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confession: not very good listeners

Loving God, you are always speaking, giving us instructions, directing our attention, and telling us your love. We confess that sometimes we are not very good listeners. We aren’t sure what is your voice, and what is ours, and what is just noise. We are easily distracted. We like our own ways. But even when we are too busy, you still call. We admit that we find you difficult to hear, and we ask for your help. Open our minds and hearts. Tune our ears to your voice. Help us to listen to what you have to say, and then help us to follow wherever you lead.
Thank you, God, for hearing us, and for speaking to us. Remind us of your love and forgiveness, and give us strength to be faithful to you. We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray together:



Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, St. John’s Church of Scotland, Gourock

illumination: heart of all things

O Lord, your Word sees to the heart of all things
and speaks the truth of your blessing into every life.
As we listen to these words of scripture,
may we hear your everlasting Word
calling us to share your healing and reconciliation with all people.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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

illumination: living and active

Almighty God,
your Word is living and active,
and the stories of our lives bear witness to your Good News.
We thank you for these words, of scripture and testimony.
Open us to hear your voice within these words,
and guide us as we respond in faith.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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

confession: the word of the lord is rare?

Speaking God, it often seems as if the word of the Lord is rare in our days. We confess that we, your servants, may not be listening. We prefer to do what we want, labeling our desires with your name and calling them blessed. We disregard your voice when it comes from unpleasant quarters or through people with whom we disagree. We insist that there is no other way. We shut out and shut down, rather than waiting to hear your word. We confess our minds and hearts are often closed, our ears ringing with our own voices. Silence in us every voice but your own, and make yourself heard in this place again.


Forgive us, O God.
Speak again into our confusion, our brokenness, our darkness, and lead us in your way of grace and truth. Amen.


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