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Confession: other powers

O God, our protector, we take refuge in you;
you alone are the source of all our good.
We seek to be counted among the godly and upright,
but we confess that we have run after other powers,
and we have brought trouble upon ourselves and others.

O Lord, our portion and our cup,
you sustain us and lead us in good and pleasant ways.
We confess that we have trusted in false wisdom
and set our hearts on short-sighted desires.

Forgive us, God our life.
Help us set you always before us,
and sustain us in your righteousness.
Let our hearts be glad, our spirits rejoice,
and our bodies rest in hope,
for you do not abandon us to our sin
or let your chosen ones dwell in the pit.
In Christ you show us the path of life;
you welcome us into the joy of your presence;
you feed us with pleasures forevermore. Amen.

 

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

approach and confession: storyteller

God, you are a storyteller, and you made us in your image. You spoke, and you still speak, through unexpected people, through silence, through your word written and proclaimed through the centuries. We come to hear your story once again, to find our … [Continue reading]

POP: help us care

Let us pray to the Lord, saying: Healing God, help us care for one another. We recently acknowledged the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. We pray for our friends and family in Puerto Rico who are still recovering. We pray for the … [Continue reading]

Illumination: dance in your love

Divine Spirit, surround us with the wisdom of your word that we might dance in your love and be messengers of your truth in this world. Amen.   Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY … [Continue reading]

confession: at the edge

Lord, you are before and behind us, around us and within. We give you thanks for your constant presence, even as we admit that we don’t always see or hear you with us. So often we find ourselves standing at the edge...of uncertainty, of fear, of … [Continue reading]

Confession: swallowed up

Call to Confession God saves us despite us being unworthy of that salvation. In response to that grace, let us confess the ways we have fallen short. Confession (Responsive) God of Endless Mercy, we have often been swallowed up by our our … [Continue reading]

Prayer: stick with us

Saving God, you are a God who has made it a habit to stick with us through thick and thin. Thank you for calling us your own even in moments when we haven’t been the best investment. Help us, in our worship of you this day, to be turned in a … [Continue reading]

CTW: blessed

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side - let us say together: If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, we would have been swallowed up alive. But such is not the case! Blessed be the Lord, who is our rock and our … [Continue reading]

POP: where there is no way

You are a God who leads us, who makes a way when there is no way. We give you thanks, O Lord, for you are stronger than every foe. We give you thanks, for your creative Spirit is always at work, making all things new. We give you thanks, for … [Continue reading]

POP: god of wisdom

Let us pray to God saying: God of Wisdom, draw near to us Ever-present God, we look around the world and we see places where people cry out to you: in places torn by the ravages of war, in countries demolished by natural disasters, in areas … [Continue reading]