a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

POP: hear us

Hear us, O God, when we call upon you! Your love sets us free from the power of death; your mercy frees us from doubt and fear; your promise frees us to serve you alone. You do wonders for your people, O Lord: hear our prayers as we call out to … [Continue reading]

CTW: whispered alleluias

One: It was dawn. The sun was warming the earth. The birds were singing. Many: The beauty of the day was lost on the grieving women. It may as well have been midnight as they approached the tomb. One: It was dawn. The earth was rejoicing. The … [Continue reading]

confession: Palm Sunday

On this day, O God, we gather with the children who lead the crowd into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday; And we consort with the scribes and leaders who condemn Jesus. We work with the disciples to prepare the way, And we linger with those … [Continue reading]

confession: if you had been here…

One: Loving Lord, how often we face tragic news we cannot understand. Our hearts may echo Martha and Mary at Lazarus’s tomb, who said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” All: Lord, if you had been here, our hearts would … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

CTW: God Refines the Soul

We gather together, full of bountiful hope and terrible fears. A crucible is for silver, and a furnace is for gold, but the Lord refines our hearts. Sin coats us like rust, eating away at our connections to each other, but God anoints us with oil … [Continue reading]

CTW: return to the Lord

Leader: God’s call rings out through the world, God’s message to us. People: God calls us to come back, to fast and weep, and ask for forgiveness. Leader: We need to change our entire lives, what is inside of us, not just outside. People: For our … [Continue reading]

Confession: God shines

The presence of God shines all around us, and yet our faces are buried in our phones, and our minds are on the tasks that are left undone, oblivious to the miracle of the Holy Spirit that surrounds. Let us together lift up our heads and open our eyes … [Continue reading]

Transfiguration Invocation

God of the high and low, we come before you this day seeking your Holy presence. We come to sing praises, pray petitions, and listen to the Word at your holy mountain. We come to experience metamorphosis, to be changed into your people. Change us in … [Continue reading]

POP: no other helper

Alleluia! We praise you, O Lord, with every fiber of our being. With all our heart, soul, mind, and strength we will sing praises to you. We earnestly put our trust in you alone, knowing that there is no other helper but you, the … [Continue reading]