19A – Lent 1A

18A - Ash Wednesday20A - Lent 2A
See also my post from 2014, 2017, 2020…
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (from Psalm 32, a version for today)
A rich and full contentment comes to the person
from whose life the burden of rebellion against God has been lifted;
whose sin is blotted out completely;
whom the LORD counts as being free from guilt;
and in whose spirit there is no dishonesty.
I kept silent;
I hoped it would all go away;
but my body grew old before its time,
as I struggled with the load I carried.
Day and night, day and night,
your hand weighed heavy upon me,
and my tongue was hard and cracked,
like a drought-baked paddock.
But then I came to my senses,
declaring my rebellion,
and admitting that I could not blot out my sin.
I said, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD”,
and then you lifted the crookedness of my sin from me
On the basis of this, let everyone with faith in you
pray to you in their time of distress;
despite the swirling floodwaters of life’s troubles,
they shall not be overcome by them.
When our restlessness drives us to gratify desires and fantasies,
Lord have mercy.
When our restlessness leads us to expediency and rationalism,
Christ have mercy
When our restlessness blocks out your still, small voice,
Lord have mercy
You are a hiding place for me:
protecting me amid my troubles;
surrounding me with shouts of deliverance.
I will give you understanding
and I will teach you the path you should follow.
I will give you counsel, with my eye upon you;
you will not be like a horse or a mule,
needing to be under bridle and halter.

Many sufferings come to the unfaithful and the faithful,
but to trust in the LORD
is to experience the embrace of God’s lovingkindness.
So, rejoice in the LORD and exult,

you who have been declared without guilt;
shout with joy all you whose lives are made right.
Hear then Christ’s word of grace: “Your sins are forgiven.”
Thanks be to God!

God of suffering love,
we offer our gifts and our lives
to the way of Jesus.
May we grow together in faith,
as we serve our neighbours
through the company of your Spirit.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999, 2014.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 4:1-11
(a) See the alternative suggestion given for Lent 1 Year C

(b) Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Source of life and love,
let the light of your Word,
and the warmth of your Spirit
sustain those we name on our lips and in our hearts;
journey with us day by day,
in the messy bits as well as the good
and encourage us in the days ahead
in living faithfully as sisters and brothers in Christ;
in the hope that you give …
         (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578 AHB 491
O love how deep, how broad, how high! TIS 194 AHB 6
O Master, let me walk with thee TIS 601 AHB 522
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224 AHB 159
God who stretched the spangled heavens TIS 163 AHB 112
God whose farm is all creation TIS 159 AHB 94
O worship the King all-glorious above TIS 133 AHB 67
Praise to the Holiest in the heights TIS 141 AHB 79
Psalm 32
How blest are those whose great sin TIS 20
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 223 AHB 158
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198 AHB 128
I sing the almighty power of God TIS 119 AHB 40
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
Rock of Ages, cleft for me TIS 222 AHB 157
King of glory, King of peace TIS 201 AHB 129
You are my hiding place TIS 754
Romans 5:12-19
And can it be that I should gain an interest TIS 209 AHB 138
Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565 AHB 473
By your kingly power, O risen Lord TIS 386 AHB 306
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131 AHB 60
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds TIS 223 AHB 158
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278 AHB 213
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141 AHB 79
The love of God is greater far TIS 151
Your coming, Lord, to earth in Bethlehem TIS 285 SA 98
Matthew 4:1-11
O Jesus I have promised TIS 595 AHB 514
A mighty fortress is our God TIS 103 AHB 8
Forty days and forty nights TIS 591 AHB 506
Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us TIS 580 AHB 492
O love how deep, how broad, how high! TIS 194 AHB 6
Seek ye first the kingdom of God TIS 745 SA 75
When he was baptised in Jordan TIS 252 SA 91

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