May 29, 2016

Contemporary Call to Worship: Proper 5 C


Here’s a contemporary call to worship inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5C).  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Contemporary Gathering Words
(inspired by 1 Kings 17, Psalm 146, Luke 7)

Strangers meet.
Oil and grain turn to bread.
The sick are healed.
The weary are lifted up.
The prisoners are set free.
The everyday becomes a miracle.
This is God’s work.
We are its witnesses.
Let us worship God.

~ posted on the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/tag/prayers#axzz2TrliqFM6

Call to Worship Litany: Psalm 146

Hallelujah! We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

Happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the one who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.

Hallelujah! We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

He is the one who keeps every promise forever,
who gives justice to the oppressed,
and food to the hungry.

Hallelujah! We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

The Lord frees the prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts the burdens of those bent beneath their loads.
The Lord loves the righteous.

Hallelujah! We will praise the Lord as long as we live!

~ Psalm 146:2a, 5-8

Confession: Proper 5 C


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 5 C, the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost.  It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Psalm 146, 1 Kings 17)

Merciful God,
you know how we love miracles.
We love your healing, life-giving presence.
We confess that poverty and oppression
are less appealing topics.
Yet, we find you among the poor,
the downtrodden, the widow, the orphan.
In their midst we find you,
your prophets, and your miracles.
Dwell with us,
as we make the struggles of the oppressed
our own struggles.
Join us at your table,
as we join the effort to feed and clothe
those who live in want.
Grant us your compassion, we pray,
that we may truly be your people. Amen.

~ posted on the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/worship/tag/prayers#axzz2TrliqFM6

May 22, 2016

Prayer of Praise: Psalm 96


Here’s an opening prayer of praise based on Psalm 96.  It was written by Chris Altrock.

Prayer of Praise: Earth Chorus
(based on Psalm 96)

There is none like you Lord!
Such splendor and strength!
May all the earth sing to you:
the families of the nations,
the fish of the sea,
the fields brimming with crops,
and the forests filled with creatures.
May your whole creation become a chorus whose song is you.
May my voice join creation’s chorus in praising you today.

~ written by Chris Altrock, and posted on True North. http://chrisaltrock.com/2011/12/prayer-from-psalm-96-earth-chorus/

Prayer for Transformation

Here’s a prayer for transformation – of our lives and of our world. It comes from John Birch’s Faith and Worship website.

Prayer for Transformation

“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.
Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said,
‘I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!’” Luke 7:9

If we had a fraction of the faith in you that you have in us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed a fraction of the love that you show to us
then this world would be transformed, Lord

If we possessed a fraction of the patience that you display with us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we shared just a portion of the blessings that we have received from you
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed as much trust in others as you have shown in us
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we claimed just a fraction of the power you promised to your Church
then this world would be transformed, Lord.

Transform us first, Lord, that we might transform this world
through your love and your power.

~ Copyright © John Birch, posted on Faith and Worship - Prayers and Resources http://www.faithandworship.com/