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…
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.
I found this great new text by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette at her website here. It is sung to the tune of AURELIA (to which “The Church’s One Foundation” is often sung). It is based off the gospel lectionary passage for this upcoming Sunday, November 3rd (24th Sunday after Pentecost – Year C). Enjoy!
Zacchaeus was a tax man who one day climbed a tree,
For he was short in stature and said he could not see.
And yet he had a problem that mattered even more:
He didn’t see the suffering his greed had caused the poor.
O Lord, you saw Zacchaeus — so wealthy, yet alone.
You said, “Come down — and hurry! I’m coming to your home.”
For you broke bread with sinners and saw within each one
A person loved and treasured — God’s daughter or God’s son.
It wasn’t just the treetop that helped Zacchaeus see;
Your love and welcome showed him how different life could be.
He said that he’d start over and work to make things fair;
He’d speak the truth, bring justice, and find new ways to share.
O Christ, you bid us welcome and help us all to see!
May we respond by building a just society.
Then children won’t be hungry and all will share your bread.
Then those who now must struggle will live in joy instead.
For more great hymns by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, check out her website here.
The following is a Holy Week Devotional Guide organized by Hillary Ann Golden via asacredjourney.net. The opening prayers for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are taken from prayers previously posted on this blog. May God continue to bless you through this Holy Week as we prepare to praise the Risen Christ! You can download this free devotional guide here.
The following Call to Worship is from Rev. Teri Peterson of the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL
One: God has called us together to worship and work
All: young and old, men and women, newcomer and charter member.
One: God has called us together to love and to serve
All: introverts and extroverts, leaders and followers.
One: God has called us together to teach and to learn
All: faithful and doubting, hopeful and despairing, wise and foolish.
One: God has called us together to praise and to pray
All: singer and speaker and hearer, healer and in need of healing.
One: God has called us together to be the church
All: and we are filled with gifts to be God’s people!
your love reaches the heavens
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
As we are gathered to proclaim this grace,
send your Spirit into this holy place
that we might not go forth unchanged
to live as we once did.
Stir within us an utterance of wisdom and wonder.
Fill our lungs with a breath of your peace.
Manifest in us your servants before you
the courage we need to love and to serve you.
Gather us here and send us all forward
to follow the Christ who forever leads onward.