Lenten Sabbath Prayer Service for families

March 9, 2009

As a follow up to her post about Lent for Kids, Tara at the Story formed blog has posted more detail on what their family does for Lenten Sabbath celebrations. They’re using a prayer from Christine Sine’s Lenten Guide (from the Godspace blog, which we’ve linked several times). It’s an awesome prayer service!

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Opening:

Leader: God all loving and all caring,

We come before you with hesitant steps and uncertain motives

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: We want to sweep out the corners where sin has accumulated

And uncover the places where we have strayed from your truth

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: We ask for courage to open our eyes and unstop our ears

That we may be aware of all that distracts us from a whole hearted commitment to Christ

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: We want to see ourselves as you do and live our lives as you intended

Expose in us the empty and barren places where we have not allowed you to enter

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: Reveal to us our half-hearted struggles

Where we have been indifferent to the pain and suffering of others

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: Create in us a clean heart O God and put a right Spirit within us

Nurture the faint stirrings of new life where your spirit has taken root and begun to grow

All: Our hearts are parched from wandering in a desert of sin

Leader: We long for your healing light to transform us, for you alone can make us whole

In your mercy shine upon us O God and make our path clear before us

Read: Psalm 51 (we also let our kids choose other passages they would like to read for us)

Stories: continue in the life of Jesus/tell stories of what God is doing in your lives/how have you seen God this week?

Closing:

Leader: God you are good and upright and you instruct sinners in your ways

Show us how to break down the barriers separating us from each other,

All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life

Leader: Forgive us for the times we have abandoned the poor, the disabled and the homeless,

Teach us to live by the law of love in unity, peace and concord

All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life

Leader: Forgive us for the ways we exclude people of different race, culture or gender

Guide us that we may come to mutual understanding and care,

All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life

Leader: Draw us into your community to embrace those with whom we need to be reconciled

Grant that all who seek to heal divisions between peoples may have hope

All: Lead us through the wilderness sin has created to find new life

Leader: Show us your ways, O Lord

Teach us your paths and guide us towards your truth

For you are God our Savior and our hope is in you

(all responsive readings from Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates)

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Wheat rust

March 9, 2009

The wheat crops in Africa are threatened by disease.

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. John 4:34-36

O Lord, may Africa see a bountiful harvest of souls for eternal life and of wheat for earthly life. Amen.


Lent Prayers: St. Ignatius – the reward of knowing that we do thy will

March 9, 2009

From our archives, originally posted Feb. 2007

Lent Prayers: St. Ignatius
Filed under: Spiritual Warfare, Saints & Church Fathers, Lent 2007, Lent Prayers — Karen B.

Teach us, god Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— St. Ignatius 1491 – 1556
Source: Thisischurch.com


Psalm 56:1-4

March 9, 2009

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; fighting all day he oppresses me. (Psalm 56:1)
      LORD, I live in the hope of your mercy and grace.
       [Mercy is not getting what we deserve; grace is getting what we don’t deserve.]

My enemies would hound me all day, for there are many who fight against me, O Most High. (Psalm 56:2)
      Jesus, you are my strength and my portion in the land of the living.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. (Psalm 56:3)
      Father, I rest in your arms of love.

In God (I will praise his word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:4)
      Holy Spirit, you daily open the Scriptures to me and fill me with hope. Thank you.

Monday: 56, 57, [58]; Jeremiah 1:11-19; Romans 1:1-15; John 4:27-42
Tuesday: 61, 62; Jeremiah 2:1-13; Romans 1:16-25; John 4:43-54

Albany Intercessor


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