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 seeds fall into the dark,
rich earth to germinate, sprout, grow, and bear fruit.
Lent calls us to deep growth with the One who raised us up with Christ.
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 deep growth.
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
We walk by faith – HWB #570
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
God, you call us to deep growth as we live out our daily lives,
yet too often, we do not see the new thing you are doing amongst us
and the new place you are taking us, and so in confession we pray:
God, we resist to being planted into your earth, into the way of your covenant.
We know that when we become disconnected from you,
our lives become parched and unfruitful and our faith becomes stunted and dry.
Empower us to examine the things we cling to and
to consider what may need to be released to free us to grow.
Plant within us the joy of your salvation,
a willing spirit so that we give our lives for the sake of the gospel,
following and serving Christ Jesus forever. Amen
(Pause for silent reflection)
Extinguish Candle 5
Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33
Called to DEEP Growth Pastor Rod
In the bulb there is a flower – HWB #614
REFLECTION ON THE STORY
O Jesus, I have promised – HWB #447