a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

illumination: planted, nourished, sustained

Inspiring God,
plant us deep within your rich soil…
fill us with your nourishing, refreshing, life-giving water…
and shine your life-sustaining light of love upon us…
so that we may grow and go and be and do.
Amen

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

illumination: planted, nourished, sustained

Inspiring God,
plant us deep within your rich soil…
fill us with your nourishing, refreshing, life-giving water…
and shine your life-sustaining light of love upon us…
so that we may grow and go and be and do.
Amen

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

benediction: fishing for alleluias

One:    O Holy One, worship might be over. We might be done with our praise.
All:       But, let’s not go to our own homes greiving and sad. Let us go fishing for alleluias in the seas of your love! 

 

Author’s Note: On Easter 7, I’m breaking from the RCL to preach from the Gospel of Peter as we conclude the Easter Season. Though these prayers are based in that scripture, they certainly carry the story of the entire Easter Season – and its end.

Submitted by Rev. Elsa Peters, First Congregational Church, South Portland, ME

Sunday’s coming: working towards May 20th

Drawing straws to see who will replace the empty spot Judas left among the Apostles (Acts 1:15-17,21-26)? Poetically contemplating the contrast between righteousness and wickedness (Psalm 1)? Reflecting upon what it means to embrace life as God intends it by embracing the lifestyle to which Jesus calls us (1 John 5:9-13)? Digging deep into Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, that they would be an inspiration to a world that is dramatically different from the world God intends (John 17:6-19)?

What are you doing this Sunday? Does your celebration of graduates play a part in your community as you worship together? What liturgy has your reflection on this week’s texts inspired? Share your thoughts and your liturgy here!

confession: you know why we’ve come

O Holy One, you know why we’ve come. You know what it is that we are looking for. You know why we are bending our bodies to peer into dark places. You know why we come looking for new words and new wonders. You know why we search the horizons for new signs. You know why each crashing wave calms our souls. We come because we are looking for something. Holy One, come and sit beside us. Give us a new word. Give us a new hope. Give us the power of resurrection as we’ve never experienced in the words that we continue to pray:

(The Lord’s Prayer)

 

Author’s Note: On Easter 7, I’m breaking from the RCL to preach from the Gospel of Peter as we conclude the Easter Season. Though these prayers are based in that scripture, they certainly carry the story of the entire Easter Season – and its end.

Submitted by Rev. Elsa Peters, First Congregational Church, South Portland, ME

ctw: we are not tired of saying it

One:     We are not tired of saying it.
All:       Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One:     It’s been seven weeks, but we can’t stop ourselves from saying it again and again.
All:       Christ is risen! Alleluia!
One:     So, let’s find a new way to tell this story. Let’s not let the power of resurrection be limited by the Biblical canon.
All:       Let’s worship God with all of the stories that we can possibly think to tell.
One:     Let’s not get tired of saying it.
All:       Christ is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

Author’s Note: On Easter 7, I’m breaking from the RCL to preach from the Gospel of Peter as we conclude the Easter Season. Though these prayers are based in that scripture, they certainly carry the story of the entire Easter Season – and its end.

Submitted by Rev. Elsa Peters, First Congregational Church, South Portland, ME