The Season of Lent
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday; we acknowledge that. If there are rituals to be adopted, they will often begin today. So, we are on the brink once again of re-shaping our lives, or even for the first time and journeying with Christ on a path towards everlasting life.
Loving Father, so many times we turn away from you and always you welcome us back.
Your mercy and love gives us confidence. Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray so that you can form a new heart within us. Your powerful compassion for our weaknesses leads us to ask for mercy and await with great hope the Easter joy you share with us.
God of light and God of night, Creator of seed and mountain, raindrop and fountain, we bring our offering of praise.
God of right and God of might, Lover of child and childless, rich and homeless, we bring our offering of praise. Amen
Confession and Forgiveness
Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude,
the spiritual blindness that prevents us from appreciating the wonder that is this world,
the endless cycle of nature, of life and death and rebirth.
Forgive us for taking without giving, reaping without sowing.
Open our eyes to see our lips to praise our hands to share.
May our feet touch lightly on the path we tread,
and our footsteps be worthy of following, for they lead to you. Amen
‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin ….’ (2 Chronicles 7:14)
You call us to service; to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this your world.
To open our eyes not only to the beauty and love which you create,
but the injustice, hate and suffering that mankind generates.
To open our ears not only to the chattering of this coming week,
but the searching, fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.
To open our hands not only to those we choose our lives to share,
but in welcome, love and fellowship to all who you draw near.
To open our mouths not only to speak platitudes and simple words,
but the truths you lay upon our hearts.
Your Word for this your world.
You call us to service, to be your eyes and ears, hands and voice in this your world. Amen