WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
INTRODUCTION TO WORSHIP THEME
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Lent calls us to journey, this and every day, following the way of Jesus.
Lent calls us to journey to the place of the disciples’ rebuke and Jesus’ response.
Lent calls us to deep commitment with the One who invites us on the way of self-giving,
where power and status are overturned.
Lent calls each of us to take up our cross, to trust the One who bears it with us.
Lent calls us to journey with God.
Let us worship the One who calls us into a deep commitment.
God of our strength – HWB #36
Beneath the cross of Jesus – HWB #250
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, you call us to deep commitment with you and all creation,
yet we are not prepared to do this work. And so, in confession we pray:
We confess that while we want to be followers of Jesus,
we do not always follow Jesus. We demand our rights, pursue selfish interests, foster hateful attitudes,
and seek military solutions. We are eager to put down our crosses to grasp worldly power.
Help us to use this season of Lent to examine our assumptions about power and servanthood, and to sense where you invite us to live in deeper commitment to you. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Pause for silent reflection)
Extinguish Candle 2
His eye is on the sparrow
My soul is filled with joy
Called to DEEP Commitment Pastor Rod
I bind my heart this tide – HWB #411
REFLECTION ON THE STORY
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus