a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

illumination: curiosity and wonder

As children welcomed to your presence,
instill within us a sense of curiosity and wonder
as we gather to listen to your Word. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

confession: not very good listeners

Loving God, you are always speaking, giving us instructions, directing our attention, and telling us your love. We confess that sometimes we are not very good listeners. We aren’t sure what is your voice, and what is ours, and what is just noise. We … [Continue reading]

Confession: not enough

Call to Confession With humility and honesty, let us confess our sins to our God who is slow to anger and quick to forgive. Confession Abundant God, so much of our harmful behavior is rooted in our envy. You have given us our manna - our daily … [Continue reading]

Prayer: narrative

Author of our Lives, we praise you for writing us into your narrative of salvation. As characters in this chapter of your story of creation, help us tell the truth of your steadfast love and mercy to all who have ears to hear. … [Continue reading]

CTW: praise be

Praise be to God the Creator, who breathes life into being. Praise be to God the Redeemer, who saves us from ourselves. Praise be to God the Sustainer, who binds us together as one body. Come, children of the Triune God, come worship our wild and … [Continue reading]

CTW: from many places

We have come from many places to gather in this place—from home and school and work, from next door and from miles away. We have come on foot, by car, bus, and taxi, with friends, and alone. Whatever the journey has held so far, wherever we … [Continue reading]

POP: theological education sunday

Let us pray to God saying: Holy and Merciful God, hear our prayer. Today is a Sunday that many Presbyterian Churches celebrate and support places of theological education. We give thanks for the 10 seminaries of our denomination … [Continue reading]

Illumination: wisdom implanted

Holy Spirit, stir our hearts to be moved by your Word, that we might leave this place with your wisdom implanted within us. Amen.   Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY … [Continue reading]

Confession: other things

Call to Confession Friends, let us confess the ways that we have failed to live up to God’s bountiful invitation. Confession God of Mercy and Steadfast Love, You gave us our tongues that we may speaks words of love, wisdom, and grace. But … [Continue reading]

Prayer: voices of creation

God of Creation, all of the world proclaims your praise, from the highest heavens to the deepest recesses of the sea. Make our voices true and faithful as we join the voices of all of creation to sing your praise. Amen.   Submitted by … [Continue reading]