Abundance of #Forgiveness: Seeds of #Prayer for #Lent March 10

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Abundance of Forgiveness Matthew 18:15-35  and Psalm 32:1-2

Call to Worship

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven

Happy are those whose sin is covered

Our God is the God of mercy and forgiveness

Our God is our hiding place in times of trouble. Have faith our God will deliver us! 

Call to Worship

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice

Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord

God will teach us the way that we should go

Let us give a shout of joy, for the God of righteousness leads us!

Prayer of Confession: God we confess, seven times seventy times we have sinned. Yet you remain our hiding place, you preserve us when we are in trouble. Hear our cry for deliverance once again.

Prayer of Confession: Lord I will confess my sins to you, because I cannot hide my iniquities. I know if I confess my sins to you, you will forgive the guilt of my sin. Forgive me for I have sinned against you and yours. I have not honored my brothers and sisters in humanity, I have forgotten to take good stewardship of your earth and sky and sand. I have not taken good care of myself. Forgive me for each and every offense I pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Know that God’s mercies are new every morning. Each and every day we can know the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Assurance of Pardon: The rush of mighty waters shall not reach us. When we raise a prayer, God hears us. Thus we can trust the truth, in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of Dedication/ of the Day: Lord teach us your righteousness. Give us the words to confess our full self. Mend our cracks and iniquities, fill our holes and gasps so that we might fully realize and live into your kingdom we pray. Amen

Prayer of Dedication/of the Day: Lord, we know that evil exists. It is a tempting kind of evil that tells us both that we are not worthy of your love and also that we can skip over relational work and just take what we need. These flaws trick us into carrying on, and not seeking forgiveness. Teach us to pray, so that we can experience the abundance of your mercy and love today and every day. Amen.

Hymns: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Every Time the Spirit Moves I will Pray

Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Breathe on Me Breath of God

 

 

Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)

 

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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