a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

confession: just enough to be dangerous

Creator God, you made us to live together with you. We confess that we are sorely tempted by the opportunity to be our own gods. We admit to you that we have tried shortcuts to wisdom—we think we know what is best, when really we know just enough to do harm to your creation and your beloved people. Forgive us for acting so arrogantly out of our limited human perspective. Forgive our disobedience, and give us ears to hear your word, and hearts ready to obey your will. Amen.

 

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

CTW: in the beginning

One: In the beginning, when God created, God looked at the world and called it good.
All: Not only way back when, but even now, God is creating, calling us to join the work
of making the world good.
One: Earth and water and air, plants and animals and people, made from dirt and word and love.
All: God gifts us all this and more, so that we can glorify and enjoy God forever.
One: Come, let us worship God together.

 

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

confession–co-creators?

Invitation to Tell the Truth About Ourselves
One: God is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and God’s mercy endures to all generations. When we confess our brokenness, God’s grace offers us a glimpse of healing. Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, let us confess with open and honest hearts our failure to live up to God’s call. Let us pray.

Prayer of Confession (we tell the truth)
All: God our creator, you asked man and woman to tend this garden of your creating, to care for the creatures of your making, to speak and so join you in creating your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. We confess that we have sinned: we have used your creation rather than cherished it, we have lived greedily rather than gratefully, we have spoken words of destruction rather than love. We acknowledge the damage our heavy footprints, our hard hearts, and our rash tongues have done, and we pray for your forgiveness. Take the dust of our lives and re-form us into your image, and then breathe into us the grace to live for you. Amen. ~silence~

Assurance of Forgiveness
One: In the beginning, God breathed life into being, and every morning God’s mercies are new. Know that you, child of God, made in God’s image, are forgiven, loved and free. Believe and live the good news:
All: God’s goodness is planted more deeply than all that is wrong. Thanks be to God!

 

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

Dedication: filled with good things

 

O Lord, you have filled the earth with good things and invited us to share freely in the blessings of life. By sharing our gifts with others, we proclaim your grace. May the offerings we present be a sign of the abundant life you intend for all your people. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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

POP–psalm 8

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 8)

O Lord our Sovereign,

how exalted is your name in all the world!

You created the heavens and the earth

and placed us in your world to glorify and enjoy you forever.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable among us,

especially the children who look to us for loving care.

Give us boldness and compassion 

to care for those who are most in need. 

We pray with wonder as we celebrate the intricate vastness of your creation.

We rejoice in the glory of the heavens and the beauty of the earth, 

and we are grateful to be a part of your design. 

We pray for your people who are in need,

for the sick, the lonely, the broken, and the grieving,

who are especially close to your heart, as they are to ours.

Clothe your people with healing, with gladness, with hope. 

We pray for the wholeness of this earth you have entrusted to us.

For peace, for the harvest, and for the well-being of every creature, we pray. 

O Lord our Sovereign,

how exalted is your name in all the world!

We give you glory in Jesus’ name,

joining together now in the prayer he taught:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

dedication: signs of commitment

Holy God, we give you our hearts and our lives in worship. Receive these gifts of your creation as signs of our commitment to love, serve, and worship you in all things, through the constant grace of Jesus Christ, in whom we pray. Amen.

 

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

confession: death and life

God of the ages, you have spoken your word of life to us.

We confess that we have chosen death instead of life.

We have denied the reflection of your image in every person,

behaving as if our comfort and our needs were more important

than the needs and the lives of those around us.

We have turned our backs on our neighbors,

despoiled your creation,

and forgotten your love for all.

Forgive us, we pray.

Cleanse our hearts,

set us free from sin,

and raise us to new life in Christ,

in whom we pray by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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