Sunday Oct 8 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, 

with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

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Sunday Oct 8 Prayer of Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Father, we have forgotten to stir up one another to love and good works.
We have neglected to meet together, following the patterns of this world
and failing to encourage one another.
Rescue us from this ongoing and deliberate folly.
Save us from our sin and its ruin.

Great is the punishment we deserve. We have spurned the Son of God, profaned his blood,
and outraged the Spirit of grace. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Father, remind us of our better and abiding possession.
Grant us the confidence faith, and its great reward. 

We have need of endurance, so that in doing the will of God we may receive what is promised. For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;
but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him."
We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

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Sunday Oct 1 Prayer of Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

God, you are a generous Sovereign,
treating the last to come as you treat the first arrival.

You allow all your workers to rest --
those who began at the eleventh hour,
those who have worked from the first.

You are kind to the late-comer and see the needs of the early.
You give to one, and you give to the other.

Join, then, all of you; join in our Master's rejoicing!
You who were the first to come, and you who came after,
Come and collect now your wages.
Rich men and poor men, sing and dance together.
You that are hard on yourselves, and you that are easy, honor this day.
You that have fasted, and you that have not, make merry today.
The meal is ready; come and enjoy it.
The calf is fat; you will not go away hungry.
There's kindness for all to partake of and kindness to spare.

Away with the pleading of poverty.
The kingdom belongs to us all.

Away with the bewailing of failures.
Forgiveness has come from the grave.

Away with your fears of dying.
The death of our Savior has freed us from fear.

Death played the master, but He has mastered death.
The shadows seized a body and found it was God;
they reached for earth and what they held was heaven.
They took what they could see; it was what no one sees.
Where is death's sting? Where is the shadow's victory?

Christ is risen; the world below is in ruins.

Christ is risen; the spirits of evil are fallen.

Christ is risen; the angels of God are rejoicing.

Christ is risen; the tombs are void of their dead.

Christ has indeed arisen from the dead, the first of the sleepers.
Glory and power are his, forever and ever. Amen.

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Sunday Oct 1 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Joy to all creatures, honor, feasting, delight.
Dark death is destroyed and life is restored everywhere.

The gates of heaven are open.
God has shown himself man,
man has gone up to him a God

The gates of hell God has shattered,
the bars of Adam's prison broken.
From the earth comes singing and dancing

The light in the soul will never go out.
The fire of grace burns in us all.
Spirit, divine, in our bodies and our souls,
fed with the oil of Christ

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Sunday Sept 24 Prayer of Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

You, Lord, through your works have revealed the everlasting structure of the world. You, Lord, created the earth. You are faithful throughout all generations, righteous in your judgments, marvelous in strength and majesty, wise in creating and prudent in establishing what exists, good in all that is observed and faithful to those who trust in you, merciful and compassionate.
Forgive us our sins and our injustices, our transgressions and our shortcomings.

Do not take into account every sin of your servants, but cleanse us with the cleansing of your truth, and direct our steps to walk in holiness and righteousness and purity of heart, and to do what is good and pleasing in your sight and in the sight of our rulers.
Yes, Lord, let your face shine upon us in peace for our good, that we may be sheltered by your mighty hand and delivered from every sin by your uplifted arm.

Deliver us as well from those who hate us unjustly. Give harmony and peace to us and to all who dwell on the earth, just as you did to our fathers when they reverently called upon you in faith and trust, that we may be saved.
We render obedience to your almighty and most excellent name. Give harmony and peace to our rulers and governors on earth.

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Sunday Sept 24 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Since all things are seen and heard by God, let us fear Him, and forsake those works which proceed from evil desires; so that, through His mercy, we may be protected from the judgments to come.
For where can any of us flee from His mighty hand? Or what world will receive any of those who run away from Him?

For the Scripture says in a certain place, Where shall I go, and where shall I be hid from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I go away even to the uttermost parts of the earth, there is Your right hand; if I make my bed in the abyss, there is Your Spirit.
Where, then, shall anyone go, or where shall he escape from Him who comprehends all things?

Let us then draw near to Him with holiness of spirit, lifting up pure and undefiled hands unto Him, loving our gracious and merciful Father, who has made us partakers in the blessings of His elect.

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Sunday Sept 17 Prayer of Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Our Father, we sin against you and retreat in unbelief.
We would rather be in charge of ourselves than yield to your Spirit.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We sin against each other and lash out in anger.
We would rather exercise power than surrender our wills.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We sin against our bodies and dwell in shame.
We would rather atone for ourselves than be offended by your forgiveness.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are yours. 

We confess that we often do the very things we know we shouldn’t.
Our addictions and patterns hurt our families, neighbors and ourselves.
Have mercy on us. Remind us that we are no longer slaves to sin.

Move us beyond ourselves.
Beyond our routines, beyond our frustrations, beyond our endless efforts to satisfy ourselves.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Move us beyond ourselves and into your likeness, and newness, and oneness.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Open our eyes to the redeeming work of Christ.
You are establishing a new world where sex, money, and power benefit relationships,
instead of taking advantage of them.
Thanks be to God, who delivers us through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Teach us to look to the one who emptied himself unto death for the sake of His oneness with the world. In the name of this crucified Christ we pray. Amen.

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Sunday Sept 17 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

God has rescued us from the domain of darkness, 
and has transferred us to the kingdom of His Beloved Son.
We look to Him, our salvation. 

In Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
We look to Him, our righteousness. 

He is the image of the invisible God, 
and all things were created through Him and for Him. 
We look to Him, our creator. 

He is before all things, and in Him all things are held together. 
We look to Him, our sustenance. 

He is the head of the church, and all fullness dwells in Him. 
We look to Him, our unity. 

Therefore, as we have received Christ, let us walk in Him. 
He has reconciled all things to Himself, making peace through the blood of the cross. 
We look to Him, our peace. Amen.

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Sunday Sept 10 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

The people cry out, “God! Where are you in this storm!? How could this happen!?” Father God, we cry out with them. We don’t see your ways. We don’t trust you.
Lord have mercy on us.

The people cry out, “How could a loving God allow so much pain? Where is the comforter in the deaths of the innocent?” Father God, we cry out with them. We don’t trust you.
Christ have mercy on us.

The people cry out, “Where is God as the storm surges? Where is He in the drive-bys? Where is He in the wars that rage?” Father God, we cry out with them. We don’t see your ways. We don’t trust you.
Lord have mercy on us.

The people cry out, “We are alone. We are tired. We are scared. Where were You when we needed you, God? Where are you now?” Father God, we cry out with them. We don’t see your ways. We don’t trust you.
Christ have mercy on us.

Our faith is so weak God. We don’t see how this makes sense. Like Job, we are reaching for answers outside of our ability to understand. Please, show us Jesus here. Teach us the mystery that is Christ in us. The hope of glory.
We believe, help our unbelief. Amen.

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Sunday Sept 10 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Beloved of God, enter into this place and find your rest. Our God is a good and holy God, inviting us to Himself.
We will enter into this place. Lord, receive us.

Children of God, see before you the mystery of our salvation: Christ in us, the very hope of glory in you and in your family gathered here.
We will love one another and rejoice. Lord, embrace us.

O Saints of God, behold your savior: Jesus, a man of countless sorrows, who is acquainted with all our daily afflictions.
We will marvel at Christ here. Lord, open our eyes.

Though the troubles of this world are too many and the resources of this world too few, our God has promised us Himself.
We will trust in His promises, made known in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Sunday Sept 3 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Who is like you oh God, Father of all the living?
Who is like your Spirit who draws us to your Son?

Who is like your Son who took on flesh that we who are flesh might know you?
Were we once strangers, or worse, children who forgot the love of the Father?
Do we cower and hide, preferring the chains of tiny lit screens to your light?

Do we prefer clean rhetoric to clean hearts, enslaved by the need to self-justify?
Have we been paralyzed by fear? Trapped by the illusion that our failure would be our end?

But you, oh God, are our peace, our freedom.
Our striving finds its end in you.

We sing and are silent.
We sit still and dance for joy.

We cry heavy tears and laugh hearty laughs,
for you do not despise your wayward children.

Indeed, you only come ever further down,
into the darkness of our self-love,

that at the end of ourselves we would find you.

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Sunday Aug 27 Confession

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Father above, we come before you weak and worried at the calamities that surround us in this world. Help us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Lord, show us your mercy. Change our minds.

Though we are a blessed people with nearly every need cared for, we are stingy with the blessings you've given us. Help us. Teach us to care for the needs of one another, as you care for us.
Lord, show us your mercy. Change our hands.

Rather than marveling at the mosaic of our neighborhoods, city, country, and world, we are divided by our differences, huddling in niche communities. Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Lord, show us your mercy. Change our hearts.

As the world groans and shifts, we forget the ever-constant presence of your Spirit. We are tossed about by fads and fashions, rushing to position ourselves on the bleeding edge of every issue. Help us to see You. Teach us to hold fast to what is good.
Lord, show us your mercy. Change our wills.

Rather than outdoing one another in doing good, we do just enough to be respectable in the eyes of the world around us. Help us to see the folly of our ways and love one another with true affection.
Lord, show us your mercy. Change our spirits. Amen.

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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 27 Call to Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Beloved of God, come together in the unity that you share with one another.
Lord, We come to this place as many members of the same body. 

Our God is a loving Father, who has given us His Spirit that we may be patient and wait for the return of His son Jesus. 
Lord, we will rejoice in the hope that we have in You. 

As we live and move in our weakened frames, let us present ourselves as living sacrifices. 
Lord, may our lives be holy and acceptable spiritual worship offered to you. 

Though we walk amid darkness and gloom, we have light within us shining forth into this world. 
Lord, let our love be genuine, our hope joyful, and our prayer constant. 

Beloved of God, do not be overcome by evil. Your Lord has overcome death and woe. 
Lord, we will not be overcome by evil, but will overcome evil with Your good. 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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