Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 15 , 2015
Thank you for joining us for this time of prayer. We are enriched by your presence with us.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Dear friends, God is with us. As we connect here today with open hearts, the presence of Christ surrounds and affirms us. We are one in this Divine embrace of Spirit. As we open our hearts for worship, let us take a moment and reflect on those things we have said and done which we are proud of, and offer to God the things in our life that we have said and done that we wish to confess.
All: Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. We ask for your forgiveness and your unlimited mercy to embrace us one more and make us one with your loving presence. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
B: May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by the Holy Spirit, and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, through the waters of baptism your Son has made us children of light. May we ever walk in his light and show forth your glory in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
107:1 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble
107:3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
107:17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
107:18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
107:19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress;
107:20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.
107:21 Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
107:22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.
The Holy Gospel John 3:14-21
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.
This is the Word of the Lord
Homily - Bishop Deb
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen
Concluding prayers and comments
Bishop: Linked by spirit, voice, and intention, we are in communion with each other and all with the Creator. We are wrapped in the love of God, all one in spirit, beyond the limits of time and space. Around the world at this very moment countless prayers are being lifted, songs of praise are being offered, bread and wine is being blessed to nurture Creator’s dear children. United in Christ, we lift our prayers and praise to God and give thanks that we too are spiritually fed in this time of worship.
All: We are all one; all fashioned by the love of God; all gifted by God’s grace; all embraced together by God’s love. Today as we connect with that constant, unbounded presence, may our lives be filled with joy and may the blessings that we receive in this sacred connection move us to be blessings in the world.
May we be the hands of Christ assisting one another.
May we be the voice of Christ, speaking up against injustice and unloving actions.
May we be the heart of Christ, reaching out with compassion and healing.
May we have the understanding of Christ, and see all as our brother and sister, and this planet as a sacred and holy world. And, may the Holy Spirit guide us and empower us this day to accomplish our purpose with Love and abundant joy. Amen.
Priest: The peace of God ,which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his son, Jesus Christ our Lord. And may the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier be with us this day and forevermore. Amen