Call to Worship, Opening Prayer: Lent 1

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer based on the scripture texts for Lent 1 B (February 26, 2012).  They were written by Moira Laidlaw.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 25:1-10)
We come, trusting in God's mercy and love,
longing to know and to learn more about God's ways.
We come, to be guided in the ways of God's truth—
to experience the joy of God's salvation.
We come, at the beginning of our Lenten journey,
aware of God's steadfast love helping us to overcome
the trials and temptations which can descend on us at any time.
Lead us, O God, to do what is right in your eyes
and teach us to follow the humble way of Christ,
your beloved Son, our crucified and risen Lord.

Prayer of Praise & Adoration
(Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)

God of storms and rainbows,
God of rain and sunshine,
God of all creation we worship and adore you.

We gaze in wonder at the beauty of your creation
and marvel at stormy skies transformed with the vibrant colours of a rainbow.
Like Noah and his family,
we praise you for this everlasting sign of your love and care
for the whole creation in your desire to preserve and not destroy life.

And at Jesus' baptism,
the sky again revealed your love
when you identified him as your beloved Son,
strengthening him with the same Spirit
who empowers and strengthens each of us.

For all these assurances of your love for us and for the whole creation,
we praise and worship you, O God,
in the power of the Holy Spirit
and in the name of Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

— written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies OnlineVisit her site for other great lectionary-based resources.

For more worship resources for February 26, 2012 (the first Sunday of Lent), click on Lent 1 B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

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