Feb 17, 2020

Prayer for Transfiguration: Glory

Here’s a prayer for Transfiguration from Christine Jerrett’s blog (see below for link).

Prayer: Glory
(inspired by Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36, 2 Peter 1:16-18)

We worship you, O God, with songs of praise.
We worship you with words of prayer
and with ears that listen for you to speak
   your saving truth into our lives.
We worship you in the silent spaces
   where we struggle for hope and for courage.
We long for a glimpse of your glory:
   the glory that shines in the darkness
         and the darkness cannot overcome it;
   the glory that touches lives with a beauty so holy
         that it heals the wounded soul;
   the glory that gives strength to the weary.

We, who stumble and fall so often,
worship you,
longing for your light to shine upon us.
Dazzle us with your holy love,
draw us into your purifying presence,
speak to us your transforming truth.
Then, grant us grace
   to live every moment
  changed by such glory—
daring to live with hope and courage and love
reflecting the life of Jesus,
through whom your glory shines
in the most unexpected ways.  Amen.

~ written by Christine Jerrett, and posted on Christine Jerrett: Reflections on being the Church in God’s new creation. http://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/tag/prayer/

Prayer of Confession: Transfiguration

Here is a prayer of confession and words of assurance for Transfiguration Sunday. It was written by the Rev. Dr. Renee C. Jackson, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website.

Prayer of Confession

God of Mercy and Grace,
you come to us in Jesus of Nazareth
to break down the dividing walls of hostility between us:
Yet we maintain walls that separate and isolate.

You give us the ministry of reconciliation:
Yet we nurse our wounds and withhold mercy and forgiveness.

You invite us to join with Peter, James, and John
on the mountain of Transfiguration:
Yet we deny the wonders you have worked in our own lives.

You ask us to acknowledge and share our wealth:
Yet we refuse to recognize and relieve the poverty around us.

You bless our lives with boundless love:
Yet we fail to witness to that love,
and so keep others from knowing you.

Forgive our selfishness, we pray.
Transform us by your Spirit and your Word
into that which pleases you,
the image of Christ.   Amen.

Words of Assurance

Jesus admonished Peter, James, and John
not to tell of what they witnessed on the mountain
until he was resurrected.
But we can tell what we have seen and heard of God’s glory!
Here is the good news:
Jesus lives! He is raised! We are forgiven!
Go, share the vision!
Tell of God’s love! In this God is well pleased!

~ from “God of Awe and Glory,” written by the Rev. Dr. Renee C. Jackson,  Southeast Area Minister for the Michigan Conference, UCC. Posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship_worship-ways

Prayer for Illumination: Psalm 99

Here is a prayer for illumination, a prayer traditionally spoken before the reading and preaching of the Word in worship. It was written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Cloud.

Prayer of Illumination
(inspired by Exodus 13-16, Psalm 99)

Mighty God,
you spoke to your people in the pillar of cloud
as they walked together in the wilderness.

Speak to us through your Word today,
that we may hear you calling us
out of the wilderness places in our lives
and into new places you have promised to show us.
In the name of Christ, we pray.  Amen.

~ written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Closet. http://worshipcloset.com/words-for-worship-18th-sunday-after-pentecost/

Feb 16, 2020

Transfiguration Prayer

Lord Jesus,
lead me to that mountain place
of stronger light and sure sound
where I may see your glory.

Light and truth, bright as blinding snow,
whom Peter, James, and John saw,
“Bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling place.” Amen.

~ written by Victor Hoagland, and posted on Victor’s Place. http://vhoagland.wordpress.com/

Feb 11, 2020

Call to Worship: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

Here’s a call to worship or invitation to the Table inspired by Deuteronomy 30:15-20.  It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

God has set before us life and death.
We long to choose life.

God has set before us blessings and curses.
We long to choose blessings.
So we gather this morning around the table–Christ’s table.
We gather to drink the cup of blessing; to eat the bread of life.
Let us share the meal together. Let us feast on the Word.
Let us worship God with joy!

~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on Spacious Faith. http://spaciousfaith.com/tag/deuteronomy-30/

Prayer of Confession: Walking with God

Here’s a prayer of confession from Rev. Mindi’s Rev-o-lution website.

Prayer of Confession

Almighty God,
You have set before us the path
but we have wandered on our own
to try to find our way.

Sometimes we are like toddlers
and we hear Your call and come back.

Other times, we are children testing boundaries,
ignoring Your call until fear finally makes us look back.

And still other times we are full of youthful rebellion,
demanding to be cut loose and set free,
not knowing how much we still need
to seek Your wisdom and guidance.

But most of all, too often we think we are adults
and have figured it all our and know our own way,
only to stumble and stray so far. 

Remind us, parental God,
that we are always Your children,
that we are never fully grown up in Your sight,
that we always have much to learn.

Help us to seek You every day,
to acknowledge that we need Your wisdom and guidance,
and help us to return to the path and walk with You.
In the name of Christ,
who is our companion on this journey of faith, we pray. Amen.

~ written by Rev Mindi, and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Prayer: 1 Corinthians 3

Here’s a prayer of commitment from Christine Jerrett, written after reading 1 Corinthians 3. It was posted on her blog, Christine Jerrett.

A prayer after pondering 1 Corinthians 3

Truth-telling Saviour,
You gather your people into one Body;
gathering us beyond the divisions we create
by our fears that it is all up to us
to make our lives count;
divisions we create in our anxiety
to make the future turn out right.

Crucified and risen Saviour,
You are among us,
offering us your truth that sets us free;
and your grace that shapes a good future for all;
and your love that fills our lives and lifts us up.

These gifts draw us ever deeper into
your creative presence;
these gifts that form us into a people
who carry your life-giving future in our world.

Open our eyes to their liberating truth.
Open our hearts to receive them.

By your Holy Spirit,
form in us a passion for your purposes —
a passion that overcomes our self-centredness;
a passion that makes us large in generosity.

Then, grant us your Spirit of wisdom,
that we may see the work you are doing
and may join in with glad and grateful hearts
and be the blessing you have summoned us to be.
We ask in the name of Jesus
whose death and resurrection
has made us people of hope.

~ written by Christine Jerrett and posted on Christine Jerrett. https://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/