Submit Your Own!

July 27, 2014, 7th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 12, Year A
By David von Schlichten

July 27, 2014

7th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 12, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.

People: The kingdom of heaven is like yeast.

Leader: The queendom of heaven is like a hidden treasure.

People: The queendom of heaven is like a priceless pearl.

Leader: The reign of God is like a cast net.

People: Guide us, Trinity, to understand your wisdom-parables.

Invocation

Interceding Spirit, just as you endowed Solomon with wisdom, endow us, that God’s kingdom may come, that God’s will may be done, on earth as it is in heaven. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we fall into the way of the flesh, even though you call us to be in Spirit-way. We claim to want wisdom, but we chase stuff. We doubt the invincibility of Love. We take God for granted and fail to help cultivate the growth of the kingdom.

For the sake of the Crucified Rabbi, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God forgives your sins. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, increase our understanding through the Word. Yes.

Prayers of the People

Wisdom-Mother, we love music. Thank you for Bach, Schuetz, Handel, and other musical geniuses. What a difference music makes in the Church and in life in general. God, (congregational response: you give us many treasures.).

Lord of Solomon, we are worried and heartsick over the fighting in Gaza and the disaster involving Malaysia Airlines. Ukraine is a continual source of anxiety, and Iraq has deteriorated. Show us the way to peace; grant us the humility to pursue shalom. God, . . .

We exalt you, Elohim, for parables, those compressed, thought-provoking teachings directing us toward Life. Expand our comprehension of parables, that we may increase in holiness. God, . . .

Ima, your healing power astounds us. Heal those we mention [add names], and teach us to be more compassionate toward those in need. God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We give this offering to you, Highest Treasure.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, continues to teach you,

People: empowering us to share the treasure, cultivate the seed. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




Prayers for July 20, 2014, 6th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 11, Year A
By David von Schlichten

July 20, 2014

6th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 11, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, sows good seed,

People: but the devil sows weeds.

Leader: Although it is tempting to pull up the weeds,

People: we may end up doing more harm than good.

Leader: Weeding is God’s business.

People: Ours, by Christ’s power, is to produce wheat.

Invocation

Spirit, we praise you for the growth, for our spiritual fecundity. Continue to advocate and bear witness for us, that we may multiple in fruitfulness. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

We exalt you, Mother, for all you endure from us. Sin chokes us. We defy and ignore you. You redeem, not just us, but all of creation, but we are half-hearted in our preservation of creation. We are hasty to label others as weeds, failing to see the ones growing within us. We do not trust you to eliminate evil.

In Christ’s name we confess, trusting in your compassion. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Our Mother in heaven forgives you. Sins gone, because of Christ. Amazing. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, speak for us. Please.

Prayers of the People

Mother, you have snatched us from death. You have cultivated the Church. Strengthen us to grow despite the spreading of apathy and hostility toward religion. Harvest-God, (congregational response: we shine in your reign.).

Abba, we love your creation, but we fail to regard seriously your order to take care of it. We act spoiled. Magnify our commitment to conservation. Harvest-God, . . .

Ima, we are in awe of the moon. Gorgeous and steady, romantic and fascinating. Harvest-God, . . .

Elohim, lead us to help heal those in need [Add names.]. Harvest-God, . . .

Adonai, evil surrounds us. Will you save us? It is easy for us to doubt you. Water our faith in you. Harvest-God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of Christ our Sower we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

The abundance grows out of you, and we invest it in you.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, help us to worry less about the weeds

People: and to focus on cultivating wheat. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




July 13, 2014, 5th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 10, Year A
By David von Schlichten

July 13, 2014

5th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 10, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Spirit, scatters the seed.

People: Sometimes it grows. Sometimes it does not.

Leader: By Christ’s cultivation, it will grow with us,

People: and we will produce crops with which to feed the hungry.

Leader: Some of us will produce more than others,

People: but we are all working together according to the Spirit. Yes!

Invocation

Farmer-Mother, as we sow the seed, guide us to be persistent and patient, ever thankful for the growth of your holy horticulture. In Christ’s name we pray by the Spirit’s guidance. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

God, we are sinners. We need your mercy. When we are in exile, we often doubt that you will bring us home, and sometimes we don’t want you to. We regard bad weather as a sign of your wrath instead of focusing on how you show us mercy to help us against hardship. We favor flesh over Spirit, failing to use our bodies for your honor. We resist sowing and cultivating, quick to be cynical and fickle.

For the sake of the Savior, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God forgives us everything. Sins: gone. God suns and waters us. We are growing. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, use the sermon to direct our minds toward you.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we exalt you for the Church. So few respond fruitfully to the Good News. Strengthen our persistence and theo-optimism. O God, (congregational response: your paths overflow with plenty.).

Abba, we praise you for your extraordinary creation. We tend to be half-hearted in our care of it, and we tend to forget that we are a part of it. We fail to take climate change seriously, figuring it’s not a problem we have to worry about now. Prune us to take care of your creation urgently. O God, . . .

LORD, we thank you for the joy of the World Cup. What fun! O God, . . .

Adonai, the beach, the mountains, picnics, reunions, amusement parks—we love ‘em! O God, . . .

Elohim, we find your healing power astounding. Heal all we mention [Add names], and magnify our capacity to assist with the healing. O God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Jesus’ name we pray and praise. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our fruit, which comes from you, for the feeding of others.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, has sown the Good News in you.

People: We enter the week to assist with the farming. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




Prayers for July 6, 2014, 4th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 9, Year A
By David von Schlichten

July 6, 2014

4th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 9, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Christ says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,

People: “and I will give you rest.

Leader: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me;

People: “for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Leader: “For my yoke is easy,

People: “and my burden is light.”

Invocation

Three-in-One, you both challenge us and offer us rest. Your humility humbles and exalts us. Continue to open us to following your wisdom, including by nestling in your mercy. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mama, we do not understand our own actions. We do not do what we want, but we do the very thing we hate. Maddening! We try to save ourselves but end up damning ourselves. We continue in sin. We refuse to rest, forever frantic, thinking our worth is solely in our work. Some of us turn our noses up at humility, while others of us constantly demean ourselves, thinking we are being humble.

For the sake of the donkey-riding Ruler, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

People: Wretched people that we are! Who will rescue us from this body of death?

Leader: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

People: Mama Adonai forgives us because of Messiah.

Leader: We receive the ultimate rest. Re-creation!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, shape these words according to the Word. Yes.

Prayers of the People

For brilliant Christians such as Saint Benedict, and for all the Church, that we may be both learned and childlike, we pray (congregational response: You are gracious and full of compassion.).

For our nation, 238 years old, that we may be a land that does not compromise the health of others in the name of religious freedom, we pray . . .

For this holiday weekend, that it may be a time of safe enjoyment and fellowship, we pray . . .

For Iraq, that it may find peaceful unity, we pray . . .

For those in need we mention now [Add names], we pray . . .

For all those who struggle to find rest, that they may know your deep peace, we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the Crucified One we ask and praise. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We lay our palm branches before you, Christ, because you are the Ruler.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, lays an easy yoke upon you.

People: All week long, we shall live Shalom. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier

 

 




June 29, 2014, 3rd Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 8, Year A
By David von Schlichten

June 29, 2014

3rd Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 8, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Whoever welcomes you welcomes Christ.

People: Whoever welcomes Christ welcomes the Three-in-One.

Leader: Whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person

People: will receive the reward of the righteous.

Leader: God will reward us for giving a cup of cold water to one of the little ones,

People: although we give, not because of the reward, but to honor God.

Invocation

God of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, you call us to put you first, including by protecting the defenseless. Increase our dedication to being slaves of righteousness, even when we feel forgotten. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we let sin exercise dominion over our mortal bodies. We often push you to the back seat. Our faith falls over from weakness. We neglect to welcome one another. Although we claim to care for all those in need, we tend to be selectively caring. The helpless need our protection, but we conjure up excuses not to assist them.

For the sake of the Welcoming Messiah, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

We sing to the LORD because she has dealt bountifully with us! Through Christ, God rescues you from your sins. Sin has no dominion over you. The LORD has provided. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, teach us what it means to live under grace.

Prayers of the People

Hospitality, you urge us to welcome others, but we are not always sure how to do so without endangering ourselves. Magnify our wisdom in such matters, that we may grow in our outreach. Lord of Righteousness, (congregational response: you always remember us.).

For the Church we are continuously grateful, God. We thank you for hymn translators such as Catherine Winkworth and reformers such as Jan Hus. Lord of Righteousness, . . .

Mother, we celebrate our nation. Happy birthday, United States! You have blessed us with extraordinary freedom. Guide us to use that freedom for good, both abroad and at home. Lord of Righteousness, . . .

Bless our celebration of Independence Day, that it may be safe, fun-filled, and sparkling with gratitude. Comfort those for whom the holiday will not be happy. Lord of Righteousness, . . .

We are brimming with thanksgiving for the healing you show us. Heal those we mention [Add names]. Direct our hands to assist with the healing. Lord of Righteousness, . . .

Allah of Christ, we are worried about Iraq. So much unrest there again. Show us the right course of action. Lead us away from partisan finger-pointing. Hasten enduring peace to that hurting land. Lord of Righteousness, . . . 

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We hand these prayers to you, confident that you hear us. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

As servants of righteousness, we present these gifts. May they honor you, including by providing cold water for the little ones.

Benediction

Leader: Because you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, have welcomed us,

People: we enter the week to welcome others. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier

 

 




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