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Prayers of the People: eternally victorious

We give you praise, O God,
because you are eternally victorious over death.
In faithfulness you have raised up Christ for us,
and your mercy knows no end.

God of life, we pray for those who are bowed down
under the weight of hunger, injustice, uncertainty, or despair.
You who provide every good thing,
uphold your people.
Open your hands wide
and satisfy the needs of every living thing.

God of hope, we trust in your righteousness
and depend on your love.
Be near to those on whose behalf we call upon you;
to those who face sorrow, illness, injury, or death.
Fulfill our longings for wholeness, healing, and new life;
hear and answer all who cry out to you.

Steadfast God, preserve us in your love,
that we might speak your praise
and bless you forever
in the name of the holy one, the Risen Christ,
who teaches us to pray as we say:
The Lord’s Prayer


Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

Affirmation of Faith for Holy Humor Sunday

We believe in God who was before all things, maker of all things, source of all life. We were made in God’s image for vital work in this world – to do justice, to speak truth, to live in love. But we recognize that God’s image also blossoms in our … [Continue reading]

Benediction: sent to proclaim

Peace be with you all. As Christ was sent into the world, so we are now sent to proclaim forgiveness and bear witness to God’s love in Jesus’ name by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.   Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian … [Continue reading]

Illumination: teach us to live

Risen Christ, fill us with your Spirit and speak peace to us through these words of scripture. As we hear you, let our love overflow with knowledge and insight, and teach us to live in you, to the glory and praise of God. Amen.   Rev. … [Continue reading]

Dedication—claiming resurrection

God of grace, you are the source of all we have gained, but your greatest gift is the new life we receive in Christ. We offer these gifts as signs of our commitment to claim Christ’s resurrection as your gift, for you have claimed us in his … [Continue reading]

confession: after the parade

God of our salvation… we grasp our coveted, once-a-year, palm branches… we sing and shout, “Hosanna!”... we proclaim in those moments that we want you to save us... but we’re not always sure you understand what we mean.  You have come to … [Continue reading]

Closing Liturgy for Evening Prayer

Based on Luke 2:29-32, The Benedictus   Source of all rest and peace, dismiss now into my evening’s quiet, You have promised no less and so much more. We are witnesses to your salvation, Which You did for all people and continue … [Continue reading]

POP: you are our light

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (based on Psalm 27) O Lord, you are our light and our salvation; we are not afraid of anyone or anything. When terrible things happen, we put our trust in you, and we know you are always with us. Help us to see you at … [Continue reading]

Transfiguration Hymn: We Seek to Follow Christ

Note: please include copyright info when reproducing hymns. Permission is granted for church use. Text: Rev. Elana Keppel Levy, 2018 Tune: TERRA BEATA ("This Is My Father's World", Glory to God #370) 1. The disciples followed Christ Up a … [Continue reading]

Confession: we don’t want to understand

Holy God, we like to claim that your way is mysterious and we are uncertain how to follow. We confess that we don’t want to understand the fast that you choose. You call us to loose the bonds of injustice, to let prisoners free, to break every yoke, … [Continue reading]