Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For November 2, 2014 -- THe Healing of Naaman

CALL TO WORSHIP
Children of God! Gather in this place!
We come to worship with our brothers and sisters in faith.
Children of God! Come to break bread together!
We come to worship with friends new and old.
As we gather together to share the Word and the Meal we turn and greet friend and stranger with words and signs of peace

OPENING PRAYER
God of community, as we gather together,
open our hearts, our souls, our very beings to feel your presence.
God of community, as we break bread together,
remind us that those things which bring us together are more important than those which divide us.
God of community, we come as people who know brokenness in our lives,
remind us of the love which surrounds us, restoring wholeness, naming us as clean, bringing us back together in community.
God of community, when this time of worship is ended,
send us back out to share the Good News of the Christ who names us clean, the love which will never let us go.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, the one we call Christ. Amen.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND CLEANSING
God, you created the world and said “it is very good”.
So why are we so quick to find fault with each other and ourselves?
God you offer us cleansing in a way that is so simple we can hardly believe it.
So why do we have trouble hearing that we are clean and acceptable?
God for those times when we lose our way,
those times when our motives or our actions are less than pure, possibly even unclean.
we seek cleansing, we seek to reminded that we are accepted in the community,
even when we aren't sure it is possible.
God of life, God of Grace, God of Renewal,
for those times when we are less than we could be, for those times when we stray from the path of wisdom, for the times when we fail to live out the goodness inherent in our creation, forgive us
...time of silent prayer...
Jesus looked at the unclean in his world with pity and said “I do choose, be made clean”. Christ looks at us in our brokenness and offers us cleansing, renewal, and health. We are a forgiven, cleansed, and purified people.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
We have immersed ourselves in the river of God's Love.
We stand soaked in love, with the excess dripping off us.
We have eaten at God's table.
Fed in body and in soul, we go to share the Bread of Life with the world.
As those who have been reminded that in God's love we are made clean
We return to a world where too many are made to feel unclean, unaccepted, unlovable; called to remind them that they too are clean, accepted and loved.
We go in God's name, confident of God's love, living in God's grace.
Thanks be to God!

Monday, October 6, 2014

For October 26, 2015 -- Solomon Asks for Wisdom

CALL TO WORSHIP
As children of God, who strive to live in God's Way,
we gather together in this place.
As people seeking to follow the path of wisdom,
we gather together in this place.
As people trusting that God flows around and through us, giving us wisdom,
we gather together in this place.
As we gather, seeing God in friend and stranger, we start by exchanging words and signs of God's peace...

OPENING PRAYER
God of life, we open our hearts, our souls, our very selves, to you.
In this time of worship move within and around us we pray.
God of life, we seek to know, to understand the world around us.
In this time of worship open us to the wisdom that lies beyond knowledge and intellect.
God of life, in you we live, we move, we exist.
In this time of worship fill us with hope and love, refresh us to return to the world where we live and serve and have our ministries.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us about the Way of Wisdom, and who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10)
We stand in awe, asking, like Solomon, to be filled with wisdom.
...fools despise wisdom and instruction... (Proverbs 1:7)
We stand foolishly independent, unwilling to listen.
God we seek wisdom,
the knowledge of right from wrong, an understanding of how the world works.
God we seek wisdom,
but sometimes we equate facts and figures with wisdom, we think being smart and being wise are the same thing.
God we seek wisdom,
eyes to look deeper, ears to listen carefully, hearts open to the Spirit.
God of grace, God of glory, God of wisdom,
lead us on the path of wisdom, in grace help us grow wiser in your love and in your kingdom. Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
We have gathered, we have worshiped, we have opened ourselves to God's wisdom.
Now we go out into the world where there is a different wisdom.
Jesus called us to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves as we journey in the world (Matthew 10:16)
As we try to avoid being eaten as sheep living among wolves.
As you go to live and serve in the world, carry with you the wisdom of love, the wisdom of hope, the wisdom of God
We go to share the alternative wisdom, the love of God, the hope of the Kingdom.
And may God: Parent, Child and Spirit, Wisdom and Hope embodied, go with you.
All ways and always. Amen.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Christ Candle Responses for a series of Sunday with readings from the Prophets

Over the centuries, God has spoken through many prophets.
May the light of this candle remind us that God is still speaking to us and to the world.

For October 12, 2014 -- Thanksgiving Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
To give thanks for the gifts of the land, the gifts of God.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
To celebrate God's presence, to open ourselves to God's wisdom.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we gather for worship.
And as we gather we make our offering of fruits of the earth, to share with the community around us...

OPENING PRAYER
God, as we gather to worship,
remind us of the blessings in our lives, that we would be thankful.
God, as we gather for worship,
remind us of the ways you have acted in the past, that we would remember.
God, as we gather for worship,
open in us an attitude of thanksgiving, an awareness of blessed abundance.
God, when we leave this time of worship,
may our eyes see first the abundance in our lives, may our voices first share the words of thanksgiving.
These thing we pray in the name of Jesus, the Risen Christ, who taught his friends to pray saying...

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Children of God, what has God given you?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, what good things have happened in your lives this year?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, how has God been with you in the hard times of life?
...time of silent thanksgiving...
Children of God, for the Grace that flows freely from God,
we sing songs of praise and thanksgiving.
Children of God, as a thankful people,
we thank the God who has given us life, and that in abundance. Amen.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christ Candle REsponses for Thanksgiving

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
The candle flame reminds us of the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our midst
As we gather in its light may we always remember to give thanks for the gifts God has given us.

Monday, September 29, 2014

For October 5, 2014 -- The 10 Commandments, Worldwide Communion Sunday

CALL TO WORSHIP
The table is set, the banquet awaits.
We come to worship, to gather with the community of faith.
The book has been opened, the discussion awaits.
We come to worship to gather with the community of faith.
As we gather together to be fed in body and soul we start by renewing our community and exchanging words and actions of peace...

OPENING PRAYER
God of life, we gather as a community,
new friends and old friends, sharing a common hope, sharing a commitment to care for each other and the world.
God of life, we gather as a community,
and when community is difficult help us remember the guidelines that hold us together, the rules that keep us along the path of wisdom.
God of life, we gather as a community,
seeking to be fed, to be drawn together as a caring community, to be renewed.
God of life, when this time of gathering is complete,
carry us back into the world that we could continue to build up all the communities of which we are a part. Amen.

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God calls us to live according to rules that build community.
But sometimes we find it hard to remember what they are.
God calls us to live in a way that builds caring and compassion in community
But greed and self-interest can get in the way, so we need to be reminded of the guidelines.
God, when we forget the way, when we choose to ignore the rules and guidelines of being a covenant community
forgive us, lead us back to the Way of peace and justice.
time of silent reflection…
God’s justice and mercy expand beyond our understanding. God’s abundant love brings forgiveness and a new start. We are loved, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God! Hallelujah!

COMMISSIONING:
We have gathered as a community,
we have shared words about how we live in community.
We have gathered as a community,
we have broken bread together, sharing the meal of faith as a community.
We go forth as a community,
into the wider communities where we live and work, sharing the compassion and love of God.
Go with God: Parent, Child, and Spirit.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

For September 28, 2014 -- The Crossing of the Red Sea

CALL TO WORSHIP 
God has led us to this place, God will lead us past this place. 
We have been led here to explore what God is doing among us, to find out who God wants us to be 
Come, jump into the River of Life, come and immerse your self in God, come and worship the God who protects and guides us. 
As God flows through us, we greet each other with signs and words of God's peace.

OPENING PRAYER
River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Holy Mystery, 
catch us in your current, make our souls resonate with your roar. 
God who leads us through the desert and into the sea, in this time of worship, 
guide us, pull us forward, open our eyes and ears that we would know your Way. 
In our struggles, in those times when we feel under attack, 
remind us to look around, that you are not asleep or absent, that your protecting love is with us. 
These things we pray in the name and memory of Jesus, the one we call Christ, who taught his friends to pray with words like these...



PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE 
God, we stand on the edge of the sea and shake with fear. 
Give us the courage, the faith, the trust to step into the water. 
We watch our adversaries washed away, and we sing praises for obviously God is on our side. 
Give us the wisdom to remember that all people are your children, and so you are on their side as well. 
When we fall into tribalism and the politics of division, 
push us to look beyond our self-imposed boundaries. 
When we ask ourselves “whose side is God on”? 
Reminds us that the real question is if we have placed ourselves on your side, if we have aligned our priorities with your priorities. 
God of grace, through your grace, 
Open us to the wondrous breadth of your love. Push us to explore the amazing depth of your presence. Challenge us to share the amazing wideness of your Promise. 
In Christ's name we pray, Amen.


COMMISSIONING:
As we continue our pilgrimage through the world, heading for the Kingdom 
We share the prayer “Guide us, lead us Gracious God” 
Where we encounter barrenness and struggle, 
help us be sources of water for growth and comfort that defeats fear. 
River running in all of us, Spirit of Life, Deep Mystery 
walk with us on our journey, show us where the Kingdom is being born. 
Go now in peace, for God is with you always 
Thanks be to God. Amen.