March 6th: Matthew 18:1-9
Abundance of Blessings
Our God is an awesome God!
He made heaven and earth and the sea and all that is in it.
God reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power and love
For our God is the one who executes justice for the oppressed, the one who gives food to the hungry.
Who cannot praise our God, Our God is an awesome God!
Our God is an awesome God, let us praise God together.
Call to Worship
God, you are the God of the hungry, the blind and the oppressed.
We praise you for opening the eyes of the blind, for lifting up those who are bowed down, for upholding the orphan and the widow
Prayer of Confession: Lord we think that blessings are like pie. We confess we want to be the closest to God, because we think those closer to God will get the most blessings. Remind us that blessings are not pie. Remind us that your blessings are enough. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Prayer of Confession: Lord, we admit that we sometimes cause stumbling blocks. We put things in other’s paths so they cannot succeed. Sometimes we even have to get out of our own way to be able to see you. Forgive us when we build walls, remind us to open any and all paths to Shalom, and help us be creators of those paths we pray.
Prayer of Confession: Lord I now my transgressions, my sin is before me and it is against you alone God, I have sinned. I have done what is evil in your sight. I was born imperfect. Remind me that you desire truth in my
Assurance of Pardon: Jesus promises us, that we are forgiven, loved and enough.
Assurance of Pardon: Our God is the God of healing, wholeness and peace. Our God gives us Shalom! Let us share the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen
Assurance of Pardon: God promises to always execute justice, know that God’s justice includes mercy, hear the good news: In Jesus Christ you are forgiven.
Assurance of Pardon: The Lord will have mercy according to God’s steadfast love, blotting out all trangressions. Know we are loved and forgiven by God.
Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: God, you are the God of Hope precisely because you are the God of justice. When we forget who you are: open our eyes when we are blind, teach us again to feed the hungry, show to us how uphold the orphan so that we can remember who you are, Lord who will reign forever. Amen.
Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Create In Me Clean Heart
Jesus Thy Boundless Love to Me
A Short Order of Worship
Call to Worship: Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith for ever;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous. —Psalm 146:5-8
Oral Story: Matthew 18:1-9 Who is the Greatest?
Burning of Our Sins: The Lord says, if there’s a piece of you that causes you stumble, cut it off. What do you need to cut off or let go of ? Or what do you need to hang onto and grow so that you can be more joyful and curious like a child? (ceremonially burn our sins written on paper)
Imposition of the Ashes
Closing Prayer: Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.—Psalm 51:1-3
Full List of Lenten Resources (Of course some prayers may be appropriate for other weeks)