Lent Seeds: Narrative Lectionary

Exegetical Links  compiled by Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl

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Mark 10:17-31

Psalm 19:7-10

Call to Worship

The heavens tell of the glory of God, the very firmament proclaims God’s handiwork

The Lord is my rock and my redeemer

The sun in all of its courses is radiant, set in the heavens, touching upon the whole earth

Come let us praise God’s Holy Name

Call to Worship

God celebrate us, always running towards us!

Tracking us like the sun moves across the heaven!

Creating heaven and earth as reflections of God’s glory.

Come let us run to praise the Lord

Prayer of Confession; As I contemplate the makings of the universe, pulling apart each piece of how things are made. I continue to be flummoxed and confused by their intricacies. I confess that when you take things apart it scares me. When you die, all of my sins weigh heavily upon me. Forgive me I pray.

Prayer of Confession: Clear me from my hidden faults Lord, do not let them have dominion over me. Who else can detect my errors? Find them and clear them so I may be blameless and innocent of great transgression I pray. 

Assurance of Pardon: The Lord is our Redeemer, we do not need to fear! In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of Dedication/Day: Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Communion Prayer; Lord you are the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last word. The first word you gave to us was creation, and the last word you give us has been and will always be grace. Send your Holy Spirit here, now. Remind us of your sweet ordinances, dripping with golden grace, sweeter than honey, help us to taste them on our tongue with the blood and body of Jesus Christ, we pray.

Hymns: Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord I Want to Be a Christian in My Heart, Somebody’s Knocking at Your Door, O Love How Deep, How Broad, How High, Jesu, Jesu Fill Us With Your Love, Seek Ye First, He is King of Kings

He is First and Last

With Children: Taste Honey, discuss why the laws are sweet & freeing. Make an Almsgiving/Prayer/Fasting Commitment (emphasize the life affirming aspects of living Lent like it’s the end of your life). Play duck, duck Goose, Play Musical Chairs, Play Mother May I, after whichever game discuss the importance of Ordering. Have Last-Shall-Be-First Nominations: everyone nominates the person next to them to be first (and goes to the back of the line after) for a positive reason. Read the Goblin’s Chair: discuss the importance of leaving room for the unseen,

Seeds Week 5 Hear O Israel: Teacher God/God of Students Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9


Hear O Israel: Teacher God/God of Students Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9, Mark 12:28-31Psalm 19


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Call to Worship

Hear O Israel

The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 

Come let us love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and might

Come Let us Worship the Lord our God. 

Call to Worship

The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul

Hail Jesus, purveyor of Love and Grace 

The Precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart

Come let us proclaim the truth of God’s Love together today.

Call to Worship

May the meditations

May these and all meditation we make

whether they be with our mouths or our hands or our mind or our hearts

May these and all meditations be acceptable in your sight today

Call to Confession: Lord the heavens tell of your glory, day pours forth speech and the night declares knowledge, and yet we often hide afraid to participate in what is going on because of our failings. Remind us that your words are finer than gold and sweeter than honey.

Confession: Lord we confess that we would rather use the ten commandments to judge one another rather than to teach and love one another. Remind us that you are present in the black and white of justice and injustice, and all the gray spaces in-between. Remind us that there is always more to learn about you and your love, and continue to teach us to love your law we pray.

Confession: Lord, we confess that even though the very heavens proclaim your handiwork, that we do not teach your ways to one another. We have not bound your love to our hearts and our heads and our doorways. We have forgotten to take you home with us when we leave the church building. We forget how it is you would like us to act in our workplaces. Because we struggle with following the commandments, we forget that they are there as a teaching tool. Show us how to live out your law in grace and love we pray.

Assurance of Pardon: Lord you hear all, even the day and night who has no words, we know all that we confess has been hear and accepted, and In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Eurcharist Prayer: Lord, God you sent your law to us, but not until after you made your covenant with Abraham and Sarah. And when we were ready to use the Ten Commandments to condemn one another into eternity, you gave us a course correction in the form of our Teacher Jesus Christ. Jesus who called us out when we were wrong, but more importantly taught us how to re-evaluate our priorities, and taught us how to pray together. Jesus taught us grace comes before the law, and so we are all invited to participate in this meal of grace today. Fill this bread and cup to the brim with your grace, so we might eat and drink of it together, and so it may sustain us on our way, we pray.

Prayer of Dedication/the Day: Lord you are a teacher, help us to look at your life and your words so we might see and hear what we need to move deeper into our faith we pray. Amen.


O God, What You Ordain is Right

Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart

Be Thou My Vision

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

With Children: Write Rules & Rip them up reminding each other that love is more important than rules. Discuss important rule breakers in history: Civil Rights fighters, those who stood up for Jews in WWII, Standing Rock, Talk about Environmental & Gun Violence Heroes of Today. Create a Heart to Love God/Neighbor and make it into a bracelet/necklace. Let the kids “Tatoo” love on their skin with markers (yes check with parents first)

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