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CTW: broken places

One: Healing God, we come today seeking your presence in our broken places.

All: In our own stories, we have struggles, we carry burdens, and mask our shame.  

One: Help us find the courage to reach out to you in all places—not just in the church, but also out on the streets.

All: May we touch the hem of your garment and be reminded of your words—that we are enough—that our faith has made us well.  

One: We invite you into our hearts and welcome the transformation you continually inspire!

All: Let us turn to you with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. Let us worship God. 


Submitted by Rev. Rob Smith, Spirit of Life Presbyterian, Apple Valley, MN

confession: hem

Call to Reconciliation
We know the words we have spoken which have
broken a relationship; we know the deeds we have
done which separate us from friends and families.
We know how we have failed to be faithful followers
of Jesus.  Let us confess our sins, trusting that God
will touch us with the healing power of grace.

Unison Prayer of Confession
All too often, God of Excellence, it is the hem of
sin we cling to, letting it drag us through the mud of
fear and failures.  You offer us that love which will
always be with us, but we find it difficult to share it
with those who need it most.  You fill us with an
abundance of gifts, but we think we need them all
for ourselves.
Forgive us, God of Gentle Hope.  You do not
keep a list of all that we have done wrong, but erase
our failings and foolishness, writing a new ending for
our lives.  You touch us with your grace, you lift us to
our feet, you strengthen us so we may follow our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ, in service to all your children.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
L:    This is the good news, dear friends:  God’s love
has no ending; God’s hope rests upon us each day;
God’s forgiveness restores us to new life.
P:    Our God listens to us – to our cries, and to our joys;
to our hopes and to our hearts.  Thanks be to God,
we are forgiven.  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

CTW: come among us…

L:    With friends and strangers,
with family and neighbors, we gather:
P:    Come among us, Healing God,
with that love which never ends.
L:    With faith reaching out to touch,
with hearts straining to trust, we hope:
P:    Come among us, Friend of the broken,
with your compassion which makes us whole.
L:    With word and wonder,
with silence and song, we wait:
P:    Come among us, Dryer of our tears,
to lift us to our feet to follow you.

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

CTW: wait for the Lord

L:  At the defeat of a candidate, the news shouts polarizing speculations:  how the mighty have fallen!

P:  We wait for the Lord, our souls wait in hope;
L:  When economies crash,  investors bemoan their losses, crying: how the mighty have fallen

P:  We wait for the Lord, our souls wait in hope.

L:  When beloved pillars of community, church or family die, like David, we wail our grief: how the mighty have fallen!

P:  We wait for the Lord, our souls wait in hope.

All:  Lord, hear our voices! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of our praise and our prayers!
A call to worship based on 1 Samuel 1 and Psalm 130. Submitted by Rev. Deb Avery.

Sunday’s Coming: working toward July 1

well, it’s that time again…the time when we look forward to another bulletin, another round of pondering the strangeness of the lectionary, another liturgy-writing extravaganza! Because really, how many liturgies do you know of that help us explore David’s prayer of lament over Saul and Jonathan at their death? Or “Paul’s” discussion of the match between “your present abundance and their need”?

Of course, there are wonderful possibilities with the psalm this week, and it’s move from crying out of the depths to trusting in the depths. And with the great story of Jesus and the two least important people in his society…the dying girl and the bleeding woman. Perhaps some of us will even be connecting those to current news stories.


So–where are you heading this week? What creative ideas do you have? Drop your phrases, images, or even just a word or vague idea into the comments, and let’s create together!