Lent

What words accompany us through the Lenten journey?

How do we cry out?

How do we express the cravings of our deepest being?

What words comfort and challenge us in the wilderness of life?

 

Worship Words resources for Lent:

 

O Christ, you lived as an ordinary man
not in style but simply,
yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere;
you drew the expectations of hungry crowds,
and brought buried conflicts to the light.
May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval,
and who often avoid conflict
for fear of its cost to us,
hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice
and follow faithfully in your way of compassion and solidarity
with those who are poor and excluded,
wherever it may lead us.
Amen.

This is one of three readings used to explore the Lent theme: “Hineni: Here I Am” –  looking at the idea of spiritually showing up and saying ‘Yes’ to God’s call and invitation.

Matthew 4:1-11   (slightly altered text)

3 Voices: Narrator, Tempter, Jesus
Narrator: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him,

Tempter: “If you are the God’s own beloved, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

Narrator: But Jesus answered,

Jesus: “It is written,‘One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Narrator: Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him,

Tempter: “If you are the God’s own beloved, throw yourself down; for it is written,‘God will command his angels concerning you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’”

Narrator: Jesus said to the Tempter,

Jesus: “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Narrator: Again, the devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the realms of the world and their splendor and he said to him,

Tempter: “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”

Narrator: Jesus said to the Tempter,

Jesus: “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only God.’”

Narrator: Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.