Year B, Lent 1
Call to worship Psalm 25:1-10, from Uniting in Worship
Hymn Together in Song 684 Love will be our Lenten calling
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
God of rainbows –
We thank you for the gift of the rainbow. It is the sign of your forgiveness. In the colours you paint across the sky you remind us that you are our God – and you want only good things for us.
God of the flood –
We confess that we deserve your condemnation, not the gift of your love and forgiveness.
We are not better than those who were destroyed in the flood.
You ask us to love you with our whole heart, soul, mind and strength. Sometimes we try, often we fail.
We ought to trust you for our security - we trust our money, our homes, our jobs, our government, our police force.
We ought to ask first what you would have of us when we make decisions – we ask what will be best for us.
You ask us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Sometimes we try, but often we fail.
We have sufficient food – but allow people to starve.
We have homes to live in – but allow people to go homeless.
We have clean water – but allow others to go without.
We have medical care – but allow others to have preventable illnesses.
We live in comparative peace – but allow others to suffer from war.
We are safe from exploitation – but allow others to be slaves.
It is not that we lack the intent to be your faithful people – it is that we try to do it on our own. On our own, we are weak, and we fail.
Forgive us our sins – help us learn to rely more on you, so that we might become more the people you want us to be.
As we go through Lent this year, help us to truly repent – to turn away from what is wrong in our lives, and to focus completely on you.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Declaration of forgiveness
Lent is a time for repentance. It is a time to recall just how high the price that Jesus paid for us was.
But he did love us enough to pay that price. So I have confidence to say to you, “Our sins are forgiven.”
Thanks be to God!
Hymn Together in Song 229 Jesus loves me
Scripture (may change if our guest speaker has other readings chosen.)
Genesis 9: 8-17
This is the word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Guest Speaker Pastor David Livingstone Zijjan
(From Father's Divine Love Ministries in Uganda.)
Prayers for work of Father’s Divine Love Ministries in Uganda
Hymn Together in Song 697 All the sleepy should have a place to sleep
Prayers of the People
Prayers of intercession from Lent Event week 1 (lentevent.com) Prayers for India, the Church of North India and the and the Sarenga Community Development Program
The Lord’s Prayer