Lenten Meditation / Week of Mar 8-14

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

Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil.
--Joel 2:13

 


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 have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

INVITATORY // All reading bolded portions

Come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
   and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
   and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
   and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

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 8:26-30 // Reader

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


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What does your rhythm of prayer consist of, including prayer in church?

  2. Do you struggle to know what to pray?

  3. Are there times when prayer flows more easily?

  4. What is your goal in prayer?

  5. How does the Spirit praying for you affect your view of prayer?


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: Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our
being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by
your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our
life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are
ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


MEDITATION & PRAYER (spend a few minutes praying silently)
 

BENEDICTION // Leader

May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in
believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Romans 15:13