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confession: we are not looking

All:       You walk among us, O Lord, hoping we will see your face in the crowd. We confess that most of the time, we are not looking. And when we do look, we are afraid of what we see. We close our ears and laugh it off when you call our names. When we are too wrapped up in our own concerns to recognize you, forgive us. When we are too certain, and there is no room for your mystery, forgive us. When we have locked our doors, our minds, and our hearts, forgive us. Show us your face again, living God. Teach us to see, and to welcome you in. Amen. ~silence~


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


O Lord, faithful and joyful God,

we can scarcely believe the good things you intend for your people.

When we recognize your generosity and hear your promises,

our mouths are filled with laughter, and our tongues shout for joy.

We rejoice and are glad indeed for the great things you promise for us.

Fulfill your promises in the lives of all whom we lift up before you.

For those whose good fortune seems to have dried up:

Restore your promises and make your people whole.

For those who weep today:

May they sing songs of joy once more.

For those who anxiously wait for the seeds of life to sprout once more:

May your abundant harvest be known.

Faithful God, we entrust our future to your steadfast promises,

and we wait patiently for you,

strengthened by the name of Jesus Christ, in which we pray together:

The Lord’s Prayer


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