Lent -- Service Prayers -- 4th Sunday
The Righteousness of
Service Prayers for the
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation
Call to Worship
Leader: Be glad
in our GOD and rejoice, O righteous ones.
Shout for joy, all you upright
All: Happy are
those whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
we worship our God, and rejoice.
Leader: In Christ, we become as a new creation.
Everything old has passed away.
See how God makes things new.
All: Happy are those whose transgression
is forgiven and
whose lives become new. Through our worship,
we praise God who
makes us new. Amen.
O God, with gladness and
expectation, we gather in this space today.
For you are the one who makes all
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.
Prayer of Confession (unison)
We confess that at times, O God, we have
kept silence even as we have seen the bodies,
the spirits, and minds of your children
We have received manna from heaven,
and yet have hoarded and kept it for
while others die of hunger physically,
Lord, have mercy.
We confess, O God, we have looked with
upon those who have strayed away from
you and those who have not come to you.
We have convinced ourselves of our own
and have forsaken the call of Christ to
love our neighbors as ourselves.
Christ, have mercy.
We confess, O Holy One, we have longed
to regard our prayers, heal our diseases
and our land, and love us more than others.
We know that you have called us to care
for the widows and orphans,
to love the strangers and our neighbors,
yet at times we try to hoard your love,
as the Israelites tried to hoard manna
in the wilderness.
Lord, have mercy.
we know that you have given us the ministry of reconciliation
and have called us to be ambassadors for Christ.
Yet, we have often examined the sin in others
and not embraced them in your love.
us and teach us the way to go in your love.
us how to regard others
not from the limits of a human point of view
but to see them through the eyes of love divine. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
and brothers, God is at work in us and with us!
the promise of God:
confess our transgressions to our GOD who forgives the guilt of our
Even when we are still far off from what we are called by God to
our Father-Mother God sees us and is filled with compassion.
God rejoices over each of us:
“This son, this daughter of mine was dead and
is alive again,
lost and is found!” Amen.
and sisters, we have been called to manifest God’s righteousness
to be ambassadors of Christ’s love.
financial offering is one of the ways we are able
carry out God’s purpose for our ministry together.
in this One Hour of Great Sharing,
have a special opportunity as ambassadors of Christ
share our financial and other resources
help the missions work of the United Church of Christ
we seek to serve with sisters and brothers throughout the world.
generously as God gives generously to us.
Thank you, O God, for loving us and
laboring with us
as we seek you and as we help others in
Bless these offerings which we return to
that in our seeking and our serving,
we may help others to feel the embrace
of your and our wide welcome.
Guide us in your wisdom and love that we
may use these gifts
to manifest your righteousness in the
world in all that we do. Amen.
Go forth, following as the Holy
Spirit leads you.
Know that God’s righteousness will strengthen
you and keep you.
Know that God will instruct you and
show you the way to go.
Wherever you journey, God sees you and
celebrates that you are alive. Amen.
The Righteousness of
God: Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday of Lent was written by the Rev.
Dr. Cari Jackson, Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church, Stamford, CT.
2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
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