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Lenten Reflection and Prayer for March 18 (presented by Dr. Ronald Brown)

on March 16, 2020


 Opening Prayer.

Following Jesus

Gracious God, once more we meet together during this season of Lent.

 We come in the name of Jesus, remembering again those lonely and testing days he endured in the wilderness.

We come recalling how deliberately he spent time there alone, reflecting on who he was and what you wanted of him.

 We come reminded of the courage, the faith and the commitment he showed during that time – qualities that were to be shown in the rest of his ministry.

Gracious God, help us to use this time given to us.

 May we draw closer to you through it, understanding more of your nature and our own.

May it deepen our faith, strengthen our commitment, and confirm our sense of calling.

 May we learn what it means to follow Christ and what it means to serve you.

May we recognise more clearly the true cost of discipleship but equally the rewards.

 May we understand more fully why you have put us here, what you would have us do, who

 you would have us be, how you would have us live and where you would have us go.

Gracious God, prepare us through this time of worship, this day and this season, to understand and celebrate more fully all you have done for us in Christ Jesus.

 And so may we love you more dearly and serve you more faithfully, to the glory of your name.


 Hymn.   What a friend we have in Jesus.

 What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and grief to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer.


Have we trials and temptations,

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged:

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful?

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness:

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


Are we weak and heavy laden?

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge-

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

Do thy friends despise forsake you?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

 Readings followed by a reflection and open discussion.


Prayer-what’s it all about?

 Matthew 6 vv 5-15.                The Lord’s Prayer.

 Matthew 5 vv 43-48.              Rain falls on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 26 vv 36-44.           Gethsemane.

Final Prayers.


Failure to listen.

Living God, We thank you for our world full of so many wonderful sounds-the sounds of children laughing, babies crying and people talking,

the sounds of birds singing or an orchestra playing,

the sound of wind blowing in the trees and waves crashing on the seashore,

the sound of everyday life in a busy street, and the sound of silence.

Lord of all,   teach us to listen.

 In all kinds of ways you speak to us, but so often we fail to listen to what you are saying.

We come to you in prayer, but we do not wait to hear your answer.

We give ear to a multitude of voices clamouring for attention,

but we do not hear the still small voice within.

Lord of all,    teach us to listen.

 Forgive us that we close our minds to what we do not want to hear,

or that we are sometimes too busy to hear,   or that we hear only with our ears and not with our souls.

Lord of all,   teach us to listen.

 Living God we thank you for speaking to us.

Teach us to listen, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

Closing Prayer and Benediction




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