PRAYER OF CONFESSION from PSALM 32 (a version for today)
A real sense of contentment comes to the person
from whom the burden of rebellion against the compassionate One
has been lifted,
whom the holy One has acquitted.
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,
and my tongue was hard and cracked,
like a drought-baked paddock.
But then I came to my senses,
and admitting that I could not blot out my wrongs.
I said, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD”,
and then you lifted its weight from me
Our following in the way of Jesus is flawed
yet still we are assured of the liberating embrace
of your lovingkindness.
God who makes all things new,
you have entrusted to us
a ministry of reconciliation.
Empowered by your Spirit
may we use our gifts and our living
exercising that ministry
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Joshua 5:9-12
During Lent the primary focus of these creative moments is on the lections from the Hebrew Scripture, in which we see God’s steadfast, sure love expressed in covenant, promise and abundant provision.
Create a banner/graphic depicting last week’s symbols of bread, wine and milk to add to the banners/graphics from the previous two weeks. This week’s symbol of unleavened bread could be represented in several ways. Choose one appropriate to your local culture.
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.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
God of all grace,
in you is hope and life.
In that hope we remember
those we name on our lips
and in our silence…..
Help us sit quietly with the weary and grieving …
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten …
and In your steadfast love
be present to those who have no-one …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT 4 – YEAR C|
|For the fruits of all creation||TIS 168|
|God whose farm is all creation||TIS 159|
|Jesus invites his saints||TIS 505|
|Robe yourself my soul, with gladness||TIS 503|
|Shout for joy! The Lord has let us feast||TIS 545|
|This is a day of new beginnings||TIS 653|
|Through all the changing scenes of life||TIS 112|
|How blest are those whose great sin||TIS 20|
|I greet you, my Redeemer sure||TIS 198|
|Jesus, lover of my soul||TIS 211|
|You are my hiding place||TIS 754|
|2 Corinthians 5:16-21|
|Alleluia… The Word of the LOrd lasts||TIS 257|
|Come to be our hope, O Jesus||TIS 688|
|Forgive our sins as we forgive||TIS 635|
|God gives us a future||TIS 687|
|God sends us his Spirit to befriend and help us||TIS 412|
|God! When human bonds are broken||TIS 683|
|In great thanksgiving||TIS 632|
|Love divine, all loves excelling||TIS 217|
|No weight of gold or silver||TIS 249|
|O breath of life, come sweeping through us||TIS 409|
|The Word of God lasts for ever||TIS 257|
|The love of God is greater far||TIS 151|
|They that believe and are baptised||TIS 479|
|We are your people, Lord, by your grace||TIS 468|
|We know that Christ is raised and dies no more||TIS 248|
|Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32|
|Come as you are, that’s how I want you||TIS 693|
|Come, let us to the Lord our God||TIS 577|
|Hail, our once-despised Jesus||TIS 373|
|I come with joy to meet my Lord||TIS 533|
|I danced in the morning when the world was be||TIS 242|
|I need you, Lord, for I have seen||TIS 625|
|Lord, I come to you, let my heart be changed||TIS 685|
|Lord of Creation, to you be all praise||TIS 626|
|Praise with joy the world’s Creator||TIS 179|