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Assurance of Pardon | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

God’s love is sure and steadfast,
always providing a way out,
a way through,
a way back to God.
Through the waters of baptism,
we have died with Christ and are raised with him.
With gratitude, in faith,
we will walk the way of Christ.

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Benediction | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Compansion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

May the mercy of God ground us,
the love of Christ take root in us,
and the Holy Spirit grow in us,
that we may be ready for the coming of the kingdom.

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Charge | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

On this third Sunday of Lent,
we are urged to shake off the complacency that can overtake us;
to seek God as people in a dry and weary land seek water;
and to bear fruit in our daily lives
that contribute to God’s kingdom of justice and love.

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Prayer of Confession | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

Holy God,
we confess that we have grown complacent
in our response to you.
You set before us a rich feast of blessing,
but we are drawn to lesser things that cannot satisfy.
You call us to attend to urgent needs in the world,
but we indulge our own desires.
Our ways are not your ways;
our thoughts do not ascend to your thoughts.
Forgive us when we fall short of your claim upon our lives.
Disturb our complacency and quicken our desire
for a more fruitful life.
Be patient, we pray, as we amend who we are,
in the hope of becoming who you intend us to be.
We ask this in the name of our Savior,
your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Prayers of the People (A) | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Let us pray to our God saying
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Holy God, you knew us before we took our first breath.
You uttered your living Word and brought forth light, love, and life.
You gathered us from the dust of the earth and called us your people.
You sent us into the world to proclaim your mighty and wondrous deeds.
You are with us even now as we continue our call.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Mighty God, you have done great things; who is like you?
You alone are our rock of refuge.
You alone are our strong fortress.
You alone are our hope and in you alone is our trust.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Merciful God, your love never ends.
We confess to you that we do not always share your love as we should.
Where you have called us to live as one body, we exist as divided members.
Where you have called us to give our Spirit-given gifts, we ignore your call.
Where you have called us to forgive, we have forgotten your mercy.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Gracious God, do not be far from us!
Strengthen us that we might be givers of your grace and
may your steadfast love be known to all of your children.
Send your Holy Spirit to empower our hands to
clothe the naked, feed the hungry, and love all as you have first loved us.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Loving God, hear today the prayers that we lift up to you.
Be with those of us who are [name of community].
Give us hearts of courage and songs of your grace
to tell others of your righteous acts and deeds of salvation.
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Abundant God, be with those of us that yearn for your restoration and healing.
Today, we ask your blessing upon [list names of those in need of healing].
We who are [name of community] also lift up to you those who we bring before you
with our lips or within our hearts…
Lord, in your righteousness, deliver us and set us free.

Faithful God, your power and your righteousness reach the heavens.
Hear us, your servants, as we follow you to the day when
faith, hope, and love will be upon the lips of all of us, your children.
These things we pray in the name of your Son who taught us to pray saying…

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Call to Confession | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

“To pray means to stop expecting from God the same small-mindedness which you discover in yourself. To pray is to walk in the full light of God and to say simply, without holding back, ‘I am human and you are God.'”

These words from Henri Nouwen illustrate the honesty of the season of Lent. Lent is not a time to beat around the bush or to gloss over the messy details of our lives. Lent is a time to put away our swords, to take off our armor, and to approach our God in all honesty. Let us confess our sins together before our merciful God…

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Prayer of Dedication | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Abundant God,
even in this wilderness,
on this sacred journey to the cross,
you call us to reciprocate the love
that you have so abundantly shown to us.
Accept this our humble offering
that we may be faithful stewards
of the blessings you have entrusted to us. Amen.

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