Oct 10, 2014

Call to Worship: Matthew 22: 1-14

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Matthew 22: 1-14.  It was written by Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, pastor of the First Church Congregational in Rochester, New Hampshire.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 22: 1-14)

In the midst of fear and anger;
in the midst of mayhem and destruction, God calls us.
With everything else going on, who has time for a feast? 
We're busy, we'll get around to eating eventually.
In the midst of our anxiety, our worry;
in the midst of bill-paying and appointments, God invites us.
We are tempted to just grab a bite,
a sandwich between errands,
a snack we can eat while driving, or checking email,
or working on today's big project.
The feast is spread!
All are invited, all are welcome!
We are invited.  We are welcome.  We are worthy. 
How will we respond?

~ written by Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, Pastor at First Church Congregational, Rochester, NH.  She blogs at http://sermonizing.wordpress.com/

Prayer for those in the wilderness

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by the wanderings of the Israelites in the wilderness.  It was written by Martha Spong, and posted on RevGalBlogPals (see below for link).

Prayer of Intercession

Holy One,

We pray for the wanderers.
We have been among them,
seeking your path,
wondering where to turn next.
Like the Hebrew people of old,
we find ourselves in the wilderness.
How will we survive?

We pray for the discarded.
We have been among them,
not chosen for the team,
left behind by the friends,
rejected by the one we loved.
Like Hagar with her child,
we have wondered how we will live.
Where will we find a way to quench our thirst?

We pray for the lost.
We have been among them,
unsure of our direction,
unwilling to ask for assistance,
or unable to find a guide.
Like the Israelites,
lost for 40 years,
we need your law of love to lead us.

We pray for the restored.
We have been among them,
at long last welcomed
in the place for which we longed,
secure in our identity
as your beloved children.
When we come into your home,
let us share our joy
tempered by the knowledge
that we would be nowhere
without your grace and mercy.

Grant that grace and mercy to us continually, we pray. Amen.

~ written by Martha Spong, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.  http://revgalblogpals.org/

Oct 8, 2014

Prayer for those in transition

Here’s a prayer of intercession from John Ballenger’s preacher musing blog.

Prayer for Others

We pray this day, O God,
for those in transition—

for those getting married,
for those with new borns—
and infants and toddlers
and preschoolers
and elementary aged children
and tweens and high school aged youth—
for all the transitions of parenting—
and of growing up—
for graduates—
finishing and preparing to begin—
something else,
for those who have been diagnosed,
for those awaiting surgery,
for those in treatment—
in therapy, in recovery,
for those in hospice,
for those in grief—

recognizing that we are all,
in truth,
in transition—
from what was,
through what is,
into what is yet to be.

And so we pray for liminal time—
for the good and the hard gifts of thresholds,
that they might be for us a thin place—
a thin time—
so very fleeting,
and yet,
eternally full
of Your presence, our God.

This we pray, in the name of Jesus,
who was and is,
and will be
with us,
Amen.

~ written by John Ballenger, pastor of Woodbrook Baptist Church (www.woodbrook.org ) in Baltimore, MD.  Posted on a preacher musing. http://preachermusings.wordpress.com/

Oct 6, 2014

Prayer: Your Steadfast Love Renews Us

Here’s a prayer of commitment from Thomas Turner’s Everyday Liturgy site.

Prayer

God of goodness and mercy,
of gentleness and kindness,
of righteousness and faithfulness:
be the light of our salvation
and sustain our souls.

We offer the daily tasks
that consume us to you,
for we accomplish nothing
without your grace.

We submit to your will,
that we should love you
with our everything
and love our neighbors,
and even our enemies,
as ourselves.

Renew us and transform us
by your steadfast love
into the people of God.
Amen

~ written by Thomas Turner, and posted on EverdayLiturgy. http://everydayliturgy.com/

Oct 1, 2014

Litany at the Table: Sharing Bread

Here’s a communion litany from the Third Space website.

Lord’s Supper Litany

In our sharing bread today we include in companionship
the saints alive and the saints resurrected.

In our sharing of bread today we include in companionship
the poor, marginalized and rejected of this world.

In our sharing of bread today we include in companionship
those known to us and those not known, who need Jesus now.

In our sharing of bread today we include in companionship
Jesus, our incarnated, broken and risen Lord.
AMEN!

Wine is for sorrow and for joy, for suffering and for celebration,
for forgiveness and for New Relationship.
We drink until Christ returns.
AMEN!

And so we pray:
Send us out to wait and to work for the Kingdom.
Make us people of hope,
fanning the flames of redemption and resurrection in the world.
AMEN!

~ posted on the Third Space website. http://third-space.org.uk/blog