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First Congregational Church of Essex

Fifth Sunday in Lent                       March 29, 2020

Words of Invitation

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…He says: 

Be still and know that I am God.  

(Ps. 46:1, 10a)

~Silent Reflection~

Gathering Prayer

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your Church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations that justice may prevail throughout the world. Let not the needy be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Make us instruments of your peace and let you glory be over all the earth. Amen

Lord, I Need You  (click to listen or sing along)

Prayer of Confession

Almighty and merciful God, we want to be where you are, we need you to be our hope and stay, we know that we cannot stand without you. And yet we wander. So, we fall on you and confess those places where we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.


One Thing Remains   (click to listen or sing along)    

Sermon & Gift of the Word   “Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors.”   Matt. 18:21-35 

(click to listen & watch)


Time of Prayer & Lord's Prayer  

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less  (click to listen or sing along)


May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

May the Lord turn his face toward you and reveal to you his life-transforming peace.


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