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December 21, 2014, Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

December 21, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God is with Mary, has found favor with her.

People: Blessed is she among women, and blessed is the fruit of her womb.

Leader: During these darkest days of the year

People: we see the light of Christ dawning.

Leader: As we finish preparations for Christmas,

People: we celebrate Mary’s birth of the Child.

Invocation

Mother, guide us to Bethlehem with holy mindfulness, that we may experience for the first time the birth of the Savior. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Leader: We magnify you, God, for your mercy.

People: We have sinned against you by focusing on buying things instead of helping the needy.

Leader: We have sinned against you by filling our lives with that which does not matter.

People: We have sinned against you by paying merely lip service to the Nativity.

Leader: For the sake of the Baby,

People: forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Christ rules the world with truth and grace. Because of the Baby, God forgives your sins. Yes!

Prayer of Inspiration

O come, O come, Emmanuel.

Prayers of the People

That we may embrace Christmas with holy serenity and sacred joy, our hearts focused on the Birth and loving others, we pray. (congregational response: Here we are, your servants.).

That we on this planet may work to embody lasting compassion, we pray . . .

That there may be happiness this season for the sick, poor, imprisoned, addicted, and forgotten, we pray . . .

That you will guide us to work together to keep each other safe this winter, we pray . . .

That people will be safe in travel, we pray . . .

That you will heal [Add names], we pray . . .

That there will be comfort for those who are grieving during the holydays, we pray . . .

That we may learn from Mary to be Christ-bearers, we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the Incarnate One we praise. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offering to you help to bring light to those in darkness.

Benediction

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

People: we journey to Bethlehem. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




December 14, 2014, Third Sunday of Advent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

December 14, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent, Year B

Call to Worship

Leader: Our souls proclaim God’s greatness.

People: Our spirits rejoice in God our savior.

Leader: She has looked with favor on our lowliness.

People: Through Mary, God has done great things for us.

Leader: We are holy. Following Mary’s Son,

People: we lift up the lowly and feed the hungry. Rejoice!

Invocation

Lord of Mary and John the Baptist, you have put these extraordinary servants before us as models, leaders. Embolden and humble us to follow them according to your Joy. In the name of the Word-made-flesh we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

We kneel before you for mercy, Abba. We are quick to grumble, slow to rejoice. At the same time, we also sometimes ignore the world’s suffering, pretending it’s not there so that we can feel good. We lift up the proud and powerful. We fill the full but send away the hungry. Indeed, compared to much of the world, we are the powerful and full, fretting about our shopping while most people struggle just to stay alive.

For the sake of the Lamb of God, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Rejoice, for God has looked with favor upon you. Through Christ, the Almighty has forgiven your sins—all of them. Rejoice!

Prayer of Inspiration

The spirit of the Lord is upon us so that we may magnify God.

Prayers of the People

Magnificent God, you have been with the Church throughout the millennia and will continue, despite our doubt. We are full of gratitude for leaders such as Saint Lucy and Saint John of the Cross. Adonai of Light, (congregational response: our souls proclaim your greatness.).

We are in awe, Abba, of your servants Mary and John the Bapist. Show us how to imitate them. Adonai of Light, . . .

Theo-luminescent Mother, our world is so full of darkness, we are often overwhelmed, discouraged, afraid. Renew our hope. Revive our dedication to caring for the lowly and hungry. Adonai of Light, . . .

We thank you, God of Isaiah, for our Jewish siblings. Bless their Hanukkah celebration. Lead Christians, Jews, and Muslims to rededicate themselves to unity. Adonai of Light, . . .

Emmanuel-Elohim, you are the Healer. Heal all we mention [Add names]. Continue to instruct each of us on how to assist with the healing. Adonai of Light, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Thank you for hearing and answering us. In Christ’s name we praise. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We present these gifts in honor of the Gift.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has blessed Mary

People: so that we can be a blessing to one another in the name of the Baby. Rejoice!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




December 7, 2014, Second Sunday of Advent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent, Year B

Call to Worship

Leader: “Comfort, O comfort my people,” says our God.

People: The Almighty speaks tenderly to us.

Leader: A voice cries out,

People: “In the wilderness, prepare the way of the LORD.”

Leader: John the Baptist urges us to get ready for the Advents of Christ.

People: Through repentance, renewal, we are getting ready.

Invocation

Mother, we thank you for the assurance of comfort and hope that this season brings. Humble us to prepare the way of Christ by clearing aside our sin. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Comfort us, God. We have sinned against you. We keep mercy and truth from coming together, righteousness and peace from kissing each other. We tend to be pessimists instead of theo-optimists. We hurry to buy stuff but fail to bear fruit worthy of repentance. You call us to be ready for the Advents, but we fall asleep.

For the sake of Messiah, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

God of Jerusalem speaks tenderly to you, forgives your sins. Messiah has saved us.

Prayer of Inspiration

Maranatha!

Prayers of the People

God of John the Baptist, we thank you for the mercy you have shown the Church. We are in awe of leaders such as Ambrose and Lucy. Teach us to listen to the wilderness-voice. Advent Lord, (congregational response: you comfort us.).

Mother of Every Nation, we praise you for humanity’s splendid diversity. Guide us toward enduring peace, including through caring for the non-humans on the planet. Advent Lord, . . .

Elohim, we remember the day that lives in infamy. Continue to remind us of such atrocities so that we do not repeat them. Advent Lord, . . .

Adonai, we thank you for healing us. Touch with healing [Add names]. Bring hope and peace to all for whom the holydays are a sad season. Advent Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We thank you for hearing us in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

As an expression of our gratitude, we offer you these fruits worthy of repentance.

Benediction

Leader: Trinity, you call us with the wilderness-voice,

People: and we share your words of comfort with a heart-broken world. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




November 30, 2014, First Sunday of Advent, Year B
By David von Schlichten

November 30, 2014

First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Call to Worship

Leader: Someday, when the sun and moon turn dark and the stars drop from the sky,

People: we shall trust anew in Three-in-One to save us.

Leader: When will the End come? Who can say? We look for signs. Every generation seems like the final one.

People: In any case, we serve Christ.

Leader: As we scurry to prepare for Christmas,

People: we keep our minds and hearts ready for the Advents.

Invocation

Kairos-Christ, we are inclined to fall asleep. Keep us awake, ever alert for your entry into our lives. Amen. Yes!

Prayer of Confession

Mother, because we hear the call to repent as part of preparing for the Advents, we expose our sins to your light. We tend to become complacent, sleepy, living but not alive. We fret over the holidays while missing the Point. We trivialize our spiritual gifts and neglect to use them.

For the sake of the Approaching One, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Good news! Christ, through his death, has paid for our sins. God our Mother forgives us. Now we are to go, bear fruit worthy of repentance.

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, use the sermon to enlighten us to the Word.

Prayers of the People

Father, we exalt you for the Church, including apostles such as Andrew and generous caretakers such as Nicholas. Throughout this sacred season, revive us toward you. Unsleeping God, (congregational response: lead us to your light.).

Mother, we praise you for our nation. Keep people safe as they travel home from their Thanksgiving celebration. Direct us throughout this holyday time toward greater kindness and charity. Show us humans how to wage peace. Unsleeping God, . . .

Advent-Adonai, you are the astonishing, munificent Healer. Please heal [Add names], and tutor us on how to help with the healing. Unsleeping God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our gifts help others to know greater joy during this holy season.

Benediction

Leader: Keep awake! Christ is coming!

People: We are alert, ready for God at all times!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




November 23, 2014, Proper 29/Reign of Christ, Year A
By David von Schlichten

November 23, 2014

Proper 29/Reign of Christ, Year A

Call to Worship

Leader: Human rulers come and go, are good and bad,

People: But Christ is the perfect and eternal ruler.

Leader: Messiah is our King.

People: Jesus is our Queen.

Leader: We lift thanksgiving to God,

People: who is our compassionate monarch from year to year.

Invocation

Mother, we are full of thanksgiving for your loving, merciful sovereignty. Continue to lead us to be devoted citizens. Expand our willingness to help the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, and imprisoned. In the name of the Wise Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Elohim, we have sinned more times than we can count. We put more trust in human authority than in yours. We know that we are supposed to help those in need, but we concoct excuses not to help as much as we can. When we do help, we often focus on what’s in it for us or on only helping people we have decided “deserve” our help. We make the holidays more about stuff and less about service.

For the sake of the Enthroned One, forgive us. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of the One enthroned on the Cross, God forgives us. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, by the Word, direct us on helping the Needy.

Prayers of the People

Mother, you care for the Church throughout the millennia. We offer thanksgiving for your tireless love. Ruler, (congregational response: we praise you.).

Abba, our nation is strong with blessings. The planet is rich with your genius. We offer thanksgiving for your plenteous love. Ruler, . . .

Lord, guide our Thanksgiving holiday, that we may honor you during this sacred time through sharing kindness with one another. Increase our care for the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, and imprisoned. Ruler, . . .

For some, Adonai, the holiday is a sad time. Comfort the grieving. Show us how to help the sorrowful. Ruler, . . .

Father, we offer thanksgiving for your healing might. Heal all we mention [Add names.]. Ruler, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

From your cornucopious love we give to you.

Benediction

Leader: During this week of celebration, Ruling Three-in-One,

People: we will serve you through serving others. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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