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Illumination: dance in your love

Divine Spirit,
surround us with the wisdom of your word
that we might dance in your love
and be messengers of your truth in this world. Amen.

 

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

Confession: swallowed up

Call to Confession
God saves us despite us being unworthy of that salvation.
In response to that grace, let us confess the ways we have fallen short.

Confession (Responsive)
God of Endless Mercy,
we have often been swallowed up by our our greed and selfishness,
desiring that which we do not have, filling our lives with things that do not save us.
We have often been swept away by the floods of our own making,
polluting your creation, neglecting to be faithful stewards of the earth.
We have often attacked one another and led lives of violence,
sending missiles instead of accepting refugees, ignoring your commandments.
Lord have mercy, for we have sinned and fallen short of your glory.
Christ have mercy, for we are broken and need your salvation.
Lord have mercy upon us and hear us as we pray in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
Friends, our help is in the name of the Lord
who has heard our plea and answered our confession with absolution.
In Christ’s name, I announce to you that our sins are forgiven!
Alleluia! Amen.

 

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

Prayer: stick with us

Saving God,
you are a God who has made it a habit to stick with us through thick and thin.
Thank you for calling us your own
even in moments when we haven’t been the best investment.
Help us, in our worship of you this day,
to be turned in a direction that pleases you. Amen.

 

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

CTW: blessed

If it had not been the Lord who was on our side – let us say together:
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
we would have been swallowed up alive. But such is not the case!
Blessed be the Lord, who is our rock and our redeemer!
Blessed be the Lord, in whose name is our help!
Blessed be the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Come, let us worship God!

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

POP: on psalm 19

O God, the heavens declare your glory,
and all creation reveals your surpassing wisdom.
We give thanks to you for those who reveal your riches to us
and teach us in the way we should go.
We pray for all who are searching,
that you would shine your light ahead of them
and help all people rejoice in you.
We pray for those who struggle and suffer,
especially those we have lifted up by name today.
Revive all our souls and refresh our spirits.
Guide us in your service,
because your will is the desire of our hearts.
Let all that we say or do be acceptable in your sight,
we pray in Jesus’ name, saying together:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

ctw and blessing: are any?

Call to Worship

We call ourselves together in worship through the words of James 5:13-20.
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you are invited to rise in body and spirit to hear the church respond to your needs.

One: Are any among you suffering?
All: We will pray with you.
One: Are any cheerful?
All: We will sing songs of praise with you.
One: Are any among you sick?
All: We will be the church for you. 
We will pray with you.
We will anoint you with oil.
We will bless you with all the goodness of God.
One: Do you feel wandering and lost?
All: We will be salt for you.
We will bring you God’s peace.

Benediction
One: My brothers and sisters, you are salt.
All: And salt is good.
One: Go into the world and be salt
to those who wander and those who hurt.
Be salt to those cheerful and suffering.
Be salt because salt is good.
All: We will have salt in ourselves.
And make peace with the world.
Submitted by Rev. Elsa Peters, The United Churches of Olympia, Washington

confession: Lord, we stumble

One:    Lord, we confess that we have put stumbling blocks in front of others.

All:     We confuse people about what it means to be your disciple when we say that we are Christians but then we treat others poorly, use our words as weapons, and deny love to others who are different from us.

… silence …

One:    Lord, we confess that our hands have caused us to stumble.

All:     We have clenched our fists in anger, closed our hands in greed, and shoved our hands into our pockets instead of reaching out to others.

… silence …

One:    Lord, we confess that our feet have caused us to stumble.

All:     We have walked away from those who are in need, stood still when we should have acted, and dug our heels into the ground out of stubbornness and spite.

… silence …

One:    Lord, we confess that our eyes have caused us to stumble.

All:     We have been too focused on ourselves, pretended not to see those around us who are hurting, and overlooked opportunities to serve you.

… silence …

One:    Gracious God, please walk beside us, guide us, catch us when we stumble.  Strengthen us by your Spirit that we may live lives that are true reflections of your love, grace, and mercy.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

based on Mark 9:38-50
Submitted by Katelyn Gordon, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life, Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC