A few things I grabbed from The PCC website for church today
Responsive Call to Worship
One: The Lord is our Shepherd.
Many: God leads us beside still waters.
One: Christ restores our souls.
Many: The Spirit leads us in right paths.
One: Even though we walk through the darkest valleys,
Many: We fear no evil for God is with us.
One: Come, let us worship God, ever Three and ever One.
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Gracious and loving God,
we come before you in praise for you are the Source of all that sustains us.
You are compassion, hearing all who call out for mercy.
You are healing, offering wholeness to those who cry out in pain.
You are truth, showing the way to those who seek to know you.
You are hope, bringing the promise of a new day to all people.
Holy One, you have blessed us with abundance and joy
and the grace to share these blessings in Christ’s name.
So we praise you in this time of worship
and seek to renew our trust in you as our Creator, Redeemer and Guide.
Hear us now as we confess the sins we have committed against you and one another:
Generous and merciful God;
We confess that we have not claimed the abundant life that you offer.
We resist the fullness of your truth, taking up only those parts that fit in with our opinions. We demand proof of your presence and power over and over again.
Afraid, we judge others harshly and fail to see your grace at work in their lives.
Help us discern your presence in the world more fully.
Open our eyes to your healing power and mercy.
Change our hearts so that we trust the gifts of Christ’s love and light,
for it is in his we offer our confession to you.
Assurance of Pardon
Dear friends, while it is true that we have all sinned, it is a greater truth that we are forgiven through God’s love in Jesus Christ. To all who humbly seek the mercy of God I say, in Jesus Christ our sin is forgiven. Be at peace with God, with yourself and with one another.
We are over half way done the this crazy lent season and now begin to look towards Easter. Easter is a time that we look to new life. New life that Jesus offers after his death. New life in our own lives after we have participated in Lent and the preparation of Jesus doing something new in us. New life in the world around us as snow recedes and trees, grass and flowers begin to bloom new life.
One of my favourite verses of the bible is John 20:15
“He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
I love it because I wonder why she thought Jesus was the gardener. What was He doing? maybe he was smelling the flowers, maybe he was pruning, maybe he was planting new flowers. I don’t know, but it makes me think of ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis , when Aslan walks new flowers appear. I think its beautiful to articulate new life in believers, but writing about nature.
I like the call and response the PCC had for this morning. “ We come before you in praise for you are the source that sustains us.”
The world is a little chaotic right now. People are running around trying to grab all the “essentials” they need. It makes me think of what is really essential? What does sustains us”
In this time apart and of uncertainty. May you hold fast to the one that sustains all life. The one that through his death has brought about a new life. May we be like the parable of the Sower. Speaking the new of the kingdom of God that it may take root and bring new life.