Third Sunday in Lent

March 12, 2023

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing; know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his Name, for the Lord is good.
His steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
—Ps 100

Eternal God, you are our Protector and you are our Strength.
You guide us along our path,
and you gather us together as a family of faith.
In your great goodness, open our hearts to your holy word;
and through our worship
may we be inspired to serve you in the church and in the world.
We ask this in Christ’s Name, who taught us to pray.

God our Creator, your kindness has brought us the gift of a new morning. Help us not to cling to yesterday, nor covet tomorrow, but to accept the uniqueness of today. By your love, celebrated in your word, seen in your Son, brought near by your Spirit, take from us all we need no longer carry, that we may be free again to choose to serve you and be served by each other.
We believe that God forgives and sets us free, and at the week's beginning we commit ourselves to follow where Christ calls and to love one another.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. 
Glory to God. Amen.
Common Order, Church of Scotland

The 24th Psalm reminds us
that the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it.
Therefore, because we are God’s people,
and all that we have is a gift of God,
let us offer ourselves and our gifts to our Creator.

We thank you, O God, for this time that we have spent together.
As our final act of worship, we offer you these gifts.
Though they are but a token of what you have given us,
we humbly ask you to bless them for use in your kingdom.
This we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.