“…when we fast from this indifference, we can begin to feast on love. In fact, Lent is the perfect time to learn how to love again. Jesus—the great protagonist of this holy season—certainly showed us the way. In him, God descends all the way down to bring everyone up. In his life and his ministry, no one is excluded.” - Pope Francis Kyrie/Lord, Have Mercy Repeat after Cantor Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy on us. Christe, eleison. Christ, have mercy on us. Kyrie, eleison. Lord, have mercy on us. Rekindle… Lent “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” - Pope Francis Where do we struggle? Where are we tempted? How is our conscience troubled? Genesis 9: 8 - 15: When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings… St. Peter 3: 18 - 22: Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. … the water that saved Noah, prefigured baptism, which saves you now. Mark 1: 12 - 15 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. Mark 1:15 What does this mean? Every one of us has a struggle – * What demons are we dealing with? * What desert have we been driven into? Lent is a time for us to… + Embrace… Not Escape -Live in the desert, realize God’s love for us through the struggle/temptation - ‘the angels ministered to Jesus’ – -Validate one another, affirm and challenge – -be angels to each other +Every person can deepen their relationship this Lent What is our focus? You are invited to participate in a Holistic Lent! 1. Choose an area to focus on for the entirety of Lent, or for the week. - Body/Mind/Spirit 2. Keep track of your ‘desert’ – way in which you deepened your relationship with Jesus. 3. Bring your ‘tally’ or offering each week and place them in the appropriate rock. Together we can bring our communal Lenten experience to the joy of resurrection. We are in transition… What will God call us to? What will God ask of us in the coming weeks? Jesus dealt with transition too… Are we willing to trust that God will not abandon us? Are we willing to respond in the midst of change the same as when things are comfortable? Are we willing to Rekindle the fire of Lent and journey through our individual and communal desert, trusting in God and one another? To complacency To mediocrity To settle Jesus NEVER settled or stayed in one place… he journeyed calling us to REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL! How can our parish experience enhance our Lent? Participate in a Holistic Lent Notice the difference in our Liturgy during Lent Sung Kyrie (Penitential Rite) Sung response to the Prayers of the Faithful Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is sung Silence for closing hymn for all/some of lent (feel the silence… don’t cave to the temptation to put your jacket on or get ready to leave until after the ministry processes out) These actions cause us to know… something is different! God is descending all the way down this Lent to bring us up. Prayer of the Faithful: Sung Response after each intercession Cantor: Look upon us, O God, as we stand before you today, and hear us as we pray: All: O Lord, hear our prayer. Preparation Hymn: Here I am to Worship Tim Hughes Acc. by Ed Bolduc Text and Music © 2001, Thankyou music Light of the world You stepped down into darkness. Opened my eyes, let me see. Beauty that made this heart adore You Hope of a life spent with You Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You're my God You're altogether lovely Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me King of all days Oh, so highly exalted Glorious in heaven above Humbly You came To the earth You created All for love's sake became poor Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You're my God You're altogether lovely Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me I'll never know how much it cost To see my sin upon that cross I'll never know how much it cost To see my sin upon that cross Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You're my God You're altogether lovely Altogether worthy, Altogether wonderful to me Agnus Dei/ Lamb of God Agnus De-i, qui tol-lis pec-ca-ta mundi: mi-se-re-re no-bis. (2x) Agnus De-i, qui tol-lis pec-ca-ta mundi: Do-na no-bis pa-cem. Communion Hymn: Grateful #594 Refrain Grateful for the life you give us, thankful for your Holy Son, joyful in your Spirit flowing over all, O God of Love. Grateful for the Bread of Heaven, thankful for your Holy Word, joyful in your mercy flowing, we will praise you.