Submit Your Own!

August 30, 2015, Proper 17 (22)/Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Trinity teaches us to watch what comes out of us.

People: Adhering to cleansing rituals do not make us clean.

Leader: What emerges from our hearts

People: makes us clean.

Leader: May Christ teach us

People: how to live clean. Now!

Invocation

Lord of purity, our words are often foul dust in the air. Renew our commitment to cleaning out our souls and speaking, doing, and thinking according to hearts you have purified. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, our sins defile us. Often we speak deceit, fooling ourselves into thinking we are speaking the truth. We slander, do evil, and take up a reproach against our neighbors, all the while insisting that we are justified in our actions, the we are the victim.

For the sake of Christ, forgive us, purge us, make us worthy of your sanctuary.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God our Mother, because of Christ, has forgiven your sins. We may dwell on the Holy Hill. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, refine our speech with the Word.

Prayers of the People

Elohim, we are ever grateful for the Church, including leaders such as Gregory the Great. Purify our actions and words. God of mercy, (congregational response: cleanse our hearts).

Sovereign, we praise you for our nation. Guide the United States toward the end of violence at home and abroad. God of mercy, . . .

Abba, we adore your creation; we are honored to be a part of it. We are in an environmental crisis. Lead each of us to work together for the preservation of life on your planet. God of mercy, . . .

Mother, many are ill. Bless all we mention [Add names], and continue to show us how to do our part. God of mercy, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into your hands we place these words of prayer. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Accept our offering for your glory and for the good of those in need.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has washed us new.

People: We enter the week with careful speech. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 23, 2015, Proper 16 (21)/Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Three-in-One, clothes us in armor.

People: Christ feeds us himself as bread.

Leader: Whom else can we turn to?

People: No one. Only Trinity.

Leader: Christ has the words of eternal life.

People: Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, we are ceaselessly grateful for Christ our bread and for the armor you give us to protect us against evil. Lead us to use bread and armor for doing your work of advancing your love throughout the world. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord of Compassion, we have sinned. We often reject the nourishment you offer us. We fail to help share spiritual food with a starving world. We refuse to wear the armor, thinking we don’t need it. We are overconfident in ourselves, underconfident in you.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God feeds you and clothes you, forgives all your sins in the name of Jesus. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, help us to listen to the words of eternal life.

Prayers of the People

For the Church, including astounding leaders such as Saints Bartholomew, Monica, Augustine, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, we pray. (congregational response: You fortify us, O God.).

For our nation, that we may bring an end to gun violence and that we may significantly reduce our contribution to climate change, we pray . . .

For nations everywhere, that we may have lasting, durable peace, especially in the Middle East, we pray . . .

For an end to the wildfires in the west we pray . . .

For schools, that students, faculty, and staff may all teach and learn according to your love, we pray . . .

For those in need of healing [Add names], we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In the name of the Messiah we send these prayers to you, Our Mother. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our gifts honor you by helping to feed and protect those in need.

Benediction

Leader: Wearing the armor and full of the Bread, we enter the week

People: in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 16, 2015, Proper 15 (20)/Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Woman Wisdom urges us to the table.

People: Wisdom summons us to the Feast.

Leader: Jesus is the Bread.

People: We draw strength from the Body and Blood.

Leader: We do not get drunk on wine

People: but on the Spirit. Alleluia!

Invocation

Bread of Life, we exalt you for feeding yourself to us for our spiritual strength. The world can be violent, brutal, but you fortify us. You are the Source of Life. Yes! Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we are sinners. We listen to foolishness instead of Woman Wisdom. We enjoy stolen bread instead of the Bread of Life. We stuff our souls with junk instead of feeding upon Christ. We are quick to speak evil.

For the sake of Life-Bread, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ, Our Mother in heaven forgives us. Your sins: deleted. Forever. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Sophia-Spirit, reveal to us the Wisdom.

Prayers of the People

Abba, the Church is full of wisdom because of you. You have given us brilliant servants such as Bernard of Clairvaux. Teach us to share the Bread of Life with those in need. Because of you, LORD, (congregational response: we depart from evil and do good.).

Sovereign, our nation has its problems but is full of blessings because of you. Guide us as we strive to take better care of the planet, work for peace in the Middle East and an end to shootings here at home, and search for a new President. Because of you, LORD, . . .

Wisdom, education is priceless. Bless all those heading to school for the fall. Lead us to learn, not just so we can make more money, but primarily so we can help more people and animals in need. Because of you, LORD, . . .

Sagacity, heal all those we mention [Add names], and grant us the wisdom to know how to care for those in need. Because of you, LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We commend these prayers to you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offering help to feed the world.

Benediction

Leader: Three-in-One, Father, Son, and Spirit, has fed us the Bread.

People: We leave to share Wisdom with a world lost in foolishness. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




August 9, 2015, Proper 14 (19)/Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year 9
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Three-in-One,

People: make us imitators of you.

Leader: Bread of Life,

People: help us to feed the world with you.

Leader: We live in love

People: as Christ has loved us.

Invocation

God of Light, you fed our bodies and souls with thrilling nourishment. Continue to coach us on imitating you to help feed an emaciated, starving world that has grown fat on avarice and apathy. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. Yes.

Prayer of Confession

Out of the depths we cry to you, Mother. Hear our calling. Our bodies grow fat while our souls are all bones and our neighbors beg for our leftovers. We embrace falsehood. Cling to anger, thinking it gives us power and value. We justify speaking evil. We tear others down, declaring that we must be harsh if they are ever going to learn. We are obstinate about forgiving others but scornful that others do not forgive us.

For the sake of the Christ, forgive us. We wait for your mercy like guards waiting for first light.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Our Mother, because of Christ, forgives us. With God there is plenteous redemption and steadfast love. Dawn blazes!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, feed us. Please.

Prayers of the People

We are ever grateful, Abba, for the Church. We offer effervescent gratitude for your servant, Mary, the Mother of Christ, the Mother of all of us. Teach us to model ourselves after her. God of the Dawn, (congregational response: you redeem us.).

We praise you, Yahweh, for extraordinary servants such as Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Florence Nightingale. Continue to push us to do more for others. God of the Dawn, . . .

Adonai, we continue to hurt the planet and its inhabitants, human and non-human. Wise us up before all is lost. God of the Dawn, . . .

Mother, we find fascinating this vast and complex universe. We cannot wait to meet life from another planet. Help us, in our searches and studies, always to have the common good in mind. God of the Dawn, . . .

Lord, your healing power humbles and emboldens us. Heal all in need [Add names]. God of the Dawn, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers are yours in the name of Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offerings be bread for those in need.

Benediction

Leader: You have filled us with good things, Three-in-One,

People: and send us away to feed the hungry. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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




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