The Fifth Sunday in Lent Mar 21th – 26th

Prayer of Confession

Holy, holy Lord God Almighty, you have enabled us to gather in your name. We are awed by your power and majesty and touched by your love revealed to us in your Son Jesus Christ.
Today, we remember with devotion, his preparation towards his last journey to Jerusalem to complete his work as our Messiah; to suffer, die, and rise again. Our spirits are humbled by his obedience to your perfect will. O Father, we confess with shame our slowness to learn from the example of our Lord. Look mercifully upon us, we pray, as we acknowledge and confess our sins

Father, we confess that we have sinned against you, yet we know that you love us still. In your steadfast love, forgive our feeble worship which we offer to you; pardon our paltry praise; extend your mercy to us in our failure to be genuine in our fellowship one with other; and absolve our tendency to neglect attending to the needs of those who are the least among us.
Reclaim us as your own for we truly repent of our sins as we resolve to follow in our Lord’s footsteps. We embrace our Father’s promise to us, a new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. AMEN

Gracious God, we thank you for the assurance that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As we are bombarded daily by temptations of the body, mind and spirit, may we see ourselves as overcomers because of the power of your Holy Word, which we have hidden in our hearts, so that we may not sin against you.

Empowering Holy Spirit, the Source of all that is good and true in this life:

Give us the courage to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ our Lord.

Watchword for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put anew and right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Daily Watchword

My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the
heavens; when I summon them, they stand at attention. Isaiah 48:13

Doctrinal Text

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. John 1:1-3

Prayer for Today

Eternal Word, you have existed forever, along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Everything in creation came into being through you. We look forward to the day when everything and everyone will confess you as Lord! Amen.

Congregation Watchword for the Year

The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1