Liturgy / Nov 26, 2017

CALL TO WORSHIP

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His mercy endures forever.

Hear what the Lord says: Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His mercy endures forever.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Father thank you that you are a God who invites his children to speak. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

You have fashioned the universe; you undergird all life with love—we thank you; God of all mercy... hear our prayer. 

For the beauty of earth; its natural wonders and its peoples—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

For laws that lessen oppression and further justice—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

You have gathered your church across times and places—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

For the acts of mercy and grace between neighbors, friends and strangers in our city—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

For businesses, block clubs, gardens and volunteers—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

For The Painted Door family—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

You are a friend at all times; you stick closer than a brother—we thank you; God of all mercy… hear our prayer. 

And for all who come to the feast of Jesus this morning, for the hearing of our ears, rejoicing of our minds, and stillness of our souls; God of all mercy... hear our prayer. 

Gracious Father, we are thankful. We trust in your mercy made known through your Son, Jesus, Christ our Lord. Amen.


In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’
— Abraham Kuyper

To walk in our own strength is to live in the dark, asleep to the new kingdom realities forged in the lordship of Jesus Christ. But we can wake from this slumber. Daylight has broken into our world, and he is offering himself to us. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, and walk as one fully awake. Receive this king; obey this king; know this king. He rules in righteousness. His words are light.


PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, we are asleep to your presence in our lives and in the world.
We are asleep to your will for us, the quiet urging of your Spirit. 

We are even asleep to ourselves, God; to our needs, desires, and true feelings, preferring instead to coast anxiously through life, not looking below the surface.
In our false comfort, we waste away, half living, unable to fully participate in the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Who will wake us from our sleep? Who will save us from ourselves?
Jesus, God made incarnate in man, rouse us from our slumber. Forgive us for our love of blindness and darkness. 

Our God is a loving father, never forsaking us, continually welcoming us into his presence with open arms.
Christ Jesus, we put on your presence and we put off our flesh, knowing that you faithfully hold us to you, forgiving our sins, shining through our faults, and binding us together as your body, your incarnation in the world. Amen.