March 8, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 03.08.09

Liturgy
O God,
in this season of Lent,
we trust in your power,
even as it is often found in weakness;

in your wisdom,
even as it is expressed in seeming foolishness;
in your wholeness,
even as it comes to us amid brokenness.

We do not ask this day for
displays of strength, exercises of intellectual prowess,
or manifestations of miracles.
We come simply to worship you.

Be with us this day, O Lord, sinners that we are,
that we might become your saints, your body,
your children, your church.

For this community of your Spirit is built not upon our
own abilities, knowledge, or restorative skill, but upon you,

in Jesus Christ, whom you gave up for all of humanity.

We thank you and ask in your Son’s name, amen.

Reflection
What does it look like to make God’s will your own?

How do you listen for God’s will in your life?

How will you struggle in your paryer life this Lent?

How can you struggle with your faith and God’s will as Jesus did in the wilderness?

How have you acted like Peter? How can you act like Levi?

Benediction
Go forth with this truth lodged firmly in your heart:
There is nothing you can do or say
That will separate you from the love of God.

In Christ we see the power of God’s transforming love;
The love that was in Christ is the same love that is in us today.

In every moment of our lives, God knows who we are,
And with patience and love, offers us what we need.

Like Christ, we will open ourselves to God’s presence;
We will place our lives in God’s care;
We will follow Christ in the pursuit of compassion,
     justice, and peace.

Go in peace and live the church.

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