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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




November 16, 2014, Proper 28, Year A
By David von Schlichten

November 16, 2014

Proper 28, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, entrusts us with holy wealth—

People: time, material goods, and abilities.

Leader: We are not to bury this wealth

People: but are to use it for the glory of God,

Leader: including through helping those in need,

People: and when we help those in need, we help Christ.

Invocation

Generous Mother, we praise you for the talents you place in our hands. Continue to show us how to use these talents according to your will. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Lord, we owe you a debt that we cannot repay. We are wasteful with what belongs to you. We are timid about using the talents that you place in our care. We are full of excuses not to act. We fall asleep. We are in zombie-mode, failing to live as people of the light. We neglect to wear the armor you have forged for us.

In the name of the Savior, forgive us. Wake us up. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Good news! Because of Christ, God forgives your sins—all of them! The Lord has paid the debt that we could never pay. Rejoice, wide awake!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon, lead us away from being the walking dead in the dark to being the living in the light. Amen.

Prayers of the People

Master, we are grateful to be part of your Church. As your children, continue to teach us how to make good use of what you have entrusted to us. Unsleeping God, (congregational response: you bless us so we can bless others.).

Elohim of Deborah, we exalt you for our nation and humanity’s astounding diversity. Enlarge our willingness to give to those in need and to work for peace. Guide us to conserve our resources more responsibly. Unsleeping God, . . .

Lord, the weather is getting colder, the season busier. Strengthen us during this stressful time, that we may give and receive help according to your love. Unsleeping God, . . .

Mistress of Mercy, heal those we mention [Add names], and direct us on how to help with the healing. Unsleeping God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We give back to you as your stewards.

Benediction

Leader: Your wealth, O Three-in-One,

People: we share with others. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




November 9, 2014, Proper 27, Year A
By David von Schlichten

November 9, 2014

Proper 27, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: The Three-in-One calls us to be prepared for the delay of the bridegroom.

People: When it comes to God, sometimes we have to wait.

Leader: Make sure you have plenty of oil.

People: We are to be ready for the delay.

Leader: In all times, Christ is with us.

People: We can be faithful because God is faithful to us.

Invocation

Mother, we know that the End can come at any instant. Guide us to be prepared by always focusing on loving you and one another. In the name of the Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Abba, our sins are long and deep. We are often inattentive to you. Sometimes we sleep through life. We are quick to grow weak in faith when it appears that you are absent. We tend to forget the covenant and live without you in mind until we need something.

For the sake of the Messiah, forgive us. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of the Sacrifice, Abba forgives you. Your sins are no more. Keep awake. Be ready with plenty of oil.

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, through the Word, keep our flasks full.

Prayers of the People

Almighty, we thank you for the Church of all ages, especially for extraordinary reformers such as Martin Luther. Continue to show us how to refill our flasks for the sake of the common good. Merciful God, (congregational response: grant us wisdom).

We praise your for our beautiful nation and the entire creation. Expand our dedication to conserving resources and caring for all living creatures. Lead our nation to be compassionate toward those in need. Merciful God, . . .

We are grateful for our veterans, Mother. Lead us to take better care of them, and humble us to be more determined to end war. Merciful God, . . .

Lord, we know that the end can descend anytime. Show us anew how to be ready. Merciful God, . . .

Elohim, your healing power astounds us. Heal [Add names], and empower us to assist with caring for others. Merciful God, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We dedicate this offering to you, putting you first.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Spirit, gives you plenty of oil,

People: which we share with all in need. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




November 2, 2014, Proper 26/All Saints Sunday, Year A
By David von Schlichten

November 2, 2014

Proper 26, Year A

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Although we have earthly parents,

People: ultimately our one parent is God.

Leader: Because the Parent is holy,

People: we are holy, part of the communion of saints.

Leader: Remembering that Christ humbles the exalted and exalts the humble,

People: we endeavor to be humble. Yes!

Invocation

Source of Holiness, even though we are sinners, you have made us into saints. Lead us to live according to the holiness that you have bestowed upon us. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we come to your with our sins, investing in your magnanimity. Sometimes we show off, worrying more about impressing people than about doing what is right. We obsess over sources of prestige such as wealth, education-level, and physical attractiveness. At times we place heavy burdens on others in order to save ourselves. We say that we put you first but then revere human leaders more than you.

For the sake of the Crucified and Risen, forgive us. Please. Amen.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of the death and resurrection, you, the saints, have life forever. Our Mother forgives your sins. Blessing!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, show us how to live as the holy ones.

Prayers of the People

Abba, as millions of us Americans go to the polls, guide us to vote according to you, not according to our society’s many faulty dictates. Lord of Beatitude, (congregational response: you sanctify us.).

Ima, we thank you for the Church. We remember with poignant gratitude those who have died and gone onto heaven [Add names]. Lead us to continue to learn from them. Lord of Beatitude, . . .

The climate continues to shift, God, and we continue to be complacent. Inspire us to take the crisis seriously. Lord of Beatitude, . . .

Your healing power endows us with hope. Heal all we mention [Add names]. Lord of Beatitude, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We know you hear us. Thank you. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

With thanksgiving we present this offering.

Benediction

Leader: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, this week we practice, not boasting or self-hating, but holy humility

People: because Christ has made us holy. Yes.

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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