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confession: we are not looking

All:       You walk among us, O Lord, hoping we will see your face in the crowd. We confess that most of the time, we are not looking. And when we do look, we are afraid of what we see. We close our ears and laugh it off when you call our names. When we are too wrapped up in our own concerns to recognize you, forgive us. When we are too certain, and there is no room for your mystery, forgive us. When we have locked our doors, our minds, and our hearts, forgive us. Show us your face again, living God. Teach us to see, and to welcome you in. Amen. ~silence~


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

communion–independence day

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Creator of the universe, for you made all things and called them good— earth, sea, and sky are yours, every tree and bird, each seed sprouting, every firefly twinkling and every drop of precious water is a … [Continue reading]

POP–memorial day weekend

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 144) - for Memorial Day weekend Blessed are you, O Lord our rock! You give skill to our hands and strengthen all who serve their neighbors.  You are our help and our fortress, and we put our trust in … [Continue reading]

A Prayer for Ordinary Time

God, I appreciate the extra effort and energy we pour into our holy days. I love when the sanctuary is fuller than usual. I love the banners and flowers and special music. And, God, I love ordinary days like today. Days when we bring our best to … [Continue reading]

POP–unshakeable foundation

 Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 41)  O God, our unshakeable foundation, hear us as we offer our prayers for all who are afflicted.   We pray for those who are poor and in need, that you would deliver them in the time of trouble and … [Continue reading]

Great Thanksgiving: The Source

May God’s presence be with you! And also with you! People of God, lift up your hearts to the Holy One. We lift them up to the One Who Lives. With prayer and celebration, with lives lived in love, let us praise God in reverent silence and shouts … [Continue reading]


 Prayer of Dedication (based on 2 Cor. 1:3-11) - Narrative 5/22/16 Blessed are you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! We give thanks for the blessings you have granted us, and we commit these offerings to your use. Receive them and bless … [Continue reading]

Benediction–Claimed by the Spirit

Benediction - based on 2 Cor. 5:20  You are claimed by the Holy Spirit  to be an outpost of heaven on earth.  Go therefore to bear the life of Christ to all people,  forgiving and reconciling in Jesus’ name.  May the grace of the Lord … [Continue reading]

Opening words for Easter 2

Call to Worship When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, Jesus came and stood among the disciples and said: Peace be with you! The Risen Christ is with us now, offering us the gift of peace. Then the disciples rejoiced when … [Continue reading]

POP–your mercy endures forever

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 118:14-27) Lord of life, God of empty tombs, we praise you this Easter day. You, O Lord, are our strength and our song, for you have become our salvation! We give thanks to you, and We pray to you, O … [Continue reading]