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Confession based on Psalm 32 | Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Liturgy by Stephen M. Fearing.

I haven’t been writing a lot of liturgy lately so I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  Here is a call to confession, prayer of confession, and assurance of pardon for this upcoming Sunday, November 3rd, 2013.  It is based off of Psalm 32.  As always, I welcome your thoughts!

Call to Confession:

The Psalmist tells us that our silence causes us to waste away.
There is so much that is heavy upon us,
so much that we carry.
so much that we dare not utter.
Let us dare together to declare our brokenness.
Let us no longer remain silent.
Let us acknowledge our sin to God.


God of Goodness and Mercy,
You created us good and we have not lived up to your expectation.
We have stayed silent when we should have spoken.
We have spoken when we should have stayed silent.
We have tried to hide from you rather than trust your protection.
We have been chosen to be covered by our sin
     when we could have been covered by your goodness.
We have done all these things…
     We are doing all these things…
          We will do these things…
               Hear our prayer this day…

(silent confession)

God of Deliverance,
You create us even this day and in the days to come.
     This alone is our hope.
     This alone is our life.
     This alone is our salvation.
Create within us a hearts of repentance, trust, and faithfulness.
Surround us with glad cries of deliverance
     that we may hear your grace,
          receive your song,
          and sing your goodness.
This we pray in the name of our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon:

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Friends, hear the good news of the Gospel:
God has heard our cry,
God has forgiven us,
God has renewed us.
Hallelujah! Amen!

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“Death Has Died, No Longer Holds Us”

Well, here it is: my first ever attempt at hymnody. The following text that I have composed is structured as D. Suggested tunes are ABBOT’S LEIGH, BEECHER, HOLY MANNA, HYFRYDOL, HYMN TO JOY, and NETTLETON.

Death has died, no longer holds us;
God’s embrace and love endure.
Never ceasing, always blessing,
grace has found us, made us sure.
God the Alpha and Omega
gives us life anew each day.
Christ has died and Christ is Risen;
all our fears have passed away.

Text by Stephen Fearing.

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“Glory to God” | Sung Response to Assurance of Pardon

Here is a youtube video of a congregation singing one of my favorite parts of the upcoming Presbyterian Hymnal, “Glory to God.” The song is an adaptation of the Gloria Patri and is entitled “Glory to God (Whose Goodness Shines on Me)” by Paul Vasile. You can find the piano music here.

Although this song can be used as a “stand-alone” hymn, it works best as a sung response to the Assurance of Pardon. Enjoy!

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Assurance of Pardon (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following assurance of pardon is from the United Church of Christ.

Sisters and brothers, the power of resurrection is at work in us and with us!
Through the former things of our lives and in the new heaven and earth
that God is yet creating, the Spirit of Christ leads us
onto paths of victory over sorrow and death, disbelief and fear.
Receive God’s grace in the secret place in your heart,
where there are no words.
For the forgiveness of God is too marvelous for words. Amen.

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Assurance of Pardon | Palm/Passion Sunday (Year C)

I absolutely love this Assurance of Pardon submitted by Scott Cervas via LiturgyLink! Enjoy!

The bad news is…
no matter what you do or don’t do,
these lush, shiny, green palm leaves
are going to eventually wither, dry, and turn brown.

But the good news is…
no matter what you do or don’t do,
The tireless, relentless, limitless love of God
Always remains, unshakably, the same.

So let’s sing and give thanks to God!

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

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Assurance of Pardon | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Friends, hear the good news of the Gospel:
if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation!
Everything old has passed away;
everything becomes new!
I declare to you that, through Christ,
we have been reconciled with God.
Our sins are forgiven! Amen.

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Assurance of Pardon | Third Sunday in Lent (Year C)

From Feasting on the Word – Worship Companion, edited by Kimberly Bracken Long.

God’s love is sure and steadfast,
always providing a way out,
a way through,
a way back to God.
Through the waters of baptism,
we have died with Christ and are raised with him.
With gratitude, in faith,
we will walk the way of Christ.

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Assurance of Pardon | Second Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, hear the good news of the Gospel: Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and was buried. But that is not the end of that story…and it is certainly not the end of our own. For on the third day Christ rose from the dead, defeating death once and for all, so that you and I might live as a redeemed people. I announce to you this day, our sins are forgiven. Thanks be to God! Amen.

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