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POP: hear us

Hear us, O God, when we call upon you!
Your love sets us free from the power of death;
your mercy frees us from doubt and fear;
your promise frees us to serve you alone.
You do wonders for your people, O Lord:
hear our prayers as we call out to you.
Guard those who face anger, fear, or trouble;
keep your people from sin, and reconcile our hearts.
Protect all who seek and serve you,
and bless those who give their lives to your mission.
Turn your face toward those who long for better times,
who long to see your light once again.
For all who suffer and sorrow, let there be gladness overflowing.
We put our trust in you, O Lord,
for your promises alone are sure.
We pray in the name of the risen Christ, saying together:
The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

confession: unwilling to risk

Boundary-Breaking God, you call us to speak up on behalf of those whose voices have been silenced. You took on flesh and called us to stand with those who are pushed to the margins. You call us to serve you ahead of any earthly power. We confess that we are blinded by our privilege. We confess that we benefit from the status quo and are often unwilling to risk rocking the boat. Forgive our apathy and our inability to be fully loyal to you. Prepare our hearts to receive you yet again, in this time, and for this time.   

~silence~

 

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

confession: we cling

Holy and gracious God,
you have called us through your saving waters into new life,
yet we confess we cling to the old ways of death.
We doubt your promises and refuse your guidance;
we choose the power and privilege of empire over the justice and peace of your kingdom;
and we lose hope in your deliverance and give into despair.
Lord, in your mercy, wash away our sin and make us clean.
Give us the courage to follow where your Spirit leads,
that all may witness the saving power of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Submitted by David Bjorlin, Resurrection Covenant Church, Chicago IL

CTW: we want a spectacle

Leader: We want a spectacle. We want fireworks and a laser light show. We want the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. We want a production that will make the power go out. That will get our attention.

People: The Lord rules; let the people tremble; let the earth quake! God is great; he towers in splendor over everyone else!

Leader: What if Jesus showed up, and his face was dazzling, and his clothes were so white they radiated light? What if the greatest prophets of all time stood next to him and their appearance was even more glorious?

People: The people of God cried out to the Lord, and he answered them. The Lord spoke to them in a pillar of cloud and of fire!

Leader: We want glory. We want power. We want the assurance of things we never get to see. We want something to depend on, something to hope in, something to dedicate our lives to.

People: Let us extol the Lord our God, and worship on his holy mountain. For the Lord our God is holy!

ALL: LET US PRAISE THE LORD! ALLELUIA!

 

adapted from Psalm 99
submitted by Rev. Eric Beene, White Bluff Presbyterian Church, Savannah, GA