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confession: the reality of our doubts

Risen Lord, you come into the reality of our doubts,
breathing peace and forgiveness upon us.
We confess that we have insisted on false certainties,
held each other to unrealistic standards,
and separated ourselves from the community of faith.
Come to us once again in your grace,
that we might see, and touch, and embrace your promise,
so we can claim your forgiveness and extend it to others.
We pray in your holy name.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

Easter communion: at this table, still you work

Invitation Jesus said “I am the gate, and you will come in and go out and find pasture.” At this table, Christ opens the door for all people, calling us by name and inviting us to be nourished. At this table, it does not matter if we have … [Continue reading]

Maundy Thursday: a complete service

Call to Worship             (based on Psalm 26:3-12) God’s steadfast love is before our eyes. We walk in God’s faithfulness. We wash our hands in innocence. We go around your altar, Lord. We sing a song of thanksgiving And tell about your … [Continue reading]

litany for Palm Sunday: threat

Jesus was beloved by the poor and the outcast but he was a threat to people with power. Jesus stood against the Temple, so he was a threat to the Sadducees. Jesus healed on the Sabbath and ate with sinners, so he was a threat to the … [Continue reading]

confession: caught between options

God, so often we do not know what to do. We feel caught between the options, uncertain of where you are leading. In our anxiety, we turn on each other, relying on sarcasm and mocking to bolster our pride. In our frustration, we ask all the wrong … [Continue reading]

confession: we lose our way

Loving Christ, you tell your disciples that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, yet how often we lose our way, confuse the truth, and choose little deaths rather than live in your abundance. We confess our distractions, how tempted we are by … [Continue reading]

Confession: You invite, but…

One:    You, Lord, invite us into relationship All:     but relationships are messy and hard work, so we turn you into an idea instead. ~silence~ One:    You, Lord, invite us to trust, All:     but we insist trust must be earned, so we … [Continue reading]

CTW: come together

One:  As we gather for worship, think back on your week… Have you turned on the news and struggled to find God in it all? All:  Then come, this is a place for you! One:  Have you felt guilty because of something we did or neglected to do? All: … [Continue reading]

confession: denial

You, O Lord, are the giver of every good gift. Your love is the ground of our being. You call us to listen, to feast upon your word, and to follow in your way. You call us to trust you with everything we are and everything we have. Yet so often we … [Continue reading]

invocation: bold to worship you

O God, as a hen gathers her brood under her wing, so you have gathered us all here.  As the father runs to welcome the prodigal home, you too have eagerly opened your arms to welcome us into this holy space.  As your assembled people, help us to … [Continue reading]