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  • 54Call to Worship Volume 51.1, 2017

    The Season of Lent

    Confession and Pardon At the baptismal font:In the name of Christ, I urge you:Be reconciled to God.

    Trusting in Gods grace, let us confess our sin.The prayer of confession is included here.

    Lifting water from the font:Listen, the time has come at last. Look, now is the day of salvation!

    In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!Thanks be to God.

    Thanksgiving for BaptismAt the baptismal font:The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.It is right to give our thanks and praise.O Lord our God, we give you thanksfor the mercy you so freely offer usthrough the grace of our baptismsafe passage through the sea,justice rolling down like water,deliverance from sin and death forever.By the power of your Holy Spirit,poured out upon us in baptism,teach us to love and serve you faithfullyand reconcile us to you and to one anotheras members of one, living body;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Prayer for IlluminationAt the lectern or pulpit: Season of Lent, Ash WednesdayMerciful God,your Word is our way of truth and life.Create in us hearts that are cleanand put your Holy Spirit within us,so that we may receive your graceand declare your praise forever;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Season of LentGracious God, our way in the wilderness,guide us by your Word through these forty days,and minister to us with your Holy Spirit,so that we may reformed,restored, and renewed;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Season of Lent, Maundy ThursdayEternal God, by your Word and Spirit,you have given us a new commandment:to love and serve one another in Jesus name.Let the good news of your liberating lovebe sealed in our hearts and shown in our lives;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Season of Lent, Good FridayHoly One, our strength in sufferingand our hope for salvation,lift up your Word of lifeand pour out your Spirit of graceso that we may follow faithfullyall the way to the cross;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    These liturgical texts are appropriate for use throughout the Season of Lent and may be repeated from week to week.

  • 55Lectionary Aids for 20172018, Year B The Season of Lent

    Before the readings: O Lord, open my lips,and my mouth will declare your praise.Psalm 51:15

    After the readings: We proclaim Christ crucifiedthe wisdom and power of God.Thanks be to God. 1 Corinthians 1:2325

    Ascription of PraiseAfter the sermon: In the name of the Lord Jesus Christwe bend our knees and lift up our hearts,giving glory to God forever. Amen. Philippians 2:911

    Affirmation of FaithSeason of Lent, Ash WednesdayThe reconciling act of God in Jesus Christ exposes the evil in people as sin in the sight of God. In sin, people claim mastery of their own lives, turn against God and each other, and become exploiters and despoilers of the world. They lose their humanity in futile striving and are left in rebellion, despair, and isolation. But Gods love never changes. Against all who oppose the divine will, God expresses love in wrath. In the same love, God bore judgment and shameful death in Jesus Christ, to bring all people to repentance and new life. Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.12, 9.14

    Season of LentThe reconciling work of Jesus was the supreme crisis in the life of humankind. His cross and resurrection become personal crisis and present hope for women and men when the gospel is proclaimed and believed.

    In this experience, the Spirit brings Gods forgiveness to all, moves people to respond in faith, repentance, and obedience, and initiates the new life in Christ. Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.21

    Season of LentTo be reconciled to God is to be sent into the world as Gods reconciling community. This community, the church universal, is entrusted with Gods message of reconciliation and shares Gods labor of healing the enmities which separate people from God and from each other. Christ has called the church to this mission and given it the gift of the Holy Spirit. The church maintains continuity with the apostles and with Israel by faithful obedience to his call. Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.31

    Season of Lent, Palm/Passion Sunday, Good FridayGods reconciling act in Jesus Christ is a mystery which the Scriptures describe in various ways. It is called the sacrifice of a lamb, a shepherds life given for his sheep, atonement by a priest; again it is ransom of a slave, payment of debt, vicarious satisfaction of a legal penalty, and victory over the powers of evil. These are expressions of a truth which remains beyond the reach of all theory in the depths of Gods love for humankind. They reveal the gravity, cost, and sure achievement of Gods reconciling work. Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.09

    Invitation to OfferingAt the communion table:Jesus says: Where your treasure is,there your heart will be also.Let us offer our lives to the Lord. Matthew 6:21

  • 56Call to Worship Volume 51.1, 2017

    The Season of LentThese hymns and songs are appropriate for use throughout the Season of Lent and may be repeated from week to week.

    GatheringCome, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy RESTORATION; GTG 415Lord, Who throughout These Forty Days (stanza 1) st. flavian; GTG 166 (PH 81)Jesus, Savior, Lord, Now to You I Come saranam; GTG 789In Silence My Soul Thirsts my soul thirsts; GTG 790

    Call to ConfessionLord, Who throughout These Forty Days (stanza 1) ST. FLAVIAN; GTG 166 (PH 81)I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (stanza 1) kingsfold; GTG 182Come to Me, O Weary Traveler austin; GTG 183

    Response to ForgivenessJesus Loves Me! (stanza 1) jesus loves me; GTG 188 (PH 304)Hear the Good News of Salvation nettleton; GTG 441 (PH 355)Here on Jesus Christ I Will Stand (stanza 1 or 2) kwake yesu nasimama; GTG 832

    GloriaIn My Life lord, be glorified; GTG 468 (STF 2150)Praise to the Lord praise to the lord; GTG 615

    Blessing and ChargeAt the doors of the church:May the steadfast love of God,the abundant grace of Jesus Christ, and the abiding presence of the Holy Spiritbe with you this day and always. Amen.Psalm 51:1, 11

    Remember the words of the Lord Jesus:If any wish to be my discipleslet them take up the cross and follow me. Amen.Mark 8:34

    Prayer after CommunionAt the communion table:Season of LentThank you, gracious God, for giving us bread for the journey of these forty days.As we travel on through the wildernesshelp us to share your grace with othersand draw us ever closer to you;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Season of Lent, Holy WeekWe give you thanks, Holy One,for the body and blood of our Lord,given with love for the world.Send us out in your Spiritto share the good news of salvationand give ourselves for others;in the name of Christ our Savior. Amen.

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    Gospel AcclamationMy Song Is Love Unknown love unknown; GTG 209 (PH 76)What Wondrous Love Is This wondrous love; GTG 215 (PH 85)How Great Thou Art how great thou art; GTG 625 (PH 467)Great God of Every Blessing (stanza 2) aurelia; GTG 694

    Baptism or ReaffirmationSpirit, Open My Heart wild mountain thyme; GTG 692Change My Heart, O God change my heart; GTG 695Take Up Your Cross, the Savior Said (stanza 1) bourbon; GTG 718 (PH 393)

    Prayers of the PeopleWithin Your Shelter, Loving God (stanza 3) abbey; GTG 168 (PH 212)Stay with Me stay with me; GTG 204Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather (stanza 1) tokyo; GTG 311 (PH 465)Come, Bring Your Burdens to God woza nomthwalo wakho; GTG 851

    OfferingWhen I Survey the Wondrous Cross HAMBURG, ROCKINGHAM; GTG 223, 224 (PH 100, 101)Take My Life (stanza 4 or 6) hendon; GTG 697 (PH 391)Take Thou Our Minds, Dear Lord (stanza 4) hall; GTG 707 (PH 392)God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending (any stanza) beach spring; GTG 716 (PH 422)

    DoxologyO Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (stanza 5) DEO GRACIAS; GTG 618 (PH 83)We Give Thee but Thine Own (stanza 1) schumann; GTG 708 (PH 428)We Lift Our Voices offering; GTG 710Lord of All Good (stanza 3) toulon; GTG 711 (PH 375)

    Communion MusicJesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love CHEREPONI; GTG 203 (PH 367)Live in Charity UBI CARITAS (TAIZ); GTG 205An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare O WALY WALY; GTG 202 (PH 94)Your Only Son lamb of god; GTG 518 (STF 2113)Eat This Bread berthier; GTG 527In God Alone mon me se repose; GTG 814

    SendingLord, Who throughout These Forty Days (stanza 3 or 4) st. flavian; GTG 166 (PH 81)I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (stanza 1) SOJOURNER; GTG 775 (PH 363)God Be with You Till We Meet Again randolph, god be with you; GTG 541, 542 (PH 540)As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought forest green; GTG 712 (PH 414)Send Me, Jesus thuma mina; GTG 746

    Lectionary Aids for 20172018, Year B The Season of Lent

  • Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts

    58Call to Worship Volume 51.1, 2017

    Lectionary ReadingsJoel 2:12, 1217 The day of the Lord is coming; return to God with all your heart.or Isaiah 58:112 The fast God chooses: do justice, release captives, help the poor. Psalm 51:117 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new spirit within me. 2 Corinthians 5:20b6:10 Be reconciled to God in Christ; now is the day of salvation! Matthew 6:16, 1621 Dont flaunt your fasting and prayer; store up treasure in heaven.

    Opening SentencesThe Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.In the name of Christ, be reconciled to God. This is the day of our salvation. Let us worship God.

    Prayer of ConfessionA litany of penitence may also be used. God our Redeemer, we confess that we are people of ashes and dust.We want you to notice our humility,but we fail to notice neighbors in need. We want you to show us your mercy,but we fail to show mercy to others. Forgive us, God of grace.Cleanse our hearts and r

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