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confession: lip service

Your word still rings true, Lord, generation after generation. You are a God who keeps promises. Yet we confess that we would prefer your work to conform to our timeline, and even better to our desires. We sometimes pay lip service to your word while seeking our own glory. And when we are frustrated and yearn for an answer, our words are often bland and cliché while our faith is in turmoil. Forgive us, O God, for our impatience and our unwillingness to be completely honest, even with you. Help us to trust you enough to grow into real relationship with you. Amen.


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

CTW: look to the stars

One: Look to the stars—filling the sky with light!
All: God’s word is a light, shining bright in the darkness.
One: Look to the stars—spread across the universe, farther than any eye has seen.
All: God is everywhere present, whether we go to the ends of the earth or depths of the sea.
One: Look to the stars—more than we even have numbers to count.
All: God’s grace is beyond imagining, beyond language, beyond counting.
One: Look to the stars—signs of God’s promise, shining through all generations.
All: We come to worship God, in whom we trust.


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

confession: You make promises…

One:    You make a lot of promises, God, and we confess that sometimes we don’t believe them.

All:     It feels like we are alone out here, like we’d better take matters into our own hands.

One:    Your promise of abundant life, your promise of your presence, your promise of a future with hope—sometimes we just can’t see how they can be true.

All:     And yet you call us to run the race, to hope in things we cannot see, to follow though we do not know where you are going.

One:    Forgive us, O God, our insistence on certainty.

All:     Your faithfulness reaches to the skies, beyond what we can imagine. Forgive our fearful hearts, our unwillingness to go into places we don’t know, our idolatry of self-reliance.

One: Reveal to us again your loving presence,

All: that we may grow to reflect your faithfulness.

All sung: Kyrie Eleison



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