Submit Your Own!

June 28, 2015, 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Three-in-One offers us healing.

People: God calls us to life.

People: As we struggle with shootings and racism and other diseases,

Leader: Christ offers us hope, renewal.

People: The Savior stops the flow of blood

Leader: and raises us from the dead.

Invocation

Mother of restoration, we praise you for healing Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the hemorrhage. You do not always heal us as we wish, but you always heal us somehow. Help us to see your renewing power and to share it with a wounded world. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Out of the depths, we cry to you, Lord. Our faith has been frail. We have been stingy when it comes to helping others. We have made light of climate change. We have failed to reach out to you in response to your reaching out to us.

For the sake of the Savior, forgive us. We wait for your compassion with hope. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Through Christ, God redeems us from all our iniquities. The morning has dawned. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the Word, heal our souls.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we praise you for the Church, including Saints Peter and Paul. Teach us anew to be your agents of wholeness. Lord, (congregational response: our hope is in you.).

Papa, we thank you for our nation. Bless us as we celebrate its birthday. Keep us safe. Fill us with joy. Guide us to make this nation even greater when it comes to helping those in need. Heal our racism and other forms of oppression. Lord, . . .

Adonai, we exalt you for your splendid creation. Goad us to make more substantial action in response to climate change Lord, . . .

Saving God, heal all we mention [Add names], and humble us to help with the healing. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into your hands we place our prayers in the name of Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our gifts help those in need.

Benediction

Leader: Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit, has restored you.

People: We enter the week to be God’s helpers in healing. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




June 21, 2015, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Storms howl around us,

People: but Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit, is stronger.

Leader: Wind and waves, lightning and tornado—

People: God is stronger than all of them.

Leader: We are small,

People: but Christ’s power is gigantic.

Invocation

Abba, your strength is greater than any storm that surrounds us or attacks us from within. Continue to fortify our faith so that we can be a source of calm for a world often in chaos. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, we have sinned against you through words, thoughts, and actions. Our faith is quick to collapse. We fail to address our role in climate change and then blame you for wild storms. We surrender before Goliaths.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ, our heavenly Father forgives our sins. God washes all of them away. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Ruach, through the sermon, increase our faith. Yes.

Prayers of the People

We praise you, Mother, for the Church. We give special thanks for John the Baptist. Continue to show us how to navigate our ship through every kind of sea. We give thanks to you, God. (Congregational response: Your love endures forever.).

Papa Adonai, we praise you for fathers and all father figures. They have been a tremendous source of love, instruction, and comfort for us. Help us to continue to care for them and they for us. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Lord, summer is here! Yes! We glorify you for its beauty and fun. Keep us safe, and always remind us to care for those in need. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Elohim, often we neglect to take our human role in climate change seriously. Meanwhile, the weather grows wilder. Humble us to take serious and sustained action to stop this crisis. We give thanks to you, God . . .

We exalt you, Sovereign, for our nation and the entire planet. Grant us the courage to wage peace. We give thanks to you, God . . .

Abba, you are full of compassion. Heal all we mention now [Add names]. We give thanks to you, God . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Into your hands we place these prayers in the name of the Storm-Calming Savior. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Accept our gifts as expressions of our faith in you.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, fills us with calm even when we are in the middle of the hurricane.

People: Therefore, we have the power to help bring peace to the world today. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




June 14, 2015, Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: God, Trinity Farmer,

People: sows seeds for holy growth.

Leader: The small

People: becomes huge.

Leader: God’s power

People: produces abundance. Alleluia!

Invocation

Mother, you cultivate us to growth beyond what we can imagine. Continue to strengthen our resolve to scatter your seeds of loving action throughout a barren world. In the name of the Rabbi we pray by the Spirit’s breath. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Show us mercy, Abba. We do not cultivate spiritual growth because we are trying to “get ahead.” We fail to scatter your seeds. We do not trust that you can bring greatness out of the small. We judge according to appearances even though we claim to know better. We regard things by a human point a view, lacking confidence in you.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Jesus, our daddy forgives your sins, all of them. Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, water and fertilize us with the Word.

Prayers of the People

We thank you, Mother, for the Church, including brilliant leaders such as Macrina and the Cappadocians. Teach us how to foster growth. LORD, (congregational response: we triumph in th work of your hands.).

We thank you, Sovereign, for our nation, including the beauty and hope of our flag. Teach us to live according to our nation’s noblest ideals. LORD, . . .

We thank you, Caretaker, for your healing love. Heal those we mention [Add names]. LORD, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we place in your hands in the name of Rabbi Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May these gifts increase the harvest.

Benediction

Leader: God, Three-in-One, is our compassionate farmer,

People: so we are able to feed the world. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




June 7, 2015, Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: The Three-in-One is united and unites us.

People: A house divided will collapse.

Leader: The Holy Spirit leads us to follow Christ and the Creator.

People: Without the Spirit, the Church has no breath.

Leader: We are all part of God’s family,

People: among Christ’s closest kin.

Invocation

Mother, we praise you for adopting us. Continue to teach us how to live as family, focusing on unity instead of dysfunctional bickering over differences and rivalries. In the name of our Sibling Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

God of the Tree of Life, we come to you with our trespasses. Our desire to be like you has led us to fall. We fuss over differences instead of working as one. We are one family, the Church, but we allow disagreements to divide us. We reject your Spirit working among us, inside us.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Because of Christ, God has forgiven you, has picked you up, has fed you life. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, through the sermon teach us never to blaspheme against you.

Prayers of the People

Mother of Creation, we exalt you for your magnificent universe. Guide us to become more dedicated to conservation. Holy Parent, (congregational response: help us, members of your family.).

Papa, we praise you for the Church. Show us anew how to live out our unity. Holy Parent, . . .

Adonai, heal all who are close to us [Add names]. Holy Parent, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We pray in the name of the Spirit. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our offering for your glory and the good of others.

Benediction

Leader: God, Father, Son, and Spirit, has cared for us children

People: and sends us out to add to the family. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




May 31, 2015, Trinity Sunday, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

People: The Three-in-One,

Leader: Mother, Sibling, and Comforter,

People: Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier,

Leader: The Trinity,

People: sweeps us up into the music and dance of divine love. Alleluia!

Invocation

God, we exalt you for your agapic acts of creation, redemption, and sanctification. Help us, despite our small understanding of you, to live according to your love. In the name of Jesus we pray by the power of the Spirit. Alleluia! Amen!

Prayer of Confession

We, your children, have sinned against you, O God. We allow doctrine to divide us instead of service uniting us. We condemn the world instead of loving the world. You call us to serve you, but we make excuses not to or hope someone else will say yes. We ignore your voice. We live according to the flesh, turning our backs on the Spirit.

For the sake of the Crucified and Risen One, forgive us. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! God, Three-in-One, forgives you through the blood of Christ. Parent, Child, and Spirit are with you always. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Spirit, through the Word draw us closer to God.

Prayers of the People

Shape us, Mother, to live according to Triune-love. Lord, (congregational response: we pray in your strong name.).

Guide us, Jesus, to take care of creation and to help the poor. Lord, . . .

Direct us, Spirit, to help those in need. Heal all we mention now [Add names]. Lord, . . .

We love summertime! Keep us safe and ever focused on you, Abba. Lord, . . .

We thank you, Savior, for Mary’s visitation with Elizabeth. Teach us anew how to support one another. Lord, . . .  

Bless all graduates, Sophia. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

By the Strong Name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

In gratitude for your Three-Love we offer these gifts.

Benediction

Leader: In the name of the Trinity

People: we love, not just those we like, but the world entire. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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