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Confession: immature

Call to Confession
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
in order to speak the truth in love,
we are called to speak the hard truth of our sins.
Let us together confess our sins.

Confession
Merciful God,
you call us to lay aside immaturity and walk in the ways of wisdom.
(Proverbs 9:6)
But too often we revert to our silly and selfish ways;
focusing on ourselves instead of others,
fighting over issues that belong in the past,
and fretting over the future with no sense of trust or imagination.
Holy God, save us from ourselves
and free us to embrace the promise you offer us. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Beloved sisters and brothers in Christ,
God has heard our plea for forgiveness
and offers us mercy in abundant supply.
Our sins have been forgiven!
Alleluia! Amen.

 

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY 

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

communion: taste and see

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

We do praise you, O Lord, at all times,

and our souls boast in you.

From the beginning, you have reached down to the depths

and lifted your people into new relationship with you.

You shine your light on the world, and we are radiant with your joy.

When we cried out to you, drowning in our sins,

you heard us and came to us in Jesus Christ.

Through his life, death, and resurrection,

you have delivered your people from every trouble.

 

Therefore, we join with the faithful of every nation,

singing joyfully to the glory of your name:

 

Holy, holy, holy…

 

You are great and holy, O God, and blessed is our Lord Jesus.

By his grace, you have provided for all your people,

and we have all we need.

Pour out then your Holy Spirit upon these gifts of bread and cup

that we have taken from your bounty,

that as we eat and drink in Jesus’ name,

we might taste and see that the Lord is good indeed.

 

Let your eyes remain on your people, and listen to our prayer.

More than that, walk with us as we take refuge in you,

so we might carry your good news to the brokenhearted

and lift up those who are crushed in spirit.

Bind us to you and to all your people, now and forever,

in the name of Jesus, with whom we pray, saying together:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

All:     You are a God whose very being is community, and you call us into relationship with you and one another. You long to take up residence in our lives, in our bodies, in our churches. We confess that we simultaneously want much less than that, and much more. When we confine you to an intellectual belief, forgive us. When we live as if our relationship with you affects only the afterlife, forgive us. When we insist that your love can be earned and lost, forgive us.

~silence~

One:    Come to us again, O God, in the ordinary stuff of life, and remind us to seek your face.
All:     We pray in the name of Jesus, bread of life and light of the world. Amen.

 

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