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Readings & Prayers for the week of March 4th, 2018

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READINGS & PRAYERS

This week is the third week of Lent. Lent is the season of the church year that recalls Jesus’ suffering and atoning death for us and calls us to renewed repentance. Lent lasts for 40 days (not counting Sundays) and leads up to Good Friday and Easter, the remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Monday Psalm 128 | Genesis 44.18-34 | 1 Corinthians 7.25-31 | Mark 5.21-43

God of mercy, free your Church from sin and protect it from evil. Guide us, for we cannot be saved without you.

Tuesday Psalm 129 | Genesis 45.1-15 | 1 Corinthians 7.32-40 | Mark 6.1-13

Lord, you call us to your service and continue your saving work among us. May your love never abandon us.

Wednesday Psalm 130 | Genesis 45.16-28 | 1 Cor. 8.1-13 | Mark 6.13-29

Lord, during this lenten season nourish us with your word of life and make us one in love and prayer.

Thursday Psalm 131 | Genesis 46.1-34 | 1 Corinthians 9.1-15 | Mark 6.30-46

Father, help us to be ready to celebrate the great paschal mystery. Make our love grow each day as we approach the feast of our salvation.

Friday Psalm 132 | Genesis 47.1-26 | 1 Corinthians 9.16-27 | Mark 6.47-56

Merciful Father, fill our hearts with your love and keep us faithful to the gospel of Christ. Give us the grace to rise above our human weakness.

Saturday Psalm 133 | Genesis 47.27-48.7 | 1 Cor. 10.1-13 | Mark 7.1-23

Lord, make this lenten observance of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ bring us to the full joy of Easter.

Sunday Psalm 134 | Genesis 48.8-22 | Romans 11.11-25 | John 6.27-40

Father of peace, we are joyful in your Word, your Son Jesus Christ who reconciles us to you. Let us hasten toward Easter with the eagerness of faith and love.



*These readings and prayers are collected & adapted from For All the Saints: A Prayer Book For and By the Church


NEW CITY CATECHISM

Q27: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

A: No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.



SUNDAY’S LITURGY

CALL TO WORSHIP

O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us,

what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old…

You are my King, O God!

Come, behold the works of the LORD,

how he has brought desolations on earth.

he makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spears;

he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD of hosts is with us! The God of Jacob is our fortress.

(from Psalms 44 & 46)

RESPONSIVE PRAYER

Save your people, God of truth and mercy:

from the chaos of divided loyalties and the worship of many gods;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From making God in our own likeness and from the slavery of self-centeredness;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From using God’s name trivially and claiming him in support of our prejudices;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From neglecting sabbath rest and being obsessed with busyness;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From ignoring or despising the elderly and idolizing youth;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From glorifying armaments and war and wishing harm on our enemies;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From a low and unbiblical view of love and marriage, and for the exploitation of sexuality;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From our gossip and inordinate interest in fame and entertainment;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From unjust business practices and oppression in the marketplace;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

From those who preach greed as a virtue and from possession, a lust which is never satisfied;

Save us, God of truth and mercy.

O Jesus Christ, Savior of all who lose their way, O Healing Spirit, Power who renews the world; We need You, God of truth and mercy! Amen!

CONFESSING OUR SINS

Let’s pray this prayer of confession together:

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE

Hear the words of our Savior:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.” Come, then, for all is ready.

We come not because we are righteous, but because we are penitent,

not because we are sufficient, but because we are in need,

not because we are strong, but because we are weak,

not because we are whole, but because we are broken.

CLOSING SCRIPTURE

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgression; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53.3-6)

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