Submit Your Own!

May 24, 2015, Sunday of Pentecost, Year B
By David von Schlichten

May 24, 2015

Sunday of Pentecost, Year B

Call to Worship

Leader: Christ is risen, ascended.

People: The Holy Spirit has descended. The Advocate has come!

Leader: Alleluia!

People: Alleluia!

Leader: Our differences are no longer an obstacle.

People: The Spirit brings us together. Alleluia!

Invocation

Holy Spirit, we exalt you for coming to us, inspiring us, enable us to believe in Christ. You are the breath of the Church. Continue to teach us the Truth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Yes! Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, sin weakens us. We downplay the importance of the Spirit. We focus on divisions instead of coming together. We are inactive, apathetic, like a valley of bones. We do not respect creation.

For the sake of Jesus Christ, the crucified, risen, and ascended, forgive us.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! The Sprit has interceded for us. Because of Christ, Mother-God forgives our sins. All of them. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Paraclete, teach us the language of the Word.

Prayers of the People

That the Church may continue to grow according to God’s love, we pray (congregational response: lead us, Holy Spirit.).

That we may honor those who have served our nation in the military, we pray . . .

That this summer may be full of joy, we pray . . .

That our graduates may find fulfillment in their next endeavors, we pray . . .

That God may heal the following [Add names], we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Ruach, receive our sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Benediction

Leader: The Trinity has filled us with the Holy Spirit.

People: We enter the world to speak the language of God. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




May 7, 2015, Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia, Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Leader: The Savior has ascended to the Right Hand

People: but is still closer to us than we are to ourselves.

Leader: Christ has prayed for us;

People: the Risen One abides with us. Alleluia!

Invocation

God of Prayer, we exalt you for the Savior dying, rising, ascending, and continuing to abide with us. As we leave the Easter season, inspire us never to leave behind Easter. By the power of the Spirit we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we have sinned. We pull away from you instead of abiding with you. We follow the advice of the wicked, take the path that sinners tread, and sit in the seat of scoffers. We make ourselves like rootless plants, like dust in the wind.

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

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ has died and risen for your sins. God forgives all your trespasses—no exceptions. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, come to us.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we thank you for the Church, including apostles such as Matthias. Lead us all to celebrate Easter throughout the year and to be receptive to the Spirit. God of Oneness, (congregational response: hear our prayer.).

Papa, we praise you for the gift of prayer. Shape us to use it according to your glory. God of Oneness, . . .

We exalt you, Sovereign, for our nation and the entire world. Humble us to fight less and love more. God of Oneness, . . .

Merciful Lord, continue to bless Nepal as the people and animals struggle to recover. God of
Oneness, . . .

Adonai, heal everyone we mention [Add names], and tutor us to be your agents of healing. God of Oneness, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we elevate to you in the name of Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We present this offering to our High Priest. Alleluia!

Benediction

Leader: Christ has died.

People: Christ is risen.

Leader: Christ is ascended.

People: The Spirit is coming. Alleluia. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




May 10, 2015, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

May 10, 2015

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

 

Call to Worship

Leader: Christ is risen! Alleluia!

People: Christ has ascended but is still with us. Alleluia!

Leader: We are connected to the vine.

People: The Supreme Mother abides in us.

Leader: We abide in Jesus’ love.

People: Christ is above and within.

Invocation

Mama, we thank you for raising the Son from the dead and then back to heaven. Continue to teach us that, no matter how terrifying this world is, Christ is alive and reigns over us. Yes! Alleluia!

Prayer of Confession

Mother, we always need your mercy, beseech you for it. We fail to keep your commandments, including by being unkind toward mothers, taking them for granted. We twist them to our own agenda. We justify our violations of them. We ignore the ones that are too difficult or do not suit us. We also torture ourselves with guilt when we break certain commandments, minimizing the power of the cross.

For the sake of the Ascended Author of Life, forgive us our sins. Restart us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ from the Throne declares your forgiveness. All your sins: sponged away. Gone. You are new. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Paraclete, through the Word, make us more receptive to your presence in our lives.

Prayers of the People

Full of gratitude for the miracle of the Ascension, we pray (congregational response: hear us, Easter Lord).

For mothers and other mother figures, that we may care for them in imitation of your love, we pray . . .

For the Church, that it may follow the example of Saint Matthias and all the Apostles, we pray . . .

For our nation and the world, that we may work together for lasting peace for everyone, we pray . . .

That we may be wiser and humbler caretakers of the planet and all its inhabitants, not just the human ones, we pray . . .

For your maternal healing-touch for those we mention now [Add names], we pray . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

We elevate these prayers in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

Receive our gifts for the benefit of those in need, especially the poor.

Benediction

Leader: Alleluia! The risen Christ is seated at the Right Hand of God

People: but is also with us always. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




May 3, 2015, Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Leader: The Resurrected One is the vine.

People: The Father is the vinegrower.

Leader: God abides in us, we in God,

People: so we bear much fruit. Yes!

Invocation

Mama, you nourish us to grow and produce acts of love. Continue to cultivate us toward ripe and full works of kindness. In the name of Easter Savior we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Agapic God, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. We have failed to bear good fruit. We say we love you but then neglect to love our siblings. We are quick to judgment, disdain, and prejudice. We miss opportunities to teach one another about your mercy. We are all lament and no gratitude. We forget about Easter joy.

For the sake of Christ, who rose from the dead, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The tomb could not hold him, so sin cannot hold you. God, who is merciful and just, forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Paraclete, teach us to abide in the Word.

Prayers of the People

Abba, you have continued to cultivate, water, and sun the Church. We are grateful for leaders such as Saint Monica. As we struggle with issues such as violence and growing secularism,  encourage and embolden us. Abiding Lord, (congregational response: teach us to bear more fruit).

Ima, we thank you for our southern neighbor, Mexico. Heal us of our prejudices and stereotypes regarding Mexicans. Humble us to show greater love for them, including by responding to illegal immigrants with compassion. Abiding Lord, . . .

God of Healing, we are heartbroken over the earthquake in Nepal. Increase our outreach to those in need. Continue to challenge us to do more to help that struggling nation. Abiding Lord, . . .

Shalom-Adonai, the violence in Baltimore has been awful. Teach us humans anew how to express our outrage over injustice without resorting to violence. Abiding Lord, . . .

Mother, with poignant tenderness you have cared for our bodies, minds, and souls. Heal all who are on our minds now [Add names]. Enlarge our concern for others. Abiding Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

These prayers we lay at your feet in the name of the Risen One. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

May our offering be an expression of love for you and our siblings in need.

Benediction

Leader: Christ is risen! The vine abides in us.

People: We the branches bear fruit for a barren world. Yes!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




April 26, 2015, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B
By David von Schlichten

Call to Worship

Leader: Alleluia, the Shepherd is risen!

People: The Shepherd is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Leader: The hired hand abandons the sheep.

People: The wolf attacks the sheep.

Leader: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

People: We hear Christ’s voice and follow. Yes!

Invocation

Mother, we continue to rejoice over the Resurrection. We praise you for the Shepherd who makes us lie down, leads us, protects us, feeds us. Keep our hearts open to the Voice, and continue to teach us how to bring others to your love. Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Father, forgive us. Often we do not know what we are doing. We fail to trust you in Death Valley times. We are wasteful and harsh with the planet and its creatures. We live as if we have unlimited resources even though they are shrinking. We fail to love in truth and action. We allow our hearts to condemn us, ignoring the Good News. We do not obey Christ’s commandments, do not abide in God.

For the sake of the self-sacrificing Shepherd, forgive us. Please. Yes.

Words of Assurance

Alleluia! Our Papa, because of the Shepherd, forgives your sins—all of them. No exceptions. Alleluia!

Prayer of Inspiration

Holy Spirit, open our ears anew to the Voice.

Prayers of the People

Mother, we exalt you for the Church, future, past, and present, especially wise leaders such as Apostles Philip and James. Teach us to follow you more faithfully. Lord, (we are your sheep.).

Sovereign, we worry about our nation. We long for peace around the world. Embolden us to wage peace. Lord, . . .

Creator, this planet and all its inhabitants are magnificent. Astounding. We are so reckless with it all, arrogant. Heal us to get serious about caring for creation. Lord, . . .

Supreme Physician, we thank your for your care. Heal all we mention [Add names]. Empower us to help care for those in need. Lord, . . .

You may add other praises and petitions here.

Each prayer we place in your hands by the power of Christ. Amen.

Offertory Prayer

We set before you these gifts for your glory.

Benediction

Leader: The Risen Shepherd has called and fed you.

People: We enter the week to share Shepherd-Love with everyone. Alleluia!

 

David von Schlichten, poedifier




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