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Illumination: wisdom implanted

Holy Spirit,
stir our hearts to be moved by your Word,
that we might leave this place
with your wisdom implanted within us. Amen.

 

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

Prayer: voices of creation

God of Creation,
all of the world proclaims your praise,
from the highest heavens to the deepest recesses of the sea.
Make our voices true and faithful
as we join the voices of all of creation to sing your praise. Amen.

 

Submitted by Stephen M. Fearing, Beaumont Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY

Illumination: lead us to treasure

Your word, O Lord, is sweeter than honey
and more precious than gold.
Inspire this reading by your Holy Spirit
and lead us to the treasure of your will,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

POP: on psalm 19

O God, the heavens declare your glory,
and all creation reveals your surpassing wisdom.
We give thanks to you for those who reveal your riches to us
and teach us in the way we should go.
We pray for all who are searching,
that you would shine your light ahead of them
and help all people rejoice in you.
We pray for those who struggle and suffer,
especially those we have lifted up by name today.
Revive all our souls and refresh our spirits.
Guide us in your service,
because your will is the desire of our hearts.
Let all that we say or do be acceptable in your sight,
we pray in Jesus’ name, saying together:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

confession: you are perfect and we are not

Your law is perfect, oh LORD, but we are not.  Rather than understanding the ways your will for us would revive us, make us wise and bring us joy, we bristle at the thought of submission.  We pretend that we know better, that our desires and motives are pure.  In our pride, we lose our awe, our fear of your majesty and power.

Give us hearts that know the value of keeping your commandments and minds that desire understanding of your will more than the purest gold or the sweetest honey.  Grant us humility; clear us from our hidden faults.  Help us to be the people you made each of us to be, so that together we might the body you call us to be.

 

Assurance of Pardon

The truth of God’s love is this: before we knew God, before we knew love and before we understood the depth of our sin, the reconciling work of Christ was done.  Through the Holy Spirit, we reach out the one who lived, died and rose again to reveal God’s resurrection power to us and for us.  Hear and believe the good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

 

Submitted by Laura Viau.

confession: wisdom

(based on Psalm 19, CEB)

One:      The Lord’s instruction is perfect,
reviving one’s very being.
All:      But we chafe at instruction and perfection,
            preferring to give you our instructions.
One:      The Lord’s laws are faithful, making naive people wise.
All:      But so often we think your way is naïve
      compared to our own human wisdom.
One:      The Lord’s regulations are right, gladdening the heart.
All:      It seems strange to think of regulation
      bringing gladness, so we go our own way.
One:      The Lord’s commands are pure, giving light to the eyes.

They are more desirable than gold—
than tons of pure gold!—
and they are sweeter than honey—
even dripping off the honeycomb!
All:      Forgive us, God, for wanting gold and honey
      more than we desire You.
      Forgive us, God, for preferring darkness to your light.
      Forgive us, God,
      for closing our ears and eyes to your word.
One:      No doubt about it: your servant is enlightened by them;
there is great reward in keeping them.
All:      Turn us again to your way,
      that we may hear and follow you. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake IL.

CTW: all earth cries glory

L:    When God speaks, all creation answers:
P:    the pale winter moon cries, ‘Glory!’
        the sun hums a song as it warms the earth.
L:    When God speaks, lives are changed:
P:    those held hostage by oppression are set free;
        the voiceless shout the story of salvation.
L:    When God speaks, everything is turned inside out:
P:    the wise learn the language of grace from little children;
        the strong take lessons from the powerless.

 

Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.