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April 20, 2014, The Resurrection of Christ, Year A
By David von Schlichten

April 20, 2014

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Year A

Call to Worship

Leader: Jesus is not here.

People: Messiah has been raised.

Leader: Do not be afraid.

People: Go and tell.

Leader: Christ is risen! Alleluia!

People: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Invocation

We are grateful without ceasing, Jesus, for your defeat of death. We will live forever. Yes! Alleluia! Lead us through this fifty-day season of joy to proclaim the Love through our actions and words. Life!

Prayer of Confession

Because of the Death and Resurrection, we confess sins with hope. We tend to fixate on the ham and hyacinths of Easter while only glancing at the Resurrection. Then we pack Easter away, forgetting that it is fifty days. We live pessimism instead of optimism born from You.

By Christ’s cross, forgive us, Mother. Teach us to live Resurrection and Cross. Amen

Words of Assurance

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Leader: Because of the Sacrifice, God forgives your sins.

People: We are washed, rescued, scrubbed, saved! Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, tattoo on our hearts the Cross and the Empty Tomb.

Prayers of the People

Mama Yahweh, we exalt you with strong voices for raising Messiah from the dead. We praise you, God. (Congregational response: Your victory is ours.).

Bless Christians all over the planet, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant, that our celebration may underscore our sacred unity. We praise you, God . . .

 Lord of Eternal Blessing, open our ears and hands, mouths and eyes, to living the Resurrection and Crucifixion throughout the year. We praise you, God . . .

Papa, as we spend time with loved ones, keep us safe, and work in us harmony with each other. Enlarge our concern for those for whom the holydays are not happy days. We praise you, God . . .

You are the Healer. Heal all in need on this day [Add names.]. Make us instruments of your healing. We praise you, God . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Receive our prayers in Christ’s name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

In gratitude, we present this to you.

Benediction

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People: Because Christ is risen, we live as the risen. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier





Prayers for April 13, 2014, Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, Year A
By David von Schlichten

April 13, 2014

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: All Glory, Laud, and Honor

People: to our redeemer, our ruler!

Leader: Hosanna!

People: Hosanna!

Leader: Hosanna to the one we crucified.

People: Hosanna to the one who allowed us to kill him.

Invocation

Jesus Christ, your sacrifice humbles and emboldens us. We find amazing your self-emptying. We praise you for your passion. We can never thank you as we ought, but we try. Yes. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Leader: Jesus, we crucified you with our sins.

People: We stuff ourselves with nothing instead of emptying ourselves so you can fill us.

Leader: We hail you as our ruler but then shout for your death.

People: We are rebellious. We turn our backs to you.

Leader: We glide through Holy Week with little attention on its depth, its importance.

People: We are thick with sin, in desperate need of forgiveness.

Words of Assurance

Hosanna! Because of the Crucified One, God forgives you completely. No exceptions. Forgiven!

Prayer of Inspiration

Paraclete, open our hearts to this week’s holiness.

Prayers of the People

Adonai, we thank you for our Jewish siblings, for delivering them from slavery in Egypt. Bless their celebration of Passover. God, (congregational response: you are our salvation.).

Mother, bless the Church this week, that we may hold deep within us the sacredness of these days. God, . . .

Elohim, we are quick to secularize the sacred, hasty to breeze through the Passion to rush on to hyacinths and ham. Slow us down. God, . . .

We thank you, Abba, for healing us. Heal [Add names]. God, . . .  

Offertory Prayer

We present these gifts of thanksgiving for your sacrifice.

Benediction

Leader: Three-in-One, lead us through the week.

People: Take us to dark Gethsemene and Golgotha.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




April 6, 2014, Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A
By David von Schlichten

April 6, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: The Savior calls to us,

People: “Come out!”

Leader: God leads us from death to life,

People: from cross to empty tomb.

Leader: Then the Messiah orders us,

People: “Unbind each other, and let each other go.”

Invocation

Empty Tomb-Elohim, we are in awe of your resurrection-love. Teach us how we are Lazarus and how you urge us free from the grave. In the name of the Crucified One we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord of Ezekiel, out of the depths we cry to you. We cling to death, full of pessimism and despair. We doubt your ability to bring life amid death. We surrender our hope. We fixate on the realm of the flesh, ignoring the Spirit. At the same time, we confuse body and flesh, thinking they are the same.

For the sake of Jesus, forgive us. We wait for your mercy more than the sentinel waits for the morning.

Words of Assurance

With God is steadfast love and redemption. Your sins are forgiven because of Christ’s death and resurrection. Come out!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, lead us to the cross, then beyond.

Prayers of the People

Genius-Mother, we praise you for the Church. We find astounding artists such as Albrecht Duerer, Lucas Cranach, and Michelangelo. Show us how to be your artists, as well, even if we cannot paint, draw, or sculpt. God of Lent, (congregational response: you free us.).

Lord of Ezekiel, we worry about our nation, but with you, life wins over death. Bless the U.S. Lead all of us to take better care of the planet. Bring peace to Ukraine and healing to the victims of the Malaysian crash. God of Lent, . . .

Just as you cared for Lazarus, so also you care for us. Heal each person we mention at this hour [Add names]. Tutor us on how to unbind one another. God of Lent, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We lay these prayers at the foot of the cross in the name of Christ. Yes.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our offering from the realm of the Spirit.

Benediction

Leader: The Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit, brings light to the tomb.

People: We enter the week to share Life. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier





March 30, 2014, Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A
By David von Schlichten

March 30, 2014

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Jesus tells us to wash in the pool of Siloam,

People: and we return seeing.

Leader: Christ guides us through Pitch Black Valley,

People: and we climb out on the other side.

Leader: We were once in darkness,

People: but now we are children of light.

Invocation

Shepherd God, without you, we wander lost, blind. Lead us with the light of the cross-shadow. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

We are stuck in a swamp of sin. We’re asleep, missing life. We cannot see beyond our prejudices. We are spiritually myopic. You anoint those we overlook. You want to lead us, but we want to wander among wolves.

For the sake of the Son of Man, forgive us. Please.

Words of Assurance

You were lost, but now you’re found. You were blind, but now you see. Because of Christ, God forgives your sins. Thanks be to God. Yes.

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, shepherd us with the Word.

Prayers of the People

Theoluminiscent God, you guide the Church. We are in awe of poets such as John Donne. Continue to teach us that, except you enthrall us, we shall never be free. Lord of Lent, (congregational response: guide our paths.).

Mother, we thank you for our nation and the entire creation. Unite us toward lasting peace for humans and non-humans alike. Lord of Lent, . . .

Healer, care for all in need [Add names.]. Direct our hands to help others. Lord of Lent, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers are for you, God. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We present this as children of light.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, opens your eyes

People: so we can help others see the Shepherd in the world.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier





March 23, 2014, Third Sunday in Lent, Year A
By David von Schlichten

March 23, 2014

Third Sunday in Lent, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Jesus asks us to give him a drink

People: and offers us Living Water.

Leader: The Messiah tells us everything we have ever done.

People: and we tell others the Salvation News.

Leader: This Lent, we thirst,

People: and the Trinity saturates our souls.

Invocation

Rabbi, just as you taught the Samaritan Woman, you teach us. Because of you, we drink Living Water, even in the wilderness. Continue to hydrate us to judge less, love more. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

We confess our sins to you, Mother. We grumble against you, unappreciative, full of doubt. We blame you for our suffering. We are judgmental toward women with a questionable sexual history. We tend to label people as outsiders and then reject them. We fixate on filling our bellies while our souls starve.

For the sake of the Christ, forgive us. Renew us. Please.

Words of Assurance

Come, let us sing to the LORD, the rock of our salvation! Christ died for the ungodly. Through the Savior, we receive reconciliation, forgiveness.

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, guide the sermon to express the love that you have poured into our hearts.

Prayers of the People

Abba, we praise you for the Church’s extraordinary leaders, including the Samaritan Woman. We thank you humbling martyrs such as Oscar Romero. Show us anew how to share your water with a parched world. God of Outsiders, (congregational response: you care for us all.).

We exalt you for your breathtaking creation, God. Bless our nation and all seven billion of us. Bring peace to Syria and the Ukraine. Lead us to answers regarding the missing Malaysian plane. God of Outsiders, . . .

You are the Healer, Mother. Touch with healing those we mention [Add names.] God of Outsiders, . . .

Elohim, we are judgmental, exclusionary, quick to create demeaning hierarchies. But all are equal because of you. Grant us the humility and courage to treat one another accordingly. God of Outsiders . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Accept these gifts, O Lord, for the benefit of those in need.

Benediction

Leader: We are the Samaritan Woman,

People: and God has given us water to share with the world.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier





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