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 where we seek the wisdom of God.
Lent calls us to the One whose wisdom is foolishness
and a stumbling block to the world.
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 to deeper wisdom.
Morning has broken – HWB #648
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God, you call us to deep wisdom as we live out our daily lives,
yet we are not prepared to do this work. And so, in confession we pray:
God of the foolish cross, you are not the saviour we expect.
Your power does not look like power we want our God to demonstrate.
Your wisdom makes no sense to us.
We are happy to join the crowd, waving branches,
but not so sure we want to follow you into the temple courts into the upper room,
into the garden of Gethsemane to the foot of the cross.
Forgive our false assumptions. Clarify our crowded vision.
Free us to relax into the foolishness of your love and grace. Amen
(Pause for silent reflection)
Extinguish Candle 3
I Corinthians 1:18-25
It is well with my soul
Called to DEEP Wisdom Pastor Rod
In the cross of Christ I glory – HWB #566
REFLECTION ON THE STORY
Jesus, keep me near the cross – HWB #617