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Confession: looking for mercy

O Lord our Shepherd, maker of heaven and earth,
we lift up our eyes to the hills,
looking for your mercy and forgiveness.
You watch over us night and day,
and yet our feet go astray;
we slip, stumble, and fall into sin.

We confess that we do not watch for your guidance,
trust in your protection,
or offer your comfort to others.
Forgive us.
We need you to save us from the evil we bring on ourselves.
We need you to guide us as we go out into the world
and come back into your presence.

Restore us, we pray in Jesus’ name,
for he promises your mercy from this time forth and forevermore. Amen.

 

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

Confession: Vulnerable Love

Holy and Beloved God, you are the one worthy of praise, who fills our hearts with extraordinary joy, and who weeps with us when we lash out and hurt each other. In your infinite love, you care for us, and teach us to love each other as you do. … [Continue reading]

Illumination: Word, Light, Way

Divine Word, speak your love into our hearts. Divine Light, shine your peace into our souls. Divine Way, lead our lives in your hope. Amen.   Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Okla. … [Continue reading]

CTW: Scent of Bread

The scent of the Bread of Heaven has called us together For when we pray, a window to heaven is opened Let the joy of the feast to come fill you in this place For whenever we gather at this table, we are filled to overflowing with God’s … [Continue reading]

Prayer for Illumination: Freshly Baked Bread

Holy Spirit, lift these words from the pages of scripture like the aroma of freshly baked bread. Help us to hunger for these words, to be fed by your grace, and to share what you offer with all of your children on this earth. Amen. Submitted by … [Continue reading]

Blessing for teachers

Scripture reminds us that teachers are a gift from Christ himself to the church. Together with apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors, our teachers equip God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up, find unity, … [Continue reading]

Confession: rather than

God of love, you come to us in the person of Jesus Christ, who embodied humility for our sake. We confess that we have chosen pride rather than humility. We have tried to take advantage of our position and abilities, rather than offering them up … [Continue reading]

POP: lifetime after lifetime

We exalt you, O God our Sovereign, and we bless your name forever and ever. Every day proclaims your blessing, and lifetime after lifetime sings praise to your name. To you, whose greatness never ends, we lift these prayers for your beloved … [Continue reading]

CTW: witnesses

One: Come, let us worship God! All: We come with joy and amazement. We come, startled and frightened. We come as we are. One: We assemble together, saying “It is true!” All: Are not our hearts burning within us? One: Look! Touch and see! It is … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]