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The Second Sunday of Lent
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 284 or 70
Hymn of Invitation: 346
Communion Hymn: 398
Dismissal/Missional Hymn: 655
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 8:31-38
Such a bleak and strident message
does the Lord insist we hear,
message of rejection coming,
all of suffering and death.
Bleak and strident is this message
laid upon unwilling ears.
As did Peter, so we answer:
never, never shall this be!
In the moment of Salvation,
at the sway of sin and death
answers Jesus to his Peter:
Get behind me, Satan, now!
For the throes of faithful living
find the violence of fear
shredding every fair appearance
to expose God’s seething love.
This, the cross in naked horror,
stands conclusively above.
This, the cross for bearing boldly,
lies upon the shoulder’s sag.
Each is following the Savior,
following the steps assigned,
losing all to gain the better,
chancing all in God’s delight.
22.214.171.124.D. Suggested tune: Lux Eoi
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Page 733 may be used, beginning at verse 25.
Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (or adapted by the editor from the UCC)
L: Be still and know that God is.
P: God was, also, in the beginning.
L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.
P: From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.
Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. Most holy God, whose son began a ministry with disciples and continues that ministry today with responsive followers, make us quick to give of ourselves to be in mission as your church today, that the good news of Christ may bring wholeness in all parts of our world. This we pray in his name (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”).
Act of Confession (created or adapted by the editor)
It is valuable to consider the ancient Kyrie (Lord, have mercy) during Lent, especially, as a means of bringing the congregation into God’s presence in repentance and hope. The traditions of the Western Church have the minister offering 3 sentences pertinent to the day as an introduction to each of these three petitions: “Lord, have mercy/Christ, have mercy/Lord, have mercy,” with the congregation repeating those 3 words each time they are spoken. The simplicity of the form is one that allows for its continued use, even without a printed detail each week in the congregants’ hands. Churches which use the Kyrie as a regular element of their service weekly (usually after words and songs of praise, early in the service) typically find it meaningful, and seldom need prompting, although in the interest of welcoming the strangers among us, some written form should be available for guests to follow. A creative pastor can usually create the introductory sentences for the 3 petitions quite easily when good preparation has been done for preaching any given Sunday, just as many of us strive to create pastoral and intercessory prayers that are in harmony with our understanding of the Word for the Day. An example for this Sunday is below, fully written for clarity.
Call to Confession
Min: The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence. Let us take a moment together to offer our prayers of confession to God. (silence is kept for a few moments)
Act of Confession (Responsive)
Because we have seen pain without being moved, because we forget your love with solemn pride, because we pass by comfortably before poverty and sadness, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
For speaking of love without loving our sister or brother, for speaking of faith without living your word, for living as people who do not recognize our own sinfulness, Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
For our tranquility in our affluent life, for our great falsehood in preaching about poverty, for wanting to make excuse for injustice, Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Words of Assurance
Min: God hears the confession of our hearts and lips. Through Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and by the Holy Spirit we are empowered to live new lives. Let us rejoice in the good news of the gospel.
O God, we acknowledge you as the Word, the God who will not keep quiet. With unmatched eloquence, you summoned into being the earth and all creatures. Then you blessed creation in a voice brimming with love. In the rumble of thunder, in a dreamlike whisper, in angel song; in the voice that shakes the wilderness and the small voice that moves our hearts, we hear you call us to eternal friendship and conversation. Do not let us interrupt that gracious conversation, but keep us attentive to your voice and quick to perceive your call in the events and people that surround us.
Hear our prayers for our world; help us to seek your peace, your hope, your will in the events around us. Hear our prayers for all whose lives are shattered by violence and distress. Hear our prayers for those who need your special touch and love…
Open our hearts to our brothers and sisters in faith around the world, that our relationship with them may grow and serve to teach us to be more open to all your people. Hear all of our prayers, Lord, for they come from your children in the Spirit of Christ, who taught us not our will but yours must be done. (And now we join our voices to pray as he has taught us, “Our Father…”)
Prayer after Communion (unison)
Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O God, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 8:31-38
This measure of the cross, O God,
astounds us, shakes us to the core.
For crosses are so stark and harsh,
the weight of desolation and despair.
Yet bearing thus the brazen threat,
we come to you in loss of all
to know the haunt of glory
expended in our time;
receive us, laden by the cross;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.