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POP–send forth compassion

O Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

We praise you for the everlasting goodness by which you created all things,

and we call on your unchanging grace.

 

O Lord, we pray for those who are swept up in the changes of life,

that you would give comfort and confidence to all who face loss.

Everlasting God,

send forth your compassion.

 

We seek your mercy on those who feel far from your presence

on account of their own sin or the threats of religious people.

We seek your mercy on ourselves, acknowledging our own sin.

Everlasting God,

send forth your compassion.

 

We seek your wisdom as we give ourselves to your service,

that you would fill us with a sense of urgency in the face of injustice

and a sense of patience in the face of difficulty.

Everlasting God,

send forth your compassion.

 

We seek your gracious healing presence with those who are sick,

and with all who are in need of your restoring grace,

that your love might satisfy all your people

and we might rejoice and be glad all our days.

Everlasting God,

send forth your compassion.

 

Let your work be made real to us and through us,

O Lord our God,

for we pray in the timeless words of Jesus Christ,

saying together:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

CTW: gather, hold, send

Gather us in, O God,
Your people are here to worship!
Hold us in faith, O God,
We are here to serve.
Send us in hope, O God,
We are here to follow.
Submitted by Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Canyon Lake TX

confession: grace flow freely

Holy One, we have done what is evil in your sight. We have disobeyed your commandments and failed to trust your wisdom in the way it comes to us. Forgive us our sins, and restore us to right relationship with you. Unstop our ears and open wide our hearts to hear and receive your grace. Let that grace flow freely through our lives, to renew our joy, hope, and service to you. Help us do better. Give us vision, strength and courage to follow wherever your love and leading takes us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Elaine Murray Dreeben, Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church, Canyon Lake TX

confession: purchasing the holy

God of heaven and earth, we ask your forgiveness for the devotion we show to the things of this world. We seek to find comfort, healing, and wholeness through the marketplace. We lean on ideas and dreams to carry us through times of deep emotion. We do not seek out the Holy, but expect to be able to purchase it and buy our way into the kingdom. Forgive us, O God, shine the light in our lives that the things of this world will be taken like a thief in the night. Our only true and present hope is in you, heal us and make us whole in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen. 

 

Submitted by The Rev. Dawn Black, First Presbyterian Church Broken Bow, NE

CTW: we come before the throne

We come before the throne.

Bearing great burdens

We come before the throne.

Full of ourselves

We come before the throne.

To see God.

We come before the throne.

In Worship and praise

We come before the throne.

Where we will be refreshed and renewed. 

 

Submitted by The Rev. Dawn Black, First Presbyterian Church Broken Bow, NE

dedication: for a stewardship sunday

Submitted by the Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL. A prayer of dedication, used for Stewardship Sunday / parable of the talents.

One: Creator of all, the earth is yours,
the world and all who live in it.
All: You have entrusted us with gifts—
time, talent, energy, money—
and asked us to use them to build your kingdom.
With thanks and praise we respond to your call.
One: We bring these gifts you have given,
returning your generosity, paying it forward.
All: We offer ourselves, our lives, our hopes and fears,
our dollars and our hours.
We commit ourselves to work for your world,
to love and serve wherever you call.
One: We ask your blessing on this, your church,
as we seek to follow you with heart, mind, and soul.
All: Bless also these gifts, our investment in your future,
that they may multiply in faith, hope, and love.
Amen.

confession: a closet of unused tools

Submitted by the Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.

A confession about our talents…parable and otherwise.

One: Generous God, giver of every good gift,
you have offered us abundance
and yet we do not know how to use it.
All: Sometimes we keep it to calm our fear,
saving up for our own security,
insurance against days of scarcity.
One: Sometimes we hoard,
wanting to have the most and the best.
All: Sometimes we insist we don’t have anything to offer,
closing our eyes to the talents you bestow.
One: But mostly we are inertia-bound.
All: We know what to do, but we don’t do it.
You give us the tools to do your work,
but we just look at them in wonder,
then put them away in the closet.
One: Forgive us, O God.
All: Open our eyes, our hands, our hearts,
to know your abundance is enough for all,
to know your gifts are for using, not looking at,
to know we are blessed in order to be a blessing to others,
and to act on that knowledge.
We pray in the name of Christ,
who gave of everything he had.
Amen.

Sunday’s Coming: working toward November 13

These waning days of Ordinary Time can be so challenging–some of us are still wrapping up Stewardship campaigns (check out the Stewardship brainstorming conversation for ideas about dedication, consecration, actions of commitment, and maybe to collaborate on writing a litany if you still need one!). We also have a call to worship for a commitment Sunday–check it out if that’s you this week!

Some of us are working through the interminable Matthew parables, this week working on everyone’s favorite: the talents. There’s nothing quite like a stewardship commitment sermon on the text “to those who have, more will be given, and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” Oh, the prayers of confession we could write with that!

Maybe you’re detouring to Deborah this week, in keeping with the women who were prepared last week. She was certainly prepared–but for what? What do these women of prepared faith tell us in this time?

Maybe you’re still in Thessalonians, contemplating the end (or at least the end of the liturgical year!). What does a life lived “in the day” look like during these days of waning daylight in the northern hemisphere? How can we encourage one another as we enter this season of giving thanks (in the US)?

Do you have a direction? A liturgical need? A call to worship or a prayer of confession you want to share? A prayer of dedication for our talents, buried or invested? The perfect hymn idea?

Join the conversation as we create together.