Sunday, February 3, 2008

For Feb 10/08 -- LEnt 1, What is the Church?

NOTE: THis year's Lenten liturgies will not be based on the lectionary readings for YEar A. Instead they will be following a series called The 5 W's of Church (the link shows what themes and readings are being used)

CALL TO WORSHIP
The world is a place of uncertainty, a place of questions.
We bring our questions here to the church,
In this place we lay out our wonderings before God and neighbour
In this place we trust that we can find clues that will help us find some answers
Here we can ask questions of meaning and identity.
We wonder why we are here, what we are about.
As we enter into worship let us invite God into the discussion.
Yes, we invite God to help us sort out why we are here.
As we gather in search of meaning let us pray together…

OPENING PRAYER
God, during Lent we choose to walk the road to the cross with Jesus.
The road to the cross challenges our priorities and pushes us to ask the hard questions.
God as we join in this Lenten journey we ask that you would be our companion on the way.
We seek you as guide and comforter, helping us to find answers to the questions of life.
Travelling the road together, we embrace the exploration.
In our worship and our work, we trust in your Way. Amen.

Offering Prayer
God, we share what we have as a part of being the church. May these gifts work to spread your love and life around this town and around the world. We offer them in Jesus’ name. Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION/ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God, there are so very many voices out there,
Suggesting paths to take, telling how to be a successful church.
We confess that there are times when we fall prey to their seductive logic.
We acknowledge that we sometimes listen to them rather than seeking to hear what you would have us do and be.
…time of silent prayer…
The call of God sounds incessantly. Even when we choose to be selectively deaf the voice keeps calling. Out of forgiveness God keeps giving us another chance.
We are forgiven, we are loved. Thanks be to God! Amen.

COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION
There are many things the church is called to be.
But underlying all of them is that we are a community of faith that supports one another.
As our worship ends we go out into the larger community
There we carry on our service of support to friend and neighbour.
And we do that knowing that the Threefold God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer is with us in all we are and all we do. Amen.

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