Feb 20, 2012

Prayer at the Table: Lent 3B

Here’s a thoughtful communion prayer inspired by the suggested scripture passages for the third Sunday of Lent, Year B (March 11, 2012).  It was written by Nathan Nettleton.

Eucharistic Preface
(Ex. 20:1-17; Psalm 19; John 2:13-22; 1 Cor. 1:18-25)

Let us lift up our hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you our thanks and praise, O God,
for the Word of your cross, though appearing foolish,
is the power and wisdom which save us.

You created the universe;
the skies tell of your glory
and the earth bears witness to your steadfast love.
You brought your people from slavery to freedom
and gave your holy commandments through Moses;
words that guide the simple and sharpen vision,
reviving the soul and delighting the heart.

When the world, in its sophistication and pride,
made an idol of money
and a marketplace of your temple,
using your name only to boost profits,
you sent your Son, Jesus Christ,
filled with zeal for your honour.
He was torn down by the fury of evil and corruption,
but rose again in three days,
forever establishing the foolishness and weakness of God
as the pathway of life and salvation.

Therefore with .....

— Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton http://www.laughingbird.net/

For more worship resources for March 11, 2012 (the third Sunday of Lent), click on Lent 3 B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. For more prayer resources on this blog, see the Scriptural Index of Prayers at the upper right side of the page.