Submit Your Own!

February 1, 2015, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?

People: Jesus is the Holy One of God.

Leader: God delivers us from the Evil One.

People: Christ drives out demons.

Leader: The Almighty brings a new teaching, one with authority.

People: Even unclean spirits obey Jesus. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, evil overwhelms us, but we know that you are stronger by far. Renew our confidence in you, our hope for this lacerated world. Fortify our dedication to being your agents of healing a sin-sick world. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, continually we sin. We get all puffed up instead of allowing you to build us up. We engage in behavior that misleads others. We do not listen to your prophets, and we fail to speak according to your message. We sometimes make an idol out of sports. We keep feeding our demons. We favor foolishness over wisdom.

For the sake of the Great Exorcist, forgive us. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Abba, because of Christ, forgives your sins. God makes you clean. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, guide our sermon, that it may cast our evil.

Prayers of the People

God of weather, we are half way through winter. Revive our dedication to caring for those who are especially vulnerable during this ferocious season. LORD, (congregational response: we praise you with our whole heart.).

We exalt you, Elohim, for the Church, all your saints. Lead us to help the poor, abused, and discriminated against. LORD, . . .

We thank you, Adonai, for our nation. Direct us toward peace. LORD, . . .

Mother, we know that Islam is peaceful and holy. Guide us to end Islamophobia, and help us everyone to end extremism. LORD, . . .

God of Recreation, thank you for entertaining events like the Super Bowl. Bless today’s game, that all may be safe. Direct each of us to keep the game in proper perspective. LORD, . . .

Father, the world howls with evil. Bolster us against demonic forces. Show us how to persevere, never surrendering to cynicism or pessimism. LORD, . . .

Yahweh, your power fills us with hope. Heal [Add names], and tutor us on how to assist with the healing. LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our gift to you help to eradicate evil.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, having delivered us from the Evil One,

People: sends us into the week to be forces for good. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




January 25, 2015, Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: The time is fulfilled, and the reign of God has come near;

People: repent, and believe in the Good News.

Leader: Jesus calls to us,

People: “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

Leader: Immediately we drop our nets,

People: and we follow. Yes!

Invocation

Lord of Nineveh, your voice extends to every person, calls each one of us to your love. Magnify our compassion for others, our willingness to net people with healing. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, our sins against you are numerous. You call, but we put you on hold. We tend to exclude from your love those who have wronged us. We put our trust in money and stuff. We focus on the world to the exclusion of the Word.

For the sake of the Summoning Messiah, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Good News! God has forgiven you. No exceptions. Share!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, open our mouths and ears to the Word.

Prayers of the People

We praise you, Father, for all the great pioneers of the Church, including Timothy, Titus, and Silas, as well as Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe. God, you alone (congregational response: are the rock and salvation).

Mama, you converted Paul to be one of your holy geniuses. Continue to remind us that, no matter how corrupt a person may seem, there is hope always. God, you alone . . .

Elohim, we are in awe of humanity and the rest of this magnificent creation. Show us anew how to be loving citizens of the world. God, you alone . . .

Allah, the division between Christians and Muslims seems to widen daily. So much anger and fear! Lead us to reconciliation, an end to the hostility and mistrust. God, you alone . . .

Adonai, your healing power astonishes us. Heal [Add names], and guide us to be your agents of care. God, you alone . . .

Wisdom, we thank you for education, including brilliant teachers such as Thomas Aquinas. Tutor us over and over to use education for your glory. God, you alone . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in the name of the one who calls us, Jesus Christ. Yes!

Offertory Prayer

We present our offerings to you, God, not according to what this world values, but according to what this world needs.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Spirit, has caught and freed us,

People: so we drop our nets to follow Christ. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




January 18, 2015, Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
By David von Schlichten

January 18, 2015

Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

People: Come and see.

Leader: Can anything good out of our town, out of our congregation?

People: Of course! Come and see.

Leader: God, Three-in-One, calls us and comes to us.

People: No matter what the odds against us are, Christ enables us toward unity and equality.

Invocation

Unity-Mother, because of you we have the power to end all prejudice. Lead us to follow Martin Luther King toward the dream realized. Guide us to live our God-given oneness. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Yahweh, we have sinned against you. We fail to listen to your voice. We do not trust that you are with us always. We bicker over differences instead of focusing on our underlying unity. We say we treat all as equal, but we continue to discriminate against each other, often without realizing it.

For the sake of the Lord of the Apostles, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Something good has indeed come out of Nazareth. Because of Christ, God forgives your sins. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through this sermon, open our ears, humble our hearts.

Prayers of the People

Omni-colored God, we thank you for Martin Luther King. Magnify our capacity to follow his example, to have the courage to love all people equally and to denounce racism. It is never funny, never not a big deal. Three-in-One: (congregational response: teach us to love one another.).

Lord of every denomination, we find astonishing the Church’s diversity. Lead us to embrace the diversity in accord with the greater unity. Help us against stupid squabbles. Three-in-One, . . .

Thank you, Adonai, for the assurance that, no matter what, we are never alone. Three-in-One, . .

Mother, our need for healing is relentless. Heal [Add names], and show us the way to do our part. Three-in-One, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the God of Nathanael. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Despite our differences, we present our gifts as one.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, leads us

People: to the day when all of us will be free at last, thank God Almighty.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




January 11, 2015, First Sunday after the Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord, Year B
By David von Schlichten

January 11, 2015

First Sunday after the Epiphany/Baptism of the Lord, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: We come with our gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

People: We follow the holy light.

Leader: We kneel at the Jordan and behold the Baptism.

People: We remember our own baptism, our calling.

Leader: The voice of the LORD, Three-in-One, calls us.

People: We cry, “Glory!”

Invocation

Creator, we thank you for the miracle of baptism that you effect through water and the Word. Turn our eyes starward as we learn from Christ’s baptism how to live out our own. Yes. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Remembering how you have washed us, we come to you with our sins, seeking cleansing again. We know we are to treat all as equal, but we still find ourselves slipping into racist thoughts, words, and acts. You call to us, but we ignore you and then complain that you never talk to us. You deserve our best gifts, but we tend to give you our leftovers.

For the sake of the Baby-in-Light, forgive us. Wash us again. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Star of wonder shines upon you! God washes you, scrubs you new, forgives your sins. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon open us to hear the Voice.

Prayers of the People

Omniracial Mama, we love that you have made us humans in so many varieties. Fill us with the wise humility needed to vanquish racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination once and forever. God of the Baptism, (congregational response: lead us with the Light.).

Lord of the Voice, we thank you for the Church. Show us how to listen to you and follow you. God of the Baptism, . . .

Adonai, we thank you for our nation. Lately tension has been tight over racism. Guide us past stereotypes, scapegoating, and violence and on toward healing. God of the Baptism, . . .

We praise you, Mother, for Christ’s baptism. Expand our understanding of this mystery and how to apply it to our lives. God of the Baptism, . . .

Father, heal all we bring before you [Add names]. God of the Baptism, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of Wise Messiah we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We lay on the Jordan-shore our gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has led you to the Baby and has baptized you.

People: We enter the week wet with God’s holiness, hearing God’s voice.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




January 4, 2015, Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B
By David von Schlichten

January 4, 2015

Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: There will be hazards in 2015,

People: yet, by the power of the Incarnation, we move forward.

Leader: Christ is born. The Word is made flesh.

People: The Messiah-light leads us to be wise men and women.

Leader: In the illuminating name of the Savior

People: we continue to celebrate the Birth. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, you are greater than the darkness and cold. We exalt you for the Christmas season. We thank you for the blessed assurance that the Word became flesh for our salvation. Teach us anew to live incarnationally throughout 2015. Yes! Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, we have sinned against you through words, actions, and thoughts. We doubt to our detriment that you have designated us for deliverance. We tend to see you as absent instead of as incarnate among us. We leave behind Christmas, pack it away. We wander in the darkness, ignoring the Star. 

For the sake of the Word-made-flesh, forgive us. Shine on us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Glory to God in the Highest! Because of Christ, our Papa has forgiven your sins. The Word dwells among us. The Star shines on us. Glory to God in the Highest!

Prayer of Inspiration

Sophia-Spirit, may the sermon embody the Word.

Prayers of the People

Mama, we praise you for bringing the Church to a new year. Secularism continues to swell, but you continue to dwell with us, giving us strength. God of Christmas, (congregational response: lead us.).

We offer high gratitude for your servant Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, whose feast day is today. Embolden us to move forward despite many hazards. God of Christmas, . . .

We are ever grateful, God, for our Orthodox siblings, many of whom will celebrate Christmas this week. May the season brim with joy and hope for them. God of Christmas, . . .

We thank you, Abba, for that name which gives us life. God of Christmas, . . .

Elohim, you have carried us safely to 2015. Show us anew how to live according to the optimism that radiates from your love. God of Christmas, . . .

Our nation, our world, is so full of troubles, Mother. People shooting each other while we bicker about guns. Missing planes. ISIS. Climate change. Racism. Hold us. Lead us to healing. God of Christmas, . . .

Lord, gasoline prices have been down. Thank you! God of Christmas, . . .  

Healer, tend to all in need [Add names], and grant us the courage to take better care of one another. God of Christmas, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the baby in the manger we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We bring you incense, gold, and myrrh.

Benediction

Leader: The Word became flesh and overpowers the darkness.

People: In 2015, by God’s power, we shine Love upon a world lost in the dark. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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