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Communion: be born in us tonight

O God of highest heaven,
we give you thanks and praise
for your steadfast faithfulness to us.
You divide the chaos and call forth order.
You appear in barren lives and call forth new life.
You never give up on us, even when we seem to have given up on you.

O God of highest heaven,
we sing glory to you
for coming to dwell among us.
We celebrate the gift of your beloved Son,
given to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As he was born for us in Bethlehem so long ago,
may he be born in our hearts again tonight.
May he teach us your ways,
call us back to relationship with you,
and send us out in loving service to all people.

O God of highest heaven,
come to us now.
Let your Holy Spirit fill us as we share this holy meal,
and through us let peace prevail on earth.
We pray in the name of the newborn King,
Jesus the Christ, who would teach us to pray as we say together:

 

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

dedication: gifts received and offered

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confession: meek and mild v. selfishness and greed

Oh Holy Child of Bethlehem, God who comes to us so small, we confess the overwhelming enormity of darkness that rules our lives.  As you came into the world meek and mild, light within us a powerful glow that casts out dim selfishness and greed. Form … [Continue reading]

pastoral prayer for The Longest Night

If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light 
around me turn to night," darkness is not dark to you, O 
Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to 
you are both alike.    (psalm 139) And yet we stumble, O Lord. … [Continue reading]

benediction: do not be afraid

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CTW: light with us

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benediction: delight God’s heart

Servants of God, who delight God’s heart, go forth by the power of the Holy Spirit to do justice, strengthen the weak, and free those in bondage. Go forth as ministers of the covenant made for us in Jesus Christ. Go forth in the hope of the new … [Continue reading]

confession: such a time as this

Emanuel, God with us, we know it is Advent, yet we wonder what time it is. Is it time to clean out our homes and our hearts, or is it time to be filled with cider and sweetness? Is it time to sing out carols with candles, or is it time to call out in … [Continue reading]

confession: isaiah 42

Prayer of Confession – Isaiah 42:5-7 (each section is a portion of the sanctuary seating) Leader: Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out… Section 1: We confess that we have polluted and over-consumed, living a … [Continue reading]

confession: let line shine

O Lord our God, light of the world, we confess that we are not always good at letting your light shine through us. We insist that the earth is ours, not yours. We insist on building walls that keep others out. We insist on serving ourselves first, … [Continue reading]