Submit Your Own!

March 29, 2015, Palm/Passion Sunday, Year B
By David von Schlichten

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

People: Crucify him.

Leader: Blessed is the coming reign of our ancestor David!

People: Hosanna in the highest heaven!

Leader: Crucify him!

People: Crucify him!

Invocation

Mother, this is the holiest of weeks. This is it. Open us up, slow us down, to meditate upon this week with renewed hearts so that these days reshape who we are. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Our God, Our God, we forsake you, ever sinners. We fill ourselves with junk so that we are empty spiritually. We race through Holy Week, making excuses not to focus on the Passion. We are fickle, one minute cheering for you, the next minute condemning you.

For the sake of the Crucified Lord, forgive us. Please. Again. Show us mercy. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Hosanna! The Self-sacrificing Sovereign snatches us from sin, death, and Satan. Hosanna!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, teach us Cross-living.

Prayers of the People

Abba, during these holy days, guide the Church to meditate upon the Passion with revived dedication. Lord, (congregational response: empty us. Fill us.).

God of the Exodus, we exalt you for delivering the Israelites from slavery. Bless our Jewish siblings as they celebrate Passover. Lord, . . .

Mother, heal all in need, including everyone we mention now [Add names]. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our gifts that we lay at the foot of the cross.

Benediction

Leader: We praise you, Jesus, for being our Self-Emptying Ruler.

People: Lead us to dark Gethsemene.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




March 22, 2015, Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Create in us clean hearts, O God,

People: and put a new and right spirit within us.

Leader: Do not cast us away from your presence,

People: and do not take your Holy Spirit from us

Leader: Purge us with hyssop; cleanse us with compassion,

People: for our bodies are your temple.

Invocation

Jesus Christ, you cleansed the Temple as an expression of your love. With that love, cleanse us as we climb the hill to Golgotha to witness your sacrifice. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, our trespasses clutter us, pollute us, profane us. We have sinned against you all our lives, from the beginning. We ignore your covenant, even though you are our faithful spouse. We don’t know you. We exploit the Church, seeing it in business terms instead of biblical terms.

For the sake of the Cleansing Messiah, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Our Mother, because of Christ on the cross, has forgiven your sins. God has created in us a clean heart, has renewed our spirit. The LORD opens our lips, so we can proclaim praise.

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, show us the Way.

Prayers of the People

Father, we praise you for the heroes of the Church, including Oscar Romero. Increase our courage in the face of opposition. Have mercy on us, O God, (congregational response: according to your steadfast love).

Adonai of Angels, we thank you for Gabriel revealing to Mary that she will be the mother of Jesus. Humble and embolden us to be your messengers to a world in severe need of good news. Have mercy on us, O God, . . .

Sovereign, we find remarkable humanity’s diversity. Lead us away from war and other forms of division and toward unity that welcomes difference. Have mercy on us, O God, . . .

Elohim, we in the United States claim to serve you, but often we serve making money and buying stuff. Show us how to care for the poor in deep, substantial, systemic ways. Have mercy on us, O God, . . .

Healer, care for all we mention [Add names], and magnify us to do our part. Have mercy, O God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into your hands we commit our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We honor you in your Temple with our clean offerings.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, you have purified us,

People: so we can share your purity with others. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




March 15, 2015, Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Rejoice. God so loves you

People: that She gave the Son, the only one,

Leader: so that whoever believes in Christ will not perish but will have everlasting life.

People: God sent Christ to save the world, not condemn it.

Leader: Rejoice.

People: Rejoice.

Invocation

Father, just as you saved the Israelites from the burning serpents in the wilderness, so also have you saved us through the lifting up of Messiah. Continue to inspire us to celebrate our salvation, even as we focus on the solemnity of the Suffering. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we are in the forum of our sins. We assassinate each other. We complain against you, minimizing all you have done for us. We tend to feel entitled. Frequently we whine about not having enough while the rest of the world begs for bread. We think the light is darkness, the darkness light.

For the sake of Messiah, forgive us. We praise you for the cross.

Words of Assurance

Rejoice. God lifted the Son up so that we could have eternal life. Our Mother forgives all your sins. Rejoice.

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, show us the Word, the Light.

Prayers of the People

Abba, we are continually grateful for the Church, especially courageous leaders such as Patrick. This Saint Patrick Day, guide us to celebrate his brave dedication to sharing the Good News. We give thanks to you, God. (congregational response: Your steadfast love endures forever.).

Lord of Moses, we are over halfway through Lent. Refresh our commitment to this holy season. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Sovereign, your creation is great. Lead us to take better care of it. Shape our nation to be champions of peace. Lead ISIS away from its hatred and toward your love. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Creator, spring is almost here! Finally! Yes! We give thanks to you, God . . .

Healer, your compassion gives us hope, new life. Heal all we mention [Add names]. We give thanks to you, God . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We rejoice through our offering.

Benediction

Leader: Because the Trinity has saved us through lifting up the Son,

People: we enter the week with joy, eager to help others look upon hope. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




March 8, 2015, Third Sunday in Lent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: We shall have no other gods before Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People: We shall love the Lord with everything we have.

Leader: We shall love the neighbor as ourselves.

People: During these forty days, we shall recommit ourselves to the Ten Commandments.

Leader: We work with Christ to cleanse the Temple.

People: By Christ’s power, we work to live the cross.

Invocation

Mother, Christ’s strength, far greater than human strength, cleanses us. Humble us to dedicate ourselves anew to following the Commandments, not to earn salvation, but because Christ has earned it for us through suffering on the cross. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Elohim of Sinai, we confess our sins to you. Forgetting what the Church is about, we make it into a marketplace, club, or museum. We have our idols, misuse your name, and neglect the Sabbath. We dishonor, hurt, cheat on, steal from, lie about, and feel envy toward others. We confuse strength and weakness.

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

Words of Assurance

Yes! Because of the Crucified God, Sinai-Elohim forgives us. Washes us clean. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, teach us to delight in your statues.

Prayers of the People

You have filled the Church with heroes such as Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Lead us to be more like them. God of the cross, (congregational response: shape us with your wisdom.).

You have given us the Ten Commandments, but often we simply do them lip service. Direct us to take these commandments seriously as guides for how to honor you and serve the neighbor. God of the cross, . . .

You have astounded us with your healing love. Heal all we mention [Add names]. God of the cross, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we entrust to you alone in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offering honor the death and resurrection.

Benediction

Leader: You have cleansed us, Three-in-One.

People: We thank you by keeping your commandments. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




March 1, 2015, Second Sunday in Lent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: To be the Messiah means to suffer.

People: To follow the Messiah means to suffer.

Leader: Jesus took up the cross.

People: We take up the cross.

Leader: Christ died and rose for us.

People: We say “Thank you” through our sacrifice.

Invocation

Mother, the cross-bearing of Christ has recreated us. As we walk through these forty days, lead us to live that recreation by taking up the cross with our words and acts. In the name of Messiah we pray. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

My God, my God, often we forsake you. We value worldly notions of greatness. We keep our sacrifices small so that we do not have to be uncomfortable. We like sofa-Christianity. Or we act as if our salvation is dependent upon our self-sacrifice. We just miss the point of the cross and discipleship. Just do not get it.

For the sake of the crucified God, forgive us. Restart us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Because of the cross, God forgives your sins. We will proclaim our deliverance to a people yet unborn. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon, lead us to follow the light of the cross-shadow.

Prayers of the People

Mother of Abraham and Sarah, what a blessing the Church is. We praise you for martyrs such as Perpetua and Felicity and for reformers such as John and Charles Wesley. Continue to tutor us on what it means to take up the cross.  LORD, (congregational response: we stand in awe of you.).

Almighty, we thank you for our nation and this dazzling creation. We are so neglectful of the poor and of the animals and plants. Strengthen our resolve to take consequential care of those in need, humans and non-humans. LORD, . . .

Kairos-God, spring is getting closer. Yes! In the meantime, enlarge our commitment to help those who are especially vulnerable in the fierce winter weather. LORD, . . .

We exalt you, Abba, for healing us. Heal [add names], and stretch us to care more. LORD, . . .

Show us, Elohim, the wisdom of the cross, the deep meaning of the cross. LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the Savior we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

As present these offerings as part of our discipleship.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you have sacrificed for us.

People: In gratitude, we carry our cross into the week.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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