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A Prayer of Jesus | Palm/Passion Sunday (Year C)

From the United Church of Christ. From the perspective of Jesus….

This time
there will be no flight into Egypt.
This donkey has too much to carry,
and too far.

The shadows wait for me,
around the table at Passover,
among those in high places
in the condemned cell,
on the hill outside.
Fear haunts my waking moments
and I cannot sleep.
Why has God forsaken me?

The crowd today is with me,
but not for long.
They are the powerless ones
(the ones who matter).
The ones who count
are counting.

Time is running out.
This time
there will be no flight into Egypt.

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A Communal Lament | Good Friday (Year C)

From the United Church of Christ.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far away?
I cry out to you by day, but you do not answer;
and at night, I find no rest.
I am scorned and despised, all who see me mock me and shake their heads.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Our ancestors trusted in you, cried out to you, and you delivered them.
They enthroned you with praise.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Yet you took me from the womb, and from my birth you have been my God.
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near.
My troubles surround me like lions ready to pounce.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are dust; my heart is like wax, melting inside; my tongue is dry and I cannot speak; my limbs are nothing, and my ribs are bare.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
My enemies encircle me; they stare and gloat;
they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
But you, O Savior, do not be far away!
O my Help, come quickly to deliver me!

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Benediction (1) | Easter Sunday (Year C)

The following benediction is from the United Church of Christ.

Go forth to live boldly,
as if death has no power over you.
Live as if your lives count for something–because they do.
God calls us in abundant love
to serve something greater than our own finite lives,
a greater cause for which we would even lay down our lives, as Jesus did.
For just as death on a tree could not stop the Christ,
so our lives in service to God become larger than ourselves,
part of the ever in-breaking realm of God—
that realm of justice and truth,
of enough for all and not too much for any one.
Go in peace, to love, to serve, and to proclaim:

One: Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Many: Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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Prayer of Invocation | Fourth Sunday in Lent (Year C)

The following prayer of Invocation is from the United Church of Christ.

O God, with gladness and expectation, we gather in this space today.
For you are the one who makes all things new.
You are the one who satisfies our hunger and restores our soul.
In this holy space, help us, your daughters and sons,
to know that you always love us.
Through our worship today,
help us to know that if we stray away from you,
you are always ready to receive us with open arms.
Prepare our hearts as we worship you
to welcome and embrace all of your children as you do us.
With gladness and expectation we pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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