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Prayer for Illum. – Divine Light + Breath

Holy Spirit, bring your divine light into the readings this morning. Help us to see as you see – to hear as you hear – to act in the world as you would have us act. Breathe life into us as you breathe into your living Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bixby, OK

POP: Olympics

In the Olympics this week, O God, we have watched many people gather and compete. We been moved by amazing human achievements, touched by individual stories, and inspired by our neighbors from around the world. We stand in awe, O God, of the … [Continue reading]

Confession: excuses

Call to Confession The one who knit us together in our mothers’ wombs searches us and knows our hearts. There is no hiding our sin from our Creator, but also no need to hide. For the Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and full of … [Continue reading]

Benediction: recognize Christ

We have heard and claimed God’s Good News in worship. Now we go into the world to serve, to forgive, to work for justice, and to give praise to God. As we go, may we be filled with the Holy Spirit, so we might recognize Jesus Christ in all … [Continue reading]

communion: loyalty

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. We give you thanks, O Lord, with all our heart; in the face of all … [Continue reading]

invitation: everyone who asks receives

Jesus promises that everyone who asks will receive. At this table, we receive the presence of Christ in the gift of bread and cup. Jesus promises that everyone who seeks will find. If you seek the presence of Christ, we pray that you will find him … [Continue reading]

dedication: abundance

God of justice, we have received so much from you, and we gladly respond with the abundance of our giving. Receive what we offer as a sign of our commitment to do justice for all people, to seek after mercy in all things, and to walk humbly … [Continue reading]

illumination: heart of all things

O Lord, your Word sees to the heart of all things and speaks the truth of your blessing into every life. As we listen to these words of scripture, may we hear your everlasting Word calling us to share your healing and reconciliation with all … [Continue reading]

confession: repent

God of grace, you promise to make all things new and draw us into whole and loving relationships. We confess that we have not believed in your forgiveness. We have held our neighbors’ mistakes and failures against them, and we have refused … [Continue reading]

Illumination: listening

Jesus, Master, we are listening for your Word. Give us your Holy Spirit, so we might hear your Good News in the words of scripture and preaching. Teach us to seek you always and to respond to your call. We pray for the sake of your holy … [Continue reading]