Feb 11, 2016

Invitation to the Table at the Start of Lent

Here’s an invitation to the Table on the first Sunday of Lent (the Sunday after many churches observe the Transfiguration of Christ).  It was written by Roddy Hamilton.

Past Glory

Where is the glory now?

All that light from last week
all that wonder
and mystery
turns to dust and ashes
and a single set of footprints in the sand

Where is the glory now?

All that revelation on the mountain top
and sharp light
turns to bread and wine
and a table waiting for those willing to pick up the cross

Let us break bread together
and begin this new journey
finding in the crumbs and the dust
the deeper, broken glory
of love’s way

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Feb 10, 2016

A Prayer for the First Sunday of Lent

Here’s a prayer of confession and petition from the Godspace website.  For more great resources for Lent, visit the link below.

 

Prayer for the First Sunday of Lent

 

God, we come

with hesitant steps

and uncertain motives

to sweep out the corners

where sin has accumulated,

and uncover the ways

we have strayed from Your truth.

 

Expose the empty and barren places

where we don’t allow you to enter.

Reveal our half-hearted struggles

where we have been indifferent

to the suffering of others.

 

Nurture the faint stirrings of new life,

where your spirit has begun to grow.

Let your healing light transform us

into the image of Your Son.

For You alone can bring new life

and make us hole.


~ posted on Godspace. http://godspace-msa.com/2016/01/29/lenten-prayers-henri-nouwen-mother-teresa-and-more/


Feb 7, 2016

Call to Worship: Joel 2

Here’s a call to worship based on Joel 2:12-13, a text often used during worship on Ash Wednesday.

Call to Worship
(based on Joel 2:12-13)

“Even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.
Rend your hearts, and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and filled with compassion and love.

Prayer of Request for Ash Wednesday

Here’s a prayer of petition for the beginning of Lent.  It was written by John van de Laar, and posted on Sacredise.

Prayers of Request for the Start of Lent

God of Eternal Love,
We have made our commitment to You,
and have started a new journey into purposeful growth.
But, we know that if we are to remain faithful
we need Your help and Your strength.

So, we ask...
Teach us to pray with faith and read Your Word with understanding.
Teach us to worship with passion and gather together with love.
Teach us to give generously,
serve compassionately
and use our time mindfully,
so that we may reflect Your goodness,
and that others may discover Your grace through us.
In Jesus Name. Amen.

~ written by John van de Laar. Posted on Sacredise.com. 

Call to Worship: Psalm 51

Here’s a responsive call to worship based on Psalm 51:1-17.  It comes from the Worship Closet website.

Responsive Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 51:1-17)

O God, have mercy on us, we pray.
In your mercy, make us clean from our sins.
Wipe away every failing and make us new in your sight.
Restore us, deliver us, and re-create us, O Lord.

~ posted on the Worship Closet. http://worshipcloset.com/