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Litany based on Hebrew Lections (Lent A)
Worship Outline using Charter of Compassion
Worship Outline using TCPC's 8 Points
Litany based on Hebrew Lections (Lent A)
Because temptation is woven into the fabric of our lives,
and we know the weariness of forty days in the desert,
and the beckoning power of sweet fruit,
and the vain promises of the world,
we need you, God.
We need you, God.

Because we see the broken before the whole,
and the half empty cup, and the unfinished task,
and the thirst in freedom's quest,
we need you, God.
We need you, God.

Because we trust in what we can see,
and we are blinded by our prejudices,
and we do not know what we do not know,
we need you, God.
We need you, God.

Because our need for correctness exceeds our need for truth,
and our excuses preempt the cry of the wounded,
and our celebration of blessing is mindless of those displaced,
we need you, God.
We need you, God.

Because you came among us,
and breathed into our sinewy souls,
and healed our pain and let us wound you,
and loved us to the end,
and triumphed over all our hatred,
we need you, God.
We need you, God.

Worship Outline using Charter of Compassion
Date(w/ practice from Spirituality and Practice) Charter of Compassion focus Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-10 Lectionary Connection-Lent A

Lent 1 - March 13

Spiritual Practice:


~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Genesis 2 - Tree of Knowledge

Lent 2 - March 20

Spiritual Practice:


~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Genesis 12 - Abram and strangers

Lent - March 27

Spiritual Practice:


~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall possess the earth.

Exodus 17

Thirsting for knowledge

Lent 4 - April 3

Spiritual Practice:



~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied.

1 Samuel

Unlikely king

Lent 5 - April 10

Spiritual Practice:


~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.


Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.


Dry bones and other sufferings

Lent 6/Passion-Palm

April 17



Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

John 11

Lazarus Rising

Worship Outline using TCPC's 8 Points
Date and Theme Lectionary Text TCPC Connection Children's Lit Recommendation
Lent 1A - Communing with Desire Genesis 2-3 Garden Encounters (Matthew 4:1-11) TCPC One: Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus.
TCPC Two: Recognize the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the way to God's realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us
"In God's Name", Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Lent 2A - Communing with Fear Genesis 12:1-4 Entry Etiquette (Matthew 17:1-8) TCPC Seven: Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people, protecting and restoring the integrity of all God's creation, and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers "Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge", Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
Lent 3A - Communing with Need Exodus 17:1-7 - Rock Water (John 4:5-42) TCPC Number Four: Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to): believers and agnostics, conventional Christians and questioning skeptics, women and men, those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, those of all races and cultures, those of all classes and abilities, those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope. "And To Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends", Mary Ann Hoerman and Kevin Hawkes
Lent 4A - Communing with Pride I Samuel 16:1-13 Young and Beautiful (John 9:1-41) TCPC Three: Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus's name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God's feast for all peoples.
TCPC Five: Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe.
"Zoe", Calvin Watlington
Lent 5 - Communing with the Holy Ezekiel 37:1-14 Breathing on the Bones (John 11:1-45) TCPC Six: Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes.  "Three Questions", Jon Muth
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