The Third Sunday in Lent Mar 7th -Mar 13th

Forgive us, dear Jesus, for times we have not looked to you as our Lord, and for allowing the clamoring distractions of the world to become higher priorities than you.  Forgive us for yielding more to the pressures of this world than being transformed by your lordship over our lives

We give thanks to you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In our union with Christ, you have blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.

Even before the world was made, you had already chosen us to be yours through Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before you.

We praise you for your glorious grace, for the free gift you gave us in your dear Son!

Lord Jesus, we come before you in humble confession.  Help us conform our lives to you as the model for holy and righteous living

Forgive us for making light of your obedience and sacrifice on the cross by living an undisciplined and indifferent Christian witness; forgive us for yielding to fear rather than relying on your strength to take the risks of discipleship.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me;

cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of salvation;

anoint me with your Spirit free.

create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

TUNE: Mel. Anon. Harm. Susan H. Bates

Throughout this Lenten journey, let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

We thank you, Lord Jesus, not only for the privilege of believing in you, but of suffering for you as well, so that we may also be glorified with you.

Watchword for the Week

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18

Daily Watchword

Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Jeremiah 1:17

Doctrinal Text

We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:5

Prayer for Today

Dear Jesus, may we always proclaim you as Lord to all the earth. Because of your sacrifice on the cross, we are made victorious. Christ and him crucified remain our confession of faith. Amen.

Congregation Watchword for the Year

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