Submit Your Own!

August 24, 2014, 11th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 16, Year A
By David von Schlichten

August 24, 2014

11th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 16, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Who do people say that Jesus is?

People: A great prophet, a role model, more myth than reality.

Leader: Who do you say that Jesus is?

People: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.

Leader: Flesh and blood has not revealed this to us, but our Three-in-One,

People: so not even hell’s gates can stand up to the Church. Yes!

Invocation

Holy Spirit, without you, we could not declare that Jesus is Christ. With you, we are mightier than Satan’s fortresses. Lead us to use the keys according to God’s will. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, we have sinned against you with words, thoughts, and actions. We say Jesus is the Messiah but ignore him when discipleship becomes too challenging. When the going gets tough, we don’t trust you. Instead of offering our bodies as a living sacrifice, we abuse them. We argue over differences and compete against each other, instead of living as the body we are. We waste our gifts.

For the sake of the Son of God, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Good news; the best! Because of the Christ, God forgives your sins. All of them. No exceptions. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, reveal Christ anew to us. Amen.

Prayers of the People

We thank you, Mother, for the Church: for the many gifts, for our unity, for saving us through Christ. We praise you for brilliant leaders such as Monica, Augustine, and the apostle Bartholomew. We give you thanks, O LORD, (congregational response: with our whole heart.).

Your creation astounds us, Abba-Genius. We tend to be half-hearted about conservation, in denial about the urgency. Humble us to take better care of your world before it’s too late. We give you thanks, O LORD, . . .

Back to school. Exciting! Please guide all those involved with education, from students to principals to teachers to janitors. Enlarge our wisdom so that we truly leave no one behind. We give you thanks, O LORD, . . .

Adonai, your healing power—amazing! Heal all we lift up to you [Add names.], and embolden us to assist with the healing. We give you thanks, O LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers are in the name of Messiah. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

A portion of the gifts that you have passed to us we return to you.

Benediction

Leader: Jesus the Christ has handed us the keys.

People: The gates of death don’t stand a chance. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 17, 2014, 10th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 15, Year A
By David von Schlichten

August 17, 2014

10th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 15, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David.

People: Three-in-One welcomes the outsider, the foreigner—offers mercy to all.

Leader:  God loves every immigrant, legal and illegal.

People: The Mother of all makes clean the unclean.

Leader: Lord, help us—

People: And it is done for us as we wish. Yes!

Invocation

Caretakers of the Canaanites, your mercy extends farther than we deserve or can imagine. Open our minds, hearts, and hands to caring for people we tend to exclude. In the name of the Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we are full of sin. When it comes to what makes us clean, we fixate on the wrong things. We are judgmental and selfish regarding foreigners. We are hung up about looking after our own nation, forgetting that Christian love knows no borders. We claim to care for all equally but allow our prejudices to clog our compassion.

By Christ’s sacrifice, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Our heavenly Mother is merciful to everyone. Because of the Son, God forgives your sins—no exceptions. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon guide our hearts to produce what is pure.

Prayers of the People

Abba, you have given the Church a wide embrace. Strengthen us to reach even more people, especially those we have tended to reject. God of the Canaanite woman, (congregational response: great is your faithfulness.).

We thank you, Elohim, for servants such as Bernard of Clairvaux. So many talented and caring members of the Church! God of the Canaanite woman, . . .

Lord of the nations, bless with peace Ukraine, Iraq, African nations battling Ebola, and us here at home. Lead us to care adequately for the immigrants at our borders. God of the Canaanite woman, . . .

As we enjoy our final summer vacations and ready ourselves for the fall schedule, help us to relax and prepare according to your wisdom. God of the Canaannite woman, . . .

Mother, heal all we mention [Add names.]. God of the Canaanite woman, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into your hands we place our prayers. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

The earth has yielded its increase, a portion of which we return to you for the good of others.

Benediction

Leader: Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, enlarge our dedication to the outsider.

People: We are on the alert for ways to include the excluded. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 10, 2014, 9th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 14, Year A
By David von Schlichten

August 10, 2014

9th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 14, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Fighting in Gaza, trouble with Ukraine, deterioration in Iraq, outbreaks of Ebola.

People: Take heart! God is with us.

Leader: The Church struggles with declining attendance and growing secularism.

People: We are not alone.

Leader: Christ walks toward us.

People: And God enables us to walk on the fierce waves. Amen!

Invocation

Mother, there is much to worry about, much to fear. The Bible reassures us to trust in you, but that’s easier said than done. Strengthen our faith. Make our hearts serene regardless of the storms howling around us. Please. Yes!

Prayer of Confession

God of Elijah, our sins are many. We are quick to think all is lost, forgetting that you are with us. We drive steadfast love and faithfulness apart. We cause fighting between righteousness and peace. We think our times are the worst of times and that there is no hope.

For the sake of Christ, forgive us. Calm us down. Pull us up.

Words of Assurance

Beautiful news! God rescues you. Christ forgives your sins. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prayer of Inspiration

Mother Wind, through the Word, fortify our ability to take heart.

Prayers of the People

Abba, we thank you for protecting the Church. With declining attendance and growing secularism, we are discouraged, but we know you are in charge. Lord, (congregational response: you guide us on the waters.).

We thank you, Adonai, for extraordinary leaders such as Florence Nightingale and Maximilian Kolbe. Lord, . . .

Mother of All, we praise you for your servant Mary. Inspiring! Help us to be more like her, to be bearers of Christ. Lord, . . .

Yahweh, the world seems to be falling apart. Bring peace and healing to Iraq, Malaysia, Ukraine, Africa, and our own nation. Help us to be confident that we shall overcome. Lord, . . .

The healing that you have given us, God, has astonished us. Heal all we lift up to you [Add names]. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We thank you for hearing us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offerings help to spread peace.

Benediction

Leader: Take heart! I AM is here.

People: Because of Christ, we can walk on the waves. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 3, 2014, 8th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 13, Year A
By David von Schlichten

August 3, 2014

8th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 13, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, calls us to present our offerings

People: which Christ will multiple into astonishing abundance.

Leader: The Shepherd sits us on the grass.

People: The Savior blesses, breaks, and shares with us.

Leader: There is plenty for every woman, man, and child

People: and twelve baskets of leftovers.

Invocation

Mother, you call us to eat, to enjoy the feast without price and then to lead others to the banquet as well. By your Spirit, increase our creativity when it comes to feeding the hungry. In Christ’s name we ask this. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we are sick with sin. Lost. We say we care about the hungry but then are half-hearted in our efforts to feed them. We stuff ourselves while billions starve. We neglect to feed the soul. We doubt your ability to meet our needs.

For Christ’s sake, forgive us. Guide us back to you. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ has saved us by grace through faith. God forgives you, brings you back. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Mama Spirit, feed us the Bread of Life.

Prayers of the People

Daddy, you fill the Church with good things so that we can be a blessing to the world. Continue to transfigure us according to your love. Lord, (congregational response: you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.).

Elohim, we remember the devastation of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Bless our Japanese siblings, and guide all of us to make weapons obsolete. Lord, . . .

We praise you, God, for our nation and your entire creation. Bless the USA. Help us to assist with the healing of troubled places, including Gaza. We are to love both Israelis and Palestinians. Lord, . . .

Mother, just as you have healed us before, heal now those we name: [Add names.]. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Yes!

Offertory Prayer

Leader: God, you open your hand,

People: so open ours.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, feeds us.

People: We feed others. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 27, 2014, 7th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 12, Year A
By David von Schlichten

July 27, 2014

7th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 12, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

People: The kingdom of heaven is like yeast.

Leader: The queendom of heaven is like a hidden treasure.

People: The queendom of heaven is like a priceless pearl.

Leader: The reign of God is like a cast net.

People: Guide us, Trinity, to understand your wisdom-parables.

Invocation

Interceding Spirit, just as you endowed Solomon with wisdom, endow us, that God’s kingdom may come, that God’s will may be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we fall into the way of the flesh, even though you call us to be in Spirit-way. We claim to want wisdom, but we chase stuff. We doubt the invincibility of Love. We take God for granted and fail to help cultivate the growth of the kingdom.

For the sake of the Crucified Rabbi, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God forgives your sins. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, increase our understanding through the Word. Yes.

Prayers of the People

Wisdom-Mother, we love music. Thank you for Bach, Schuetz, Handel, and other musical geniuses. What a difference music makes in the Church and in life in general. God, (congregational response: you give us many treasures.).

Lord of Solomon, we are worried and heartsick over the fighting in Gaza and the disaster involving Malaysia Airlines. Ukraine is a continual source of anxiety, and Iraq has deteriorated. Show us the way to peace; grant us the humility to pursue shalom. God, . . .

We exalt you, Elohim, for parables, those compressed, thought-provoking teachings directing us toward Life. Expand our comprehension of parables, that we may increase in holiness. God, . . .

Ima, your healing power astounds us. Heal those we mention [add names], and teach us to be more compassionate toward those in need. God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We give this offering to you, Highest Treasure.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, continues to teach you,

People: empowering us to share the treasure, cultivate the seed. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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