Sep 27, 2014

Prayer of Confession: The Word is Near

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Deuteronomy 30:14 (Romans 10:8). It was written by Rev. Susan A. Blain and Rev. Scott Ressman.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Deuteronomy 30:14, Romans 10:8)

When we do not listen to your voice in the depths of our own hearts,
calling us to love and forgive:
Lord have mercy.

When we do not listen to your voice in our common life,
calling us to welcome the stranger and create community:
Christ have mercy.

When we do not listen to your voice in our world,
calling us to work for justice and to make peace:
Lord have mercy.

Assurance of Pardon

The Word is very near to us, in our hearts and on our lips.
In Christ, we are forgiven; our lives are made new,
and our future of hope is restored.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

~ Written by Rev. Susan A. Blain and Rev. Scott Ressman. Posted on the United Church of Christ website. http://www.ucc.org/50/pdfs/worship-resources.pdf

Sep 25, 2014

Prayer of Confession: As You Have Loved

Here’s a prayer inspired by Jesus’ teaching about loving our neighbors. It was posted on the PCUSA website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Matthew 22:37-39, Mark 12:31)

Almighty God, 
you love us, but we have not loved you;
you call, but we have not listened.
We walk away from neighbors in need, 
wrapped up in our own concerns.
We have gone along with evil, 
with pride, quarrelling, and divisiveness.

Holy God, help us to face up to ourselves,
so that, as you move toward us in mercy,
we may repent, turn to you, and receive mercy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

~ posted on the PCUSA website. http://www.pcusa.org/

Closing Prayer: Increase Our Faith

Here’s a responsive prayer of petition and commitment from Bruce Prewer’s Home Page (see below for link).

Sending Out
(inspired by Luke 17:5-10)

Saviour Christ, increase our faith
that we may trust the unseen truths as more important
than bland or trivial physical possessions.

Loving God, increase our hope
that we may reach out for a better tomorrow and be
undaunted by temporary setbacks.

Inspiring Spirit, increase our love
that we may put into the world something of the joy
and compassion which you put into our lives.

For the sake of your new world,
and to your praise and glory.
Amen!

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page. http://www.bruceprewer.com/

Sep 22, 2014

Prayer of Confession: God Forgive

Here’s a confession written by C. Welton Gaddy.

Prayer of Confession

God, forgive my incompleteness:
not growing in Christ,
not expanding my knowledge of the Scriptures,
not developing all my talents.

God, forgive my disinterest:
a lack of concern for needs around me,
apathy regarding the lostness of millions,
blindness to hurts I could help heal.

God, forgive my dishonesty:
taking the easy way rather than the right way,
speaking in one manner while living in another,
silencing truth to preserve tranquility,
settling for less than what is best,
loving tradition more than obeying your pioneering Spirit.

God, forgive my loudness:
talking when I should be listening,
proclaiming when I should be studying,
busying myself with new tasks
when I should be finding a quiet place to rest.

God, forgive my silence:
feeling love and failing to whisper it,
reeling with joy and not shouting hallelujah,
knowing truth and forfeiting an opportunity to share it,
sensing a need to share my faith and squelching the impulse.
God, please forgive me.

~ Written by C. Welton Gaddy, from http://1stholistic.com/Spl_prayers/prayer_forgive_gaddy.htm. © 1998-2004, ICBS Inc.  Posted in The Communion of Saints: Resources from the Worldwide Church, http://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-2005/communion-saints-resources-worldwide-church by Anne E. Zaki, on the Reformed Worship website. http://www.reformedworship.org/

Sep 21, 2014

Call to Worship Litany: From Everlasting to Everlasting

Here’s a call to worship or litany inspired by Psalm 90:2.  It was written by Rachel Hackenberg.

Call to Worship Litany
(inspired by Psalm 90: 2)

“Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
(Psalm 90:2)

Let the drifting snowflake teach me
its blissful dance of joy:
From everlasting to everlasting!
Let the hibernating oak preach
the depth of its faith:
From everlasting to everlasting!

Let my soul shed its burdens
to join the chorus:
From everlasting to everlasting!
Let my heart be stilled of its racing
to hear the good news:
From everlasting to everlasting!

Come, young and old,
share the comfort:
From everlasting to everlasting!
Come, sisters and brothers,
live in the peace:
From everlasting to everlasting!

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on Rachel G Hackenberg. http://rachelhackenberg.com/blog/