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confession: strange economy of grace

Call to Reconciliation
God has a vision of a time and place where enemies
become best friends, where the world is a playground
for all children.  But we know how we resist living in
such a kingdom, for our eyes are blinded by sin.
Let us confess to our God, as we pray, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession
On this day we confess, God of righteousness, how we have not been your
people.  When we are offered the opportunity to get between the poor and
those who would shove them aside, we too easily step out of the way.  When
we could stand up for those in need, we prefer to sit on the sidelines.
When we are called to be servant leaders, we choose to act as if others
should wait on us.
Have mercy on us, Blessing God.  As we repent, we would see the kingdom
which is in our midst.  By your grace, we discover that in your strange
economy of grace, all people matter; by your love, we can bear fruit of
compassion and hope; by your peace, we can clothe others in your justice,
even as Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, wraps us in justice.

Silence is kept

Assurance of Pardon
L:  We confess, and so we rejoice, for God has accepted us for who we are,
and claimed us as God’s own children.
P:  We lift our praise to God, who fills us with hope and grace.  Thanks be
to God, we are forgiven!  Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies

prayer of the day: Advent 2

You come,
so the poor might
get a fair shake
(not a shakedown);
so faithfulness and righteousness
might be the suspenders
we put on each morning;
so we might listen
to the voiceless
without judgment.

When we long for a
leader beyond our imagining,
you show us a
picture
of a dusty-footed
itinerant preacher,
with a ragamuffin
group of followers
and say to us, ‘here’s who
you are looking for.’

In the midst of bigger and brighter,
louder and flashier ad campaigns,
you offer a vision of
cows given milk to wolf cubs,
snakes charming little kids,
lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!)
playing hide and seek
on our front lawns.

God in Community, Holy in One,
bring this kingdom closer to us,
even as we pray as we have been taught,
Our Father . . .

 

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, Lectionary Liturgies.

confession: lost sight of your peace

O Lord our God, too often we have lost sight of your peace, forgetting your call upon our lives. Instead we have believed the lie that peace is elusive, or that it will never arrive or that it is dream we should stop wishing would come true. We have turned over our faith to other things, weapons of war, instruments of violence, or monetized “values.” We have ignored the prophet’s proclamation and have turned our back on the teachings of our spiritual ancestors.

Have mercy on us in this Advent Season.

Restore in us once again your peace.
Re-ignite in us once again your hope.
Renew in us once again your call.
Remind us that we are to be the people of peace, no matter the cost, no matter where it takes us.
Reconnect us again to Jesus, for whom we wait with expectant souls in this holy season of Advent.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield NJ

CTW: O Advent Day of Peace

One: O Advent Day, O Day of Peace!
All: May the reign of Christ outlast the sun, outlive the moon—age after age after age!
One: We gather to wait together for our Savior, the Christ, whose birth is drawing near.
All: May he outlast the sun, outlive the moon—age after age after age!
One: Today, Scripture reminds us of our calling…to be those that co-create Peace…
All: May our efforts outlast the sun, outlive the moon—age after age after age!
One: Salvation will come from the places we least expect it, and arrive in the places most in need!
All: Come let us Worship! Come let us gather to hear the Story once again!
Let us remember that Jesus the Christ, the Savior of all
will outlast the sun, outlive the moon—age after age after age! Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield, NJ