Liturgy & Music for Lent Four

This Sunday we will reflect on the Lord’s Supper, “How to Eat and Drink Together”.


I Corinthians 11:23-29

Exodus 13:1-10



Holy by Dan Forrest

Think of Me and Remember by Joel Raney  (starts at 21:05)


Call to Worship:

Leader: Just as the broken bread was scattered on the mountains

and then gathered together to become one

People: we the church are gathered together

from the ends of the earth into God’s realm.

Leader: To God be the glory and the power

through Jesus Christ forever.


Prayer for Illumination: Hymnal no. 6

Lord, open our hearts and minds

by the power of your Holy Spirit,

that, as the Scriptures are read

and your Word proclaimed,

we may hear with joy what you say to us today.



Prayer of Confession:

Leader: Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, in silence let us confess our sin to God.


[Silent Prayers of Confession]


Leader: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

People: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Leader and People: Glory to God. Amen.


Prayer after Communion (based on the “Didache”, ca. 150 AD, the earliest reference to communion outside the scriptures):

Leader: We give you thanks, Holy Father,

for your holy name, which you have caused to dwell in our hearts,

and for the knowledge and faith and immortality

that you have made know to us through Jesus your servant;

People: to you be the glory forever.

Leader: You, Almighty Master, created all things for your name’s sake,

and gave food and drink to humans to enjoy,

so that they might give you thanks;

but to us you have graciously given spiritual food and drink,

and eternal life through your servant.

Above all we give thanks to you because you are mighty;

People: to you be the glory forever. Amen.


Liturgy & Music for Lent Three

This Sunday we will reflect on the ritual of passing the peace of Christ.


Romans 16:16-20

Micah 4:1-7

Psalm 85


Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Let There be Peace on Earth


Grant Us Thy Peace by Felix Mendelssohn:


Call to Worship:

Leader: Insiders and outcasts,

friends and foes,

disciples and disputers

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the house of peace.

Leader: Searchers and strangers,

skeptics and sinners,

dreamers and doubters

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the home of grace.


Prayer for Illumination:

God of all peoples,

through the scriptures

raise our vision of hope for the world.

Teach us your ways of acceptance

and show us how to walk your path of peace

with Jesus Christ our brother and guide. Amen.


Prayer of Confession: United Methodist Hymnal #893

Liturgy & Music for Lent Two

This Sunday’s key ritual will be the diversity of corporate prayers.

The key question is, Why pray together?

This Sunday the prayers of confession, intercession & the Lord’s Prayer will form one litany with the hymn of prayer woven into it.

Notice the diversity of the anthems–by Twila Paris & Dan Forrest–2 contemporary but very different styles.


Acts 4:23-32

Joel 1:13-15; 2:26-32

Psalm 80



Maker, in Whom We Live

Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire

Lord of All Hopefulness



Lamb of God by Paris/Courtney

Selah by Dan Forrest


Call to Worship:

Leader: We were created out of God’s pure delight.

People: Glory, power and praise to our Maker!

Leader: We are saved by God’s tenacious love.

People: Glory, power and praise to Christ!

Leader: We will be united in God’s enduring hope.

People: Glory, power and praise to the Spirit!

Leader: Let all the hosts above and all on earth below

proclaim the glory, power and praise of the Eternal, Triune God!


Prayer for Illumination:

Sovereign Lord,

who made heaven and earth, sea and sky,

open our hearts to know and bear

the tragedy and beauty of this world

with the help of your Spirit.

Shake the foundations of our lives

with the truth of your holy servant Jesus. Amen.


The Prayers of Confession, Intercession & Dedication :

Sing: “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire” #492 v. 1-2

Leader: In honesty and vulnerability,

let us confess our sins to God whose presence encircles us.

People: we confess that we have

complained more than rejoiced,

worried more than prayed,

argued more than shared.

We have suppressed the spirit

and stifled the voice of prophets

through our tolerance of evil.

Forgive us for the many ways

we have closed ourselves off

from one another and from you,

Loving God. Amen.

Sing: #492 v. 4

Leader: May God who makes everything holy and whole,

restore your life—body, mind and soul.

The One you called you is faithful.

Our sins are forgiven.

Our new life is in Christ.

People: Thanks be to God.

Sing: 492 v. 5

Leader: And because we have experienced the mercy of God,

we join with the saints in heaven and believers around the world

to pray with confidence for others who need God’s mercy this day.

Jesus, Word of the Creator,

protect and preserve all creatures, great and small,

on land, sky and sea through our humble service.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Judge of all nations,

restrain and direct the power of leaders and governments

for the common good and a lasting peace.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Savior of the World,

uplift and empower the poor and the oppressed

with your gentle justice.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Healer of humanity,

comfort and restore all who are suffering in body, mind or soul

with the knowledge, skill and compassion of their caregivers.

In your mercy,

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Shepherd of our souls,

carry in the arms of your mercy all who have died

and comfort with your unfailing love all who mourn.

In your mercy

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: Jesus, Pioneer of our faith,

lead and love your Church here and around the world

with your peace that overcomes divisions,

your power that ends persecution,

and your truth that confronts complacency.

In your mercy

People: receive our prayers.

Leader: In the unity of your Spirit we unite our voices in the prayer you taught us:


The Lord’s Prayer

Sing: 492 v. 6

Liturgy & Music for Lent One

Each week, we will post links for the music and the liturgy for the upcoming Sunday as part of our focus on worship as a spiritual practice. The rituals we will be focusing on for the first Sunday are the call to worship and receiving the light of Christ.

Scripture: John 1:1-5, 10-16; Exodus 3:1-6; Psalm 63

Hymns: O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing; Spirit of Faith, Come Down; Christ is the World’s Light

Anthems: Eternal Light by Leo Sowerby &  O Nata Lux by Morten Lauridsen


Call to Worship (Based on the opening hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”)

Leader: Come and sing our Great Redeemer’s praise!

People: Jesus Christ is our life and health and peace.

Leader: Come and sing the glories of our God and King!

People: Jesus Christ breaks the power of sin and sets the prisoners free.

Leader: Come and sing the triumphs of God’s grace!

People: Jesus Christ died and rose for me.



Prayer for Illumination (Based on John 1)

God of grace and truth,

as the scriptures are read

hush the chatter of our minds

so we can hear your Word;

dispel the darkness in our hearts

so we can see your Light—

Jesus Christ who animates our lives.



Prayer of Confession (Based on Exodus 3 & Psalm 63)

Leader: The faithful God of Sarah and Hagar, Rachel and Leah

calls us by name to the holy place of forgiveness.

Therefore, let us confess our sin to God and one another.

People: God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

we confess that we have worshipped the gods of self and society.

We have sacrificed compassion and justice for entertainment and apathy.

Forgive us and free us to accept our limitations

and embrace the mystery of your grace in Jesus Christ. Amen.

[Silent Prayer]

Leader: Hear the good news!

We have received grace upon grace in Jesus Christ

who quenches our thirsty souls.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven.

People: Amen.