Submit Your Own!

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




February 22, 2015, First Sunday in Lent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, is our mighty fortress against the Devil.

People: Christ leads us from temptation.

Leader: Throughout these forty days, the Holy Spirit will cultivate our souls.

People: During this season, Jesus will lead us through the wilderness.

Leader: Throughout these forty days, Evil is strong,

People: but God is ever stronger.

Invocation

Mother, without you, we die in the wilderness, Satan laughing over us. With you, we have life, and Satan has nothing. During this sacred season, refine us to grow in holiness according to the cross. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, we are dust, and to dust we shall return. Our sins are gritty, ashen. We place filling our bellies over feeding our souls. We pursue worldly power over devotion to you. We put you to foolish tests, not trusting you. We make Lent about losing weight instead of gaining spiritually.

For the sake of Christ, who triumphed in the wilderness, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Good news: because of Christ, God forgives you. Forgiven. God’s reign is ours forever.

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit of God, through the Word, teach us.

Prayers of the People

Adonai, guide the Church as we journey our way across this season. Show us anew how to make our lives cruciform. God of the forty days, (congregational response: lead us.).

Mother, we exalt you for your servants in the Church, including Polycarp and Saint Matthias. Mold us to be better servants. God of the forty days, . . .

Abba, we praise you for political leaders such as George Washington. Bless President Obama, and bless us citizens to support him instead of mock him. God of the forty days, . . .

Lord, we love the movies. They move us and shape our thinking. Direct us to use movies for your glory. God of the forty days, . . .

Elohim, we give thanks for your healing power. Heal [add names], and continue to show us how to care better for others. God of the forty days, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into the hands of Christ we place our prayers. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own we give back to you.

Benediction

Leader: The Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit, is our mighty fortress against evil.

People: During Lent, God will strengthen the muscles of our souls.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




Prayers for Worship, February 15, 2015, Transfiguration Sunday, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia! The light of Three-in-One has blazed upon us.

People: The Star has led us to the mountain summit.

Leader: The Voice has both shocked us and granted us clarity.

People: Christ has called us to discipleship, and we have obeyed.

Leader: We follow Christ down the mountain

People: as we begin the journey to Golgotha. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, as we marvel at Christ’s splendor, we look ahead toward the greater, darker splendor, Christ’s suffering. Lead us with your voice and light to Lent, the sacred springtime of the Church. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

God of light and ashes, our sins eclipse your love. We fall into the darkness of self-hatred, selfishness, jingoism, sexism, homophobia, racism, Islamophobia. When we see your light, we sometimes want to hide in it instead of sharing it with others. We are also tempted to focus on your glory and ignore the world’s suffering, or vice versa.

For the sake of the Transfigured One, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ transfigures you. God forgives your trespasses. You are free from guilt. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, how good it is to be here. Theo-illumine us with the Word. Yes!

Prayers of the People

Abba, we praise you for these last jubilant days before Lent. Alleluia! Lead us to enjoy ourselves responsibly and to enter Lent with a focus on repentance, spiritual growth, and, most of all, the cross. God, (congregational response: you shine forth.).

Ima, we thank you for the Church and all its brilliant servants, including Martin Luther. Humble and embolden us to share your faith, hope, and love with a cynical and suffering world. God, . . .

Adonai, we are grateful for the United States and all the planet. We find your creation breath-taking and are honored to be a part of it. Alleluia! Guide us to end conflict and to focus on proper care of other people and your entire creation. God, . . .

Sovereign, we give thanks for our U.S. Presidents, especially George Washington, Thomas, Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. Bless President Obama. It is easy for us to scapegoat and condemn the President. Instead, guide us to be constructively critical and always supportive. God, . . .

Mother, we are in awe of your healing splendor. Alleluia! Heal everyone in need [Add names], and direct us to assist with the care of others. God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen. Alleluia!

Offertory Prayer

May our offerings radiate your compassion.

Benediction

Leader: Lord, Father, Son, and Spirit, how good it is to be here on the mountain.

People: Alleluia! Guide us on the plain and in the valley.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




February 8, 2015, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B
By David von Schlichten

February 8, 2015

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Have you not known?

People: Have you not heard?

Leader: The Trinity is the everlasting God,

People: the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier of the heavens and the earth.

Leader: Through love, Christ drives away fevers and demons,

People: and we show our gratitude through getting up and serving. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother of Love, we praise you for healing us, body, soul, and mind. You overcome demons. You are stronger than illness. Continue to teach us to serve and follow you, even when you do not answer our prayers as we hoped. In Christ’s name we pray. Yes!

Prayer of Confession

Agape-Abba, our sins are as numerous as the world’s grasshoppers. We lack faith in you. When life doesn’t go our way, we are quick to turn our backs on you. When you heal us, we often forget to thank you. We think we are in charge. When we try to share Christ with others, we frequently fail to meet people where they are.

For the sake of the Rabbi-Healer, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ’s love, God forgives your sins. All of them. Rise and serve. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, grant us courage to live the message. Yes.

Prayers of the People

God of Simon’s mother-in-law, we praise you for your vast and rich love that overcomes all evil. Help us to love one another as you have loved us. Lord, (congregational response: you renew our strength.).

Ruler of heaven and earth, we thank you for our nation and people everywhere. We do so much fighting! Heal us to put caring for each other over our selfish fears and interests. Lord, . . .

Spouse, where would we be without love? We would not. We praise you for all forms of love, from romantic to familial, to friendship-love, to the love we have for our fellow humans, whether we know them or like them or not. Lord, . . .

God, frequently we fail to express love according to your will. Lead us to show one another love that mirrors yours. Lord, . . .

Sovereign, the winter is brutal. Direct our hands to help those in need. Lord, . . .

We thank you, Wisdom, for great thinkers such as Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Show us how to use our creative brilliance to bring people together according to your love. Lord, . . .

Mother, heal all we mention now [Add names]. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We thank you for answering our prayers according to your compassion. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

This offering is an expression of our love for you.

Benediction

Leader: We have heard,

People: and we have witnessed the power of Three-in-One.

Leader: We enter the week

People: to be God’s love. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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




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