Tuesday, June 27, 2006

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B

Call to Worship

Come among us, Healing God;
we wait for you:
we come,
hungry for your Word to transform us.
Come among us, Compassionate Christ;
we hope in you:
we come,
hungry to be filled
with the Bread of Heaven.
Come among us, Restoring Spirit;
we wait and hope in you:
we come,
eager to rest in your peace.

Prayer of the Day

With you,
God of Wholeness,
those who work
the graveyard shift of life
find the dawn of resurrection;
those who look for healing
are led to the living waters.

Christ our Companion:
richer than Gates or Buffet,
you chose to become
as poor as Mother Teresa,
to touch us with hope;
you set aside Glory's robe,
to wear the servant's towel,
so we might touch you
and be made whole.

Spirit of Grace:
you encircle us
with love which never ends;
you touch us with grace
which mends all brokenness;
you pour out mercy,
which heals any wound we cause.

God in Comunity, Holy in One,
we lift the prayer Jesus has taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

Call to Reconciliation

There is nothing, nothing, which can divide us - in
life and death - from God. So let us confess our
worst faults and eager failings, so we may be touch
by the healing power of God.

Unison Prayer of Confession

We want to touch the hem of your garment, O God.
Forgive us for being afraid to touch
those who come to us for hope;
we want to love the whole world:
forgive us for ignoring our neighbor;
we long for peace:
forgive us for the pain we inflict
on our families and friends;
we want to share with those we love and like:
forgive us for walking past
those who need you most.

Forgive us, Loving God, that we do not excel
in everything you call us to do.
Give us grace:
to touch those who frighten us;
to carry the Bread of Life to the hungry;
to offer the blessings of the kingdom
to everyone we meet,
even as you have graced us in Christ Jesus,
our Lord and Savior.

Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

Listen to the Good News!
Hope in God, for God's love has no ending;
God fills us with grace and hope, this day,
and forever.
God hears our voice, and listens to our
prayers, redeeming us from all our sins.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Open your hearts to God.
We open our hearts
to the God of healing and joy.
Lift your hearts to God.
We lift them to the One
who brings us wholeness.

Hear our voices
as we sing our joy to you,
God of the listening Heart.
You reached out
and touched chaos
with your imaginative Spirit,
proclaiming goodness and wholeness
as Creation burst forth.
Shaping us in your image,
you breathed life into us,
so we could be united with you.
But grasping the hem of sin,
we chose to be dragged through
the mud of despair and death.
Your steadfast love
would not forsake us,
singing to us through
the prophets' voices.
When you could
no longer wait
for us to turn back to you,
you came to us
in Jesus Christ,
Companion of the broken.

So we lift our voices in praise,
joining with those in heaven and earth,
who forever praise your name:

Sanctus

Holy are you, Listener to our deepest longings,
and blessed is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
He emptied himself of Glory's riches,
so we could be filled with grace and hope;
he endured our suffering,
so we could be healed;
he was broken,
so we could be made whole;
he died,
so we would live with your forever.

As we remember his life for us,
we tell of that mystery we call faith:

Memorial Acclamation

Come among us, Source of healing,
your Spirit gracing the bread and the cup,
and nourishing your children
gathered at your Table.
Mend our broken hearts,
so we may love all your children;
touch our wounded souls,
so we may embrace all those
cast out by the world;
fill us with your gracious gifts,
so we may overflow in generosity
to those in need.

Then, when that Day of Joy comes,
and we are all made new,
and we see completely,
we will fill your Heart
with joy and praise,
singing to our
God in Community, Holy in One.
Amen.

(c) 2006 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

12th Sunday in Ordinarty Time - B

Call to Worship

Who is this God we have come to worship?
God is the Creator of wind and water,
the Pacifier of storms and fears.
Who is this Jesus we seek to follow?
Jesus is the Peace which fills our souls,
the Companion of our hearts.
Who is this Spirit who dwells within us?
The Spirit fills us with grace,
so our hopes will not perish.

Prayer of the Day

You lay the foundations
of the universe,
building a shelter
for our battered souls;
you create wonders
which are priceless,
yet do not forget the needy.
We open our hearts to you,
God of Graciousness.

When evening comes
and our fears prowl the shadows,
you whisper "Peace! Be Still!"
to our hammering hearts,
so we may know
you are with us
in every moment.
We open our hearts to you,
our dearest Friend.

When our lives are swamped
by doubts and fears,
you calm us;
when we struggle with
the clamoring chaos
of our world,
you calm us.
We open our hearts to you,
Spirit of Gentleness.

God in Community, Holy in One,
we open our hearts to you,
even as we pray as Jesus teaches us,
Our Father . . .

Call to Reconciliation

Trapped by the storms of life, it is easy to let
fear take over, and pull us away from our source
of hope and help. In such moments, we are tempted
to believe that God does not care. Let us confess our
doubts and fears, as we discover that the One in whom
we place our trust is waiting to fill us with forgiveness
and faith.

Unison Prayer of Confession

We see the goliaths of fear and doubt confronting us,
Listening God, and believe that our slingshots are empty
of faith and hope. We are alarmed at the evil we find
in our world and lives, thinking all good has crumbled
beneath our feet. We question your compassion for us,
suspicious that you are asleep in those moments of our
greatest need.

Forgive us, Faithful God. We open our hearts to you,
so you might heal us. We open our ears to your voice,
so we might hear words of peace. We open our spirits

to you, so we might be filled with the trust and hope
offered to us through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

God has listened - to our words as well as our silence.
God accepts us as we are, with doubts which threaten us
and trust which seems to elude us. This is the day of
salvation, the time when brokenness is made whole,
when fears are replaced with faith, when the breath of
the Spirit calms our souls.
God hears our cries, and will not let our hopes
disappear. God loves us, God forgives us, God
fills us with joy and peace. Thanks be to God.
Amen.

(c) 2006 Thom M. Shuman

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B

Call to Worship

The church is the place
where the broken gather:
let us worship God who reconciles us
to one another and to God.
The church is the place
where sinners are welcome:
let us worship God who,
with forgiving hands,
shapes us into new people.
The church is the place where the lost,
the least, the forgotten, the ignored gather:
let us worship God
who looks at us with the eyes of love.

Prayer of the Day

Holy One:
you anoint us with living water,
so we may go to serve the world
in these troubled days.
You open our eyes
so we will see everyone
as our sisters and brothers.

Seed Planter:
you place faith
deep within us,
so we can bear witness
to your just and loving kingdom.
Your love regulates our hearts,
so we can welcome all
in your name.

Gentle Spirit:
when we cannot see the way,
you take us by the hand
so we can step forward,
in faith,
into the kingdom.
You fill us with hope,
so we can sing God's joy
all of our days.

God in Community, Holy in One,
hear us as we pray as Jesus has taught us,
Our Father . . .

Call to Reconciliation

Why is it so easy to boast of our achievements,
yet so hard to humbly come to God with the
mistakes we make? This is the place where we
stand in the presence of the One who longs to
shape us into new people. So, let us ask our
loving God to forgive us, as we pray, saying,

Unison Prayer of Confession

We confess, God of Faith, that we ask about
someone's background to see if they are like us,
but you look at where their heart is grounded.
We examine another's good looks or athletic
prowess, while you take notice of how they reach
out to those who are different. We gaze at the
size of someone's house or car or portfolio to
judge how successful they are, and you observe
whether or not they have faith the size of the
smallest seed.

Forgive us, Anointing God, for looking at
those around us with human eyes, and not
seeing them as created in your image. As you
shape us into new people, give us new eyes,
new hearts, new lives to follow Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Savior.

Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

This is the good news:
no longer must we walk the old paths
of sin and death. Christ has come to take
our old ways on himself, and to fill us
with new life in God.
Now, we know we are forgiven;
now, we know we are at peace;
now, we can step forward in faith,
to live with our God forever. Amen.

(c) 2006 Thom M. Shuman

Monday, June 05, 2006

Trinity Sunday - B

Call to Worship

God, who created the fields of Eden,
takes delight in all things, including us!
God of glory, God of grace,
your name is exalted in all the earth!
Christ, who walked the streets of our world,
gives hope to all people, including us!
God of glory, God of grace,
your Son is Savior of all the earth!
God's Spirit, who lives in our hearts,
bears truth and peace to all, including us!
God of glory, God of grace,
your love surrounds our every moment!

Prayer of the Day

Holy God,
seated high above creation,
painting eveything with goodness,
you reach out
to heal us with the touch
of your fingertips,
so we may sing
with one voice:
"Glory!"

Jesus Christ,
Gateway to grace:
when,
in the middle of the night
we come asking
our endless questions,
you do not grumble
about losing sleep,
but hold our hands,
gently responding to
our hearts' deepest yearnings,
until we simply believe.

Witnessing Spirit,
Playmate of Justice:
you splash through
the sea puddles
in Eden's backyard,
tracking the mud
into Kingdom's kitchen,
pulling out a chair for us
at the Table of Grace.

God in Community, Holy in One,
hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

Call to Reconciliation

Stewards of all creation, we know how we have failed
to live faithfully. We lack the stamina to follow Christ
through the world, and ignore Spirit's calls for justice.
Yet, God looks into our souls and sees the delight of
God's heart. Let us join in prayer to the One who
does not disappoint us with grace and mercy,

Unison Prayer of Confession

Glory enthroned in heaven: you call to us, but we
do not listen. We trust in the world's emptiness,
and refuse to be filled with your Word. We boast
about our successes, but ignore the suffering of
those around us. We demand justice for all who
break the law, but do not see it as a way of life
for us.

Holy God, majestic Creator:
have mercy on us
and be enthroned in our hearts.
Jesus Christ, Brother of the poor:
have mercy on us
and be shown in our hearts.
Spirit of Holiness, Master Worker:
have mercy on us
and touch our lips
so we may proclaim the Good News.

Silent prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

Poured into our hearts, God's love
gives us new life and hope. Touched
by the fingers of God, we are restored
to new life.
This is good news! God loves us, God
God forgives us, God calls us to service.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
People of God, lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord, our Maker.
People of God, give thanks to the Lord.
We sing our praises to God our Creator.

It is our greatest joy to praise your name,
God whom we worship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is the Word you speak
to shape chaos in creation's glory;
the Spirit is the breath of life,
filling us with your hope,
as living waters flow through our hearts.
Even when we rebel against you,
like a mother
you gently correct our mistakes;
like a father,
you stand beside us in our suffering.

Therefore, we praise your name in all the earth,
with the faithful in heaven,
and our sisters and brothers here with us,
who sing of your glory, for ever and ever:

Sanctus

Holy are you, God of majesty and glory,
and blessed is your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming to dwell among us,
he knew our suffering first hand;
walking the streets of the world,
he endured our pain and grief;
wholly obedient to your will,
he journeyed to Calvary;
taking on death and sin,
he brings hope to those held captive
by the ways of the world.

Remembering your gracious acts in Christ,
we take this bread and this cup,
giving thanks for his life, his death, his resurrection
even as we hope in the joy of his return.
Christ is the bread of life:

Memorial Acclamation

Pour out your Spirit into our hearts
and upon these gifts of the bread and the cup,
Holy God.
Nurtured at the Table by your grace,
may we go forth with your Spirit,
crying out for justice at the crossroads
of poverty and oppression;
standing with our sisters and brothers
in the midst of their suffering,
delighting always in the good earth
you have given to us to care for.

Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
one with the Holy Spirit,
all glory and majesty are yours,
Almighty God,
now and forever. Amen.

(c) 2006 Thom M. Shuman