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confession: help us act on hope

Faithful God, your promise is forever true, your care for us is sure. We confess that we have often believed we will have to take care of ourselves, forgetting your promise and your call. We look at the world, and we choose fear rather than hope and love. When it seems life is unraveling, we look for ways to defend ourselves and ensure our security and our desire, rather than following your way. Forgive us, Lord, and give us courage to hope—and to act on hope—in the face of fear. Amen.    ~silence~


Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

communion: dwelling

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 of hosts, for you have gathered us into … [Continue reading]

Invitation: let them come

Just after the scripture reading we focused on today, Jesus offers an invitation we all need to hear: “Let the little children come to me...” Let the humble, the meek, the ignored come. Let the noisy, the misbehaving, the boisterous come. Let … [Continue reading]

Confession: Bonds and Judgments

Holy and beloved God, though you ask us to love each other, and be bound as your family by that love, we instead like to work to separate those bonds. Whether leaping to conclusions and snap judgments, or out of fear of those who seem different on … [Continue reading]

POP: grace and compassion

We praise you, O Lord, with all our hearts! As your people gathered in faith, we call upon you. We celebrate what you have done for us, and we love to tell the stories of your grace. For the sake of your unending righteousness, we call upon … [Continue reading]

CTW: Seek Shalom Together

God calls us to gather together to seek the Shalom of our city We seek God’s Shalom together Where there is separation, may God forge new connections through us We seek God’s wholeness together Where there is violence, may God bring … [Continue reading]

POP: faith grows

Faith is something that grows, from a nearly invisible beginning, through the nurture that is prayer. Whether you feel you believe today or not, let the faith of this congregation uphold you as we share our joys and concerns with each … [Continue reading]

Confession – Turning Our Backs

Holy and Beloved God, Sovereign of the Universe, we pray for forgiveness. It is so easy to lose your way—even with the light of the sun and the moon to guide us, we often prefer to turn our backs and head out on our own path. Then, when we have … [Continue reading]

Dedication: opportunity to give

God our strength, you give us so very much, and your blessings grow and multiply in our lives. You call us to share your gifts with others, and so we obey. We thank you for the opportunity to give, and we dedicate these offerings to your work in the … [Continue reading]

confession: lip service

Your word still rings true, Lord, generation after generation. You are a God who keeps promises. Yet we confess that we would prefer your work to conform to our timeline, and even better to our desires. We sometimes pay lip service to your word while … [Continue reading]