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POP: Overwhelm us with Your love

We pray to you, O God…

Overwhelm us with your love, which casts out every fear

If love is how we know you God, remind us this day,

that love is what set the world in motion,

Love is what spoke order into the chaos at creation,

Love is what breathed into the dirt and brought Adam

Love is what inspired Adam to see his partner and cry out

bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.

Let us know the love that brings us life and life abundant

So if love is how we know you, we pray to you, O God…

Overwhelm us with your love which casts our every fear.

If love is how we drive out fear, then we cry to you,

for the fear that leaves people paralyzed in their homes

for the fear in war torn communities and broken families

for the fear of losing life, the fear of rejection

for the fear that tells us we don’t belong

for the fear that makes us selfish.

Drive out our fear and make it clear that your love is stronger even than death.

So if love is how we drive out fear, we pray to you, O God…

Overwhelm us with your love which casts out every fear.

If your love is how we love others, then we ask you this day

to bless us that we might be a blessing to others,

to challenge us that we might grow deeper in your love,

to guide us as we stumble forth as your children,

to lead us as we love boldly in your holy name.

Make us into the bearers of your love.

So if your love is how we love others, we pray to you O God…

Overwhelm us with your love which casts out every fear

And cast us out into our work and into our world with the task

to be your hands, your feet, your love, your people.

We pray in the name of the Beloved who taught us to pray saying…

 

Submitted by Rev. Lindsay Conrad, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor MI

confession: pointing the finger

God, we come to you recognizing that we often forget that you made the world and all that it is in it. We so quickly point the finger at the other, the neighbor, the outcast, the one who is different from us. Forgive us for expecting to be forgiven without forgiving others. Forgive us for rash decisions and hateful words. Forgive us for projecting our fears onto those whom we fear. Help us to see past our differences, past the barriers that we have created, and remind us to love others as you have loved us.

 

Submitted by Rev. Greg Bolt, First Presbyterian Church, Nebraska City, Nebraska

confession: afraid

Let us join together in confessing our sins and our faith:

You call us out, Lord. You call us by name. You call us to bring redemption and hope to desolate places and ____ people. We confess that we are afraid. We are afraid of what others will think. We are afraid we might get hurt. We are afraid we might get taken advantage of. Help us in our fears, Lord. Strengthen us with your resolve.

A moment of silent prayer.

Through Jesus God revealed the truth of what is possible.
Through Jesus God showed us the Way.
Through Jesus do not have to be afraid.
Lord, help us to trust you; help us to lean into you and let you show us the way.

ASSURANCE OF GRACE
Through Christ a Way has been revealed that leads us on a journey of learning, maturing, and growing in our understanding and faith. Trust this good news and trust God.
Through Jesus Christ we are healed of our fears, forgiven for our sins, and nourished for this journey. Thanks be to God!

 

Submitted by Rev. Eric Ledermann, University Presbyterian Church, Tempe AZ.

confession: infected with fear

Giver of beauty and bounty, the world is filled with people to love and provisions for living. Yet we infect your blessings with fear. We use people and love things seeking the shallow security of isolation and independence. Forgive us for hoarding life that only grows when shared, for taking love when love is made for giving. Do not pull back from us. Help us to find faith to give our love to others as you did in Christ…

(from John 6:1-21   & 2 Samuel 11:1-15)
Submitted by Rev. Christy Ramsey, Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, OH.

CTW: We Belong To God

L: People of God, hear what God says to you:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.”
P: The LORD has created us; the LORD has formed us.
God has called us by name; we belong to God.
L: When you pass through the waters, God will be with you.
P: When we cross the rivers of life, the will not overwhelm.
L: For the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, the LORD is your Savior.

Submitted by Stephanie Anthony, pastor at First Presbyterian Church (Hudson, WI)

confession: fear of “uns”

God of new life…
too often, we we seem to be controlled by our fear of “uns”;
fear of the unexpected…the unknown…the uninhibited.
Sometimes, like the magi from the East,
we respond to our fear by taking an alternative path,
because that really is the best plan.
And sometimes, like Mary, Mary, and Salome,
we respond by running away as fast as we can,
not saying a word to anyone…
even when what we’re afraid of is your life-changing good news.
Give us the wisdom and the courage to know
how to respond to our fears…
and more importantly, to your renewing presence…
even now…as we offer our silent confessions…

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

Confession: Anxious Weeding

a prayer of confession for any of those weedy stories, submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, IL.
One: God, you scatter seeds of hope, abundance, and new life.
All: But we have mixed some of our own seeds—
seeds of fear, greed, apathy.
One: Then seeing our mistake, we have tried to purify the garden,
we have pushed out brothers and sisters,
built walls that isolate, and made rules that hurt.
All: Forgive our anxious weeding, O God,
and help us repair the garden of your kingdom.
One: Show us how to cultivate fruitfulness and hospitality,
a place of peace and grace.
All: Teach us to trust your skill, master gardener,
and to see your kingdom come. Amen.