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!

George Odhiambo’s Prayer

As part of our Umoja Sunday, our interns brought back from Kenya the following call to worship that had been written by one of the students. Learn more about the Umoja Project.

Leader: Praise the Lord!

People: Amen!

Leader: We are happy today

because our beloved Father has been gracious to us,

for we have seen this day which others were not able to see.

This is a proof of God’s love toward us.

Who are you happy with?

People: We are happy with our Father God, Jesus Christ,

               and the Holy Spirit.

Leader: Me too.

What shall separate us from the love and grace of God?

People: Nothing shall separate us from the love and grace of God.

Leader: So let everything that has life praise the Lord.

Let’s sing this song.

Together: Let everything that has life praise the Lord.

                   Alleluia in the name of God. Forever in the name of God.

Leader: Alleluia.