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Illumination: help us hear

God our Parent,
your voice claims us as your people
and calls us into new relationships
with ourselves and others.
By your Holy Spirit, help us hear your voice speaking to us
through these words of scripture,
and prepare us for your service,
in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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

Illumination: nothing but your will

God of love, through these words,
let your Holy Spirit teach us to love you completely.
Let our heart desire nothing but your will.
Let our soul feel nothing but your joy.
Let our mind know nothing but your truth.
Let our strength serve nothing but your peace.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


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

Prayer for Illum. – Divine Light + Breath

Holy Spirit, bring your divine light into the readings this morning. Help us to see as you see – to hear as you hear – to act in the world as you would have us act. Breathe life into us as you breathe into your living Word, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

Illumination: listening

Jesus, Master,
we are listening for your Word.
Give us your Holy Spirit,
so we might hear your Good News
in the words of scripture and preaching.
Teach us to seek you always
and to respond to your call.
We pray for the sake of your holy name.


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

illumination: living and active

Almighty God,
your Word is living and active,
and the stories of our lives bear witness to your Good News.
We thank you for these words, of scripture and testimony.
Open us to hear your voice within these words,
and guide us as we respond in faith.
We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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

illumination: springs of salvation

The prophet says that “we will draw water with rejoicing
from the springs of salvation.”
May your word to us today be that water,
nourishing us to the joyful receiving of your scripture.
Through your Holy Spirit, may this saving spring come to us
and wash us with the wisdom of your word.  Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Stephen M. Fearing, Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, NY

confession: bread alone

We proclaim you the source of every blessing, O God. We say that your breath is life and your word is nourishment. And yet so often we try to live by bread alone, while our Bibles gather dust on a shelf. Forgive us when we confine your voice to pages that can be shut and forgotten.

We confess that we come to your word seeking light for our own paths, instead of yours. Forgive us when we use your word to justify our own desires, to comfort ourselves while shutting others out, to tear down hearts in order to build up our egos.

Teach us again to hear you through old stories and surprising voices, word written and word lived, and to live by every word you speak. 


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