The following liturgy is from the United Church of Canada.
Like Zacchaeus, help us, O God,
to lose our fear of stepping outside our place,
of doing things differently,
of seeking Christ in our lives.
Christ’s invitation awaits us
to start anew,
to make amends,
to live in Christ’s way.
God of change and renewal,
we give thanks for your love
that makes this possible
for each one of us.
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.
“When Worry Breaks Our Troubled Hearts”
by Stephen Fearing
1. When worry breaks our troubled hearts
and hands that tremble fill with fear,
Creator, come and fix in us
the faith that knows your grace is near.
2. When gone seem days that once were fair
and eyes that cry seek peace above,
Redeemer, come and free in us
the fullness of your steadfast love.
3. When dread, despair, and death oppress
and feet but stumble, trip, and fall,
Sustainer, come and seal our hearts
with courage, peace, and love for all.
4. “I will be who I’ll be,” says God
to us who serve the Three in One.
We strive together ’til the day
when God, at last, sees all things done.
Suggested tunes: Prospect, Bourbon, Duke’s Street, Erhalt Uns Herr, and Hamburg.
With many thanks to Michael Morgan at Columbia Theological Seminary for his editorial and theological support!
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Emptier of Tombs:
you raised Jesus
from the grave
so all fears might be banished;
so the locked doors of our hearts
could be flung open;
so our quivering lips
could declare what
we have seen and heard.
Bright Glory of God:
as you stood in the middle
of your friends
on that first Easter night,
come among us now,
in this time and place,
showing us that death and sin
no longer stand in the way
of our life with you.
Breath of Peace:
so we may stand
with all who fear life;
take our hands in yours,
so we may serve all
who are broken with grief;
inspire us to share
the grace which has been breathed
into our very souls.
God in Community, Holy in One,
hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies via LiturgyLink.Net.
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submitted by Scott Cervas, Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky via LiturgyLink.Net.
a prayer of confession for the Second Sunday of Easter.
God, we are so much like the disciples that it isn’t even funny.
We’re afraid…scared to go outside and live resurrected lives;
scared to disconnect ourselves from systems that devalue other people;
scared to challenge the status quo,
because standing up to it will place us
on the outside of our own comfortable, privileged, lives.
Like Thomas, we want tangible proof, tangible results, and tangible rewards.
And until you deliver, we will stay where we are.
And where we are is exactly where we don’t belong.
So please, forgive our complacency,
and draw us to richer, fuller, resurrected lives,
even now, as we offer our silent confessions…
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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.
Christine Sine blogs here where you can find other wonderful liturgical resources.
God who created us
Suffers because of us
god who died upon the Cross
suffers for us
God who dwells within us
Suffers with us
And in God’s suffering we find hope
God, our suffering God
Your story brings us salvation
Without you the horrors of human suffering
Would be unbearable
Your story of life, death and resurrection
gives life meaning
Because of your suffering
a new world has broken into ours
Your suffering frees us from prison
Your suffering fills the hungry with good things
your suffering frees us to live in love, joy and peace
In your eternal resurrection world