First Sunday in Lent (Year A)

Sentences

Let all who are faithful offer prayer to God;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
The Lord is a hiding place for me; the Lord preserves me from trouble; 
the Lord surrounds me with glad cries of deliverance.
Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Adapted from Psalm 32:6, 7, 10, 11

Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God,
whose son Jesus Christ was tempted in every way, yet without sin,
we confess before you that we have sinned;

we have hungered after that which does not satisfy;
we have compromised with evil;
we have doubted your power to protect us.

Forgive our lack of faith; have mercy on our weakness.
Restore in us such love and trust that we may walk in your ways
and delight in doing your will.

Assurance of Pardon

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:1-2 (or a musical setting of Psalm 32)

Prayer for Illumination

Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. 
Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the way of eternal life; 
through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. 
Book of Common Worship

Hymn Suggestions

"Forty Days and Forty Nights"
"Lord Who throughout These Forty Days"
"O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High"

Written by John Paarlberg, pastor of First Church in Albany, New York

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