Lenten Meditation / Week of Mar 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

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set before us.
--Daniel 9:9-10


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

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands;
   serve the Lord with gladness
   and come before his presence with a song.


Know this: The Lord himself is God;
   he himself has made us, and we are his;
   we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.


Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
   go into his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and call upon his Name.


For the Lord is good;
   his mercy is everlasting;
   and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

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 8:31-39 // Reader

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


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What things in life make you feel separated from God?

  2. Why do you think children of God experience this feeling of separation from him?

  3. What do you do when you feel separated from God?

  4. The Apostle Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ; does that mean we shouldn’t pay any attention to our feelings on the matter?


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 God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the
night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive
far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your
law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having
done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may,
when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.


O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know
you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend
us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that
we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of
any adversaries; through the might of 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
for ever and ever. Amen.    
-Ephesians 3:20-21