Lenten Meditation / Week of Feb 22-28

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

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
--Psalm 51:17


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

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who desires not the death of a sinner but rather that sinners would turn from their wickedness and live, has given power and commandment to declare and pronounce to his people the Absolution and Remission of their sins. He pardons and absolves all those who repent and believe.

INVITATORY // All reading bolded portions

Come, let us sing unto the LORD. Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and show ourselves glad with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it, and his hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down, and kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he comes to judge the earth and with righteousness to judge the all peoples with his truth.

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 8:12-17 // Reader

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


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Are you ever surprised that you sometimes act as though the Spirit is not in you?

  2. What does it mean to put to death the deeds of the body? How does that happen?

  3. Why does it matter that God is our father? How does that shape how you live?

  4. Do you ever doubt God’s fatherhood of you? If so, how does that affect your outlook?

  5. Is there a person in your life who helps you see what life in the Spirit can be?


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: O LORD, who for our sake fasted forty days and forty nights, give us grace to use such abstinence that our flesh yield to the Spirit that we may ever obey you in righteousness and holiness to your honour and glory. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who gives us life this day, defend us in your power and grant that we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger, but that all our doings may be righteous in your sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

MEDITATION & PRAYER (spend a few minutes praying silently)
 

BENEDICTION // Leader

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.

-- 2 Corinthians 13:14