Lent 2019

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Introduction to Lent

What is provided for you here is a simple prayer and scripture guide, adapted from the Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship, that covers the duration of the Lenten season. It is meant to be used individually or within your house church, family, or friends for the purpose of prayer, meditation, and reflection.

You will also find these themes and some of these scriptures and prayers mirrored in our Lenten gatherings.

The church invites us to observe a Holy Lent. What this has meant for most of the life of the church is that the forty days leading up to Easter were marked as days in which people returned to the Lord, through prayer and fasting, repentance and self examination, and reading and meditating on God’s word. These are the days in which the people of God purposely turn their hearts to the Lord, opening up the whole of themselves to receive God’s presence and to hear God’s voice. As an expression of the church here in Denver, we are joining with the church worldwide in this journey. We look forward to these days, because in the deepest places in us, we know that we have an aching need, and that is to know our God.

To hear the voice of the one who knit us together and to feel the love of the one who found us and brought us back to himself is truly what we most desire, but so often that desire is drowned by the demands and the patterns that this world throws upon it.

But for these forty days… we listen to the deep places of our hearts, and we let them speak to us. We let our desire to know the Lord drive us, and we make all things subject. In that spirit, the leadership of Bloom is calling our community to forty days of prayer, fasting, and self-examination. Our sermons in this season will focus on the Gospels, as we journey with Christ to the cross, and our hope is that our times of worship together will be places in which we can more deeply and richly experience this season of Lent together as a family.

May you come to know the Lord in new and deeper ways.

~ The Bloom Staff

Week One

Readings for Week One

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Ash Wednesday

Holy God, our lives are laid open before you: rescue us from the chaos of sin and through the death of your Son bring us healing and make us whole, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Psalm 103
  • Isaiah 58:1-12

  • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

  • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

March 7

In your gracious favor, O Lord, direct us in all our doings and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name and by your mercy, obtain everlasting life. Amen.

  • Psalm 1

  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20

  • Luke 9:18-25

March 8

Support us, O Lord, with your gracious favor through the fast we have begun; that as we observe it by bodily self-denial, so we may fulfill it with inner sincerity of heart. Amen.

  • Psalm 51:1-10

  • Isaiah 58:1-9a

  • Matthew 9:10-17

March 9

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon all our weaknesses, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth your hand to help and defend us. Amen.

  • Psalm 86:1-11

  • Isaiah 58:9b-14

  • Luke 5:27-32

Morning Prayer

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us:

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever.

Amen.

 

The Psalm is read

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be forever. Amen.

 

The OT/NT reading(s) are read

 

Full of compassion and mercy and love

Is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

O my God, in you I trust.

You are the God of my salvation,

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.

O my God, in your I trust.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,

for they are from everlasting.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust.

 

Intercessions are offered

  • for the day and its task
  • for the world and its needs
  • for the Church and her life
  • for peace
  • for individuals and their needs

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Evening Prayer

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,

that you should follow in his steps.

 

He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,

when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

 

When he suffered, he did not threaten,

but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

 

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

 

By his wounds, you have been healed,

     For you were straying like sheep,

but have now returned

     to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God,

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

Be not far from me, O my God,

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

 

Thanksgivings for the day may be made

 

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father

and ask for his mercy and grace.

 

For your holy people,

that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the nations,

that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the needy,

that they may not be forgotten,

nor the hope of the poor be taken away,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the sick in body, mind, and spirit,

that they may know your power to heal,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the poor in spirit,

that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven

and see you face to face,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered,

To the mercy and protection of God.

Amen.

 

Personal intercessions may be offered

 

The Collect of the day is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Week Two

Readings for Week Two

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First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each find you mighty to save. Amen.

  • Psalm 25:1-9

  • Genesis 9:8-17

  • 1 Peter 3:18-22

  • Mark 1:9-15

March 11

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully increase in us your gifts of holy discipline, in almsgiving, prayer, and fasting; that our lives may be directed to the fulfilling of your most gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

  • Psalm 19:7-14

  • Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

  • Matthew 25:31-46

March 12

Grant to your people, Lord, grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the evil one, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only true God. Amen.

  • Psalm 34:15-22

  • Isaiah 55:6-11

  • Matthew 6:7-15

March 13

Bless us, O God, in this holy season in which our hearts seek your help and healing, and so purify us by your disciplines that we may grow in grace and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

  • Psalm 51:11-18

  • Jonah 3:1-10

  • Luke 11:29-32

March 14

Strengthen us, O Lord, by your grace, that in your might we may overcome all spiritual enemies and with pure hearts serve you. Amen.

  • Psalm 138
  • Matthew 7:7-12

March 15

Lord Christ, our eternal Redeemer, grant us such fellowship in your sufferings, that filled with your Holy Spirit, we may subdue the flesh to the spirit, and the spirit to you, and at the last attain to the glory of your resurrection. Amen.

  • Psalm 130

  • Ezekiel 18:21-28

  • Matthew 5:20-26

March 16

Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Psalm 15

  • Philippians 3:13-21

  • John 15:1, 6-16

Morning Prayer

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us:

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever.

Amen.

 

The Psalm is read

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be forever. Amen.

 

The OT/NT reading(s) are read

 

Full of compassion and mercy and love

Is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

O my God, in you I trust.

You are the God of my salvation,

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.

O my God, in your I trust.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,

for they are from everlasting.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust.

 

Intercessions are offered

  • for the day and its task
  • for the world and its needs
  • for the Church and her life
  • for peace
  • for individuals and their needs

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Evening Prayer

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,

that you should follow in his steps.

 

He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,

when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

 

When he suffered, he did not threaten,

but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

 

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

 

By his wounds, you have been healed,

     For you were straying like sheep,

but have now returned

     to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God,

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

Be not far from me, O my God,

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

 

Thanksgivings for the day may be made

 

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father

and ask for his mercy and grace.

 

For your holy people,

that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the nations,

that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the needy,

that they may not be forgotten,

nor the hope of the poor be taken away,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the sick in body, mind, and spirit,

that they may know your power to heal,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the poor in spirit,

that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven

and see you face to face,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered,

To the mercy and protection of God.

Amen.

 

Personal intercessions may be offered

 

The Collect of the day is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Week Three

Readings for Week Three

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Second Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul. Amen.

  • Psalm 19

  • Exodus 20:1-17

  • 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

  • John 2:13-22

March 18

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first suffered pain and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace. Amen.

  • Psalm 42:1-7

  • 2 Kings 5:1-15b

  • Luke 4:23-30

March 19

O Lord, we beg you to hear us mercifully; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and difficulties. Amen.

  • Psalm 25:3-10

  • Matthew 18:21-35

March 20

Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that amid all the changes of our earthly journey, we may be guarded by your mighty aid. Amen.

  • Psalm 78:1-6

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 5-9

  • Matthew 5:17-19

March 21

Keep watch over your Church, O Lord, with your unfailing love; and, since it is grounded in human weakness and cannot maintain itself without your aid, protect it from all danger and keep it in the way of salvation. Amen.

  • Psalm 95:6-11

  • Jeremiah 7:23-28

  • Luke 11:14-23

March 22

Grant us, O Lord our strength, a true love of your Holy Name; so that trusting in your grace, we may fear no earthly evil, nor fix our hearts on earthly goods, but may rejoice in your full salvation. Amen.

  • Psalm 81:8-14

  • Hosea 14:1-9

  • Mark 12:28-34

March 23

O God, you know us to be set in the midst of such great evils, that by reason of the frailty of our humanity we cannot always stand upright: grant us your strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations. Amen.

  • Psalm 51:15-20

  • Hosea 6:1-6

  • Luke 18:9-14

Morning Prayer

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us:

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever.

Amen.

 

The Psalm is read

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be forever. Amen.

 

The OT/NT reading(s) are read

 

Full of compassion and mercy and love

Is God, the Most High, the Almighty.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

O my God, in you I trust.

You are the God of my salvation,

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

In you I hope all the day long.

O my God, in your I trust.

Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,

for they are from everlasting.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust.

 

Intercessions are offered

  • for the day and its task
  • for the world and its needs
  • for the Church and her life
  • for peace
  • for individuals and their needs

 

Almighty and everlasting God,

you hate nothing that you have made

and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts

that we, worthily lamenting our sins

and acknowledging our wretchedness,

may receive from you, the God of all mercy,

perfect remission and forgiveness;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Evening Prayer

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love,

according to your judgement give us life.

 

That this evening may be holy, good, and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Silence is kept

 

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and forever.

Amen.

 

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,

that you should follow in his steps.

 

He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,

when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.

 

When he suffered, he did not threaten,

but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.

 

Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,

that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.

 

By his wounds, you have been healed,

     For you were straying like sheep,

but have now returned

     to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Christ committed no sin,

no guile was found on his lips.

 

The Gospel is read

 

Silence is kept

 

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God,

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

Make haste to help me,

O Lord of my salvation.

Be not far from me, O my God,

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit.

Forsake me not, O Lord;

be not far from me, O my God.

 

Thanksgivings for the day may be made

 

In penitence and faith let us make our prayer to the Father

and ask for his mercy and grace.

 

For your holy people,

that they may triumph over evil and grow in grace,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the nations,

that you will guide them in the ways of mercy and truth,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the needy,

that they may not be forgotten,

nor the hope of the poor be taken away,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the sick in body, mind, and spirit,

that they may know your power to heal,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the poor in spirit,

that they may inherit the kingdom of heaven

and see you face to face,

we pray to you, O Lord:

in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Let us commend the world, for which Christ suffered,

To the mercy and protection of God.

Amen.

 

Personal intercessions may be offered

 

The Collect of the day is said

 

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.

Amen.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.