One: Gracious God, you know each of us by name, and you have given each of us a particular set of gifts and a calling in this world. So often, we don’t make the most of these gifts and we act as though we are inadequate to answer your call. We say things like,
Men: I’m too old.
Women: I’m too scared.
Children & Youth: I’m too young.
All: Forgive us, Lord, when we ignore your call.
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One: Even when we hear your call, even when we sense that you have a particular purpose for us, we come up with reasons why we can’t or shouldn’t respond. We say things like,
Men: I’m too busy.
Women: I’m too tired.
Children & Youth: I don’t know how.
All: Forgive us, Lord, when we protest your call. Help us to see that you have a purpose and a calling for each of us. By your Spirit, remind us of your constant presence with us as we seek to be in your witnesses in our local community and beyond. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Katelyn Gordon, Providence Presbyterian Church