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confession: open our eyes

Prayer of Confession
Holy God, you call us to faith, but so often we walk by sight:
We want fact to be truth and truth to be obvious.
We seek answers that resemble what already lies in our field of vision.
We value clarity more than reality, what we can see more than what may be, what conforms to our picture more than what shocks, surprises, challenges or confounds us.
Light of the world, forgive us when we privilege our own sight and thus become blind.
Open our eyes to you – your deeper truth and your life within us –
so that we might look around us and within us and see anew.
In faith, may we come to know you more fully, love more deeply,
and see the world and everyone it as you do, according to your grace.  Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Brothers and sisters, regardless of how we see, we are loved by Christ,
who came to bring sight to the blind in mind and spirit,
who knows our blind spots and gives us new vision.
May we learn to see with the eyes of Christ. Alleluia!
Sung Response: “Amazing Grace,” verse 1
for the Narrative Lectionary, Transfiguration Sunday: John 9
submitted by Rev. Laura Cunningham, Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, Pearl River, New York

elemental Advent Candles

One: Deeply planted in the mystery of life
is God’s love
gracing the world with presence and purpose.

All: We wait, longing for the dawning of God’s new day.
We prepare, trying to make room,
expectant yet despairing, hopeful yet wondering.
God too longs for the world’s transformation.
God too prepares—making us into vessels of light and love,
getting us ready to receive anew the gift.

One:

(week 1) Deeply planted in the mystery of life
is a spark
holding back darkness with possibility.

(week 2) Deeply planted in the mystery of life
is a breath
whispering hope in the silence.

(week 3) Deeply planted in the mystery of life
is a stream of living water
filling dry lands and dry people.

(week 4) Deeply planted in the mystery of life
is God’s presence
living among us, living promise, living Word.

All sung:
(insert your sung response here! We are using “As we light the advent candle” from Ruth Schram’s Light the Advent Candle)

 

~~note: you can choose whether to simply switch out the weekly section, or add on each week, keeping the previous week’s reading as well)~~

 

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