May 27, 2015

Opening Litany for Trinity Sunday

Here’s an interesting call to worship for Trinity Sunday from Roddy Hamilton’s Mucky Paws. He suggests that you: “Take apart a Russian Doll as you read this (make sure there are enough dolls inside to complete the reading).”

Trinity Sunday Litany

Within a mystery
lies another mystery

Within an mystery
lies a sacrament

within a sacrament
lies a journey

through a journey
lies a living

within a living
lies a calling

within a calling
lies our God

within our God
lies a mystery

always a mystery
within another mystery

Things are never as they seem
This is Trinity Sunday
not some enigma to solve
but a mystery to live

Welcome into God

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession from Rev. George Vidits.  It was posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Almighty and everlasting God,
beyond all space and time,
greater than our minds can fully comprehend,
ruler of all that is, has been, and shall be,
we give you thanks for who you are
and all that you have done for us.

Loving Father of all,
we praise you for your kindness and mercy
by which you sustain us and provide for our every need;
you are full of goodness and compassion
caring for us that we are never in want.

Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
we worship you for coming into our neighbourhood
to be our friend, even our brother;
for showing us the magnitude of the love of God,
revealing His saving power and His forgiveness,
and offering us a new beginning.
We lift your name on high, Lord Jesus,
for loving us fully
and giving yourself for our redemption on the cross.

Holy Spirit, free and mysterious as the wind,
powerful as the fire,
we worship you for blowing new life into our hearts,
for purifying us from our sins and faults,
for teaching and reminding us the words of Christ,
and leading us in His light.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
God of gods, and King of kings,
with awe and wonder, joy and gladness
we offer you our thanks,
and pray for your creation,
its nations, and peoples,
for your church,
ourselves and all in need.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
fill our sin-filled world with your eternal light and love,
so darkness and power of evil will not rule,
but your Kingdom will be established in power and glory!
May the flame of your Spirit blaze with purifying fire
driving evil from hearts and minds and establishing your peace.
We pray for… [add relevant issues and concerns here].

We pray these in confidence and trust,
our eternal God,
who is Life-Giver, Life-Saver, and Life-Renewer
now and forever.
To you be the glory,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
today and through all eternity.  Amen.

~ written by Rev George Vidits (alt) and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.

Prayer for Trinity Sunday

Here’s a prayer for Trinity Sunday (the first Sunday after Pentecost).  It was written by Thomas Turner and posted on Everyday Liturgy.

Prayer to the Blessed Trinity

God of the Heavens,
keeper of the stars,
Lord of the darkest, most remote places
of the universe,
the one who hovered and breathed life,
and the Creator of every living thing:
Be our salvation, our comfort,
our hope, for you are holy and righteous,
your words are true
and your light dispels all darkness.

Glory to the Almighty God,
Sun of Righteousness
and Breath of Life.

~ written by Thomas Turner, and posted on everdayLiturgy.

May 16, 2015

Pentecost Call to Worship: Jesus Promised

Here is a call to worship for Pentecost by Howard Carter. It was posted on the How in the World website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by John 14: 16-17)

Jesus promised

 I will ask the father
 He will give you another advocate
To help you and be with you forever

The spirit of truth
The world cannot accept as they do not see or know him,
But you know him

He lives with and within you
I will not leave you as orphans
I will come to you

~ written by Howard Carter, and posted on How in the World.  

Pentecost Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, Come

Here’s a prayer of invocation and intercession for Pentecost.  It was written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, Come

Holy One,
We are not sure what it would be like
if the Holy Spirit blew through our churches again
as it did on the day of Pentecost.  
However, we want to speak the language that you have given, 
louder, and  more clearly in  our lives and church.

So we pray,
come Holy Spirit come,
pour out your fire of love upon us 
to be the body of Christ
in a world that is often hurting, hungry, and cynical.

We want to bring the good news to the poor,
heal the broken-hearted,
preach deliverance to captives,
bring recovery of sight to the blind
and set at liberty all that are bruised.

As your disciples,
we pray for all who suffer, are poor,
despairing, burdened, blind and battered.

In your loving breeze,
we pray for health and wholeness for those who are physically ill,
for those who are mentally ailing,
for those who are money sick,
for those who are spiritually unwell.

We pray for the healing of your creation,
and the renewal of the face of the land.
We pray for those who are thirsty,
that they would drink from your fountain of living waters
and never thirst again.


~ written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.