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POP: we call on you

We call on you with thanksgiving, Lord of heaven and earth,
and we come before you with all our heart.
We set you apart as the one deserving of all our praise,
and we call on your love and faithfulness
for the sake of your name.

We call to you, trusting that you will answer.
We pray for all who are sick, suffering, or struggling;
O Lord, increase the strength of those who are weak.

We pray for those who govern nations and hold power in the world;
speak your words of wisdom and justice, and let there be ears to hear.

We pray for those whose gifts of beauty and skill
give glory to your name and joy to others;
guard them my your mercy.

Lord God most high, we pray for those who are weighed down
by injustice, violence, or fear;
lift up the lowly and bring forth justice.

We call on you for ourselves,
in the midst of whatever trouble we may find ourselves in.
Walk along with us and guide us in your service.
O Lord, make good the purposes for which you have called us;
we trust in your enduring love,
made real for us in Jesus Christ,
who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

communion: loyalty

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks, O Lord, with all our heart;
in the face of all that would claim our loyalty,
we choose to sing praise to only you.
We praise your love and faithfulness,
which are revealed in all that you called into being;
from the farthest wonders of space,
to the deepest mysteries of our hearts.
You made a promise by your name
that you would be faithful to your people forever,
and you have always upheld your covenant.

We celebrate especially the gift of your own Son, Jesus Christ,
whom we confess as the Lord of life,
who offers forgiveness and grace to all,
who has called us once and always to return to you.
For the sake of Christ,
we join with all your faithful ones,
who forever sing praise and glory to your name:

Holy, holy, holy…

Holy and blessed are you, O Lord,
for you have come to care for those who are lowly
and set right the broken ways of our world.
By your Holy Spirit,
you give us the gift of your presence
through this meal that seals your promise within us.

Trusting in your promise,
we lift up before you those who struggle or suffer,
those who battle enemies of body, mind, or spirit.
Make good your purpose for all your people,
as we entrust ourselves to your enduring love,
in the name of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying:
The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

Psalm 138: an interactive scripture

An Interactive Psalm of Thanksgiving
Submitted by Rev. Dr. Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary

The leader reads or sings (lines in italics) and invites the congregation to echo the speaking/singing/gestures.

I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; (echo)
My whole heart. (echo)
before the gods I sing your praise; (echo)
Praise, praise, praise the Lord, praise God’s holy name, Alleluia! (echo)
bow down toward your holy temple  (echo – bow)
I give thanks for your steadfast love and your faithfulness (echo)
Great is Thy faithfulness! (echo)
for you have exalted your name  (echo)
and your word (echo)
above everything. (echo)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (echo)
On the day I called, you answered me, (echo)
you increased my strength of soul. (echo)
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, (echo)
Praise ye, praise ye the Lord! (echo)
They have heard the words of your mouth. (echo)
They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, (echo)
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (echo)
for great is the glory of the LORD. (echo)
GREAT (echo)
Is the glory of the LORD! (echo)
Gloria – (from Angels we have heard on high) (echo)
For though the LORD is high, (echo)
Lord we lift your name on high! (echo)
the LORD regards the lowly; (echo)
but the haughty (echo)
the haughty (echo)
are perceived from far away. (echo)
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, (echo)
I’ve got to walk this lonesome valley (echo)
you preserve me (echo)
against the wrath of my enemies; (echo)
you stretch out your hand, (echo)
YOUR hand (echo)
and your right hand delivers me. (echo)
Great is thy faithfulness! (echo)
The LORD will fulfill God’s purpose for me; (echo)
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. (echo)
Forever, and ever! (from Hallelujah Chorus) (echo)
Do not forsake the work of your hands. (echo)
Amen.