Lent – Order of Worship w/ Communion (when offered)

Order of Worship

 Life Tree Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River, Florida

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* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.

 

PRELUDE

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING SENTANCES

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in love (Ps. 103:8).

LITANY FOR LENT

For forty days and nights the rain fell, and the waters covered the face of the earth.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

For forty years the people wandered, seeking the land of God’s promise.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

Moses spent forty days on the mountain, learning the commandments of God.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

Elijah traveled forty days in the wilderness to hear the voice of God in the silence.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

Jonah cried out to the people of Nineveh: Repent, or in forty days you will perish.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

Jesus fasted and prayed for forty days and was tested by the devil.

Lead us, O Lord, from death to life.

(Brief silence)

Eternal God, as we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, so give us the grace of repentance that we may pass through the grave with him and be born again to eternal life. For he is the One who was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again for us, Jesus our Savior.

Amen.

HYMN

CONFESSION AND PARDON

This is the proof of God’s great love: that while we were sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness through Jesus Christ, our Savior.  

God’s love has been poured into your hearts through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven! Amen.

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Gracious 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 be reformed, restored, and renewed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING

 (To be read following the reading of scripture) The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Amen.

SERMON

HYMN

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Jesus, remember us when you come into your kingdom.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For the church around the world we ask new life.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For all who carry out ministries in your church, we ask grace and wisdom.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For Christians in every land, we ask new unity in your name.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For Jews, Muslims, and people of other faiths, we ask your divine blessing.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For those who cannot believe, we ask your faithful love.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For governors and rulers of every land, we ask your guidance.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

For people who suffer and sorrow; (Here prayers my be shared)

We ask your healing peace.

Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

(Brief silence)

God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to your, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; make our mouths speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ within us. In his holy name we pray. Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

OFFERING

DOXOLOGY

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WHEN COMMUNION IS OFFERED:

COMMUNION HYMN

HOLY COMMUNION

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BLESSING AND CHARGE

POSTLUDE

 

[1] Service materials from Book of Common Worship, Office of Theology and Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster John Know Press, Louisville, Kentucky, 2018.

* Worshipers are invited to respond using the text in bold face.