Lent 2002: First the Silence
A Christian Community
In the Tradition of the Church of the Saviour
First the Silence
Best of any song
is bird song
in the quiet, but first
you must have the quiet.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Out of the pounding surf of life
we come into this quiet pool.
Voice 1: Needs throbbing just beyond the reef,
we look for some still place
to let the mud of living settle into God.
Voice 2: We wait, to let the ringing echoes of activity die out,
to let the silence grow
until we're ready for the still, small voice of call.
All: We come because
the God of all creation calls us into being.
WORD FOR THE CHILDREN
Leader: Have mercy, tender God.
All: Forget that I defied you.
Wash away my sin,
cleanse me from my guilt.
When I offer a sacrifice,
the gift does not please you.
So I offer my shattered spirit,
a changed heart to your love.
INDIVIDUAL PRAYERS OF CONFESSION
Leader: Know that God will reshape our hearts,
and restore our spirits.
In God's love, we are forgiven.
PRAYERS OF THE COMMUNITY
The first Sunday of each month we switch to a Communion Liturgy here.
Leader: Out of silence, praise lifts its song.
Out of darkness, light bursts forth.
Out of waiting, the answer comes.
Go in faith that God brings us
what we most deeply desire.
Reflection: Wendell Berry, A Timbered Choir, "1997:1," pg 207
Confession and Assurance: Based on Psalm 51