Worship Order for
O God, Author of eternal light, lead us in our worshiping this day; that our lips may praise you, our lives may bless you, our meditations may glorify you; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Adapted from Sacrum Breviary, 11th
p. 86, For All Who Minister, Brethren Press, 1993
Gracious God, hear our confession.
Our faith is uncertain,
our forgiveness slow,
our conviction weak,
our compassion wavering.
We have exalted the proud and powerful,
put down the weak,
saturated the rich with good things,
neglected the poor,
sent the hungry away empty-handed.
We have helped ourselves.
Show us your mercy,
Help us show mercy,
through your Son, our Savior. AMEN
Adapted from the musical "Prayer Phrases"
by Harris J. Loewen, ©1986
"Hiding from God"
on the Rainbow," by Ruth Gilmore, this is imaginative way
of re-telling the story of Jonah (especially chapter 1 of this Old
Testament book), using a large blanket. The basic truth revealed
is that no one can hide from God. Buy Gilmore's book if you want
to read more.
our Tithes and Offerings
not hide from God, nor from God's call to go to Ninevah. We, also,
cannot hide from the One who calls us beyond our comfort zones.
Our offerings are never to be understood as the price we pay for someone
else to do what God calls us to do. To place our
gifts into the plate is not an escape. Rather it is one way we can
participate in God's call.
As the ushers
receive our offerings, ponder where God might be calling you to go
this week. What is your response?
not singing from the belly of the whale. At least I hope none of
are. Help us not to board the wrong boat. If we do, spit us out on
the beach and guide us forward in the direction you call us to go.
We dedicate not this money, but ourselves to the mission you set
before us. In Jesus, we pray. Amen.
God, we come before you this day as a diverse family, bringing
the energy of youth, and
the wisdom of age;
the steadiness of an adult, and
the freshness of a child;
the arms of love, and
the eyes of faith.
But, God, we work in a world that overwhelms even our collective gifts:
we know more violence than we can calm;
soothe the people, Lord;
we know more suffering than we can touch;
heal your children, God;
we know more anger than we can mediate;
reconcile all people, Lord;
we know more indifference than we can energize;
inflame the people, God;
we know more sin than we can confess;
forgive your children, Lord.
Thank you, God,
for your life,
when exhaustion stops all effort;
for your calm,
when impatience dulls our judgment;
for your pardon,
when pettiness sharpens our tongue;
for your encouragement,
when failure destroys our esteem.
We pray in the name of the one from Galilee,
through whom all our work succeeds,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
by Eugene F. Roop
p. 118-119, For All Who Minister, Brethren Press, 1993