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Invitation: we are not alone

In the broken and messy world in which we live in there are many things to worry about: debilitating illness, hate inspired violence, or the uncertainty of our future well being. It is easy to close ourselves off emotionally, physically, and spiritually to seal ourselves and our hearts away behind doors forged from fear. Yet despite our efforts, Jesus enters in unhindered and says, “Peace be with you.” He encourages us to engage the worries, doubts, and fears we face filled by the Holy Spirit, our advocate…we are not alone.

At this table, we remember the life, death, and resurrection of our savior who bids us to go out sharing Good News and practice acts of forgiveness with ourselves, our neighbors, and our enemies. This table is for those who feel certain and those who feel frightened. This table is for those who feel filled by the Spirit and those who are seeking to be filled. This table does not belong to the Presbyterian Church, it belongs to Jesus Christ—and it is he who invites all to share in the bread and cup of peace, love, and life everlasting.

Submitted by Rev. Andrew Black, Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, IN

Confession and Assurance: Chaotic Mess of Voices

Holy and Beloved God, though the world calls us in a chaotic mess of voices, your voice stands apart. Yours is the soft, still voice that speaks to our very heart of hearts. If we would pay attention to your voice, we would hear your love and concern for us – and for those whose voice is getting lost in the chaos. Help us to hear you, and through you, to hear the voices of the oppressed, the lost, the seething, and the frightened. May your voice bring justice and mercy to us and to all the world.

 

My friends, God hears your voice – whether you shout from the top of your lungs or whisper softly below your breath. God has already forgiven you for not listening – and is calling you to live this Good News through the Holy Spirit.

Praise God, who sends the Spirit of Truth and Love to the world. Amen!

 

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, Okla.

A day of holy celebration

Children of God, let us rejoice in the day of Pentecost! We give thanks to God for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.

Today is a day of holy celebration.

Siblings in Christ, we are inheritors of the work of the church- work done by apostles and preachers, disciples and teachers, lay leaders and children, followers of the Way of Jesus and their loving neighbors.

Today is a day of holy celebration.

We come to this place- perhaps not recently from Mesopotamia or Cappadocia or Phrygia and Pamphylia- but from other states, cities, and townships. We come from states of doubt, rejoicing, and curiosity, drawn here together by the Holy Spirit.

Today is a day of holy celebration.

Peter assured those who heard the many languages of the apostles that they were not drunk, but overwhelmed by the power of the Spirit.

Today is a day of holy dedication.

Those who were gathered to celebrate the giving of the law, the Torah, were awed by the fire of the Spirit, pouring forth in line with the teaching of Jesus- burning away divisions and clearing a path for unity.

Today is a day of holy dedication.

The work of the Holy Spirit always brings order out of chaos- as it did in the beginning over the face of the darkness, on the day of Pentecost, and in the church across creation today.

Today is a day of holy dedication.

The Holy Spirit has been poured out and move, unrestricted, over young and old, without regard to race, gender expression, physical or mental ability, or sexual orientation.

Today is a day of holy inspiration.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control- are not mix and match, but are planted and nourished in the words and deeds of those who have been found by grace in the Way of Jesus.

Today is a day of holy inspiration.

We give thanks, with our whole hearts, bodies, and minds, for the power and pervasive love of the Holy Spirit, which guides our prayers, preserves our faith, and leads us into path of righteousness for God’s own sake. We are awed and appreciative.

Today is a day of holy inspiration.

Thanks be to God! Amen!

Submitted by Rev Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, AK

Prayer for Illum. – Divine Light + Breath

Holy Spirit, bring your divine light into the readings this morning. Help us to see as you see – to hear as you hear – to act in the world as you would have us act. Breathe life into us as you breathe into your living Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Bixby, OK

Benediction: recognize Christ

We have heard and claimed God’s Good News in worship.
Now we go into the world to serve, to forgive,
to work for justice, and to give praise to God.
As we go, may we be filled with the Holy Spirit,
so we might recognize Jesus Christ in all people,
to the glory of God the Father,
now and forever. Amen.

 

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

POP–memorial day weekend

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 144) – for Memorial Day weekend

Blessed are you, O Lord our rock!

You give skill to our hands and strengthen all who serve their neighbors. 

You are our help and our fortress, and we put our trust in you. 

 

On this Memorial Sunday, 

we acknowledge the fragility of life 

and commend to you those who have been gathered to you. 

Bind us to one another beyond time and memory.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We lift up especially those who endured fury that made the mountains smoke, 

who laid down their lives in warfare, 

who returned home living but not whole, 

or who were caught up in violence they wanted no part of. 

Let peace, at long last, prevail on earth. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We pray for those who seek to be rescued from the deep waters, 

whose lives are facing the dangers of famine, poverty, or disaster. 

Grant refuge to all, and may we open our arms to all in need. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We acknowledge those near to us 

and those we have named aloud or silently today 

who suffer from illness, injury, weariness, or brokenness. 

In your tender compassion, nurture your beloved children. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We call forth your abundant provision for all people, 

that every need might be met 

in your consoling and enlivening love. 

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

Come, Holy Spirit, 

and make all your people whole again, 

in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

POP–unshakeable foundation

 Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 41) 

O God, our unshakeable foundation,

hear us as we offer our prayers for all who are afflicted.

 

We pray for those who are poor and in need,

that you would deliver them in the time of trouble

and grant  abundant joy.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We pray for those who are sick or injured,

and for all who minister to them,

that the blessings of health and wholeness would be made real.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We pray for those who are near death,

or who mourn the loss of loved ones today.

Teach us to rightly remember those who have gone ahead of us,

and help us to entrust our lives to you even in death.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

We pray for those who face hostility, violence,

or broken relationships in their everyday life.

We pray for our enemies, calling upon your steadfast mercy.

We pray on behalf of the world: Come, Holy Spirit!

 

O Lord, you hold us fast,

and you lift us up forever by the power of your Holy Spirit.

Therefore we pray with boldness,

joining together in the prayer Christ taught, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

prayer for leadership

“Fill the sails of life of this church – your church – O God, with your Holy Spirit, and guide us by the light of Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen”

Submitted by Jerie Messer Lukefahr, Commissioned Ruling Elder

dedication: bless and dedicate

Holy Spirit, Breathe now onto these gifts we offer. Bless and dedicate them for your work in this community of faith. Bless and dedicate us, the givers. As we give, help us also to receive your presence through the hands, words and actions of one another, that all the neighborhood, city and world may know that we are your people. In your name we pray, Amen!

 

Submitted by Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Hillsdale Community Church, Portland OR.