Prayers for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (March 7-12, 2021)

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

To the One who created all that is,
We give thanks and praise.
To the One who wove together the pattern of the world’s order:
We give thanks and praise.
To the One who invites us to participate in the discipline of giving grace,
We give thanks and praise. 

Psalm 19

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
2
 Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
3
 There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
4
 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
5
 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.
7
 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;
8
 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;
9
 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10
 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.
11
 Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12
 But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
13
 Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 

Confession of Sin

(from the Liturgy for Lent II, pages 78-79 in the Moravian Book of Worship, used by permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication)

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 our desire for personal greatness, for our attempts to make gods of ourselves, for our willingness to exalt ourselves at the expense of others, and for our resistance to serving one another as you have served us.
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.
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 temptations of this world than being transformed by your lordship over our lives.
May the Holy Spirit empower us to accept the grace that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ offers to us today. Hear the words of our Lord, “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more.”
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body we were called to peace. And let us be thankful. 

Take time to read today’s Daily Texts. God speaks to us through the inspiration of scripture, so approach the opportunity to read the texts as a privilege, eagerly anticipating what might be spoken to you today. How might today’s Word make a part of your life new again? If you do not have a copy of the Daily Texts, you will find today’s texts posted in the margin on your page’s right side (at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile phone). When you have finished praying, continue as follows.

As you taught your disciples to pray, so we pray together:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen

And now, most merciful God, we ask you to continue extending your grace and favor towards us;
Let the sun of your gospel never go down out of our hearts;
Let your truth abide and be established among us forever.
Help our unbelief, increase our faith, give us hearts to consider your many gifts to us.
In faith clothe us with Christ, that he may live in us,
And your name may be glorified in us, in the sight of all the world.
As foolish as it may seem to some, and even to us at times, Christ, and him crucified,
Remain our confession of faith. Amen.