Sunday, March 05, 2006

Service text--First Sunday in Lent (Theme - The deadly sin of pride)

A Voice calls in the Desert:

“Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.”This is the first
Sunday of Lent, the season when we examine ourselves, letting the light of
Christ illuminate every corner of our lives. As Christ was called out into
the desert to prepare himself, to be tested, so we begin our own desert journey,
into a land where we cast off the things that hinder us so that we may hold on
to what matters most. Called to this journey together, we reflect,
repent, and commit ourselves once more to the mercy and love of God.
Sunday's Palms are Wednesday's Ashes
Our journey into the desert reminds us that we are not without
hope. Our only hope is in the Oasis of God’s love, offered through
Christ. We come as those sick to the Healer, as those thirsty to the
Fountain of Life, as souls in need and desolation to the King of Heaven, to the
gentle Comforter.

All who are thirsty
Come, ye Sinners

Pass me not, O Gentle Savior
During Lent, we find again our true hope—one found not in ourselves, but in
the steadfast love of God. For the one who hears the words of Christ and
puts them into practice builds a sure foundation.

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

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