a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

confession: blessing

Holy and merciful God,

in your presence we confess

our failure to be what you created us to be.

You created us to receive your blessing

and give your blessings to others,

but we act as if we would run out of your love

if we were to offer it to each other.

We imagine that we have your ways all figured out,

and so we reject or ignore those who see you differently.

We accumulate goods for ourselves,

forgetting that you intend for us to share and celebrate.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Name us as your people again,

and restore us to your favor,

in Jesus’ name.

 

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

CTW: in the storm

One:  In the storm, during the fire, despite the strong wind,

All:  the Spirit is steadfastly present.

One:  God brings a word of peace, gentle as a kiss,

All:  therefore we will not fear.

One: Responding to God’s goodness and love,

All: Come, let us step forth to meet Jesus.

 

Submitted by Rev. Betsy TurnerLuther Hays Presbyterian Church, Hayston, Georgia

assurance of grace: Jesus feeds hungry strangers

Assurance of Grace

True abundance does not come because of what we do
but because of the Person we know.
Jesus still feeds hungry strangers – even us –
and calls us to share food with others.
Thanks be to God.
Let us share God’s bounty.

Submitted by Rev. Laura Cunningham, Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church (Pearl River, NY)

confession: struggling against

Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield, NJ.

Too often we wrestle and we struggle. With ourselves, with our friends and family, where we work, with the world around us. And we confess that we struggle against you, Loving Lord. As we push back against all sorts of things we fall into the trap of thinking that we can be gods. We can fix or control, we can change someone or something else. We beat our heads against the wall, grow more and more frustrated, and finally fall down in exhaustion. It is an endless, vicious cycle—and so often O Lord we fall into it. On this day, remind us of the opportunity you always hold before us to do something new and something different. To let go, to relinquish the controls we so tightly cling onto. To trust You, and to believe once again that you are with us. Help us in this time of worship, O Lord, to stop the struggle and begin to believe again. Amen.