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Dedication: learning foolishness

Generous God, you have chosen to reveal yourself to us in ways this world considers foolish…and you call us to join you. As we learn generosity in the midst of a world that teaches self-sufficiency, bless our gifts that they may be a blessing to others. As we learn trust in the midst of a world that teaches individualism, bless our gifts that they may lead us into community. As we learn sacrifice in the midst of a world that teaches greed, bless our gifts that they may remind us of all you have given to us. We dedicate these, our gifts of treasure and talent, to the foolishness of your glory. Amen.

Dedication: signs of glory

You, Lord, are our God, and we are your people. As you have placed your generosity in our hearts, we pray now for the blessing of pouring it out for others. May the gifts we bring be of use in your kingdom, bringing hope to the despairing, light in the valley of shadows, peace in the midst of chaos. Make these tokens of our gratitude into a sign that shows your glory, until all come to see your gracious love. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson

Confession: excuses

Call to Confession

The one who knit us together in our mothers’ wombs
searches us and knows our hearts.
There is no hiding our sin from our Creator,
but also no need to hide.
For the Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and full of love.
Trusting in the one who makes us whole,
let us offer our whole selves to God.

Prayer of Confession

Holy God,
You claimed us before the foundation of the world,
and set us apart for your work –
to pluck up the weeds of injustice
and tear down walls that divide;
to plant seeds of compassion
and build your kingdom of peace.
Too often we cower in fear,
Instead of stepping out in faith.
Like Jeremiah, we make excuses –
we are too young, or too old;
we do not have the right gifts
or the experience to lead.
Forgive us, God, when we resist our callings
and choose what is comfortable over what is faithful.
Help us remember that – in You –
we are fully known and fully loved.
May this assurance give us courage in our calling
to pluck up and to tear down,
to build and to plant,
in service to Christ our Lord.

 

Submitted by Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE

confession: gifts

Creator God, with each breath of life you breathe, you give gifts to your creation, calling us to use your gifts to build up your kingdom on earth. We confess that sometimes we do not see your gifts for the treasures they are. We either take credit for them ourselves, or we dismiss them as not important. We privilege some gifts over others, forgetting that you care about tiny things as much as big things. And when we are called upon to use our gifts for your glory, so often we find ourselves distracted by our own desire and uncertain of your direction. Forgive us. Open our ears to hear you speaking, and our hearts to embrace your purpose. Amen.    ~silence~

 

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

dedication: gifts

God, you have given us each of us gifts to use as members of the body of Christ. Here are our gifts – the work of our hands, our hearts, and our lives. We pray that they may help to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our world, today and always, here and everywhere. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Daniel Hayward, Trinity Ingleside and Newington United Churches (The United Church of Canada), South Stormont ON.

prayer of dedication: from smallest to largest

Receive the gifts we offer, O God.
Receive the gift of our lives – from the smallest to the largest.
Bless them all to your transforming work in the world. Amen.

Submitted by Stephanie Anthony, pastor at First Presbyterian Church (Hudson, WI)