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CTW: we want to see Jesus

One: From near and far, long-serving and first-timers, we enter this house together:
All: We want to see Jesus!
One: Share the good news, all are welcome in this place.
All: We come, drawn by grace and challenge, ready to follow in faith.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Confession: come with us

Lord of the Way, you said that where you are, your servants will be. We confess that we would prefer you to come with us, rather than for us to go with you. Too often you are found in places we would rather avoid, with people we are afraid of, doing things we wish you wouldn’t. Forgive our inward vision, and call us to your side once again. Give us courage to follow where you lead, to bring others along on the journey, and to live as people filled with your grace, your hope, your truth, your life. We pray in the name of the One who was obedient even to the cross, and beyond to the empty tomb, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Confession: we want to see you, but

We want to see you, Jesus…but sometimes we are too afraid to ask for help.
We want to see you…but we aren’t sure if those people should be allowed to come too.
We want to see you…but we don’t love the way you talk about sacrifice and death, or about outcasts and sinners.
We want to see you…but we also want to know how it’ll go first.
Forgive us.
Fill us
with courage to step forward and seek,
with openness to those around us,
with vision to see your big picture,
with trust to follow you.
In Christ’s name, and for his sake. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Dedication: signs of glory

You, Lord, are our God, and we are your people. As you have placed your generosity in our hearts, we pray now for the blessing of pouring it out for others. May the gifts we bring be of use in your kingdom, bringing hope to the despairing, light in the valley of shadows, peace in the midst of chaos. Make these tokens of our gratitude into a sign that shows your glory, until all come to see your gracious love. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Creative Expression for Lent B Old Testament Track

(Liturgy to go with this creative expression can be found here.)

 

On the way into the worship space, or during a children’s time, or before worship (or during coffee hour the previous week after worship, even), you might invite people to participate in decorating blocks to be used as symbols throughout the season. You will need five blocks, four square and of equal size, one double the height. You can use boxes for a larger symbol, or big toy blocks for something table-top sized. Be sure to use something that will be visible throughout your worship space.

The first week you can invite people to colour part of a rainbow, or to paint the block in rainbow stripes, or to stick on stickers in a paint-by-number kind of way to make a rainbow block.

The second week you can invite people to use a Sharpie or other permanent marker to sign their names on the block.

The third week you can invite people to draw/colour two stone tablets on one face of the block, and/or to write numbers or what they remember of the 10 commandments on the tablets or on the sides of the block.

The fourth week you’ll use the double-height block, and you can invite people to colour in section of a Rod of Asclepius (already outlined for them on the block!), or to draw a desert in the background.

The fifth week you can invite people to add a heart sticker to an outlined heart on the front of the block.

(You can also, of course, simply prepare these yourself ahead of time—though then you might want to print your church roll or something to glue on the box for week 2, so you have people’s names on the block without their stopping to write it themselves.)

Each week after the confession, someone should place the block in a visible spot in the church—on the communion table, on another table put up for this purpose, or if you are using boxes, in front of the table or around the chancel.

On Palm/Passion Sunday, during the assurance of forgiveness, the blocks can be constructed into a cross as follows, with one person holding each block/box and putting it in position until it all holds together: Rod of Asclepius at the bottom, signatures/names at the top, rainbow to the left, tablets to the right, heart in the center like a keystone.

You will need to prepare the blocks whose sides meet in the cross with an adhesive (double sided tape, glue dots, even velcro or wall-mounting strips, depending on the size and material you have used) so they will stick together, of course. Be sure the people assembling the cross press them firmly together!

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson.

CTW: covenant-making God

One: Hear and believe the good news: God has called us “my people”!
All: God has set up a covenant, over and over again,
choosing us even before we can choose,
faithful even when we are faltering.

One: In the flood, in the wilderness, in exile;
in certainty and doubt, abundance and scarcity;
God’s promise is true to the thousandth generation.
All: We see the rainbow, we hear our names, we learn the commandments,
we look up for our help, we know in our hearts:
we love because God first loved us,
we follow because God first came to us,
we can be faithful because God is faithful.

One: Come, let us worship God together.

 

(On Palm/Passion Sunday, this may be used as an Assurance of Forgiveness with a few minor alterations noted here….and during the assurance, the blocks placed after the confessions throughout Lent can be constructed into a cross as described here.)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson.

Confession: bow in the clouds

Covenant-making God, you declare your compassion for all your creation.
You promised to care for every creature,
and placed your bow in the clouds as a reminder of that promise.
We confess that we are prone to limiting your promise to humanity….
or, rather, to us.
Forgive us when we narrow your grace,
thinking that creation is for our use and we are free to exploit and destroy.
Remind us that we are made in your image,
and called to love as you love…down to the smallest creature.
Guide our eyes to see the rainbow,
sign of your promise that violence shall not have the last word,
and help us to follow you more faithfully.
We pray in the name of the One who was obedient to your non-violent will,
even to the cross and beyond to the empty tomb, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

(A block with a rainbow may be placed on/near the table or other space designated for symbols of the season)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Other liturgy for this series following the Old Testament readings for Lent B may be found here.

Confession: we laugh at your call

Covenant-making God, you call us by name,
transforming our past into your future.
We confess that sometimes we laugh at your call, believing it to be impossible.
We protest, insisting that you should conform to our way.
We ignore your voice, refusing to admit to anyone what we have heard,
instead going about our lives as if we heard nothing.
Forgive us, O God, and speak our names once again.
Change our hearts and our lives, until we are able to trust your promise.
We pray in the name of the One whose name is above all names, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

(A block with the signatures of the congregation may be placed near the rainbow block.)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Liturgy for other weeks of the Lent B Old Testament readings may be found here.

Confession: our own people

Covenant-making God, you have brought us into freedom
and showed us what it means to be your people.
We admit to you that sometimes we would prefer to be our own people.
We confess before you and one another that we have made idols—
of busy-ness, of possessions, of jobs,
of celebrities and politicians, of the news cycle,
of our own desires and traditions.
We proclaim the words of your commandments while ignoring their spirit.
We have believed the lie that we must earn your love by following the rules,
forgetting that you chose us first, saved us first, loved us first,
long before commanding us to live your way.
Forgive us, O Lord our God.
Show us once again your gracious favour, to the thousandth generation,
that we might live according to your word.
We pray in the name of the One who fulfils all righteousness, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

(A block with the tablets of the commandments may be placed near the rainbow and name blocks.)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Liturgy for other weeks of the Lent B Old Testament series may be found here.

Confession: monsters within

Covenant-making God, you provide for us in many different ways,
and we confess that we do not always recognise you at work in the world around us.
We get impatient, wanting you to work on our schedule.
We wish for something more or different than what you have offered.
We want someone else to solve problems we have had a hand in creating.
Forgive our foolish ways, our thoughtless words, our arrogant ignorance.
Help us to face the monsters within.
Turn our eyes once again to you, and focus our hearts on your way,
that we may be faithful to your promise.
We pray in the name of the One who is lifted up in the desert,
drawing all people to himself, Jesus the Christ. Amen.

 

(A block with a Rod of Asclepius (a snake around a pole…this block should be twice the height of the other blocks) may be placed near the other blocks.)

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Other liturgy following the Old Testament readings for Lent B may be found here.