God of all times and places, in Jesus Christ, lifted up on the cross, you opened for us the path to eternal life. Grant that we, being born again of water and the Spirit, may joyfully serve you in newness of life and faithfully walk in your holy ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Mighty and Merciful God, help us to remember how precious we are in your sight and to refrain from undermining our worth or the worth of others by ourselves to one another. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Make us a people who are grateful for the mercy we have received and who, in thanksgiving, pour out the abundance of love that you shower upon us. Make us people who are open at both ends of the channel so that your life might flow through us. Strengthen and renew us in the faith of Christ, as you hear our silent prayers now. Amen.
- Old Testament Lesson: Numbers 21: 4-9
- Gospel Lesson: John 3: 14-17
- No. 461 – God Is Here!
- No. 421 – The Church of Christ in Every Age
- No. 371 – Lift High the Cross
“Cross Roads” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer