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Confession: God shines

The presence of God shines all around us, and yet our faces are buried in our phones, and our minds are on the tasks that are left undone, oblivious to the miracle of the Holy Spirit that surrounds. Let us together lift up our heads and open our eyes to see the work of God that abounds.

God of the snowfall and coming spring,
Spirit of the journey that leads us to the height of the mountain,
We open our hearts to you and to one another
the many ways we fall short to live into the fullness of life in you.
We create schedules that add to the burden,
And further shelter us from hearing your voice.
We add to the shadows finding the worst in the world around us,
Rather than living as instruments of your hope.
How quick we add to the discord with one another,
unable to see your face in our neighbor
in our disagreements we often miss the transference
of our own scars, disappointments, and should haves,
Help us again today to be renewed by your ever flowing grace
and unending love
Open all of who we are to your holy imagination of who we are yet to become restoring us in your glory. Praise be to God.

Submitted by Rev. Rob Smith, Spirit of Life Presbyterian, Apple Valley, MN

Transfiguration Invocation

God of the high and low, we come before you this day seeking your Holy presence. We come to sing praises, pray petitions, and listen to the Word at your holy mountain. We come to experience metamorphosis, to be changed into your people. Change us in … [Continue reading]

POP: no other helper

Alleluia! We praise you, O Lord, with every fiber of our being. With all our heart, soul, mind, and strength we will sing praises to you. We earnestly put our trust in you alone, knowing that there is no other helper but you, the … [Continue reading]

CTW: glory rising

Beyond our busyness, above the cold winter floor there is a glory rising born of heaven and reaching out to each one of us a light that shines through the clouds an invitation seeking all of who we are that transfigures the world that … [Continue reading]

Confession: new order

Prayer of Confession God of grace and mercy, You create a new order for our lives: Service before success, Faith before knowledge, Partnership over independence, The cross over the crown. Forgive us when we fall into the patterns of … [Continue reading]

CTW: praise the Lord!

We the Church give thanks to the LORD with our whole heart. Praise the LORD! When we look at all the works of the LORD, we know they are great. Praise the LORD! The LORD is gracious and merciful, faithful and just. Praise the LORD! Submitted … [Continue reading]

CTW: Arise and Shine

Arise and awaken, children of God! For our light has come, and the glory of the Holy One shines out! Lift up your eyes! Look around you! The people gather together – the people of all nations come together to worship God You shall see and … [Continue reading]

Benediction: God’s future

We are God’s beloved, and we go out into God’s future to love, to serve, and to be made new. As we go, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the unity of the Holy Spirit keep us now and forever. Alleluia! … [Continue reading]

Illumination: help us hear

God our Parent, your voice claims us as your people and calls us into new relationships with ourselves and others. By your Holy Spirit, help us hear your voice speaking to us through these words of scripture, and prepare us for your … [Continue reading]

POP: O Hear Our Cry

Beloved, we lift up prayers before God, trusting in the mercy of the One who comes to shepherd all people. Let us sing our prayers together: O Hear Our Cry, O Lord v. 1-2 Save your people, O Lord, and be especially present with those whom we … [Continue reading]