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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

POP: we seek your mercy

Have mercy on us, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

cleanse this world and all our lives,

that we might shine with the glory of your love.

We call for your mercy in our own lives,

for forgiveness of what we have done or left undone

that violates your image in every human life.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We call for your mercy on those from whom we are estranged,

by our own fault or despite our deepest hopes,

that your reconciliation may bind us together again.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We call for your mercy on all who seek your truth,

that the seeds of wisdom would take root in every heart,

and that knowledge would bring joy and gladness.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek your mercy on those whose hearts fail them –

or their minds, their joints, their balance, their health –

that your healing power would be with them and restore them to life.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek our mercy on this church,

that we would be strengthened in love for one another

and for all your people,

united in service and understanding.

O God, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

We seek your mercy on all your world, in every part of our lives,

calling upon your grace in Jesus’ name,

for we pray together in him, saying:

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

CTW: God is a baker

One:    God is a baker, providing an abundance that surpasses our hopes,

All:     We come to give praise to the One who feeds and nourishes us with love.

One:    God mixes and kneads, bringing together many to create one.

All:     We come to be re-created, many grains into one loaf, broken for the world.

One:    God is a baker who provides for the hungry, and calls us to do the same.

All:     We come to be strengthened to feed and nourish others.

One:    God offers us the bread of life, mysterious in its brokenness that makes us whole.

All:     We come to worship the Baker who is the Bread of Life.

 

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

confession: idolizing past and future

Call to Confession

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation—the old has gone, and the new has come. Yet we often have difficulty living in that new reality, clinging to the old ways that have passed. When we confess our sin, we make room for God’s truth to dwell in us, clearing the path for a new way of life. Before God, with the people of God, let us confess our faults and our failings. Let us pray.

Prayer of Confession

God, your faithfulness is for all generations, yet we often have a hard time living with you in this generation.
We love to look back, idolizing the past while forgetting we wear rose-colored glasses. We love our anxiety about the future, fretting about our individual long term security. We love our ideas about you, our lofty words and abstract concepts that do not affect our everyday lives.
We confess that it is rare for us to trust, to love, to follow with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Forgive us when we trap you in our memories or our intellects. Forgive us when we forget that you are also right here, right now, with a calling and a promise for us in this time and this place.

~silence~

Gracious God,
speak into our wilderness again, that we may learn to be your people. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. From before the beginning until long beyond our imagination, God’s love endures. Know that you are forgiven, loved and free. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

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