Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year B)
We praise you, O God with an upright heart.
With our whole longing, we seek you.
Do not let us stray from your commandments.
We treasure your word in our hearts that we may not sin against you.
Blessed are you, Lord. With our lips we declare your ordinances.
We delight in the way of your decrees and we meditate on your precepts.
Our eyes are fixed on you, Lord, our Emmanuel.
Consume us with your love,
counsel us with your delight,
and melt our hearts to worship you.
Adapted from Psalm 119
Call to Confession
Our misery belongs to God.
The Lord hears our distress.
The Lord calms our anger.
The Lord makes all things beautiful in his time.
May we now confess to God where we have been tried and how we have not been true.
Sung Response: "Create In Me a Clean Heart, O God"
Prayer of Confession
God of all history and eternity, whom we call upon even now,
you are eternal, unchangeable, infinite, and almighty.
You are completely wise, just, and good—and the overflowing source of all goodness.
We thank you for your covenant, which is never broken,
and your love, which is never measurable.
Have mercy on us, O God,
according to your steadfast love.
According to your abundant mercy
blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities
and cleanse us from our sin.
For we know our transgressions and our sins are ever before us.
Against you, and you alone, have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Create in us a clean heart, O God. Put a new and right spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence,
and do not take away your Holy Spirit,
restore to us the joy of your salvation and sustain in us a willing spirit.
(reflective silence OR sung response: "Create In Me a Clean Heart, O God")
Adapted from the Belgic Confession and from Psalm 51
Assurance of Pardon
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Prayer for Illumination
The Lord deals bountifully with his servants that we might live and observe his Word.
Our eyes are opened that we may behold the wondrous things of God's law and our soul is revived according to his steadfast faithfulness.
Adapted from Psalm 119
Suggested Hymns and Songs of Praise
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"
"Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come"
"O for a Closer Walk with God"
"Jesus, Joy of Our Desiring"
by Katherine Lee Baker, M.Div.