Litanies, Prayers And Dialogues For Lent and Easter
Holy God, before whom we kneel in awe, we confess that we have missed the mark you intended for us. We have yielded to the power of the tempter and overstepped the boundaries of our humanness. We have disobeyed you in the neglect of our neighbor. We have ignored your holy calling and misused the means of your grace. Our sin cries out for your forgiving touch! Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us and grant us your peace. (silent prayer) M: Hear the good news: "There is no sin so terrible that God's
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.