Submit Your Own!

Proper 13 (18)/Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, feeds our bodies

People: and feeds our souls.

Leader: Manna did not last,

People: but Christ bestows upon us the bread from heaven.

Leader: Jesus is the bread of life.

People: We will never feel hunger.

Invocation

Mother, you feed us, body, mind, and soul, and you use us to help end hunger of all kinds. Guide us to seek Christ alone for nourishment. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, we have sinned against you through our actions, thoughts, and words. We have turned to other sources for nourishment, all the while oblivious to our self-starvation. We have neglected to feed the hungry in any substantial way, assuring ourselves that our meager offerings are sufficient. Afraid of the Other, we justify division. We reject humility and patience, convinced that aggression is essential to success.

For the sake of the Savior who is Bread, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Your mercy is leaven for our hearts. Because of Christ you forgive our sins without exception. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, fortify our souls toward greater compassion.

Prayers of the People

God of Re-creating, we praise you for the Church, including courageous pioneers such as Dominic. Expand our willingness to be bread for the hungry. Adonai, (congregational response: because of you we are filled.).

Sovereign, our nation, despite its sometimes tragic flaws, is noble and beautiful. Help us to take better care of it, including by understanding that we are not merely Americans but are citizens of the world called to care for all living creatures, especially those we fear or despise. Adonai, . . .

Sabbath Lord, you command us to holy rest. We praise you for leisure. Teach us to find that elusive balance between rest and labor. Adonai, . . .

Mother, billions starve while millions of us Americans overeat and toss food into the garbage. Refine us to be wiser stewards of our resources. Instruct us how to feed ourselves and one another according to your generosity. Adonai, . . .

Elohim, we praise you for healing us. Touch with healing all in need [Add names]. Adonai, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into Christ’s hands we place our prayers. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We offer a portion of the harvest for the feeding of the world.

Benediction

Leader: Father, Son, and Spirit, Trinity-God, has fed us

People: so that we can feed others. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 26, 2015, Proper 12 (17)/Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Now, there was a great deal of grass in the place,

People: and the Lord our Shepherd made us sit down on that grass.

Leader: We asked for something to eat,

People: and Christ fed our bodies and souls.

Leader: God opens God’s hand

People: and satisfies the desire of every living thing.

Invocation

Mother, you give us this day our daily bread, and you use us to help feed others. Continue to teach us about our interconnectedness, about our calling to take care of each other. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, our sins are legion. We neglect to thank you for feeding us. We fail to make substantial, sustained efforts to help feed one another. We betray one another. We are quick to give up contemplating the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.

For the sake of the Savior, forgive us. Feed us your mercy. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ, God feeds us forgiveness. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, open us to receive the Bread of Life.

Prayers of the People

We praise you, God, for the Church, including musical geniuses such as Bach, Schuetz, and Handel. Conduct us toward harmony. O LORD, (congregational response: all your works shall give thanks to you.).

We glorify you for this extraordinary creation. Bless all of us, regarding our nationality or ethnicity, to ignore borders to care for everyone, including by taking better care of the planet. O LORD, . . .

Mother, the world is full of troubles, from terrorism to shootings to uncertainty with Iran to dangerous weather. Guide us to help each other toward healing and peace. O LORD, . . .

We exalt you, Adonai, for healing us. Heal all in need [Add names]. O LORD, . . .

So many people are hungry, Abba. Stretch our capacity and willingness to feed them. O LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We give you these prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We offer these loves and fish, knowing that you will multiply them.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has fed us

People: so we can feed a hungry world. Alleluia! Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 19, 2015, Proper 11 (16)/Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: We are sheep

People: needing Shepherd Christ.

Leader: We rush to Jesus,

People: and the Savior shows us compassion.

Leader: Wherever we are,

People: Three-in-One is ready to offer us healing.

Invocation

Theopeutic Lord, you never tire of taking care of us, no matter how many times we rush to you. Teach us how likewise to show compassion toward others. In the name of the healing Savior we pray. Amen. Yes!

Prayer of Confession

Lord of Mercy, our sins are beyond number. You join us, but we strive to divide ourselves. We forget that Christ is the cornerstone. We do not trust you to heal us. When you do not heal us as we wish, we turn against you. We forsake your law and violate your statutes.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! The Lord has shown you mercy. Because of Christ, God forgives your sins—all of them. By Jesus’ stripes, we are healed. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, lead us to Word.

Prayers of the People

Father, we praise you for the Church, including pioneers such as Saint James the Elder and Saint Mary Magdalene. God, (congregational response: you are the rock of our salvation.).

Mother, we thank you for our nation and for this gorgeous planet. Lead each one of us to help heal the nations and take care of your creation. God, . . .

Abba, we find amazing the detailed photos of Pluto. Three billion miles away. Incredible! God, . . .

Sovereign, we exalt you for the peace agreement with Iran. Please let there be a lasting peace. God, . . .

Lord, you are the Healer. Bless all in need of your compassion [Add names], and continue to guide us on how to help one another. God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We offer you these gifts for your glory.

Benediction

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

People: so we can help to renew the world. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 12, 2015, Proper 10 (15)/Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: The world is sick with corrupt rulers,

People: but Three-in-One raises up good ones.

Leader: Every prophet’s life is in danger,

People: but Christ’s love is stronger than human evil.

Leader: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;

People: righteousness and peace will kiss each other.

Invocation

Lord of Herod and John the Baptist, evil seeks the life of the faithful, but you ever are with us. Teach us anew never to despair but to trust in the destiny you have bestowed upon us. In the name of Christ we pray according to the seal of the promised Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, our sins are large and ugly. Our families are thick with sinful dysfunction. Power corrupts us. We behead your prophets. We drive a wedge between steadfast love and faithfulness; we turn righteousness and peace against each other. We are crooked but think we are straight.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ’s execution under Pontius Pilate, our Mother forgives all our sins. God has elected all of us for salvation. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, let us hear what God speaks.

Prayers of the People

Abba, we praise you for brave martyrs of the Church, such as John the Baptist. Expand our selflessness so that we can serve you more passionately. God of mercy and truth, (congregational response: strengthen us.).

Ima, we exalt you for making us citizens of this beautiful universe. Lead us away from jingoism and xenophobia and toward the unity that undergirds our sacred existence. God of mercy and truth, . . .

God, this is the season of vacations. Yay! Help us to have fun and be safe. God of mercy and truth, . . .

Sovereign, there are many mad, corrupt rulers. Teach each of us to be leaders and citizens who unite righteousness and peace. God of mercy and truth, . . .

We thank you, Caretaker, for healing us. Heal everyone we mention [Add names], and guide us to assist with the healing. God of mercy and truth, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we entrust to you, confident in Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our gifts help to unite us according to your love.

Benediction

Leader: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

People: we enter the week

Leader: unafraid of the world’s Herods

People: and refusing to become one of them. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 5, 2015, Proper 9 (14)/Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, always welcomes us.

People: Christ always honors us,

Leader: even when we fail to honor God.

People: Trinity sends us out to share love.

Leader: People may dishonor us,

People: but the Savior cherishes us. Yes!

Invocation

Mother, we know well the challenges of following you, but you are worth it all. Strengthen us in our weakness, that we may persist in sharing your love with an often apathetic and hateful world. In the name of the Prophet of prophets we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord of Compassion, we bring our sins to you. Sometimes we respond to your servants with hostility, especially when we hear a message that makes us uncomfortable or that we find offensive. You send us out to do your work, but we make excuses to hide instead of proclaim the Good News through words and actions of love. We blame our misfortunes on you and neglect to see how you are with us through the hardship.

For the sake of Prophet-Messiah, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Prophet-Messiah, the Lord of Compassion has forgiven us. A second chance, again. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, through the Word, increase our belief and send us out.

Prayers of the People

We praise you, Abba, for the Church, including martyrs such as Jan Hus and innovators such as Saint Benedict of Nursia. Teach us anew to honor and imitate your prophets, despite the cost. God, (congregational response: we honor you always.).

We exalt you, Mother, for our nation and the entire creation. We praise you for the seven billion people and the many other creatures. Embolden us toward peace and healing. Heighten our commitment to responding to climate change. Enlarge our dedication to ending racism. God, . . .

We praise you, Adonai, for the legalization of gay marriage in the United States. Alleluia! God, . . .

Lord, so many shootings. Still. We are being stubborn and blind about pursuing solutions. Help us. Please. God, . . .

We thank you, Elohim, for healing us. Heal all we mention [Add names]. God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of Messiah we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our offering as part of honoring you.

Benediction

Leader: We listen to you, Father, Son, and Spirit,

People: and we know you are with us as we share your love. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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