Lent 1998: A Way in the Wilderness
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
A Way in the Wilderness
Wisdom marks our foreheads with ashes
as we begin the journey through Lent.
She intuits what these forty days may hold in store for us
and tries to prepare us.
Remembering Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness,
she knows the trials, temptations,
and vulnerability one encounters in seeking to reflect,
to shed, to open oneself, to prepare.
She remembers the wounds to come.
-Jan L. Richardson, Sacred Journeys, p 133.
CALL TO WORSHIP
- Behold the beauty of the Holy One.
Let us offer sacrifices in God’s tent, with shouts of joy.
Let us sing and make melody to God.
- O God, you are our light and our salvation;
Whom shall we fear?
You give us shelter in the wilderness;
and show us where to find a way.
Hear us as we cry out, O God,
gathered as part of the body of Christ.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
CHANT OF THE WAY
- We know by a kind of instinct
that peace lies in the heart of darkness —
In the wilderness of soul.
Something prompts us to keep still,
to trust in God,
to be quiet and to listen for God’s voice.
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, pg. 237.
- Happy are those whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
- As long as I would not speak,
my bones wasted away with groaning all day long;
for day and night your hand lay heavy upon me.
Now I will confess my transgressions to you O God,
and wait for your forgiveness.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
- God forgives those who confess.
Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in God.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
The first Sunday of each month we switch to a Communion Liturgy here.
- Put prayer, virtue, merit, grace, and all gifts
in the keeping of the one from whom they all must come.
Peace will be all the sweeter
because it will be free of every care. Amen.
Merton, pg. 239.