Pastoral Prayer for the Election

Righteous Ruler of the universe

we lift up to you our nation on the eve of this election,

for it is under your authority

and by your will that we govern ourselves.

We pray for every citizen that your Spirit

will plant in our minds your wisdom

that removes all ignorance from our decision making;

and will place in our hearts your vision

for a compassionate society

that removes all hatred from our voting.

Prepare and protect those who will administer

this great process of our democracy.

Bless and guide every candidate

to receive with humility the outcome of our voting.

Help us as good citizens to respect our neighbors

whose views differ from ours,

so that without partisan anger,

we may work together for the common good

that which is pleasing in your sight.

All praise and honor is yours,

Great Governor of all nations,

for you are in control of our lives

and you have given us the assurance

that one day your will shall be done on earth

as it is in heaven,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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Prayer of Confession for All Saints Sunday

Leader:  Let us prepare to take our place at the table of grace

with servants among us and saints above us,

united in the joy of Christ our Hope:

People:  Everlasting God, whose timeless grace unites us,

                forgive the ways we have sinned against our ancestors.

                We failed to follow their example and heed their wisdom.

                Free us from the legacy of their sins.

                Forgive the ways we have sinned against our descendents.

                Our greed has threatened their well-being,

               and our hatred has damaged their peace.

                Free us to be your worthy servants in this hour,

                through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[silence]

Leader: The saying is true for all generations:

Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

This proves God’s love for us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

People: Thanks be to God. Amen. 

Litany of Dedication & Thanksgiving for Stewardship Sunday

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

Leader: Let us pray:

Midwife of beauty, Composer of life,

thank you for the gift of life and the goodness of creation

that sustains and delights us.

With grateful hearts

People: we dedicate these gifts to you.

Leader: Great Redeemer, Generous Sovereign

thank you for the gift of salvation and the hope of healing

that forgives and frees us.

With grateful hearts

People: we offer our lives to you.

Leader: Flame of holy desire, Fount of every blessing

thank you for every gift that unites and inspires the church

to share the abundance of your grace to the world.

With the saints and angels above

and with every creature here below

People: we sing our praise and shout for joy. Alleluia! Amen!

Prayer of Confession for World Communion Sunday

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with believers around the world:

Leader: Let us confess our sin to God and one another:
Almighty God, from the ends of the earth
you have gathered us around Christ’s holy table.
People: We come to the feast together.
Leader: Have mercy on your church, troubled and divided.
People: Renew us and make us one.
Leader: Forgive us for stifling your praise with our complaints.
People: Renew us and make us one.
Leader: Forgive us for silencing the songs of others with our pride.
People: Renew us and make us one.
Leader: Forgive us for our warring chants that destroy humanity.
People: Renew us and make us one.
Leader: Free us from every sin that divides your children.
People: Free our tongues to offer you the sacrifice of praise
in union with Christ’s offering for us. Amen.

Silence

Leader: Through Christ we are forgiven and freed;
In Christ we are reconciled and renewed.
People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Amen!

Liturgy for the Reclaim the Name Series, Part 1

This Sunday begins a 6-part series, “Reclaim the Name: Christian”. Over the past several years, “Christian” has become synonymous with intolerance. We will be recasting that title to reclaim Jesus’ original practices of radical hospitality and our liturgy will be celebrating this:

Call to Worship:

Leader: Insiders and outcasts,

friends and foes,

disciples and disputers

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the house of peace.

Leader: Searchers and strangers,

skeptics and sinners,

dreamers and doubters

in the name of Jesus,

People: welcome to the home of grace.

 

Prayer for Illumination:

God of all peoples,

through the scriptures

raise our vision of hope for the world.

Teach us your ways of acceptance

and show us how to walk your path of peace

with Jesus Christ our brother and guide. Amen.

Prayer of Confession for Labor Day

In the 1990s I served on the Concern for Workers Task Force, which was a joint project for the General Board of Church & Society and the General Board of Global Ministries that was mandated by General Conference. Part of our work included the creation of the “United Methodist Workers Rights Manual” which included worship resources that I wrote. This prayer is one of them. –Darren

Leader: Let us prepare for the Gospel feast

by confessing the sins we have committed against God and neighbor:

People: Fierce and Tender God,

whose work is justice and whose delight is mercy:

forgive us for ignoring the cries of the workers

who labor under the tyranny of harassment and poverty.

Free us from the system of greed

that comforts our bodies and cresses our souls.

Free us for a life of joyful resistance

to evil, injustice and oppression

in whatever forms they present themselves;

through Jesus Christ our only Lord. Amen.

Leader: Hear the Good News:

Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

we have been forgiven and freed from sin.

People: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!