Father…

 

Reading - Luke 13:31-35 - Jesus' Sorrow for Jerusalem



God of Love, God of Peace
This fractured word
Cries out in pain
Burns deep into my soul
And challenges me
To make a difference
God of Love, God of Peace
God of this world
Scarred by grief and tears
Ignorance and fear
Soften hearts of stone
And begin with mine
God of Love, God of Peace
Create within me
A heart for people
A desire for change
For new beginnings
To start this day

 

Affirmation

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a generosity of service
That gives without counting cost
A life overflowing with Grace
Poured out from the One
Who gave everything
That we might show
The power of love
To a broken world
And share the truth
From a living Word
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
And a yearning to share it

 

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