Submit Your Own!

September 21, 2014, 15th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 20, Year A
By David von

September 21, 2014

15th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 20, Year A


Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, shows mercy even to people we think deserve wrath.

People: The last will be first, and the first will be last.

Leader: We are not to be envious because Christ is generous toward those we regard as undeserving.

People: Truth be told, we are all undeserving.

Leader: Just as our Mother has shown mercy to the Ninevites and those who repent last-minute,

People: so also are we to show mercy toward one another.

Invocation

Munificent Abba, you are quick to forgive us. Humble us to forgive one another, including people who wish to kill us. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, our sins! So many! We cling to grudges. We demonize people different from ourselves. We consider it acceptable to kill our enemies instead of working harder to find peaceful solutions to crises. We grow indignant when someone receives a break that we don’t think she or he deserves.

For the sake of the Messiah, forgive us.

Words of Assurance

Rejoice! Just as God showed compassion for the people and animals of Nineveh, so also does God show you compassion. Your sins: gone. You receive a full day’s wage, because of Christ. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, show us.

Prayers of the People

Mother, in gratitude for the Church and all its saints, including Matthew the Evangelist, we pray. (Congregational response: Your compassion is boundless.)

Abba, for our nation and your entire creation, that we may all strive together for non-violent solutions to problems, we pray . . .

Allah, for the end of the terror that ISIL wields, that the loss of life may cease and the healing from love may be ceaseless, we pray . . .

Elohim, in gratitude for the beginning of autumn, a season rich for senses and soul, we pray . . .

Everlasting, for the healing of those in need [Add names] we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we give thanks for your answers to our prayers. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Accept this portion of the harvest you make possible.

Benediction

Leader: You have forgiven our trespasses, Father, Son, and Spirit,

People: so we go to forgive one another. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




September 14, 2014, 14th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 19, Year A
By David von Schlichten

September 14, 2014

14th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 19, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: We do not live to ourselves,

People: and we do not die to ourselves.

Leader: If we live, we live to the Three-in-One.

People: If we die, we die to the Three-in-One.

Leader: Either way, then, we live to God and God to us. Cross-shaped lives.

People: Let us forgive one another as Christ forgives us.

Invocation

Mother, you have been eager to forgive us. Renew our commitment to expanding our forgiveness of others. Lead us to respond to evil, not with vengeance, but mercy. In Christ’s name we pray. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, we are thick with sin. We are judgmental and quick to anger. We often cling to grudges. Many times we wield double standards, demanding mercy for ourselves but wrath for those we dislike. Although you forgive our large debts, we insist on payment of those who owe us small amounts. We wear the cross but fail to live it.

For the sake of the Crucified One, forgive us our trespasses. Lead us to forgive those who trespass against us. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Good news! Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, our Father in heaven forgives your trespasses. Go, and forgive one another. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, show us anew how to live to God.

Prayers of the People

Ima, we find astounding the holy cross. Shape our lives according to it. Lord, (congregational response: vast is your compassion.).

We exalt you, God, for spiritual geniuses such as Hildegard of Bingen. Direct us toward following their examples. Lord, . . .

From ISIS to Ebola, much in the world worries us. Fill our hearts with serenity and a commitment to helping those in need. Lord, . . .

Mother, your grace amazes us. Heal [add names], and humble us to help with the healing. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s hands we situate our prayers. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We return to you a portion of the harvest that you have granted us.

Benediction

Leader: Just as the Trinity has shown us rich and wide mercy,

People: we enter the week with mercy to share with others. Cross-shaped. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




September 7, 2014, 13th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 18, Year A
By David von Schlichten

September 7, 2014

13th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 18, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: If another member of the church sins against you,

People: point out the fault privately in the hopes of reconciliation.

Leader: If that doesn’t work, get a couple witnesses. If that doesn’t work, go before the church.

People: Do whatever it takes to win that person back.

Leader: If all else fails, treat that person as a Gentile and a tax collector.

People: In other words, never give up.

Leader: God, Three-in-One,

People: empower and humble us toward concord.

Invocation

Mother, we praise you for your reconciling love. Continue to inspire us to strive to achieve, not revenge, but reconciliation with those who have trespassed against us. In Jesus’ name we pray by the Spirit’s grace. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Magnanimous, show us mercy. We are quick to exclude and condemn, quick to throw our hands in the air and give up on people. We give a lot of lip service when it comes to the Ten Commandments and little live-service. We zombie about, hissing at the light. We tend to think that you have abandoned us, when really you are with us.

In Christ’s name, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Hosanna! Through Christ, God forgives us our trespasses. Hosanna!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, awaken us. Lead us to peace.

Prayers of the People

We praise you, Mother, for the Church, including sagacious leaders such as John Chrysostom. Enlarge our willingnss to resolve conflicts peacefully. God of Torah, (congregational response: we thank you for Christ’s unfailing presence.).

Abba, ISIS scares us. Show us the way to peace. Continue to remind us that most Muslims want peace as well. God of Torah, . . .

We tend to hold grudges and seek revenge, Lord. Strengthen our determination to seek peaceful solutions to conflicts. God of Torah, . . .

We exalt you, Elohim, for our nation and your entire creation. Expand our efforts to care for the planet. We are not doing enough. God of Torah, . . .

Adonai, heal all we mention [Add names.]. Continue to open our eyes to hope. God of Torah, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray all this in the name of the Omnipresent Jesus. Yes.

Offertory Prayer

We give back to you what you have given us.

Benediction

Leader: You have shown us mercy, Father, Son, and Spirit,

People: so we go and do likewise. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 31, 2014, 12th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 17, Year A
By David von Schlichten

August 31, 2014

12th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 17, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: If we want to become Christ’s followers, let us deny ourselves

People: and take up our cross

Leader: and follow Christ. If we want to save our life,

People: we will lose it.

Leader: If we lose our life for God’s sake,

People: we will find it, thanks be to Three-in-One.

Invocation

Through the sacrifice on the cross, O God, Jesus saved us as the Messiah, your Son. Strengthen our willingness to live cross-shaped lives, overcoming evil with good. So be it. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we are in need of redemption. We have followed Satan by defying the ways of Christ. Often we love what is evil and hold fast to what is bad. We take wrath upon ourselves, eager to repay evil for evil. We let wickedness corrupt us instead of overcoming it with good. We talk about taking up the cross but then shy away from doing it.

For the sake of the Crucified One, forgive us. Save us.

Words of Assurance

Hallelujah! Through Messiah-Blood, our Mother has forgiven us. God has overcome our evil with good, has delivered us from the hand of the Wicked One. Hallelujah!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon, teach us the Cross.

Prayers of the People

Ima, we thank you for fashioning the Church. We are especially grateful for courageous and innovative leaders such as Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Continue to show us how to be disciples. Hazard yet forward. O LORD, (congregational response: you vindicate us.).

Mother, there are many problems in the world lately. We find ISIS frightening. We worry about the Middle East in general and about people struggling with Ebola in Africa. Here at home are droughts and fires and injustice in Ferguson. Guide us, God, toward wise solutions growing out of your love. O LORD, . . .

Father, we praise you for the gifts of work and rest. Increase our dedication to doing both for your glory. Assist those who are unemployed, underemployed, or exploited at work. O LORD, . . .

God, we love summer, but it’s ending. Lead us by the hand into autumn, that we may not fall. O LORD, . . .

Elohim, thank you for taking care of us. Heal [Add names], and equip us to aid with the healing. O LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we know you will answer. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive these gifts that are expressions of cruciform discipleship.

Benediction

Leader: We praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for being mightier than Satan

People: and for teaching us to respond to evil with good. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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




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