Sunday, May 25, 2014
Liturgy w/communion for June 1, 2014 (Easter 7 - A)
Texts: Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11; John
Call to Worship
L: At the presence of God, we rejoice:
P: glorifying the One who is Parent of all orphans.
L: In the presence of Jesus Christ, we listen:
P: to the Voice who calls us to humbly serve others.
L: Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, we speak:
P: making God's love known to the world-forsaken in our midst.
Prayer of the Day
Giver of power and strength,
you take a rag-tag bunch
of denying disciples and
creating a new community
of servants who seek
to do your will.
Keeper of all time,
you are enthroned on the
rubble of death's shattered power,
calling us to your side
and giving us a new vocation,
by which we serve the
broken of the communities
in which we live.
Constant Presence of hope,
you strengthen us so
we never give in while
confronted by evil;
you continually pray for us
that we never quit when
faith proves to be more
of a challenge than we imagined.
God in Community, Holy in One,
we lift our hearts to you,
as we pray as we are taught,
(The Lord's Prayer)
Call to Reconciliation
We know what we should do, yet don't.
We know the words people need to hear,
but utter the ones that hurt them. Yet,
we also know that if we confess our failings
to God, we will receive forgiveness and hope.
Please join me as we pray together, saying,
Unison Prayer for Forgiveness
God of glory: we are so busy watching the
skies for signs of your presence that we forget
to look around to see those we can serve in
your name. We are so intent on finding just
the right way to tell someone off, that we
forget the words of reconciliation you have
taught to us. We are so convinced we can
figure out your schedule that we forget to
open ourselves to the presence of your Spirit
Mighty source of our lives, forgive us for
all that we have done to others. Fill us with
the wisdom to resist evil in our lives and
strengthen us in that faith which is given to us
through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Silence is kept
Assurance of Pardon
L: Beloved, do not be surprised. Our God is
gracious to all, restoring us to new life.
P: This is the good news which is for us, and
for everyone we will meet in the days to come.
Thanks be to God. We are forgiven.
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
L: May Easter's God be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: People of God, exult before the Lord.
P: We lift our hearts to the One who showers
us with that grace which never ends.
L: Sing to the One who blesses you, Beloved.
P: Glad songs of thanksgiving are offered forever.
You would break the grip of chaos,
Worker of Wonders,
and so you uttered a Word
and cattle gaze up at the rain
falling from the sky,
while rabbits play leapfrog
in green meadows.
You shaped us into the exact image
of yourself, so we might be your people,
living with you forever.
But we wandered down to the
basement where sin and death
lurked in the shadows to steal us away.
You stood firm in your belief
that we would return, and sent prophets
who called us to humble ourselves.
Yet we were convinced that
it was not time to come back to you.
Then, you sent Jesus,
the Pascha of our salvation,
to come to us, to reveal your heart.
So with those who always keep an eye on you,
and with those who look around wondering
if anyone will notice their presence,
we rejoice in your gracious presence:
P: Holy, holy, holy are you, God of all grace.
All creation sings loud songs to you.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who will come again.
Hosanna in the highest!
You are the One only holy God,
and Jesus Christ is the Brightness of your glory.
Looking around at all the places
where we had wandered,
he came to bring us home to you.
Hearing our cries of loneliness,
he came to be one of us,
so we might all belong to him.
Seeing sin rejoicing in our suffering,
he went to the cross
on our behalf, dying
and then being raised to new life.,
baffling death with your gracious love.
As we remember Christ's life and ministry,
as we rejoice in the hope which is ours in him,
we celebrate that mystery called faith:
P: Christ died, that we would know that sin is death;
he was raised, so we would know that new life is;
he will come again, in the same way he went into heaven.
In fulfillments of Christ's promise,
pour out your Spirit on us
and the gifts which grace your Table.
We eat the Bread of life
so we might be strengthened
to spend ourselves so others
might be made rich in your grace.
We drink deeply from the Cup,
knowing you thirst for self-surrender,
so we might offer ourselves
as a fountain of faith
to be poured out for the world,
especially the we-forsaken
who are all around us.
And at the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb,
we will gather around your abundant table,
our sisters who suffered for you on one side
and our brothers who humbled themselves
to lift others to their feet,
we will join hands, hearts, and voices
in forever singing your glad praises,
God in Community, Holy in One. Amen.
L: The hour has come to go into the world,
P: where our worship of God will continue
in every moment of our lives.
L: The hour has come to serve those around us,
P: to shoulder the burdens of our sisters,
to ease the pain of our brothers.
L: The hour has come to glorify God,
P: with our prayers as well as our praise,
with songs as well as acts of service.
© 2014 Thom M. Shuman