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POP: Be Faithful

Hear, O Lord, the prayers of your people;
incline your ears to the words of our mouth.
We call out to you on account of your faithfulness,
for you are the Ancient of Days, and your word never fails.
Keep faith with those in need today,
as you have forever before,
so we might sing your praises for generations to come.
Be faithful to the young, who are just learning the ways of the world.
Be faithful to those who are older,
and especially to those who struggle with disease of body or mind.
Be faithful to those who are poor, injured, grieving, or under threat;
that your wholeness, your peace, and your joy may be restored.
We put our trust in you,
remembering your gracious works
made real for us in Jesus Christ, in whom we pray:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

dedication: guide these gifts

Great God, your liberating power opened a way through the waters and guided your people through the wilderness. Guide the use of these gifts by that same power. Free us from the need to determine and control your grace, and turn us into servants of your boundless love, poured out for us in Jesus Christ.

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

confession: if only…

The whole congregation complained in the wilderness, saying

“If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of [insert your town here],
where we gathered up our wealth and ate our fill every day;
for you have brought us out into this wilderness
to kill this whole congregation with hunger.”

“Draw near to the Lord, who has heard your complaining.
Look deeper into the wilderness;
God is there, not here.
God will provide enough for each,
and the price is that no one will have too much.”

That is how you will know who your God is,
when you see whether everyone has enough.

Submitted by Rev. Doug Hagler, First Presbyterian Church, Phoenixville PA

dedication: living witness

We give you thanks, O God, for you are at work in your world. As we open our hands to offer these gifts, we open our hearts to offer ourselves, a living witness to your grace and goodness. May your blessing multiply in this and every place, until all know the glory of your love. Amen

confession: the same?

“Be of the same mind,” says God.

But we like to be independent, each going our own way, dancing to our own beat.

“Have the same love,” says Christ.

But we are not even certain what love is, let alone how to do it.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition, and look not to your own interests but to those of others,” says the Spirit.

But then how will we get ahead? How will we secure our future? How will we have enough?

“Be one with the mind of Christ, who was obedient to the end.”

We bristle at the obedience—we like to believe we are in the lead.

Forgive us, O God,

for we have replaced you with our own ideals, created you in the image of our cultural and economic dream, and situated ourselves at the top of the heap.

Yet you call us to let go, to be humble, to look always to Christ who emptied himself.

Empty us of all that harms, so we may be filled with your Spirit.

~silence~

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Hear this good news: God is at work in you. Live this truth: God’s grace is more than enough for whatever you carry. Know that you are forgiven, loved, and free.

We will rejoice and be glad! Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine

CTW: You are at work

You are at work in this place, O God,

and you are at work in us.

You call us to turn our minds and hearts to you,

to direct our wills to your will, our voices to your praise.

Guide us in joy,

that we may worship you not only with words, but with our lives. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL