Lenten Meditation / Week of Feb 15-21

We’ll be looking at Romans 8 on Sundays throughout Lent and be posting weekly meditations that include prayers, readings, and even some discussion questions on the passage for the upcoming week. These would be good for use in community groups, individually, in families, or with friends.
— Pastor Mark

OPENING READING // Leader

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
--Philippians 1:2


CONFESSION OF SIN // Leader

Let us humbly and silently confess our sins to Almighty God. (Silence is kept.)


PRAYER OF CONFESSION // All

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts.
We have offended against your holy laws.
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done;
and apart from your grace,
there is no health in us.
O Lord, have mercy on us.
Spare those who confess their faults.
Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
Most merciful Father, grant for his sake,
that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of your holy Name.
Amen.


ABSOLUTION // Leader

Grant your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

INVITATORY // All reading bolded portions

O Lord, open our lips;
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Praise the Lord.
The Lord’s name be praised.

LEADER: The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: Let’s sing to our great God.
 

SONG OF PRAISE // All

We encourage you to choose a song and join in singing together or by yourself, giving voice to praise. You can find songsheets link to the following songs below for you to pick from, but feel free to sing a song of your own choosing. 

DOXOLOGY
COME THOU FOUNT
O DAY OF REST AND GLADNESS

PSALM 46: GOD IS OUR REFUGE, OUR STRENGTH AND OUR SHIELD


READING FOR THE DAY: ROMANS 8:1-11 // Reader

Reader: The Word of the Lord
All: Thanks be to God


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What are some reasons why people feel condemned? What makes you feel that way?
  2. What do you do when feeling condemned? How do you help others in that place?

  3. What does it mean to walk according to the Spirit, rather than the flesh?

  4. Is there a particular issue that pushes you back into relying on your flesh?

  5. How do freedom from condemnation and life in the Spirit work together?


THE CREED // All

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten,
Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, Very God of Very God,
Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made:


Who for mankind and for our salvation came down from heaven,
and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;


And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;
And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;

And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead,
Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who spoke by the Prophets;

And we believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
We look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the Life of the age to come.
Amen.

 

PRAYERS // All reading bolded portions

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

O Lord, show us your mercy;
And grant us your salvation.
O Lord, save our nations;
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
And make your chosen people joyful.

O Lord, save your people;
And bless your inheritance.

Give peace in our time, O Lord;
For only in you can we live in safety.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Create in us clean hearts, O God;
And take not your Holy Spirit from us.


LEADER: Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all
your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant
that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for
the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may
be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in
heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and
sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to
those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you
and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit
upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

MEDITATION & PRAYER (spend a few minutes praying silently)

BENEDICTION // Leader

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.
--Ephesians 3:20-21