Liturgy / Mar 18, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

We proclaim your love in the morning:
You have been faithful through the night.

We proclaim your faithfulness at the edge of the water:
You have carried us through deserts.

We proclaim your strength in the springtime:
You have nourished us in the Winter.

We sing of your goodness on Sunday:
You have been kind to us during the week.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Father thank you that you are a God who invites us to speak. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

For believers throughout the world who endure physical harm because they follow our Lord Jesus, shelter them this week; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For the tragic losses of seven years of war in Syria; we pray for peace and the restoration of the country; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For those in our city struggling to find a job; would you provide friends and connections; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For the teachers of Chicago; bless them and encourage them in the midst of difficulty; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For the people of Reborn Community Church, as they minister to their neighbors in Garfield Park; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For our sister Anna Parr, as cancer is once again present in her body; would you bring healing, strength, hope, and peace to her and her family; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For this Lenten season; may we learn to identify with you, as you have identified with us; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

And for all who come to the feast of Jesus this morning; for the hearing of our ears, rejoicing of our minds, and stillness of our souls; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, these are our requests. We trust in your mercy made known through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


I’m always ready for a war again / Go down that road again / It’s all the same / I’m always ready to take a life again / You know I’ll ride again / It’s all the same / Tell me who’s gon’ save me from myself / When this life is all I know / Tell me who’s gon’ save me from this hell / Without you, I’m all alone / Who gon’ pray for me? / Take my pain for me? / Save my soul for me? / ‘Cause I’m alone, you see
— Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd

THE ONE MAN: CHRIST WITH US & FOR US
Romans 8:31-39
Confesor Martinez, Elder Candidate


God did not make us to face life alone. And he has not left us to face death alone. In Christ, he is with us and for us. No matter what may come, God hears us; God sees us; God loves us.


PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Gracious Father,
When we look at the world around us, despair sets in.
This dying world seems very dismal and you seem very distant.
We are so quick to forget.
Father, forgive us. Set our eyes on you.

We know your rich life, but we wring our hands with worry anyway.
Our lack seems so much more real than your abundance.
We are so quick to forget.
Father, forgive us. Steady our hearts on you.

We know you have set us free from condemnation,
but we are so quick to heap blame on others.
We walk in fear, self-justifying just in case Christ Jesus isn't really ours at all.
We are so quick to forget.
Father, forgive us. Still our anxious striving in your sure love.
Praise be to God, for our death is not our end: we are alive in you.