Liturgy for 1st Sunday in Lent - Year CRead More
Living God, today’s Good News is so wondrous, so magnificent,
that we struggle to wrap our heads around it.
Give our hearts the wisdom to receive
that which our heads cannot fully understand.
Send your Spirit to fill our whole bodies with your resurrection promise.
This we pray in your holy and good name. Amen.
Even the obstacle of death has been removed between us and God.
If death no longer stands in our way,
we can be sure that our sin does not either.
Let us confess our sins
that they may be washed away by the mercy of our risen Lord.
this week has had within it such trials, such tribulations, and such sorrows.
But they are all washed away.
They are washed away by the grace
that gushes from that empty tomb.
Your creation relentless; it will not be ended by death’s devices.
We gather for there is a story that needs to be told,
a joyful song that cries out to be sung!
Jesus Christ is risen today!
Friends, the tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away!
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!
For three days he lay in that cold and lonely cave.
But God’s love cannot be contained by anything, not even death!
Thanks be to God, who gives us victory throughout our Risen Lord.
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Come, let us worship the Risen Christ!
God of the cross,
For us, sinners though we are, you were nailed to a cross.
For us, you took a final breath, and walked willingly into the darkness.
For us, you were broken. For us, you lived. For us, you died.
You do not deserve this death. We do not deserve your life.
God of grace, give our hearts courage to accept your grace
and to respond to the life that was given for all.
Guide us through the darkness ahead
that we might be renewed by the light that is to come.
It the name of the Blessed One who was taken and broken, we pray.
give us the wisdom of your Spirit
to understand and receive the depth and breadth
of the love that Christ showers upon us.
Bless this reading of your Word
that we might be transformed by its grace. Amen.