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POP: you are the presence

You, O Lord, are Sovereign;
you are the presence of beauty
and the awesome power of love.

Your creative promises stand firm
and hold the world steady;
your steadfast love endures from the foundation of the world
to the completion of all things.
Send forth your comfort on those who cannot trust your word.
Renew our hope.

O Lord, the raging waters of chaos find their order
in bearing witness to your greatness;
even in confusion and uncertainty your praises can be sung.
Deal gently with those who are tossed about by change.
Guide those who enter new beginnings.
Heal those who suffer illness or grief.

Lord most high, you are great above all things.
We praise you for raising on high our Lord Jesus
and seating him beside you forever.
Glory be, forever and forevermore!
We sing our praise in Jesus’ name,
and we join him in prayer, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

confession and pardon: a gospel difficult to practice

Call to Reconciliation
Called to proclaim repentance, we are reluctant to look at our own failings. Invited to witness to God’s loving forgiveness of sins, we would rather not speak aloud of our own. Let us trust in the One who offers us hope and healing, as we pray together, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession
You call us to proclaim a gospel we find difficult to practice, God Most High. We watch our clocks to make sure we spend more time with ourselves than with you. We are hesitant to witness to your power from on high, as we are uncertain of your presence in our lives. Forgive us, God of Light. Fill us with the healing presence of your Spirit, that we may proclaim your good news, as we participate in the life and suffering of our world, as did your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
L:    Choosing to set aside judgment, God gives us justice; choosing to let go of punishment, God fills us with peace; choosing to release anger, God’s steadfast love rests upon us.
P:    Forgiven, redeemed, restored – we will tell everyone, through the lives we lead, what God has done for us. Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

Easter 7A Communion Prayer

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, Ruler of the Universe,
for you have kept your promises.
In the beginning, you called for yourself a people and you promised them a home.
Though it took many generations,
and though they were separated from their home by water and a desert,
you brought your people to a good land.
When your people turned away from you,
you promised us you would come among us.
In your Son Jesus we see you and your love,
living and real and for us.
He showed us how to follow you,
eating with sinners, touching the outcast,
loving all.
After his resurrection,
he told us to wait for your calling and your power.
He promised us that you would go with us as we proclaim the good news
that you have triumphed over death,
that love has the last word.
And now we wait to feel again the movement of your Holy Spirit,
giving gifts and expecting us to use them.
We give you thanks for your unending love for us,
and for this table,
where you have prepared a feast.
As we come to this meal, may we be made one with each other and with you.
Pour out your Spirit again on us and on these gifts of bread and wine,
show us a glimpse of your heavenly banquet.
Make this table the meeting place of earth and heaven,
that together we might be strengthened to go out
to be your witnesses in this place and even to the ends of the earth.
We pray in the name of our Risen Lord Christ, who taught us to pray together…

Ascension Day Collect

Submitted by Rev. Brian Merritt, Palisades Community Church.

Holy One,
You are one who distracts, confuses and distorts.
Pupils dilating at your light
become cast into darkness.
Our peace is shattered into chaos
and our placid water struck by lightening.
We who cling to soaring chariots
are found wandering the desert’s emptiness.
In our desolation your servants
hope even in the sight of footstools
made out of your enemies.
Even they, in your great destruction,
see the immensity of justice.
In the midst of absence
form something we may call creation.
Inside this ash sprinkle waters of life,
so that our roots will deepen
and our branches blossom with eternal fruit,
yet, seen as holy by others needing revelation.