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Pentecost Prayer: freed for

On this day of Pentecost, the church is born and re-born.

The Holy Spirit is poured out

and sends us out together, aflame with new life.

God, we pray that your Spirit would set us free

from the prisons of pettiness, jealousy, and greed.

Set us free to be Your church.

We are freed to free others.

We are forgiven to forgive others.

We are loved to love others.

You call us to be the church,

and you send us to feed the hungry,

clothe the naked, heal the sick,

and to be alleluias even when there is no music.

Fill us with your Spirit,

make us again into your body for the world.  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL. Originally used in place of a confession sequence.

CTW: come together

We come together from many places—

from north and south, from east and west, just as God calls.

We come together in one place—

piece by piece, becoming the Body of Christ.

We come together in one place—

not always understanding, not always courageous, not always ready,

and the Spirit rushes in!

Let us rejoice, and proclaim God’s power in this place!

 

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

CTW: from many

For many reasons

from many places

carrying wrongs and rights

some unsure

some very certain

each with a story

we are called

to be loved and to love

to see and be seen

to be made and re-made,

perspective shifted

spirits moved

bodies in motion

to be transformed into the body of Christ,

ready to help God transform the world.

 

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

confession: opposites

Holy God,
you have brought us together as one body with many members,
each of us with gifts given according to your Spirit.
We confess that we struggle to discern what role we are called to do.
We speak when you call us to listen.
We listen when you call us to walk.
We walk when you call us to wait.
We wait when you call us to do.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
show this community who you have called us to be.
Guide us through this tension of One and yet many
that we might strive for the greater gift of unity
and play the part of disciples of the one Spirit.  Amen.

Submitted by Stephen Fearing, student at Columbia Theological Seminary

call to confession for the annual meeting worship service

On days like today it is easy for us to celebrate all we have done, while forgetting what God has done. It is easy to look back with rosy glasses and then turn our eyes to the future, unreflective. But God calls us to honesty in both our individual and collective lives, so let’s take this moment to reflect on the ways we have failed ourselves, one another, the church, the world.

(begin in silence, then follow with unison prayer of confession)

 

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

confession: a broken body

You have knit us together, your body,
and we confess that sometimes we are busy pulling out the stitches,
trying to go our own way, heedless of the needs of other members.
You have made us one through your Spirit,
and we confess that we sometimes value our individualism over your call.
You remind us that if we were all the same, there could be no body,
and we confess that might be easier for us, even if it is not your will.
You call us to work together, suffer together, rejoice together, and to follow your most excellent way.
But the way of love is hard work. Cleanse us of our selfish desires and our arrogance, and fill us with your vision of justice, peace, and harmony, for we, though many, are one body. We ask this in the power of your one Spirit. Amen.

 

God does not call us to wallow in our brokenness—instead, we confess and know God’s healing, then move forward into God’s call. Each of our bodies, as well as Christ’s body, the Church, is a place we can experience God’s grace and power. Friends, believe and live this good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.

 

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

CTW/Affirmation: Body of Christ

One: We belong to the body of Christ.
All: We belong to something greater,
One: where everyone is included.
All: We belong to something greater,
One: where all small tasks to help are significant.
All: We belong to something greater,
One: where everyone is needed.
All: We belong to something greater,
One: where each of us has our own gifts with which to serve.
All: We belong to something greater,
One: greater than you, or I, or us together.
All: We belong to the body of Christ.

 

Written by young people reflecting on 1 Corinthians 12.
Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL.

CTW: God has called

One:  God has called us together to worship and work
All:  young and old, men and women, newcomer and charter member.
One:   God has called us together to love and to serve
All:  introverts and extroverts, leaders and followers.
One:  God has called us together to teach and to learn
All:  faithful and doubting, hopeful and despairing, wise and foolish.
One:  God has called us together to praise and to pray
All:  singer and speaker and hearer, healer and in need of healing.
One:  God has called us together to be the church
All:  and we are filled with gifts to be God’s people!

 

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