Sunday, February 26, 2012

Lent 2b

L       Jesus said, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. (Mark 8:34-35) Let us confess our reluctance to deny ourselves and follow Christ.

Silence kept for confession and reflection

L            You who fear the LORD, give praise!

C       All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD; all the families of nations shall bow before God, for dominion belongs to the Lord, who rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:23, 27-28)

 L        (As) Abraham’s faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness” so it will be reckoned to us who believe in God who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Lent 1b

L       Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. You are gracious and upright, O LORD; therefore you teach sinners in your way. (Psalm 25:6, 8) Let us confess our reluctance to be instructed in the way of the Lord.

L       To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

C       Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions, but lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. (Psalm 25:1, 5, 7)

L                   You are gracious and upright, O LORD; therefore you teach sinners in your way… for Christ suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring us to God. (Psalm 25:8; 1 Peter 3:18)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Transfiguration Year B

L       “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?” says the Lord. “For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you. But those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.” (Psalm 50:16-17,23) Let us confess the ways we fail to honor the Lord.

Silence kept for confession and reflection

L       The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.

C            I will offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay my vows to the Most High. (Psalm 50:6,14)

L          Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth (for) it is God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (Psalm 50:2, 2 Corinthians 4:6)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Epiphany 6b

L       While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed.” Then you hid your face, and I was filled with fear. (Psalm 30:6-7) Let us confess the ways we rely on our own strength and have turned away from the Lord.

 Silence for confession and reflection

 L       Hear, O Lord,

C       have mercy upon me O Lord (and) be my helper. My heart will sing to you without ceasing; I will give you thanks forever. (Psalm 30:10, 12)

L       Sing praises to the Lord, all you faithful; give thanks in holy remembrance (for) God's wrath is short; God's favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping spends the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:4, 5)