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Confession: least likely

Your faithfulness is from generation to generation, O God. When we have lost our way, or turned away, you have sought us out, in the least likely of places. We confess that sometimes we would prefer that you stayed in the box we built for you, keeping out of our affairs. The systems we have built work for us, and you disrupt them with your insistence on lifting up the lowly and filling the hungry while sending the rich away empty. Forgive our self-centered ways, our narrow vision of justice, and our restricted love. Show your strength and favor once again, and help us follow in your way, according to your promise. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Confession: cheer at the expense of joy

Word of God, Breath of Life, come and live among us again. Clear away the things that clutter our hearts and lives, making it difficult to see and do your will. And where we have chosen to believe your way is obscure, preferring our way to yours, … [Continue reading]

A Spark of…. Advent Candle Liturgies (year B)

Week 1 (Hope) Candle (Isaiah 64, Mark 13) One: Come, Emmanuel. The world is over-full of things that do not satisfy. We watch and prepare, for divine presence to shake our complacency. ~candle is lit~ All: A spark of hope lights the … [Continue reading]

Confession: fading away

Holy and loving God, we hear your voice in the wilderness, and we come, seeking a glimpse of your glory in these days of lengthening darkness. We look for your star shining in the night sky, for the flickering candle holding back the shadows, and we … [Continue reading]

Blue Christmas prayer

God of comfort, come gently among us this evening; hear our prayers, restore our souls. Piece together our loose ends; smooth over our rough edges; restore our souls. When lights and decorations fail to delight our senses, and serve only to … [Continue reading]

Confession/Pardon: Real Salt, Spiritual Wounds

Holy and Beloved God, you are the great peacemaker, who brings together many different parts and makes the one united body of Christ. Yet, we often turn aside from the peace you offer, and assume that we alone have it right. Instead of listening to … [Continue reading]

Illumination: Bread of the Word

Holy Spirit, fill the scriptures with life, that when warmed by your love, they rise and fill our hearts like bread fills our bodies. Amen. Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Okla. … [Continue reading]

Call to Confession for Advent, Narrative Lectionary year 4 and John 1

In Advent, we prepare for the coming of Christ, full of grace and truth. Trusting in God’s unfailing grace, let us tell the truth about ourselves, joining in our prayer of confession.   Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant … [Continue reading]

Benediction for Advent, Narrative Lectionary year 4 and John 1

Rejoice! The Word takes on flesh this season and wherever we live by the Spirit. Go forth to share the good news of Christ’s coming this day and forever, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. … [Continue reading]

Prayers of the People for Advent

O Lord, you are coming to us, and we wait with eager anticipation! Our souls are standing on tiptoe, trying to peer over the horizon where the morning star is about to rise upon us. We put our hope in your Word, O Lord, that your Word might … [Continue reading]