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Confession: we don’t know what to confess

Call to Confession
Sometimes we must let go of our nets in order to follow Jesus.
Let us confess our reluctance to follow,
and examine what we must let go of in order to follow Jesus.

Prayer of Confession
We confess that we do not often know what to confess, O Lord. We are so consumed by our own projects that we don’t always hear your voice. We know that you speak through the suffering of others, the curiosity of one who needs to know they are not alone, and the opportunity to demonstrate love and forgiveness. Help us, Lord, to know our faults and turn from them. Hear us now, even as we confess our own unwillingness to hear you.
(silent prayer)
Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers.
Guide us in the true way of life as we follow you today. Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Zach Sasser, First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, Louisiana

CTW: it’s time

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

It’s time! God’s intended reality for creation is approaching at full speed!
Change the way you think and live, and trust that the world is going to change.
God is calling us out of our hardened shells of personal religion,
and into this community that draws us together today!
So let’s be gathered together…and let’s worship God!

call to worship – based on Psalm 62

submitted by Michael Morgan, organist, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia; seminary musician, Columbia Theological Seminary; and author of the Psalter for Christian Worship

One: For God alone our souls wait in silence, for our hope is from God.
All: God alone is our rock and our salvation; we will not be shaken.
One: Our God sends deliverance and honor.
All: Like a mighty rock, God is our refuge.
One: Trust in God always, for God is power and grace.
All: Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.
One: Brothers and sisters, praise the Lord!
All: The Lord’s name be praised!

Sunday’s Coming: working toward January 22

Hello, worshipping friends! How are you this week? Are you weathering the storms, enjoying (or enduring) the snow, plotting a vacation? Whatever you’re doing, we hope you’re also looking forward to Sunday! We’re ready to create something new–are you?

Maybe this week you’re thinking that Paul’s admonition that time is short may not have been about history, but about something else. Or maybe it is–is time short? What does that look like in liturgy?

Maybe you’re pondering good ol’ Jonah and his experience–foreign to many preachers, heehee!–of giving a message and having people do exactly what he says!

Maybe you’re wondering if there’s a creative way to approach the call of the disciples. After all, we’re all called, but we also hear these stories all the time. What ways might we use liturgy and music to let this story speak to us in this time and place in a powerful way?

Maybe you’re praying with the psalmist, being reminded that God alone is the source of our life and faith.

Maybe you’re participating in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this Sunday (or another day during the week). We know about the resources over at textweek, but what else do you wish you had for a Christian Unity theme? What new things can we unite to write together?

Whatever your direction, join us here to create together!

confession: call

Submitted by Rev. Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church; Lexington, KY

God…you call us…and sometimes…we duck under the table…
hoping you didn’t notice us when you walked into the room.
You call us…and sometimes…we grab a stapler and a stack of papers…
trying to look too busy to be bothered at the moment.
You call us…and sometimes we just say, “No!”
We know that we aren’t expected to do everything…
but we often forget that you call us to be our selves
in the places where our very self is what is most needed.
So give us the grace to say “Yes” to your call…
even now…as we offer our silent confessions…