22C – Lent 4C

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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.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1998, 2013.

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.

(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)

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

Joshua 5:9-12
For the fruits of all creation TIS 168 SA 37
God whose farm is all creation TIS 159 AHB 94
Jesus invites his saints TIS 505 AHB 426
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 AHB 30
Psalm 32
How blest are those whose great sin TIS 20
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198 AHB 128
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
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 AHB 564
God gives us a future TIS 687
God sends us his Spirit to befriend and help us TIS 412 AHB 324
God! When human bonds are broken TIS 683
Holy Spirit, come confirm us TIS 413 AHB 327
Holy Spirit, ever dwelling TIS 410 AHB 323
In great thanksgiving TIS 632
Love divine, all loves excelling TIS 217 AHB 148
No weight of gold or silver TIS 249
O breath of life, come sweeping through us TIS 409 AHB 322
The Word of God lasts for ever TIS 257
The love of God is greater far TIS 151
They that believe and are baptized TIS 479
We are your people, Lord, by your grace TIS 468 SA 90
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more TIS 489
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 AHB 490
Hail our once-despised Jesus TIS 373 AHB 295
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS 533 AHB 452
I danced in the morning TIS 242 AHB 183
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 AHB 557
Praise with joy the world’s Creator TIS 179

2 thoughts on “22C – Lent 4C”

    1. Thank you for your comments, Daphne. It’s always gratifying to hear that some aspect of The Billabong is helpful for ministry in whatever form it takes.
      Peace, Jeff

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