God with us, you were made manifest among us on earth as the man Jesus Christ, the worker of miracles. Inspire us to rejoice in and make use of the many and various gifts and services that we in our congregation offer to honor and serve you; as pastors, lay leaders, teachers, musicians, and so many other roles that make our worship meaningful and that strive to bring peace to our community and our world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Hearing the call to return to the Lord, let us join the whole people of God in prayer for all who cry out in pain and in hope.
A brief silence.
1) Gracious God, so many times we turn away from you and you always welcome us back. We are thankful that even though we don't always produce the kind of fruit that you desire, you give us a second chance. Help us to allow Jesus to work in our lives so that we will produce the kind of fruit that you want from us. Thank you for the invitation to share, fast and pray so that you can form new hearts within us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
2) God of Abundance, bless all who worked many hours last week to enable the success of our Flea Market We praise you for the funds that were raised and the blessings that our helpers experienced during the work. During this Lenten season give us all a new and expanded vision for our lives. Rather than focusing on what we might be giving up, let us focus on the one who gave it all up for us. Bless and guide our pastors as they lead us this Lenton season because they bear the struggles of so many in our midst. Help
each of us to live full of faith and to feel renewed hope in the face of our own adversity. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Gathered together by God’s Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need. Brother and sisters, in our prayer of the day we thanked God for the Holy Scriptures created for our nourishment. Then we heard a portion of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians teaching us how we are created to work together using our individual gifts. Let us be nourished and encouraged to be part of the body of Christ with all that means. Lord in your mercy
In our Gospel today Luke shows us a different picture of Jesus that gives us much to think about. He is not just the conciliator but also very much the challenger to human presumption. Today we see him as a man of bold courage who did not mince words or worry himself about offending others. His purpose was to fulfill the kingdom of God, not the expectations or aspirations of his neighbors. This is a bold antagonist who makes preemptive strikes against the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Roman rulers, the priests and scribes, Democrats and Republicans, Socialists and Capitalists, and any other creature who presumes upon the Divine. What we see here is that Christ's epiphany is not two-dimensional and easy to take. His disciples are charged with preaching the full and complete word, the hard word, the saving word. Let the chips fall where they may when the words fall from our lips. If it is time for the cross, it is time. If not, the word will go on its way. We pray for wisdom to hear your words, we pray for courage to spread your words, and we pray to show your love by how we live. Lord in your mercy,
Made alive with God in Christ, we pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s creation.
Heavenly Father we are gathered this morning to worship you, to confess our failures, experience forgiveness and to start fresh to try to live together peacefully. Send your Holy Spirit into this place to renew our efforts to live the way you would have your children live. Help us to abandon striving for power and instead listen to the Spirit of God speaking to us. Make us mindful constantly of the lesson your son Jesus lived and taught – to sacrifice ourselves for the good of our friends, our neighbors and even our enemies. Let the world see Jesus in us. Lord in your mercy