January 15

Tempted in the Wilderness

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 4:1-17


Jesus fasts in the wilderness and overcomes the voice of the Tempter.

Call to Worship

One: O God, you meet us in the wilderness:

All:  in the wilderness of this world,

in the wilderness of our lives,

in the blur and bewilderment of

questions, temptations, doubts, and despair.

One: You are with us, O God, 

as many voices try to capture our attention, and capture our hearts – 

All:  voices that lie:

promising fulfillment through greed,

promising prosperity through power,

promising safety through self-centeredness.

One: O God, make a Way through this wilderness.

All:  Lead us from lies into truth.

One: Help us to hear your voice through it all.

All:  Remind us who we are, for you know and love us through and through.

Congregational Song Suggestions

Broken World, Broken Dreams

Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

For Days Within the Wilderness

Jacque Jones

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“God Calls You Good”

VT 172

“I Need Thee Every Hour”

GTG 735, OLOFOB 154

“Jesus, Tempted in the Desert”

OLOFOB 304, VT 307

“O God, You Search Me”

GTG 29, VT 199

“Seek Ye First*”

(*Some versions include a third stanza, “You shall not live by bread alone…”)

GTG 175, VT 417

“When We Are Tested”

GTG 783, OLOFOB 307

Beyond the Hymnal

 “You Gotta Serve Somebody”

by Bob Dylan