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POP: wailing into dancing

We exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised us from the grave
and have given us the victory over our enemy Death.
When we called out to you, you raised us up and restored us to life.
We sing praises to you and give you thanks
when we remember the marvelous things you have done.
We pray for your favor, O God,
on those who suffer
and endure the wrath of illness, brokenness, change, or loss.
We pray for those who weep,
that your joy would break forth like the dawn.
We pray for those who are uncertain and insecure,
that you would show your favor, protect your people,
and strengthen those in need.
We pray for those who seek your face,
who have not yet found what they long for,
that you would reveal yourself again.
We pray for those who face death or despair,
that your faithfulness would be known even in the dust.
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us.
In Christ’s resurrection
you have turned our wailing into dancing;
you have taken off our mourning clothes and dressed us with joy.
Therefore we trust, and our hearts sing unceasingly,
O Lord our God, in the name of the risen Christ,
who taught us to pray as we say:

The Lord’s Prayer

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

CTW Psalm 130

God we cry out to you from the valleys of our lives.
Hear our pleas, listen to our cries, hear our voice, O God.
Lord, we wait, and we wait, and we wait.
Divine one, our soul waits for you, for our hope is in your word.
Hope in the Lord, you people of God,
For God’s love for us is unbreakable!


Submitted by Rev. Will Ryan, First Christian Church Burlington IA

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!