Lent - Call and Confession
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Lent Call to Worship
Let us worship God, who has done great things.
Let us rejoice in our God, who has made a way through the desert of this world.
Let us worship God, who has caused streams of mercy to flow in wasteland places.
For we are the People God has forms through Christ; we can choose this day to worship him and to rejoice!
I invite you this day to give unto God all you are - let us worship in spirit and in truth - with all out heart, mind, body and soul.
Let us praise God for the grace that continues to save us. Let us worship and rejoice.
Affirmation and Confession
In the season of Lent, we look forward to our remembrance of Jesus’ death and the celebration of His resurrection. Our prayer each Sunday of Lent is that as we journey these 40 days, God’s Spirit would renew us. Our prayer is that with great anticipation we would approach Holy Week and Easter with greater awareness of what we have been given in Jesus. As we approach we are reminded that with promise of renewal we are invited to a time of confession. During Lent we take time each Sunday to a time of private and public confession.
Why do we do this? Because we live in a very self-centered culture and repentance and sin aren’t words we like to use - they are not what we want to do. It is for this reason that we need times to be real - to let the renewing light of Christ penetrate our preferences and our abilities to remain in the dark. Lent is the perfect time to remember that it was our sin that took Jesus to the cross. The sinless one took our sin and our shame so that we could live wide open and free. Let us then take this time to confess together for the promise of scripture is true - when we confess, HE is faithful and just to forgive and to cleanse us from all of our un-righteousness.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise nor turn away.
Search us, O God, and know our heart; try us and know our thoughts.
See where there is darkness and sin and lead me in the way that leads to real abundant life.
Holy and Merciful God, we confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned against you.
We have sin in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, body and soul.
We have not loved our neighbors as ourself.
We have broken your heart and your law by pursuing our own selfish desires.
We have not listened to your call and we have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Accept our prayers of repentance oh God. Know that we are sorry for choosing a path that ultimately hurts your heart and kills ours.
Free us for joyful obedience and renew us with the presence of your Spirit.
Now let us privately repent of the things we know are blocking us from His presence.
(Silent time of confession)
The saying is true and worthy of full acceptance, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. He himself bore our sins on the cross, so that we, free from sins, might live for righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, your are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen
Knowing that we are free and forgiven, let us join in praise and adoration of a God who promises to give life to those who he has called. Our opening hymn is “love divine, all love’s excelling.” It was written by Charles Wesley and it is an invitation for us to fully be in God’s presence - to be washed in a love that is way beyond sentimentality and mush. It’s a love that produces transformation and life. Let’s sing together.
Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling