Sunday Aug 20 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord, we have valued accomplishment and efficiency, certain that our strategic efforts will amount to something.
Forgive us for trusting ourselves as gods.

Lord, we have judged for ourselves what is worth our time and what is worthless.
Forgive us for trusting our own judgments instead of yours.

We have been preoccupied feeding our egos and our comfort. The kingdoms we pour our time and resources into are already crumbling.
Forgive us for rejecting your kingdom, and toiling after fleshly rewards.

We come humbly before you, our maker and redeemer.
We acknowledge that your ways often seem strange to us.

We confess that we are blind to so many aspects of your kingdom.
Jesus, open the eyes of our hearts.

King Jesus, you are attuned to every need, yet still you delight in extravagant beauty.
Jesus, may your splendor captivate our hearts.

Lord, you even invite us into your kingdom, bidding us taste, see, enjoy!
May your loving acceptance eternally satisfy our souls.

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Sunday Aug 20 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP 

To all who are caught the world’s narrative of sin and death, turn your eyes heavenward.
We turn to God our Father, for our aching hearts need a new story.

Your loving Father calls you into his story of love and redemption.
We turn to God our Father, for his word is life to us.

The word of God is rich and true, may it stir in us a new song.
Father, grant us eyes to see the Kingdom of heaven and hearts to treasure it.

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Sunday Aug 13 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Thus says God, the Lord, who created the Heavens and stretched them out,
“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; 
I will take you by the hand and keep you.”
Sing to the Lord a new song, 
his praise from the end of the earth.

I will give you as a covenant for the people, 
a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind.
Sing to the Lord a new song, 
his praise from the end of the earth.

I am the Lord; that is my name; 
my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
Let us give glory to the Lord, 
and declare his praise in the coastlands.

I will lead the blind in a way they do not know, 
in paths that they have not known I will guide them.
Let us give glory to the Lord, 
and declare his praise in the coastlands.

I will turn darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
Sing to the Lord a new song, 
his praise from the end of the earth.

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Sunday Aug 13 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Where is the hope for the traumatized? 
Where is the justice for children who have been taken advantage of, 
or the vindication for the falsely accused? 
Our Father, we confess that we often imagine a savior other than you. 
We imagine a mighty warrior, not a suffering servant.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to receive your Son.

We imagine versions of justice that are more swift and effective than yours.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to receive your Son.

We would rather have relief from our pain than wait for you to rescue us in full.
Forgive us, Lord. Teach us to receive your Son.

In becoming like us, you were abandoned by family and friends,
stripped of dignity, publicly humiliated, tortured and killed, though you were innocent.
Praise be to God, the one who sees us.

You defeated death, rose to life, and reconciled us with God.
Praise be to God, the one who rescues us.

Now Your Spirit intercedes for us, and prays for us according to our needs.
Praise be to God, the one who heals us.

You are the hope for the traumatized. In faithfulness you will bring forth justice;
You will not falter until it is established on the earth.
Praise be to God, Amen.

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Sunday Aug 6 Confession

CALL TO WORSHIP

Praise be to the Lord our God!
Praise be to the Lord! 

Church, who is the Lord? 
The Lord is our Father. 

What is he like? 
He loves us. 

Praise be to the Lord our God! 
Praise be to the Lord! 

 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Jesus, we are afraid that the lack we feel in the world is true. 
We do not trust your abundance.

We barely believe your life is extended to us, 
let alone to our brothers and sisters.

Don’t you remember us, God? 
We have been stretched to our breaking points. 
We are tired, hungry, thirsty, dirty, and poor. 

We are beggars! All we have left to give is ourselves! 
Can our weary bodies bear it? 

Broken and bruised, Jesus is here. 
Jesus, only your body can bear us. 

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Sunday Aug 6 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Praise be to the Lord our God!
Praise be to the Lord! 

Church, who is the Lord? 
The Lord is our Father. 

What is he like? 
He loves us. 

Praise be to the Lord our God! 
Praise be to the Lord! 

 

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Jesus, we are afraid that the lack we feel in the world is true. 
We do not trust your abundance.

We barely believe your life is extended to us, 
let alone to our brothers and sisters.

Don’t you remember us, God? 
We have been stretched to our breaking points. 
We are tired, hungry, thirsty, dirty, and poor. 

We are beggars! All we have left to give is ourselves! 
Can our weary bodies bear it? 

Broken and bruised, Jesus is here. 
Jesus, only your body can bear us. 

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Sunday July 30 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful God, we are overcome with the weight of the world
-- with shame, numbness, and darkness.
Our souls long to be whole,
but we turn from what would make us whole again and again.

Too often we retreat into familiar behaviors that keep us guarded and safe,
but cause a slow decay within us.
We repent of this way of living, Lord.
Forgive us and help us turn. 

We believe that we are not enough, so we scramble to make our lives look good to others,
or to feel ok with ourselves.
Will we always be afflicted by the need to prove ourselves worthy?
Deliver us from our stubbornness, Lord.

The Lord does not want us to prove ourselves.
The Lord welcomes us into himself just as we are
-- inadequate, incomplete, and broken.
The Lord is working in our brokenness to bring about our healing,
and the healing of the world.
How can we hold on to this truth, God?
Let us grow deep roots into the soil of your love,
trusting you and bearing fruit in season. Amen.

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Sunday July 30 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Open your hearts to the presence of the Lord.Congregation: We open our hearts to you, God. 
In our world there is a presence making itself known day by day. 
It is the presence of Christ, drawing all things to himself. 

Let us take part in Christ’s presence in the world, joining with our God in our work,
in things great and small, in things noticed and unnoticed. 
We pour out our lives as an offering for you and for others, Lord. 

Church, hear this as you go about your work: 
In quietness and confidence is your strength, 
In repentance and rest is your salvation. 
Let us dwell in the peace of your presence, 
God of our salvation. Amen. 

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Sunday July 23 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION 

Heavenly Father, the life of this world is a life of suffering.
Everywhere we look there is brokenness, sin, and pain.
We confess that we are a people prone to hopelessness in dark places.
We cannot see a way out of our despair.


In our grief and anguish, we turn to worldly vices, staring blankly at TV screens,
numbing our minds with drink, eating ourselves into comfort. We are in need of your Grace.
Lord, remind us that we will never be abandoned. 

In our pain, we believe it is up to us.
That we alone carry the weight of the world.
That we alone are left to fix it.
Lord, remind us that your love is sustaining.
Remind us that in you, all is possible. 


Father, for your people, you endured the weight of all sin, past and present.
You are both the Shepherd and the Lamb. You are the everlasting Light.
We lay our burdens at your feet that you may take them up. 
We praise the Light, for we have seen the darkness. Grant us your peace. Amen.

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Sunday July 23 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Body of Christ, let us prepare our hearts to receive the Lord, Giver of Life, Healer and Redeemer.
Lord, open our hearts and minds to receive your Word.

He is the Alpha and the Omega. Through Him, we have everlasting life.
Let our hands and feet be ready to worship you, Lord.

He is the Father and the Sacrificial Lamb. In him, all things begin and end. He is Creator of all things, and we beloved characters in the tale of His glory.
Lord, let words of praise spring from our lips. Let songs of praise pour from our mouths.

The Lord God is our Savior, our only need.
We are sustained by His hands and nourished by His word.
Heavenly Father, we gather to worship in need of your sustaining love.
Still our minds and grant peace to our souls as we hear your Word.

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Sunday July 16 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

We come to you Lord God, for we are weary of the way things are.
Forgive us, Lord, for we have blamed you for the injustice we see all around us. 

This world’s promises have amounted to nothing, 
and in our disappointment we have despised your creation. 
Forgive us Father, for you so loved the world, that you sent us your own son. 

Some of us are disappointed to find that we have cherished the things you call “foolish.”
The world’s praise of intelligence, power, success, and material gain has drawn us in. 
Lord God, we confess that we have often pursued our own glory. 

Some of us are disappointed that we seem to have no place here, no measurable success,
no remarkable intelligence or knowledge, no external recognition or importance. 
Lord God, we confess that we have longed for this world to approve of us. 

Yet Lord, you call us out of our illusions and our disappointment, and into yourself. 
In you, Jesus, we find the birth of a new kind of kingdom in our very midst. 

In your weakness, poverty, suffering, and selflessness, Lord Jesus, 
the values of our flesh are utterly crushed. 
Your love surpasses all our understanding. 

Father God, your perfect wisdom is Christ. He is for us. He is ours. 
Surely you have given us every good thing. 

We are your people, and your kingdom is our true home. 
King Jesus, may our faith become sight.

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Sunday July 16 Call to Worship

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

All who have gathered here, come now before the Lord.
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows our hearts. 

Though many frustrations and concerns tug upon your hearts, 
bring them before the Lord. 
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows our burdens. 

Open your hearts to him, for the Lord is gracious to receive you. 
We will come to the Lord, for surely he knows us by name. 

To the Lord belong all wisdom and power, open your hearts to his Word and find life. 
We will come to the Lord, for surely his wisdom will satisfy our hearts.

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Sunday July 9 Confession

CALL TO WORSHIP

Brothers and sisters, let us gather to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
We come to worship the living God, giver of Life. 

He is the alpha and the omega; through his resurrection we have received our salvation. 
It is right to give Him thanks and praise. 

We praise the one who has defeated death, so that we too might live. 
We praise you Lord, defeater of death. 

We come to give thanks to the ruler of all, the Almighty, 
the King of All Kings, whose love is perfect and has no end. 
Thank you Lord Jesus. May we come to worship with glad hearts. 
Let us lay down our burdens at your feet.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Lord Jesus, we confess that we have made an idol of achievement. 
Our lives are a never-ending scramble to be seen as perfect – 
perfectly successful, perfectly happy, perfectly curated on our social media.
Congregation: Lord, remind us of the truth. Remind us of your call in Jesus Christ. 

We are a people weary with fear of failure.
We forget each day that this life is temporary and that our true home is with you, Lord. 
Heavenly father, humble our hearts and remind us that we are your children. 

We cling so dearly to our list of accomplishments. Help us to count them all as loss. 
Remind us of the power of your resurrection, Lord, 
that we may share your sufferings and become like you in death. 

Lord, you are a good and gracious King. Your achievements have no end, 
and all creation is in your hands. We have no need but you. 
Thank you Lord Jesus.
You have conquered death so that we may forget our earthly successes and follow you. 

You alone are our salvation.
Amen.

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Sunday July 9 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Brothers and sisters, let us gather to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.
We come to worship the living God, giver of Life. 

He is the alpha and the omega; through his resurrection we have received our salvation. 
It is right to give Him thanks and praise. 

We praise the one who has defeated death, so that we too might live. 
We praise you Lord, defeater of death. 

We come to give thanks to the ruler of all, the Almighty, 
the King of All Kings, whose love is perfect and has no end. 
Thank you Lord Jesus. May we come to worship with glad hearts. 
Let us lay down our burdens at your feet.

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Sunday July 2 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful father, we come to you with the weight of shame on our backs. It is so heavy that we are reluctant to come to you, reluctant even to bring to mind what causes our shame.
Forgive us, Lord, for your mercy is great.

We so often hide ourselves away rather than bare our shame to you, and in doing so, we are eaten away by it.
Expose us, Lord. Bring us out of our hiding and into your presence. 

When we hide, we hurt not only ourselves, but others also: our families, friends, and neighbors.
Forgive us, Lord, and give us strength to bare our weaknesses to one another.

Why is the weight of sin so heavy? Why does the need to hide feel so strong?
Free us from the weight of sin, Lord. Lead us by the hand into the new life you’ve promised us.

Church, let us drink fully this cup of sorrow—sharing our pain, faultiness, and inadequacy with one another, knowing that when we do this, God leads us through sorrow and into joy.
Thanks be to God, our joy and our salvation. Amen.

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Sunday July 2 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

People of God, trust in the Lord, and do good.
We trust in you, God. In your presence we find safety and rest.

Take delight in the Lord.
We delight in you, God. Your love sustains us day to day.

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Lord, make our innocence radiate like the dawn, and make the justice of our cause shine like the noonday sun.

The Lord delights in every detail of our lives.
Even when we stumble, we do not fall, for we are upheld by your hand, Lord.

Be still in the presence of the Lord.
We will dwell in your presence, Lord, and wait for you in expectation. Amen.

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Sunday June 18 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Heavenly father, we are people privileged to have much. Yet, we come to you so often, not with the needs of our broken hearts, but with our petty desires.
Forgive us Lord, we are ungrateful in our selfishness.

We ask for so much, but do we praise you? Do we thank you for all that you have given us?
Forgive us Lord, we forget our many blessings and take for granted our salvation.

We confess that we are takers, selfish in our need to thrive. We do not praise your name as often as we are asking something of it.
Forgive us Lord, we are quick to forget your works.

Yet in this mess, you love us Lord, in spite of ourselves. It is you who has made us, and we are yours.
The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever, his faithfulness to all generations. 

Lord, help us to delight in your creation. Remind us of your greatness, for you are the Creator of all things. You are our Redeemer, our Life, our God.
Praise be the name of the Lord. Amen.

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Sunday June 18 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, for we praise a living God!
Let praises to the Lord be in our mouths.

Praise the name of the Lord, the creator of all life.
Blessed be the name of the Lord. 

Let princes and rulers of all nations sing his praise.
Let them praise the name of the Lord.

May the sun and the moon bend to meet him, may the stars shine only for him. May the mountains and rivers sing his glory. May the earth resound, and everything in it.
Let us praise the name of the Lord.

Let us come into his presence with gladness and singing, for he alone is our salvation.
Blessed be the name of the Lord; he alone is exalted!

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Sunday June 11 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Loving Father, we have traded your glory: your love and abundant life, 
for the glories of our own designs which are cold, heavy, and lifeless.
We have become like the things we have love, Father:
we feel cold, heavy, and lifeless.

We have traded the glorious songs of your praise, which remind us who you are, 
For the empty silence of our death: we have forgotten who you are.
Bring your praises to our lips: remind us of your glory that we would again trust in you. 

Lift our heads, mighty Father: pry open our rusted gate.
O God who fights for us, come in.
Conquer our cold, silent death and reign in your glory,
that we might know that perfect peace of Christ.

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