Prayers of Confession for Lent

Throughout Lent, North is focusing on the cross. Here are the prayers of confession we are using each Sunday:

First Sunday: The Cross as Victory

L: Jesus invites us to join him at the table of grace.

Let us leave our sins behind and join His feast:

P: Strong and Clever God, we confess

that we have relied on ourselves and rejected the strength of the cross;

we have trusted our knowledge and ignored your wisdom.

Break the power of sin and give us the victory

of your strange and amazing love,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Silence]

L: Where, O death, is your victory?

Where, O death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

P: But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Second Sunday: The Cross as Solidarity

L: In humble honesty, let us confess our sin to God:

P: Faithful God, we confess that

we have celebrated the successful and praised the powerful,

while we ignored the cry of the needy and rejected the outcast.

Forgive us for our sin and free us from our comfortable illusions.

Teach us how to embrace ourselves and others

in all our brokenness and strife,

through Jesus Christ, the Human One. Amen.

[Silence]

L: Hear the Good News:

Christ was wounded for our transgressions

and by his stripes we are healed.

P: Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Third Sunday: The Cross as Reconciliation

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Fourth Sunday: The Cross as Participation

L: Should we continue sinning so grace will multiply?

Absolutely not because we have been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ,

who offers us the graceful way.

Therefore, let us leave our sins at the foot of the cross:

P: Come, Spirit of the Crucified One, and dwell in our hearts.

We surrender our lives to you.

Free us from the sins that others have committed against us.

Destroy our sins that enslaves us.

Lift us up into your abundant and everlasting life. Amen.

[Silence]

L: Hear the good news:

If we have died with Christ,

we believe that we shall also live with him.

From this moment on,

consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

P: Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Fifth Sunday: The Cross as Obedience

L: Christ invites to his table all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another:

P: Almighty God,

in Jesus Christ you called us to be a servant people,

but we do not do what you command.

We are often silent when we should speak,

and useless when we could be useful.

We have refused to bear the troubles of others.

We have ignored the pain of the world.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Forgive us and free us

for joyful obedience in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

[Silence]

L: 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!

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

All: Glory to God. Amen.

Litany for a Longest Night Service

This Sunday evening (5:00pm) we will observe a Longest Night Service, a time to remember and release the pain we have experienced. Below is the litany we will use as we light the Advent wreath:

First Candle

Leader: The first candle we light is to remember those whom we have loved and lost.

We pause to remember their name, their face, their voice,

the memory that binds them to us in this season.

People: O God, may your eternal love surround them.

 

Second Candle

Leader: The second candle we light is to redeem the pain of loss,

whether through illness, jobs, divorce, or other events.

We pause to gather up the grief of the past and offer it to God,

asking that from God’s hands we receive the gift of peace.

People: O God, accept the gift of our brokenness and lead us into your peace.

 

Third Candle

Leader: The third candle we light is to reclaim our faith in Jesus Christ,

the Great Physician, the Shepherd of the sheep,

the Author and Finisher of our faith.

We pause to focus on Christ, whose mercy is the mystery that saves us.

People: O God, through your faithfulness our faith is renewed.

 

#218   It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,   verses 1-2

(You are invited to place your candle on the altar during the hymn. Someone will assist in lighting.

You may kneel at the communion railing or return to your seat to pray.)

 

Fourth Candle

Leader: The fourth candle we light is to renew our hope in the Coming One

by whose stripes we are made whole.

We await our fulfillment in Christ and we hold fast to the promise of

Christmas – Emmanuel, God is with us now and always.

People: Come, Lord Jesus, deliver us. Amen.

Prayer for Transgender Persons

Today is a national Day of Remembrance for transgender persons. We offer this prayer:

Fierce and Tender God,

in whose image all persons are made,

we remember your children whose identities do not conform

to simplistic gender labels.

In these days of intolerance and violence, hear their cries.

Surround them with your protection

and reassure them with your peace.

May they find in us true friends

and in this church a reliable sanctuary;

through Jesus Christ

in whose name we are baptized

neither male nor female

but as one beloved family of God. Amen.

 

 

Pastoral Prayer for the Election

Righteous Ruler of the universe

we lift up to you our nation on the eve of this election,

for it is under your authority

and by your will that we govern ourselves.

We pray for every citizen that your Spirit

will plant in our minds your wisdom

that removes all ignorance from our decision making;

and will place in our hearts your vision

for a compassionate society

that removes all hatred from our voting.

Prepare and protect those who will administer

this great process of our democracy.

Bless and guide every candidate

to receive with humility the outcome of our voting.

Help us as good citizens to respect our neighbors

whose views differ from ours,

so that without partisan anger,

we may work together for the common good

that which is pleasing in your sight.

All praise and honor is yours,

Great Governor of all nations,

for you are in control of our lives

and you have given us the assurance

that one day your will shall be done on earth

as it is in heaven,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

Prayer of Confession for All Saints Sunday

Leader:  Let us prepare to take our place at the table of grace

with servants among us and saints above us,

united in the joy of Christ our Hope:

People:  Everlasting God, whose timeless grace unites us,

                forgive the ways we have sinned against our ancestors.

                We failed to follow their example and heed their wisdom.

                Free us from the legacy of their sins.

                Forgive the ways we have sinned against our descendents.

                Our greed has threatened their well-being,

               and our hatred has damaged their peace.

                Free us to be your worthy servants in this hour,

                through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[silence]

Leader: The saying is true for all generations:

Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

This proves God’s love for us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

People: Thanks be to God. Amen. 

Litany of Dedication & Thanksgiving for Stewardship Sunday

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Let us pray:

Midwife of beauty, Composer of life,

thank you for the gift of life and the goodness of creation

that sustains and delights us.

With grateful hearts

People: we dedicate these gifts to you.

Leader: Great Redeemer, Generous Sovereign

thank you for the gift of salvation and the hope of healing

that forgives and frees us.

With grateful hearts

People: we offer our lives to you.

Leader: Flame of holy desire, Fount of every blessing

thank you for every gift that unites and inspires the church

to share the abundance of your grace to the world.

With the saints and angels above

and with every creature here below

People: we sing our praise and shout for joy. Alleluia! Amen!