Lent 2A — March 12

The Third Sunday of Lent
March 12, 2023
“Give Us Water”

Call to Worship
One: God of sea and sky, you keep the earth flourishing.
Many: We come before you weary from traveling through barren lands.
One: Holy One, you give water that sustains body and spirit.
Many: You hydrate us when we need, how we need.
One: Miracle Worker, you caused a rock to crack and bring forth water.
Many: Crack our hearts open and let your love flow from them like a spring.

Holy One, we are thankful for who you are and all that you are. Your presence is desired here. We take joy in knowing that you are as close to us as our next breath. We thirst for you. May we be filled to overflowing with your love. Amen

Prayer for Transformation and New Life
Enduring Presence, we confess that sometimes we question if you are among us or not. Sometimes we quarrel with you when we are tested. These are the moments when our outlook needs transformation. You are gracious in looking beyond our faults to see our needs and meet them. Thank you for your immeasurable grace. Amen.

Words of Grace
New mercies are granted daily and every day we have an opportunity to be changed forever and for good. Amen.

Invitation to Generosity
God gives of Godself freely, so let us give freely to God. Let us bring gifts that sustain the life of the kin-dom. May these resources be more than enough. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication and Thanksgiving
Fount of Blessing, receive our gifts in the joy that we give them. Be it time, tithe, or talent, it all comes from you. Thank you for blessing us to be a blessing to you and each other. Amen.

As you depart this space, remember that the God who caused water to flow from a rock is the same God who walks with you. Go forth with the assurance that in the midst of a chaotic world something good can happen and something good will happen. Amen.

Give Us Water: Service Prayers for the Third Sunday of Lent were written by Rev. Teña T. Nock, Associate Pastor of Digital Ministry, First United Church of Tampa, United Church of Christ.