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POP–memorial day weekend

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 144) – for Memorial Day weekend

Blessed are you, O Lord our rock!

You give skill to our hands and strengthen all who serve their neighbors. 

You are our help and our fortress, and we put our trust in you. 


On this Memorial Sunday, 

we acknowledge the fragility of life 

and commend to you those who have been gathered to you. 

Bind us to one another beyond time and memory.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!


We lift up especially those who endured fury that made the mountains smoke, 

who laid down their lives in warfare, 

who returned home living but not whole, 

or who were caught up in violence they wanted no part of. 

Let peace, at long last, prevail on earth. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!


We pray for those who seek to be rescued from the deep waters, 

whose lives are facing the dangers of famine, poverty, or disaster. 

Grant refuge to all, and may we open our arms to all in need. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!


We acknowledge those near to us 

and those we have named aloud or silently today 

who suffer from illness, injury, weariness, or brokenness. 

In your tender compassion, nurture your beloved children. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!


We call forth your abundant provision for all people, 

that every need might be met 

in your consoling and enlivening love. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!


Come, Holy Spirit, 

and make all your people whole again, 

in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer


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

confession: misplaced passion

Glorious God, you are everywhere present, and yet so often we try to confine you within our walls. We confess that we have believed some spaces, and some people, and some objects, to be holier than others. We confess that we have obscured your presence, ignored your Spirit, and focused our attention on ourselves. We confess that we have often worshipped our buildings rather than you.

Forgive our misplaced passion, and flood this place with your glory once again—and not only this place, but us, your people. Fill us with your Spirit that we may be your living Temple, offering sanctuary to your world.


All (sung): Come and fill our hearts with your peace  (Taize)


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

CTW: we come to…

One:  We gather in this holy place, lifting our voices in praise.

All:  We come to offer ourselves, heart and soul and mind and strength.

One:  We seek God’s presence, opening ourselves to God’s living Word.

All:  We come to be filled by the Holy Spirit, breath of all creation.

One:  Wherever two or three are gathered, Christ is among us.

All:  Let us worship the living God together.


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

communion: sing a new song

Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!
They will come from east and west and north and south
and sit at table together in the kingdom of God,
ready to share the great feast of the new creation
and to sing new songs of praise forevermore.

So come to this table of plenty.
Bring your gifts of new life and your new songs of praise and thanksgiving.
Gather here and share this feast,
for Christ himself is our host.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

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.

Glorious God,
it is right to give you thanks and praise,
to sing new songs of thanksgiving
for your endless mercy and amazing grace.
From age to age, you have been with us.
You made the heavens and the earth
and rule over all the nations.
You create all things and guide us into your ways.
Even when we go astray, you call us back,
showing us the fullness of life in you
and giving us new songs of praise for each and every day,
most of all in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Born of humble estate,
Jesus lived for us and among us,
healing the sick,
easing the burdens of your people,
and teaching us the new song of your kingdom.
He showed his love for all your children
in his death at the hands of the authorities of the day.
Yet when you raised him to new life,
you sealed the promise of the new creation for all your people.
For this incredible gift of life,
we raise our new songs of joyous praise.

And so we give you thanks for this holy meal
where we remember Jesus’ death
and proclaim his new life.
By this bread and cup, strengthen us for the life of faith,
that we might sing your new song in this place and in this world
and invite others to join in
until we share this feast with you in the kingdom of God.

Eternal God,
as we wait and watch and work for your kingdom to come,
strengthen us to sing your new song.
Guide us from this table
to sing your praise each and every day.
Open the ears and minds and hearts of those who will hear,
that they too might join in this new song of praise now,
even as we trust that all creation will soon gather
to feast and sing in the joy of your eternal kingdom.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor are yours, almighty God,
now and forever. Alleluia! Amen.


Inspired by Psalm 96. Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church, Whitestone, NY.