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confession: bread alone

We proclaim you the source of every blessing, O God. We say that your breath is life and your word is nourishment. And yet so often we try to live by bread alone, while our Bibles gather dust on a shelf. Forgive us when we confine your voice to pages that can be shut and forgotten.

We confess that we come to your word seeking light for our own paths, instead of yours. Forgive us when we use your word to justify our own desires, to comfort ourselves while shutting others out, to tear down hearts in order to build up our egos.

Teach us again to hear you through old stories and surprising voices, word written and word lived, and to live by every word you speak. 

 

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

great prayer: song and dance

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. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and … [Continue reading]

confession: on our worst days

On our best days, O God, we know what we should be about.  We have heard your call, and we know what you want from us – justice, kindness, humility, peace, love.  We know all this, yet we sin.  We do precisely the things you have commanded us not to … [Continue reading]

Litany for Trinity Sunday

One: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God. One: The angels sing of your glory. All: Children recognize your power. One: Your enemies do not prevail. The … [Continue reading]

CTW: clap your hands

Clap your hands, everyone! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! God is awesome! The Holy One is sovereign of all the earth! God has gone up with a shout, echoing through the sky with the sound of a trumpet! Let's sing praises to God - yes, sing … [Continue reading]

illumination: a breath of fresh air

Let the fire of your Spirit shed light on your word, O God. As we open these pages, may we find a breath of fresh air, a word for our hearts, a light for our path. Amen.   Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of … [Continue reading]

dedication: the Spirit’s vision

Spirit of life, you long for the world’s transformation. Your vision is grander than anything we can imagine, and so we thank you for the privilege of participating in your mission. May these gifts be a blessing that speaks the language of this … [Continue reading]

Pentecost Prayer: freed for

On this day of Pentecost, the church is born and re-born. The Holy Spirit is poured out and sends us out together, aflame with new life. God, we pray that your Spirit would set us free from the prisons of pettiness, jealousy, and … [Continue reading]

confession: we explain away

Call to Confession When we come together to confess our sin, we find that the closed room of our minds and the locked door of our spirits burst open, making room for the Spirit of God to run wild. When we think we can contain God, we deceive only … [Continue reading]

CTW: come together

We come together from many places— from north and south, from east and west, just as God calls. We come together in one place— piece by piece, becoming the Body of Christ. We come together in one place— not always understanding, not … [Continue reading]