A Call to Worship
Lent 3C 2010
Psalm 63: 1-8

The Lord our God satisfies our spiritual
yearnings and our thirst for the Divine.
The Lord our God is our Security and Hope.

God’s love is eternal, and we thank you
for that love so generously given!
We rest securely in God’s love.

God’s holiness is overwhelming,
yet so comforting and renewing.
The Lord our God is our God,
and we come to worship our holy God. Amen.

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving
Lent 3C 2010
Psalm 63: 1-8

With joy and thankfulness we each can say:
“The Lord our glorious God is MY God!”
God has gifted each of us with a deep longing
that can only be filled with God’s presence.
This inner longing is like an unending hunger
or an unquenchable thirst which longs for satisfaction.
The Lord our God yearns for our love.

God’s holiness is awesome and mysterious!
We experience it each day with wonder and joy!
We thank God for the experiences of joining
together to worship God - that is a blessing and a joy!
God rejoices in the worship of God’s people.

Like the morning mist rises to meet the light—
so our prayers of praise rise up to God, as we
reverently and sincerely respond to God’s love.
A deep sense of peace and gratitude to God
fills our being – quite different to every other experience.
God delights in our praise and thankfulness.

We give thanks for times of peace and quietness when
we rest in our beds - knowing that God’s presence
is with us as we meditate on God in the stillness.
How it enriches our very soul! We experience our
ultimate security in God’s love in those special times.
God gives each of us peace-filled joy and rest.

Generous God, in confidence and trust, we each rest
quietly and securely in the palm of your right hand.
We are held and blessed within God’s love and mercy.
You have been our help and our refuge through all
of life’s experiences, and for this we give you our thanks.
The Lord God is our God, and in you we trust. Amen.

A Personal Meditation
Lent 3C 2010
Psalm 63: 1-8

The Lord our God is my God, and I yearn for God’s presence.
I have a continually deep longing that can only be filled with
knowing that God is beside me. At times it seems like a greedy
hunger or an unquenchable thirst. Although I know God is always
with me, yet that incessant longing for God’s presence never ends.

Creative pause: I forever long to be in God’s presence.

I experience God’s holy presence in many different ways!
It is in the gathered worship that I particularly experience God’s
merciful love, because we all are forgiven sinners, having received
God’s love and undeserved grace. With joy I experience a lifting of my
burdens, and an inner sense of satisfaction that nothing earthly can
provide; as with my brothers and sisters of all ages, I sing God’s praises.

Creative pause: My burdens are lifted as I praise God.

When I am lying quietly in my bed I can meditate on God’s
nearness and this is especially enriching to my soul! I remember
with peace-filled joy, that God has indeed blessed me and guided me.
My ultimate security is in God’s presence in those quiet times.
I rest quietly in the palm of God’s right hand, held securely within
God’s love and mercy. You have been my Peace, my Help and
my Refuge through all of life’s experiences, and I thank you.

Creative pause: Peace-filled joy is mine as I rest in God’s hands.

Unless stated otherwise, all Bible readings and extracts used in these weekly Prayers and Meditations are from
‘The New Revised Standard Version’ Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council
of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*The additional weekly numbering is from the Revised COCU Indexing Scheme
COCU = ('Consultation on Church Union'); as it offers an easy sequential numbering
for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Church Calendar.

If any part of these Prayers and/or Meditations is used in shared worship, please provide
the following acknowledgement:
© 2010 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year C. Used with permission.


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