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confession: painted with vision

Creator God, you paint the world with your vision, you whisper through our voices, you write on our hearts. Yet we turn our eyes away, close our ears, and harden our hearts. Where you have created, we have destroyed. Where you have brought together, we have divided. Where you have loved, we have ignored, and feared, and hated—often in your name. Forgive our lack of vision, and help us to see as you see, in order that we might love as you love.

~silence~

Assurance of Forgiveness

One:     God’s promise is sure: in Christ we are forgiven. Rejoice in God’s strength and live in Christ’s light.
All:       God is with us! We will love as we have been loved. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.

Charge and Benediction: CtK

Jesus has told us who needs us to care. As you go out into God’s world, keep your eyes open for those who are hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, or imprisoned. See Christ in them and help them. And remember you are God’s beloved. The Holy … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving Prayer

On this Thanksgiving Day, let us not forget to start by saying thank you to the Creator and Source of all for which we have to be thankful. Loving God, we thank you for those with whom we spend this day. Thank you for family, friends, and strangers. … [Continue reading]

charge and benediction: set apart

People of God, you were set apart even before you came into being, to proclaim the goodness and grace of our God, in word and in deed, wherever you go. Go out into the world this week, sharing God’s love with all people in Jesus’ name. And may … [Continue reading]

POP: Be our Rock

To you, O Lord, we call out for help, for you are our rock and our fortress. Listen to the prayers we raise before you today. Rescue those who are under the power of injustice and cruelty, and cleanse our hearts of the desires that do violence … [Continue reading]

CTW: gather, hold, send

Gather us in, O God, Your people are here to worship! Hold us in faith, O God, We are here to serve. Send us in hope, O God, We are here to follow. Submitted by Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Canyon Lake TX … [Continue reading]

confession: grace flow freely

Holy One, we have done what is evil in your sight. We have disobeyed your commandments and failed to trust your wisdom in the way it comes to us. Forgive us our sins, and restore us to right relationship with you. Unstop our ears and open wide our … [Continue reading]

confession: purchasing the holy

God of heaven and earth, we ask your forgiveness for the devotion we show to the things of this world. We seek to find comfort, healing, and wholeness through the marketplace. We lean on ideas and dreams to carry us through times of deep emotion. We … [Continue reading]

CTW: we come before the throne

We come before the throne. Bearing great burdens We come before the throne. Full of ourselves We come before the throne. To see God. We come before the throne. In Worship and praise We come before the throne. Where we will … [Continue reading]

Advent Candles: hope, peace, joy, love

1. The first week of Advent is all about hope. Think about hope as you hear Lamentations 3: 21-24: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are … [Continue reading]