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CTW (unison) Psalm 113

Let us adore God’s name throughout eternity.
When we first see the sun’s rays until we cannot see them anymore,
We will celebrate the name of God.
The magnificence of God is displayed throughout the skies.
Let us worship the one who is above us all!

 

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

Confession/Pardon – Debts

Holy and Beloved God, we pray to you often, asking you to “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” – and then, in the next breath, we turn away from you and shake down our friends and families. Bring justice through the world, holy God, even though we may turn aside. Help us learn from our wounds – and the wounds we have inflicted on others – to turn away from violence both physical and fiscal. Make clear to us your vision, so that we can work together for the benefit of all. Amen.

Friends, hear the good news! God has already forgiven our debts, and repaid our sin.
God’s Spirit fills us with love and peace, and leads us to heal instead of hurt.
Therefore, let us forgive one another as God has forgiven us!
Amen!

 

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, OK

prayer of dedication: our gifts

God of Love, we seek to serve you.
Whether our gift is given freely or whether we hold back;
whether we offer abundantly or scrape off a portion;
whether we give joyfully or resentfully—
bless these gifts, we pray.
Lead us in your way,
so that through our gifts,
we may continue to grow
in your freedom, your abundance, and your joy.
Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR