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Confession: we don’t understand grace

Your generous creativity is beyond all our imagining, O God! You breathe the breath of life into us, your Spirit flows free, bringing new life in every place, your grace falls like rain on all creation. And yet we confess that often we would prefer a system of earning our way into your favour. We understand transactions and fairness, we don’t understand grace. We want to be able to say we deserve your love and forgiveness, to be proud of our accomplishments in following your call. But you insist there is nothing to be earned, nothing to be bought, nothing to be proud of. Instead you call us your accomplishment, you create and re-create us in your image, preparing for us a way of life that we are not sure how to follow. Forgive us, generous God, for thinking your ways are like our ways. Open our hearts to know the truth of your grace, and to live in your redeemed creation. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

dedication: gifts received and offered

O God of light and joy,
we praise you for the gift of your dear Son,
the promised one who comes to establish true peace.
In response to this wondrous gift to us,
we offer these gifts to you.
Receive the offerings we present,
so they might be a blessing to all who are in need.
We commit ourselves to joyful service in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

confession: the earth is yours

The earth is yours, O Lord,

and everything in it belongs to you.

We confess that we have treated “our own” as exclusive property

and cut off those in need from the gift of your abundance.

We have ignored orphans, widows, and foreigners,

as if there were someone else to care for them.

We confess that we have not looked closely enough at others,

and we have failed to see in our own lives

the abundant gift of your love.

Forgive us.

Restore us to wholeness,

and call us back to your way,

through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids IA

CTW: each day

Each day is a gift from God:
each moment is that opportunity 
to reach out in service to all creation.
Each day is a reminder of the new covenant:
not written on stone tablets easily broken,
but inscribed on our hearts filled with joy and hope.
Each day we draw closer to God:
who has forgotten more than we ever learn;
who has forgiven us more than we ever acknowledge.

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.