A Lenten Morning Prayer and Communion Service at Old First (every Sunday until Easter)

A Lenten Morning Prayer and Communion Service at Old First (every Sunday until Easter)

The Worship Standing Leadership Group has developed a simple, early morning, half-hour service for the Sundays of Lent. So even if you can’t join us at 11, you could come to worship each week as a Lenten discipline. The service will happen in the front of the Sanctuary each week, beginning at 8:30 and ending by 9:00 a.m.

Lenten Morning Prayer and Communion

CALL TO PRAYER
One: O God, open my lips

All: And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

One: Create in me a clean heart, O God,

All: And put a new and right spirit within me.

One: Do not cast me away from your presence,

All: And do not take your Holy Spirit from me.

One: Restore me to the joy of your salvation,

All: And sustain in me a willing spirit.

PSALM FOR THE DAY
The Psalm will be slowly and meditatively, pausing between verses.

SUNG RESPONSE — Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom. Jesus, remember me, when you come into your Kingdom.

GOSPEL FOR THE DAY
Following the tradition of the Society of Friends there will be a period of silence following the reading. Feel free to share thoughts or reflections you may have.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Anyone is welcome to share in prayer.
Prayer Response: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRAYER OF OUR SAVIOR
ALL: 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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the kingdom, the power and glory forever. Amen.

COMMUNION — all are welcome at the Table for the meal Jesus prepares for us.

BLESSING
ALL: May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, 
Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, 
and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, 
be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

AMEN
(A Four-Fold Benedictine Blessing by Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB (1985)