March 19

The Bridesmaids

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 25:1-13


The parable of the bridesmaids and their lamps.

Prayer of Confession

Loving God,
Your people long for you.
We watch and wait for the coming of your Kingdom.
You have filled us with good things –
you give us hope for a more gracious world,
you give us your passion for justice,
you give us your promise of peace –
a promise that is never empty.
And yet, Holy One,
we exhaust ourselves in the stuff of this world,
and we let our hope run dry.
Our passion grows weary.
We let ourselves run on empty,
and we forget how to be refilled.
Replenish us. Restore us. Refresh us.
Let your never-failing light shine through us and within us.


Congregational Song Suggestions

Give Me Oil in My Lamp


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

GTG 350, OLOFOB 607

“Let Your Little Light Shine, Shine, Shine”

Georgia Sea Island spiritual, arr. Pamela Warrick-Smith

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“Light is Kindled in the Darkness”

Text: David Bjorlin

Tune: Benjamin Brody


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Light is Kindled in the Darkness

Text: David Bjorlin

Tune: Kate Williams


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“Longing for Light, We Wait in Darkness (Christ, Be Our Light)”

GTG 314, VT 715

“O Come, Great God of Darkness and of Light”

by Chris Shelton

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“Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers”

ELW 244, GTG 362

This Little Light of Mine


Wait for the Lord


What is the World Like When God’s Will is Done?

GTG 771, VT 298

Beyond the Hymnal

 “There Won’t Be Trumpets”

from Anyone Can Whistle

by Stephen Sondheim