Submit Your Own!

October 26, 2014, 20th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 25, Year A
By David von Schlichten

October 26, 2014

20th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 25, Year A

Call to Worship

Leader: What is the greatest commandment?

People: We are to love the Mighty-Fortress God with everything we have.

Leader: What is the second greatest commandment?

People: We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Leader: Because God is holy,

People: we shall be holy.

Invocation

Sanctifying Mother, we find your love for us astounding. Miraculous. Continue to show us how to spread that love to others. In the name of the Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

God, every hour we sin. We say we love you but then we ignore you. We say we love the neighbor, but, when serving the neighbor becomes inconvenient, we often look the other way. Our judgments are sometimes unjust. We are quick to play favorites. We tend to put people down behind their backs and benefit from the misfortune of others.

For the sake of the Compassionate Christ, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God saves us by grace through faith. Christ is our mighty fortress. God forgives your sins, no exceptions. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, magnify our love.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we praise you for your beautiful Church, especially apostles such as Simon and Jude. Show us how to love in imitation of your love supreme. Mighty God, (congregational response: you save us by grace.).

Abba, we glorify you for our nation and your breathtaking creation. Lead us humans to start taking seriously the climate crisis. Mighty God, . . .

Elohim, the fall leaves. Breathtaking! Mighty God, . . .

Adonai, the Church both remains the same and changes. Lead us to be ever reforming according to your changeless truth. Mighty God, . . .

Everlasting, there is so much brutality in the world and here at home. Show us the way to reduce shootings, war, and other acts of violence against one another. Mighty God, . . .

Genius, we find your healing power extraordinary. Heal [add names], and increase our willingness to help with the healing. Mighty God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we entrust to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

In response to your love, we present this offering.

Benediction

Leader: You are our mighty fortress, Three-in-One.

People: You empower us to reach new levels of love. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




Prayers for October 19, 2014, 19th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24, Year A
By David von Schlichten

October 19, 2014

19th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 24, Year A

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the source of all our wealth.

People: Everything we have belongs to the Trinity.

Leader: Teach us, Mother, to take good care of what you have entrusted to us.

People: Teach us, Jesus, to revere the planet and conserve resources.

Leader: Teach us, Advocate, to put giving above receiving.

People: Ultimately we render everything to God.

Invocation

Spirit of God, you have given us so much, yet we give away so little. Enlarge our generosity. Stretch out philanthropy. In Christ’s name we pray according to God’s will. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord of Moses and Caesar, we have sinned against you. We are greedy with our money and our stuff, obsessed with prestige and competition. We do donate to those in need, but we tend to let ourselves off easily when it comes to giving. We are wasteful and hurtful with resources, leaving lights on and throwing away food. We are stingy with gratitude, generous with griping.

For the sake of the Savior, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ paid the price for our sins. Just as God forgave the Israelites, so also does God forgive us our debts. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, guide us to receive with joy the word that you inspire.

Prayers of the People

God of the Promised Land, we exalt you for the Church, future, past, and present. We lift up extra gratitude today for Dorcas, Lydia, Phoebe, and other astounding Church women. Continue to inspire us with their genius. Supreme Ruler, (congregational response: we render all things to you.).

Lord of the Nations, we praise you for the United States and the diversity of humanity around the planet. We thank you for extraordinary leaders of peace, such as Pope Francis and Malala. Help all leaders and citizens to be devoted foremost to sharing your love. Supreme Ruler, . . .

Creator, you have placed into our hands the care of the planet. Humble us and magnify our wisdom so that we can be more diligent in that care. The hour is later than we think. Supreme Ruler, . . .

Mother, we are full of gratitude for your healing compassion. Heal each one we mention now [Add names], and show us anew how to take care of one another. Supreme Ruler, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We render to you what belongs to you.

Benediction

Leader: Knowing the Triune God has made us wealthy,

People: we enter the week to share that wealth. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




October 12, 2014, 18th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 23, Year A
By David von Schlichten

October 12, 2014

18th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 23, Year A

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, calls us to the wedding banquet.

People: We go!

Leader: Christ gathers all, the good and the bad.

People: There is a seat for everyone.

Leader: God hands us a wedding robe,

People: and we wear it. Yes!

Invocation

Lord of Euodia and Syntyche, you include us all and urge us to include one another. Humble us to wear your garments and to sit at the table with one another according to your will. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Our sins are many, Mother. When you invite us to the banquet, we often conjure up excuses not to go. Too busy. Not enough time. Then we complain that we don’t hear from you, and we start making golden calves. We also tend to be narrow about who all is invited. When we do come, we reject your garments, thinking we do not need to commit ourselves to you.  We are half-hearted about rejoicing and trusting in you.

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

Words of Assurance

Good news! Because of the sacrifice of the lamb, we have eternal life. The Mother forgives your sins, all of them. Good news!

Prayer of Inspiration

Paraclete, through the feast that is the Word, teach us to rejoice always, even when we are lamenting. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Father, we thank you for the Church of all times and ages, including your mystics, such as Saint Teresa of Avila. Lead us closer to living the Unity. Lord of the wedding banquet, (congregational response: you welcome all.).

Mother, we praise you for our nation. We thank you for Christopher Columbus’s courage and drive. We praise you for our Native American siblings. Lead us toward a day in which we live out the equality that comes from you. Lord of the wedding banquet, . . .

Elohim, we easily slip into arguing, idolatry, and complacency. Breathe new dedication into us each day. Lord of the wedding banquet, . . .

Adonai, we exalt you for healing us. Heal all we mention [Add names], and shape us to help with the healing. Lord of the wedding banquet, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers are for your honor. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Leader: Rather than worship our gold,

People: we present it to you.

Benediction

Leader: We can do all things through the Three-in-One who strengthens us.

People: We leave rejoicing and eager to welcome others. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




Prayers for October 5, 2014, 17th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 22, Year A
By David von Schlichten

October 5, 2014

17th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 22, Year A

 

Leader: God, Three-in-One, has entrusted the vineyard to us.

People: We shall be wise stewards of it.

Leader: Christ calls us away from violence and toward service.

People: We shall obey God’s commandments.

Leader: The Trinity shows us grace.

People: We shall produce abundance.

Invocation

Holy Spirit, increase our wisdom for tending the vineyard. Help us always to embrace the one the world rejects. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we have sinned. We have bowed to idols. We have hurt the neighbor through words, actions, and thoughts. We tend either to ignore your commandments or become legalistic about them. We are careless with what is yours. We trust too much in ourselves while failing to press on toward you.

For the sake of Messiah, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of the cross, our Mother has forgiven us. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, teach us Torah.

Prayers of the People

Father, we praise you for the Church. We thank you for great leaders such as Francis of Assisi and William Tyndale. Show us how to follow the commandments according to love, not legalism. God of the Vineyard, (congregational response: we rely on you alone.).

Mother, we exalt you for our nation and your entire creation. Humble us to take better care of this world, which does not belong to us. God of the Vineyard, . . .

Elohim, you are the healer. Heal [add names], and show us how to do our part. God of the Vineyard, . . .

Genius, we thank you for the work of Nobel laureates. Guide us to learn from the world’s great minds. God of the Vineyard, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we offer in Christ’s name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We give this fruit to you, who gave it to us.

Benediction

Leader: We enter the week in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People: We enter the week to bear holy fruit. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




September 28, 2014, 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A
By David von Schlichten

September 28, 2014

16th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 21, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: They rejected John, and then they rejected Jesus.

People: We mean to follow Christ, but sometimes we are also guilty of rejection.

Leader: Just as Christ self-emptied in the name of serving God,

People: so also are we to self-empty.

Leader: We embrace the Mother.

People: We pour ourselves out and follow the Three-in-One. Yes!

Invocation

God, we thank you for not giving up on us even when we have given up on you. Refresh us with your generous love. Renew our dedication to you. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we sin against you every day. We are stubborn about listening to you messengers. Often we turn our backs to you. We blame our forebears for our problems instead of taking responsibility for our sins. Rather than empty ourselves, we stuff our bellies. You call us to obey, but we’d rather be our own boss.

For the sake of the Rock, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ’s blood, the Mother forgives us. The water flows from the rock. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, hollow us out. Refill us.

Prayers of the People

Father, we exalt you for the Church, from the humble St. Francis of Assisi to the translator St. Jerome, to St. Michael and all angels. God, by your authority (congregational response: we are healed.).

Mother, we thank you for our nation and your magnificent creation. Direct us toward peace overseas and at home. Lead us to be better about conservation and sustainability. God, by your authority . . .

Adonai, we thank you for our Jewish siblings. Bless them as they prepare for Yom Kippur. God, by your authority . . .

Lord, autumn is here, and we love it! God, by your authority . . .

We thank you, Creator, for our pets. Increase our willingness to care for them according to their needs, not according to our wants. God, by your authority . . .

Elohim, heal all we mention [Add names]. Humble us to be your healing helpers. God, by your authority . . .  

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we turn these prayers over to you. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Accept these fruits for your glory.

Benediction

Leader: By the Three-in-One’s authority

People: we commit ourselves to Christ. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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