Oct 15, 2017

Call to Worship: Exodus 33

Here’s a responsive call to worship adapted from Exodus 33:18-19. It was written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Closet.  

Call to Worship
(adapted from Exodus 33:18-19)

The goodness of the Lord passes before us;
The name of the Holy One is proclaimed for all to hear.
God is gracious and merciful to whomever God chooses;
Show us your glory, O Lord, we pray!  

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

Prayer of Confession: Proper 24A

Here’s an act of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 24, Year A (Exodus 33, Matthew 22, Psalm 99).

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Exodus 33, Matthew 22:15-22)

God of mercy,
we place our trust in tangible things—
things we can see and touch—
and question whether you are really there.

Forgive us, Holy One,
when we fail to recognize
that you are always nearby,
patiently waiting for us to recognize
your presence and your glory.

Help us when we lose our way,
and forgive us when we forget
to whom we truly belong.

Lover of justice,
open our eyes to see you;
open our ears to hear you;
open our hearts to love you;
and open our hands to serve you.

Words of Assurance
(inspired by Exodus 33:14, Psalm 99)

When we cry to God, looking for favor in God’s sight,
God answers: “My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest.”
In the power of the Spirit and in the name of Jesus,
we are forgiven!
We will rest in God’s mercy! 

~ posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/5455/worship-elements-october-19-2014

Confession: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

Here’s a prayer of confession based on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. It was written by Amy Loving and posted on The Worship Closet.

Prayer of Confession
(based on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

God of Grace,
we know that you have chosen us,
but we often forget that you have also chosen others.  
You call us to be imitators of Christ, 
yet many times we are imitators of the world. 
You challenge us to turn from our idols,
but we are tempted to turn back to them again and again. 

Rescue us, Lord, from ourselves. 
Show us your way.  
Guide our every action,
that we may live as you call us to live.  

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

Prayer for the Offering

Here’s a prayer for the offering from Thom Schuman’s Lectionary Liturgies website.

Prayer for the Offering

As we offer our gifts and lives in this moment,
may we become imitators of you, Gracious God,
who holds nothing back from us,
but is generous and gracious with all that is yours. 
In Jesus' name, we pray.  Amen.

~ written by Thom Schuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies. http://lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.ca/

Call to Worship: Proper 24A


Though there are rulers, presidents, kings, queens,
God is the Lord of all life.
In God we live and move and have our being.
God requires our faithfulness and our service.
We reach out to others with the same kind of love
with which God has touched our lives.
Come, let us worship the Lord who is always with us.
Let us praise God who walks daily by our side.  Amen.

— Nancy C. Townley, posted on the Ministry Matters website.  Visit that site for many other good lectionary-based worship resources.