a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

affirmation: in every place

We believe in God: omnipresent, in every time, and in every place, generating and sustaining all life, nurturing relationship with Creation.

We believe in Jesus, the Christ, who lived and loved, taught and died; the One who conquered death and who surprises us with grace, when we least expect or deserve it.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who journeys with us and makes our faith possible, in every situation and every circumstance.

We believe that every place we pause to recognize the mystery of our Triune God, is a sacred place, from sanctuaries on North Sixth Street to sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Surely, God is with us in every time and in every place, and we are grateful.


Submitted by Jerie Lukefahr, Commissioned Ruling Elder (PCUSA)

*Loosely based on Gen 28:10-19 – can be adapted to reflect local elements. 

POP: arise, O God

Arise, O God, and scatter the shadows of enmity and hatred!
In Christ’s resurrection, you drive away sin and death
like smoke before the wind;
in Christ’s ascension, you give glory to the one whose suffering saves us;
therefore we rejoice and sing for joy before you.
Teach us to honor your name above all things
and keep us from being content with anything but your will.

You, O God, defend widows and set orphans in families,
you who dwell on high!
You give a home to the lonely and freedom to the prisoners;
you lead your people through the wilderness
into communities of wholeness and abundance.
Show us your presence once again, Holy One;
shake us from our complacency,
and refresh us in all our thirst.
Make a home for all people,
provide generously for the poor,
and use your church to heal your world.
Make room especially for those we have lifted up by name,
and for those whose names are far from our lips
or deep within our hearts.

We sing to you, O God,
praising you for your glorious creation,
trusting in your mighty power,
and celebrating the wonders of your promise.
Blessed are you, O God,
in Jesus Christ,
who teaches us to pray as we say:

The Lord’s Prayer


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

invitation: everyone who asks receives

Jesus promises that everyone who asks will receive.
At this table, we receive the presence of Christ in the gift of bread and cup.
Jesus promises that everyone who seeks will find.
If you seek the presence of Christ, we pray that you will find him at this table.
Jesus promises that for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
On behalf of the church universal, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are welcome to this table!


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

pastoral prayer: you spoke…

Holy God,

you spoke the world into being

telling a story of life and hope and love.

Still you speak, creating with your word

calling forth light from darkness.

You fill the earth with your glory,

visible to any who look for you.

Give us eyes to see.

We give you thanks for you are faithful.

You have promised your presence,

and your love never fails.

Now make us into agents of your grace.

Make your presence known to others

through our love, our compassion, our helping hands.

Speak your creating story through our voices.

And where darkness reigns and silence deafens,

may your Living Word shine through,

from Ukraine to Sudan and Syria to Korea,

from the streets of Nigeria to the streets of Chicago,

from the halls of congress to the halls of our homes,

let your voice ring out,

telling a story of love so great that death cannot end it,

a story of life for all people,

a story of your presence in, with, and among your people.

We seek you, O God.

Not just your path, but you.

Reveal yourself again in your church,

and in your world.

Show your face, and let your voice be heard.

Take your church by the hand

and lead us along your path,

telling us your story again and again

until we cannot help but tell it too.

It is in you that we live, and move, and have our being,

and so we listen for your heart,

until ours beats in time with yours.

We are your people, Lord, your creation and your beloved.

Make us into your body, loving, serving, and caring for the world.

We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, the Living Word, who taught us to pray together…


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


confession: misplaced passion

Glorious God, you are everywhere present, and yet so often we try to confine you within our walls. We confess that we have believed some spaces, and some people, and some objects, to be holier than others. We confess that we have obscured your presence, ignored your Spirit, and focused our attention on ourselves. We confess that we have often worshipped our buildings rather than you.

Forgive our misplaced passion, and flood this place with your glory once again—and not only this place, but us, your people. Fill us with your Spirit that we may be your living Temple, offering sanctuary to your world.


All (sung): Come and fill our hearts with your peace  (Taize)


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

CTW: we come to…

One:  We gather in this holy place, lifting our voices in praise.

All:  We come to offer ourselves, heart and soul and mind and strength.

One:  We seek God’s presence, opening ourselves to God’s living Word.

All:  We come to be filled by the Holy Spirit, breath of all creation.

One:  Wherever two or three are gathered, Christ is among us.

All:  Let us worship the living God together.


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