a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

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 … [Continue reading]

POP: where there is no way

You are a God who leads us, who makes a way when there is no way. We give you thanks, O Lord, for you are stronger than every foe. We give you thanks, for your creative Spirit is always at work, making all things new. We give you thanks, for … [Continue reading]

POP: god of wisdom

Let us pray to God saying: God of Wisdom, draw near to us Ever-present God, we look around the world and we see places where people cry out to you: in places torn by the ravages of war, in countries demolished by natural disasters, in areas … [Continue reading]

illumination: curiosity and wonder

As children welcomed to your presence, instill within us a sense of curiosity and wonder as we gather to listen to your Word. Amen.   Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY … [Continue reading]

confession: not very good listeners

Loving God, you are always speaking, giving us instructions, directing our attention, and telling us your love. We confess that sometimes we are not very good listeners. We aren’t sure what is your voice, and what is ours, and what is just noise. We … [Continue reading]

Confession: not enough

Call to Confession With humility and honesty, let us confess our sins to our God who is slow to anger and quick to forgive. Confession Abundant God, so much of our harmful behavior is rooted in our envy. You have given us our manna - our daily … [Continue reading]

Prayer: narrative

Author of our Lives, we praise you for writing us into your narrative of salvation. As characters in this chapter of your story of creation, help us tell the truth of your steadfast love and mercy to all who have ears to hear. … [Continue reading]

CTW: praise be

Praise be to God the Creator, who breathes life into being. Praise be to God the Redeemer, who saves us from ourselves. Praise be to God the Sustainer, who binds us together as one body. Come, children of the Triune God, come worship our wild and … [Continue reading]

CTW: from many places

We have come from many places to gather in this place—from home and school and work, from next door and from miles away. We have come on foot, by car, bus, and taxi, with friends, and alone. Whatever the journey has held so far, wherever we … [Continue reading]

POP: theological education sunday

Let us pray to God saying: Holy and Merciful God, hear our prayer. Today is a Sunday that many Presbyterian Churches celebrate and support places of theological education. We give thanks for the 10 seminaries of our denomination … [Continue reading]