Submit Your Own!

April 26, 2015, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia, the Shepherd is risen!

People: The Shepherd is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Leader: The hired hand abandons the sheep.

People: The wolf attacks the sheep.

Leader: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

People: We hear Christ’s voice and follow. Yes!

Invocation

Mother, we continue to rejoice over the Resurrection. We praise you for the Shepherd who makes us lie down, leads us, protects us, feeds us. Keep our hearts open to the Voice, and continue to teach us how to bring others to your love. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, forgive us. Often we do not know what we are doing. We fail to trust you in Death Valley times. We are wasteful and harsh with the planet and its creatures. We live as if we have unlimited resources even though they are shrinking. We fail to love in truth and action. We allow our hearts to condemn us, ignoring the Good News. We do not obey Christ’s commandments, do not abide in God.

For the sake of the self-sacrificing Shepherd, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Our Papa, because of the Shepherd, forgives your sins—all of them. No exceptions. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, open our ears anew to the Voice.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we exalt you for the Church, future, past, and present, especially wise leaders such as Apostles Philip and James. Teach us to follow you more faithfully. Lord, (we are your sheep.).

Sovereign, we worry about our nation. We long for peace around the world. Embolden us to wage peace. Lord, . . .

Creator, this planet and all its inhabitants are magnificent. Astounding. We are so reckless with it all, arrogant. Heal us to get serious about caring for creation. Lord, . . .

Supreme Physician, we thank your for your care. Heal all we mention [Add names]. Empower us to help care for those in need. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Each prayer we place in your hands by the power of Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We set before you these gifts for your glory.

Benediction

Leader: The Risen Shepherd has called and fed you.

People: We enter the week to share Shepherd-Love with everyone. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




April 19, 2015, Third Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia, Christ is risen!

People: Christ is not a ghost.

Leader: The Savior is not a vision.

People: Jesus is flesh and bone, physically raised.

Leader: You are witnesses to God’s fulfillment of Scripture.

People: God’s peace is with us. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, we are brimming with gratitude that, through the death and resurrection, you have made us your children, and you will make us like you. Banish our destructive doubts and fears. Empower us anew with gladness in our heart over the hope that comes from Christ alone. In the Savior’s name we pray. Alleluia! Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, we are full of sin. We are guilty of lawlessness. Doubts that lead us from you fill us. Liars easily deceive us. We favor histrionics over peace. Our ignorance leads us to kill the Author of Life. We abuse the planet, exploit it for selfish human gain. We talk about conservation but then are lax about doing it.

For the sake of the Risen One, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! The tomb stands empty. Because of Messiah, God has forgiven your sins. Gone. New. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit-Power from On High, open our minds to understand the Scriptures.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we exalt you for brilliant Church leaders, including Mark the Evangelist. Guide our words toward your glory. Lord of Easter, (congregational response: you have put gladness in our hearts.).

Creator, we praise you for the splendor of the universe. We humans have done a poor job of taking care of the planet and its inhabitants, and now we have put our future in jeopardy. Humble us to work with greater creativity and urgency toward making holier use of your world. Lord of Easter, . . .

Servant-Leader, we are grateful for all administrative professionals, who do so much work and receive so little credit. Help us to honor such workers. Lord of Easter, . . .

Sovereign, we thank you for our nation. Strengthen us to labor for enduring peace and not just for our nation’s interests. Lord of Easter, . . .

Papa, we rejoice over your healing love. Heal all in need [Add names], and show us how to aid in the healing. Lord of Easter, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ. Alleluia! Yes!

Offertory Prayer

We offer right sacrifices, putting our trust in you.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has shown you the Resurrection.

People: We enter the week full of power from Heaven. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




April 12, 2015, Second Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: The Risen Christ says to us,

People: “Peace be with you.

Leader: “Do not doubt, but believe.”

People: Our Lord, and our God!

Leader: The Risen Christ breathes on you.

People: We receive the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins. Alleluia!

Invocation

Crucified God, we praise you for your death and resurrection, which we celebrate with joyful passion throughout these fifty days. Help us to persist in devotion to you even when we doubt. Teach us to be honest about sin and to declare forgiveness to those in need of mercy. Alleluia! Amen.

Prayer of Confession

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and God’s word is not in us.

Therefore, Mother, we confess our sins to you. We are quick to hide in fear rather than share the Gospel. We have doubts that lead us away from you instead of toward you. We hoard our possessions instead of sharing with those in need. We are stubborn with forgiveness. We tend to let the Easter celebration fade quickly.

For the sake of the Empty Tomb-Messiah, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ is risen; you are forgiven! Our Mother, who is faithful and just, forgives our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Breath, teach us to live Resurrection.

Prayers of the People

Abba, we continue to rejoice with loud voices throughout the fifty days. Alleluia! Christ is risen! God of Easter, (congregational response: you give us life.).

Ima, help us to be strong against doubt, using it to lead us closer to you. God of Easter, . . .

Sovereign, bless our nation and people everywhere. Help us to use our tax money for the common good. Lead us to peace at home and around the world. God of Easter, . . .

Mother, we exalt you for healing the sick. Heal all we mention [Add names]. God of Easter, . . .

Creator, we are lackadaisical about taking care of the planet. Humble and embolden us to up our environmental game. We cannot afford less. God of Easter, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in the name of the Risen Savior. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We present our offering to you, putting our resources together for the common good.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, fills us with Holy Breath,

People: so we can share Easter Hope. Christ is risen. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




April 5, 2015, Easter Day, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: The right hand of the LORD does valiantly!

People: The right hand of the LORD is exalted!

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Leader: This is the moment have waited so long for.

People: Let us rejoice and be glad in our salvation. Alleluia!

Invocation

Jesus Christ, we find amazing you resurrection. Miraculous! Wonderful! Fill this day with joy that carries us through the year. May we look at the world through Easter/Good Friday Eyes. Alleluia!

Prayer of Confession

Mother, Christ died for our sins. Alleluia! We praise you for redeeming us from our sinful words, actions, and thoughts. We fail to love according to the New Commandment. We neglect to wash each other’s feet. We are quick to deny and betray one another. We have nailed Christ to the cross with our sins.

Forgive us. Wash us up. Start us over. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Leader: Alleluia!

People: Because of Christ’s death and victory, God has forgiven our sins.

Leader: Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Advocate, on this day of days, open our ears to hear Rabbouni say our name. Yes.

Prayers of the People

Mother of Salvation, we exalt you for Christ’s extraordinary victory for the universe. Teach us how to celebrate the entire year. We give thanks to you, God. (congregational response: Your steadfast love endures forever!)

Papa, we praise you for centuries of inspired leaders, including artists such as Michelangelo and martyrs such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Adonai of Moses, we rejoice for our Jewish siblings and your deliverance of them from slavery in Egypt. Bless them as they celebrate Passover. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Source of Salvation, strengthen our resolve to live according to the Passion and Resurrection all year through. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Comforting Lord, bring peace to all for whom this day is not happy. Embolden and humble us to help one another. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Elohim, heal each one we mention [Add names]. We give thanks to you, God . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the Risen One, Rabbouni, we pray. Amen!

Offertory Prayer

In response to Christ’s Supreme Offering we present our simple gifts.

Benediction

Leader: Alleluia! In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we celebrate the Resurrection!

People: The Risen Christ has called us by name and sent us out. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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




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