PRAYER OF CONFESSION (From Psalm 130)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading!
If you, O LORD, if you took our faults and wrong actions into account,
Lord, who could stand before you?
But in you there is a deep well of forgiveness,
so that you may be held in holy awe.
I wait for you, O LORD, I wait with deep longing,
and in your word I stand, waiting in hope.
My deep longing for the Lord
is more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who wait for an end to the night.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (from Psalm 130)
Our hope in you, O LORD!
For with you there is steadfast love,
and great power to save.
It is the LORD God who will save us from all our wrongdoing.
Thanks be to God.
Holy mystery we name God,
we bring our gifts
with hopeful and faithful spirits.
Bless the offering of these gifts
and our lives,
that new hope and new possibilities
are made real
in the lives of those
whom we serve
in following the way of Jesus. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:1-45
Continue using the purple cloth from last week. Perhaps you could have the hanging cloth continually disturbed by an electric fan, suggesting the breath coming from the four winds (Ezekiel 37:9).
The long gospel reading is ripe for dramatising in various ways. Be creative in wrapping Lazarus!
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, 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.)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
God of boundless love,
You have heard the cry of your people in every generation;
Hear our prayer
for those in our congregation; our community; our families
whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts
or whose trouble is known only to you …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT 5A|
|Man more than man||TIS 355|
|My song is love unknown||TIS 341|
|O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising||TIS 620|
|Our God, our help in ages past,||TIS 47|
|Spirit, divine, attend our prayers||TIS 406|
|What shall I do my God to love,||TIS 122|
|Breathe on me, breath of God||TIS 407|
|Come, let us with our Lord arise||TIS 375|
|Come, O God of all the earth||TIS 181|
|Father of heaven, whose love profound||TIS 131|
|In water we grow||TIS 494|
|Now the green blade rises||TIS 382|
|O Breath of life, come sweeping through us||TIS 409|
|This is a day of new beginnings||TIS 653|
|God! When human bonds are broken||TIS 683|
|Here hangs a man discarded||TIS 356|
|How shall I sing to God||TIS 667|
|O come, O come, Emmanuel||TIS 265|
|Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord||TIS 81|
|Sing a new song, sing a new song||TIS 166|
|There’s a wideness in God’s mercy||TIS 136|
|Come down, O Love divine||TIS 398|
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us||TIS 413|
|O for a thousand tongues to sing||TIS 210|
|Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire||TIS 396|
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord||TIS 399|
|Holy Spirit, ever dwelling||TIS 410|
|O Holy Spirit, enter in||TIS 400|
|Thanks to God whose Word was spoken||TIS 431|
|We give immortal praise||TIS 118|
|Eternal Light, shine in my heart||TIS 548|
|I am the Bread of life||TIS 535|
|I greet you, my Redeemer sure, who lives||TIS 198|
|Jesus the Lord said, ‘I am the bread’||TIS 239|
|Jesus! The name high over all||TIS 218|
|Joyful the morning when Jesus Christ is||TIS 383|
|Lord of the living, in your name assembled||TIS 637|
|O Christ the healer, we have come||TIS 638|
|We give immortal praise ;||TIS 118|