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Confession – Turning Our Backs

Holy and Beloved God, Sovereign of the Universe, we pray for forgiveness. It is so easy to lose your way—even with the light of the sun and the moon to guide us, we often prefer to turn our backs and head out on our own path. Then, when we have adjusted to the darkness, turning back to your light seems to hurt our eyes, and we squeeze them shut to block out our pain and the pain around us. Help us to open our eyes again. To trust that the pain of seeing the world as you see it is reduced when we do your work. Hear the pains and burdens we bear—and take them from our hearts, that we may instead be filled with your heavenly joy and love.

 

Submitted by Rev. Lucus Levy Keppel, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Bixby, OK

 

(for a service remembering Buzz Aldrin taking communion on the moon)

POP–psalm 8

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 8)

O Lord our Sovereign,

how exalted is your name in all the world!

You created the heavens and the earth

and placed us in your world to glorify and enjoy you forever.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable among us,

especially the children who look to us for loving care.

Give us boldness and compassion 

to care for those who are most in need. 

We pray with wonder as we celebrate the intricate vastness of your creation.

We rejoice in the glory of the heavens and the beauty of the earth, 

and we are grateful to be a part of your design. 

We pray for your people who are in need,

for the sick, the lonely, the broken, and the grieving,

who are especially close to your heart, as they are to ours.

Clothe your people with healing, with gladness, with hope. 

We pray for the wholeness of this earth you have entrusted to us.

For peace, for the harvest, and for the well-being of every creature, we pray. 

O Lord our Sovereign,

how exalted is your name in all the world!

We give you glory in Jesus’ name,

joining together now in the prayer he taught:

The Lord’s Prayer

 

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

Litany for Trinity Sunday

One: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

One: The angels sing of your glory.

All: Children recognize your power.

One: Your enemies do not prevail. The fortress of your love lasts forever.

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

One: When I think of all creation- space, animals, plants,

All: People, music, fish, mountains, oceans, and deserts.

One: It is more than I can comprehend- that I am born out of the same mind as whales and galaxies.

All: Who are we, that you have thought of us, made us, loved us, saved us?

One: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God.

All: You made people- all people, all kinds of people

One: You gave people, us, the work of caring for, of stewardship over

All: Flocks and herds, fields and forests, lakes and rivers, the wild and the tamed

One: O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: Majestic, magnificent, marvelous, mysterious is our God. 

 

Submitted by Rev. Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage Alaska

CTW: the gate of heaven

One: O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

All: And not just your name, but your presence fills the whole earth with glory.

One: We see your works in earth, sea, and sky,

All: we see your image in people young and old.

One: Make this place, today, the gate of heaven,

All: that we may hear your blessing and be your people. Amen.

 

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

CTW: wildly mysterious world

One: In the beginning you, oh God created everything.
All: You filled the ocean with life. Made the squirming things of the ground. Gave birds wings to soar.
One: You made orbiting planets, expansive atmospheres, and bright burning stars.
All: And yet, you took the time to create us too.
One: Entrusting us with the care of this wildly mysterious world.
All: O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name throughout creation!