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A prayer for Lent link
God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit.
O Sacred Head Now Wounded is a traditional Lenten hymn.
O Sacred Head Now Wounded is from a poem attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux translated by Paul Gerhardt
Lenten prayer of intersession link
God of the covenant,
you call us to be fruitful servants within creation,
and to offer our lives
as the foundation of your realm.
We lay before you the desires of our hearts,
that we may be transformed by their fulfillment.
(Your personal prayer here)
Grant, O God, that the prayers we offer
may be your channel for new and abundant life
not only hoped for,
but worked for,
through faithful word and deed.
A contemporary song for Lent.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
This is another traditional Lenten hymn.
Song of Gomer
The following song by Michael Card is based on the Book of Hosea. Card focuses on Gomer, the adulterous wife. Gomer represent Israel of the Old Testament while Hosea represents the God of mercy who seeks His people even when they turn against Him. The Book of Hosea is often read during the Lenten Season.
Psalm 5:8-10 (Scripture reading for Wade’s message) NIV
Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with malice.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongues they tell lies.
10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.
Wade Burleson: A Mouth the Speaks for Others’ Good, Not My Gain
written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.
May we find the road that leads to life;
may we take the turns that brings right relationships;
may we pause to accompany others on the way;
and may we journey with God through Lent,
and long for the horizon and dawn…
And the grace.