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Prayer by Christine Sine | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

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March 7, 2013 · 2:16 pm

Prayer of Invocation | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

The following prayer of Invocation is from the United Church of Christ.

O God, with gladness and expectation, we gather in this space today.
For you are the one who makes all things new.
You are the one who satisfies our hunger and restores our soul.
In this holy space, help us, your daughters and sons,
to know that you always love us.
Through our worship today,
help us to know that if we stray away from you,
you are always ready to receive us with open arms.
Prepare our hearts as we worship you
to welcome and embrace all of your children as you do us.
With gladness and expectation we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Lenten Prayer | Idlewild Presbyterian Church

I am sharing with you this beautiful Lenten prayer from Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Holy and Human,
Forever Word,
Truth,

Sometimes the road is heavy and belief is hard.
During this Lenten journey turn us from sin,
and walk alongside us that we might continue in the Word.

For places of unbelief, give to us clarity.
For places of resistance, give to us vision.
For places of frustration, give to us gratitude.

Allow us the treasure of walking in your grace and forgiveness.
Set us free in your truth –
not wandering in waywardness or complacency –
but clearly that we might be with you in your Wisdom,
who cries out in the busiest of places.

With Christ we pray,
Amen and amen.

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Call to Worship (3) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Leader: Return to the Lord your God,

People: for God is gracious.

Leader: Confess to the Lord your God,

People: for God is merciful.

Leader: Repent to the Lord your God,

People: for God is slow to anger.

Leader: Praise the Lord your God,

People: for God abounds in steadfast love.

Leader: Worship the Lord your God.

All: Together, let us worship God!

Submitted by Rev. Daniel Commerford, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Covington, GA

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Call to Worship (2) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Leader: We are here.

Side 1: In this place where we experience God’s love.

Side 2: In this place where we practice loving each other.

Leader: We are here.

Side 1: Some of us have returned from a distant country.

Side 2: Some of us have snapped out of our own petty preoccupations.

All: At least for now.

Leader: We are here.

All: We are home.

Submitted by Rev. Joanna Harader.

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Prayer of Confession (3) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Holy One,

The space between us is too great–

this agonizing expanse between you and us:

The rift we have created by demanding our share.

The distance we have put between us as we flee to a far country.

The resentment we hold when things don’t seem fair.

Our refusal to join your gracious party.

Forgive each selfish request

each step away

each bitter thought

each joyless rejection.

Forgive us

and run toward us

with open arms.

Submitted by Rev. Joanna Harader.

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Prayer of Confession (2) | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

God of the old and the new,
we want to embrace your new way,
but we like the old just fine.
We repeat tired ideas and resist new possibilities.
We hold on to old grudges
and resist your word of reconciliation and new life.
We are too afraid of the unknown to step out into something new.
Forgive us, loving Lord.
Help us to see the way of your new creation in our lives and our world,
that we might be reconciled to you and one another in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, New York

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