Jul 16, 2018

Call to Worship: Ephesians 2: 11-22

We gather together in the name of Jesus Christ—
members of God’s family,
and brothers and sisters to one another.
There are no outsiders here among us,
no one has any special standing or bragging rights.
For we have been brought together by the redeeming love of Jesus.
Let’s join together in worship!

Centering Prayer: Seeking You


O my God teach my heart where and how to seek you,
where and how to find you…

You are my God and you are my All
and I have never seen you.

You have made me and remade me,
You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,
Still I do not know you…

I have not yet done that for which I was made….
Teach me to seek you…

I cannot seek you unless you teach me
or find you unless you show yourself to me.

Let me seek you in my desire,
let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
let me love you when I find you. 

~ written by Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Opening Prayer: Open Our Ears


Here’s a responsive prayer of invocation from Joanna Harader’s Spacious Faith website.

Prayer: Open Our Ears


Whispering God,
the noise of the world is loud.
Open our ears to your still, small, voice.
God of revelation,
the darkness of the world threatens.
Open our eyes to the light of your presence.
God of abundance,
we cling tightly to so many things.
Open our hands in generosity and joy.
God of all people,
we feel the fear of those who are “other.”
Open our arms to the stranger and the enemy.
God of mystery,
we want so desperately to understand you.
Open our minds to the depths of your truth.
Creating God,
we long to know your presence.
Open our hearts to receive your love.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Confession: Keys of the Kingdom


Here is a prayer of confession inspired by Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 16:19: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Prayer of Confession

(inspired by Matthew 16:19)

Forgive us, Lord,
when we are closed and locked up
with negative acts, thoughts and emotions.

Help us not to be imprisoned by fear, hatred,
prejudice, unforgiveness, pride, greed, anger and selfishness,
but open our hearts to the values of Your Kingdom.

Open our eyes to see Your Kingdom
and help us to be an active part of it.
Open our ears to those who cry for help and justice.

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

Benediction: The Words of Christ


Here’s a closing commission & benediction that pulls together some of the words of Jesus.

Benediction

(inspired by Matthew 5:3; 6:34; 5:44; 7:7, 12; 25:40-45)

May you remember the words of Christ:

Blessed are the poor in spirit
the pure in heart
the peacemakers.

Don’t worry about tomorrow
today has enough worries for today.
Life is about more than food,
your body more than clothes.

Love your enemies.
Ask,
seek,
knock.

Do for others
as you would have them do for you.

And whatever you do
even for the least of these
you do for me.