a community creating for the relentless return of Sunday

dedication: rebuilding

We give you thanks, O Lord, for you are good,
for your steadfast love endures forever.
You have provided us with everything we need,
and you have fed us with your very presence in Jesus Christ.
Receive and bless the offerings we present,
and guide the service we offer
for the rebuilding of your beloved community.
We give ourselves to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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

CTW: we come to ourselves

One: We come to what is familiar. Time, place, people.

All: Watching God, help us to see them in new ways.

One: We come to what is called your house. The place of God.

All: Drive out from among us all that stands in the way of seeing you, being loved by you, and being transformed.

One: We come to ourselves, our bodies called your temples.

All: Make your home in us and our home in you. May your grace make us new and send us out.

 

Submitted by L. Elaine Hall, Bethelview/Valle Crucis United Methodist Churches, Boone, NC

confession: seduced by control

Call to Confession

God longs for relationship, and through relationship to transform the world into the kingdom. When we confess our sin, we find our relationship with God renewed and our life turned again to God’s way. Let us pray together.

Prayer of Confession

God, we think we know what you want, and we try our best to follow the rules. So often, though, we are seduced by our own desire for answers, for black-and-white lists of do’s and don’ts. We like to believe we can earn, or even buy, our way into your kingdom. We confess our need to control, and pray for your forgiveness when we impose our rules on you and on others. We confess that we like things the way we are, and pray for your forgiveness when the status quo keeps some away from you, even as it benefits us. Turn over the tables in our hearts, minds, and churches, and make room for your grace to dwell.

~silence~

We pray in the name of the One who disrupts the world with love, Jesus the Christ.

Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Friends, hear this good news: only Christ is in a position to judge, and his very nature is mercy. If anyone is in Christ, the whole creation is made new, filled with hope and grace, infused with forgiveness. Thanks be to God. Amen.

 

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

CTW: come into the house of God

One: Come into the house of God, singing praise!

All: We come to this house of prayer for all nations, leaving behind division to seek after grace.

One: Come, whether your heart is pure and ready, or sometimes full of wrong things.

All: We come, craving a glimpse of the Holy One, who is abounding in steadfast love.

One: Come, for in God’s presence all are welcome.

All: We come to worship and be transformed.

 

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

confession: misplaced passion

Glorious God, you are everywhere present, and yet so often we try to confine you within our walls. We confess that we have believed some spaces, and some people, and some objects, to be holier than others. We confess that we have obscured your presence, ignored your Spirit, and focused our attention on ourselves. We confess that we have often worshipped our buildings rather than you.

Forgive our misplaced passion, and flood this place with your glory once again—and not only this place, but us, your people. Fill us with your Spirit that we may be your living Temple, offering sanctuary to your world.

~silence~

All (sung): Come and fill our hearts with your peace  (Taize)

 

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