4th SUNDAY OF LENT – B

Greeting

Let us give praise to the FATHER
who gave us his only SON to be our Savior.
And may the SPIRIT, who raises us up with Christ, be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

A
Jesus was lifted up on the cross for our salvation.
By the lifting up of the bread and wine in the Eucharist,
Jesus’ saving sacrifice is remembered and renewed.
How worthy are we to partake in this saving mystery?

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of Man lifted up on the Cross
so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God in whose name we are saved:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you came as light into the world
to dispel the powers of darkness:

Lord, have mercy.

B
Paul’s proclamation that we hear today gives us good reason to gather in hope.  We bless God for the generosity of his grace, for the lavishness of his mercy.  In that mercy we hope to have a share.

Let us ask the Lord to renew our lives in the power of his forgiveness.

Through your grace, Lord, we are saved.

Lord, have mercy.

Through your gifts, Lord, we are blessed.

Christ, have mercy.

Through your love, Lord, we know peace.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A
O God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world
that when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only Son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth, he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross, he draws all to himself.

Raise us up with Christ
and make us rich in good works,
that we may walk as children of light
toward the paschal feast of heaven.

Grant this through Christ, our liberator from sin,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

B
O God, the source of all light,
You gaze into the depths of our inmost hearts.

Never permit the powers of darkness to hold your people captive,
but open our eyes by the grace of your Spirit,
that we may be able to look upon your Son
and see the one you sent to be the light of the world,
so that, seeing, we may believe and worship Jesus as the Lord
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                             GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       With confidence we bring our cares and concerns before God the Father who loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life.

CM      Our response is:       Have mercy on your people, Lord.

Please repeat:

  1. For the church:  (pause) may it may always be a living sign of God’s love and mercy in times of darkness and despair.  We pray:
  2. For all those holding public office:  (pause) that the light of truth and justice may shine in their words and actions. We pray:
  3. For the followers of Christ gathered here in prayer   (pause) that they may attract people to  Christ who is the Light. We pray:
  4. For the adults preparing for baptism here in our church on Easter Sunday.  (pause) that their faith be enriched by the example of our good works. We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

P       God of love and mercy, you call us to walk in the light that Christ your Son brought into our world. Free us from darkness and keep us in the radiance of the truth. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

O God,
You so loved the world that you sent your only Son into our world
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish
but may have eternal life.

Through him, we bring before you the aspirations of all humankind
for a world where honesty and justice will reign.
This we ask through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Let us pray to the Father of all mercies
for the coming of the kingdom among us:

B
Let us pray that God might show the immeasurable riches of his grace by praying in the words of Jesus:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from evil deeds,
especially when we love darkness rather than light.
We know that you are with us even in the darkness.
Let your kindness always shine on us
as we wait in joyful hope
for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, Jesus Christ, you said to Nicodemus:

“Those who do what is true come to the light”.

Look not on our blindness,
but on the faith of your Church,
and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace

Blessed are those who make peace:
they shall be called sons and daughters of God.
We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace.

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who was lifted up on the cross
to redeem us from the darkness of sin and death.
Blessed are we who are called to receive him.

Prayer after Communion      [ Based on the 2nd Reading]

O God, who is rich in mercy,
out of the great love with which you love us
you have made us alive together with Christ;
you have raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places,
so that you might show the immeasurable riches of your grace;
for it is by your grace that we have been saved.

We are what you have made us.
And we thank you for your gift in Christ Jesus the Lord. AMEN.

Solemn Blessing

May God the FATHER who created you in love
bring you to the light.   AMEN.

May the grace of his SON who was lifted up on the cross
draw you to himself.  AMEN.

And may the power of his SPIRIT help you to believe
so that you may have eternal life.  AMEN.

Dismissal

A
Saved by faith and created in Christ for good works,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

 

B
Our celebration is ended.
Walk in the light of Christ
so that it may be clearly seen
that your deeds have been done in God.

Download printable file here: 4th Lent – B

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