Read Psalm 126

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
     we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
     and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
     “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
     and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
     like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
     reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
     bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
     carrying their sheaves.

from Rev. Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister:

Sometimes we find ourselves in thankful postures.  Groups can give thanks for restoration as well as individuals.  And how sweet it is when groups of people become corporately aware of God’s watch-care over them.  Some things are best said together.  During Lent, the church will have more than one occasion to confess aloud that “the Lord has done great things for us.”  And in doing so, may “we rejoice” together.   

God has never left the church.  God has never left us.  May we return in new ways during this season that we hold so dear.  May we return with shouts of joy.

As we rejoice in your life-giving and redeeming presence, O God,
may we celebrate the love which draws us together in your name.