Confession, Liturgy

Holy God, we wonder (Confession and Pardon)

All: Holy God, we wonder, who will be welcome in your home?
We sometimes struggle to sort out what it means to be good, 
whose rules to follow –
yours or ours? 
We know you want us to do the right thing, 
but we hedge a bit about what that means, 
explaining how life is different,
and the world is complicated,
excusing our compromises. 
We find it hard to be honest when it matters,
and easy to be harsh when kindness is what’s needed. 
We use our power for our own benefit and overlook the ways we could help the people who really need us. 
Yet we know what is good:
to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you.
We want to do better. Forgive us, we pray. 

(Silence)


One: Beloved, God forgives us, and welcomes us back into relationship, and makes a place for us. This is the good news that brings new life. 


This Confession and Assurance of Pardon are inspired by Micah 6:1-8 and Psalm 15. You are welcome to use the prayer and the image in worship. 

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Call to Worship, Liturgy

Call to Worship – Seek God's face!

Come, my heart says, seek God’s face!
Your face, O Holy One, we seek.

God saves us and lights our way. Why should we fear anyone?
God defends us and keeps us safe. Why would we ever be afraid?

We come, O Holy One, asking for this:
Let us live in your house, and see your beauty, and bring our questions, too. 

In the shelter you provide, 
Let us learn all we can about you. 

In this house of joy and praise,
Let us sing to God with all our hearts. 

Come, my heart says, seek God’s face!
Your face, O Holy One, we seek.


Call to Worship inspired by Psalm 27:1, 4-9. You are welcome to use it, or the image below, in worship. 

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Liturgy, Prayer

Make us ready: a centering prayer

You know our names and call to us before we are born.
You choose us.

You wait patiently until we are ready
ready to hear you
ready to do the work you set out for us.

You wait until we have grown into the people you made us to be.

We hear you calling.

Make us ready, we pray.
Stretch our minds,
open our hearts,
strengthen our spirits.

Make us ready to answer your call,
to be a light to the earth,
to serve the world with love.

Prayer inspired by Isaiah 49:1-7. You are welcome to use it in worship. 


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