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CTW: do you want to be healed?

Do you want to be healed?
Yes, but there’s too many problems just seems so hopeless
Do you want to be healed?
Yes, but I don’t want to do the work
Do you want to be healed?
Yes, but someone always seems to be blocking my way
Let us worship the one who makes the path straight, the mountains low, and the valleys high.

Submitted by Rev. Shannon Meacham, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville MD

CTW: what are you looking for?

What are you looking for?
A better job, a bigger house, a smaller car, my cell phone.
What are you looking for?
A vacation spot, a quiet moment, my coffee mug.
What are you looking for?
Peace, wholeness, love, acceptance…
What are you looking for?
You, Jesus, we are looking for you, but we are too busy to realize it.
Let us worship the One in whom all things are possible.

Submitted by  Rev. Shannon Meacham, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville MD

call to worship: in Jesus’ love

Jesus said “As the Father has loved me, so I will love you.”

We will live on in Jesus’ love.

Jesus said, “You will live in my love is you keep my commandments”

We will live on God’s love.

Jesus said, “All this I tell you that my joy may be yours and your joy may be complete”

We will keep this commandment: we will love one another as Jesus has loved us.

 

based on John 15:9-12; submitted by Rev. Shannon Meacham, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville, MD

confession: we plan too much

God, we admit we have not had the serenity to accept the things that cannot be changed, we have been afraid to change the things which should be changed, and we have not had the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. We attempt to plan our entire lives before we’re eighteen, we do not live in the moment. We distrust that You will make all things right, because of this, we do not surrender to Your will.  For this we ask your forgiveness and your mercy.

Silent Prayers

Our lives are in your hands, O God. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Shannon Meacham, Ashland Presbyterian Church.

confession: walking reluctantly

(inspired by Ann Weems’ poem “The Walk”)

For those of us who walk along this road reluctantly, Lent is not our favorite time of year.

You call us to rest and reflect, O God, but we’d rather be more active – planning and scurrying around. The Lenten season is too contemplative to suit us. Besides we don’t know what to do with piousness and prayer. Perhaps, Merciful God, we’re afraid to have time to think, for thoughts come unbidden. Perhaps we’re afraid to face our future knowing our past.

Give us courage, O God, to hear your word and read our living into it. Give us the trust to know we’re forgiven, and give us the faith to take up our lives and walk in your path.

submitted by Rev. Shannon Meacham, Pastor, Ashland Presbyterian Church, Cockeysville, MD

confession and pardon for Advent – God of wonder

Submitted by Shannon Meacham, Pastor, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Menands, NY

confession:
God of Wonder,
your works are mighty and your promises never failing.
Yet we turn from you,
wanting the promise to come too quickly.
Not understanding the depth of your mystery,
we become impatient and demand everything now.
As we wait for your Son,
who will be our wonder-filled counselor,
we ask your forgiveness in our impatience.
We pray to behold your glory, steadfast and true.
Open our hearts and pray for your peace to enter them.
For you have done wonderful things, Emmanuel;
come and forgive us;
come and let us stand in awe before you.

declaration of forgiveness:
One: The depth of the Wonder of Christmas is unending, so stand in awe of this promise declared to you. Christ did not come to the world to condemn but to set us free.
Many: We will not ignore the fact that God comes to speak tenderly to
us of hope, of love, of joy and of peace. Thanks be to God. Amen.

the peace:
One: Isaiah said. “A child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” In this same Spirit I say to you, the Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
All: And also with You.