Call to Worship
We have entered the season of Lent, a time to examine our hearts and our lives
and journey with Christ through the suffering of the world.
Let us lift up our souls to our merciful God
and humble ourselves in God’s service.
God has marked us as beloved dust
and called us together to worship.
Prayer of Praise
O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the mercy you so freely offer us through the grace of our baptism—
safe 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 faithfully and reconcile us to you and to one another as members of one, living body; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession
In the season of Lent, O God, we say lofty words about renewing our spiritual disciplines,
journeying with you to the cross, or denying ourselves material wants for the good of the soul.
Forgive us, O God, if our actions are in vain: if we are concerned with the good of the soul
rather than the good of your people; if we have twisted this season of penitence
into a reason for praise or judgment; if we are so preoccupied with the sins of the world
that we cannot recognize and confess the sins of our own lives.
Forgive us, O God, and wash us in your mercy.
Forgive us, O God, and free us to try again.
Assurance of Grace
Hear the good news; God has claimed us as Gods own before we were even born.
We are washed in the waters of Gods promises and in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!