Liturgy, Reflectionary, The People Pray

Liturgy for September 20

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 145)

One: I will sing the praises of my God; 
Many: We will bless God’s name forever and ever.

One: Every day we will bless God
Many: And praise the name of God forever and ever.

One: God is great, and our praise must be great, too.
Many: God’s greatness is hard for us to understand fully.

One: Our ancestors told our elders, and our elders told us.
Many: We will tell the coming generation about the mighty works of God.

One: God’s abundant and overwhelming goodness is famous.
Many: We will share it with all people. 
All: Let us sing our praise out loud!


Call to Confession

We come to worship carrying both our ordinary burdens and the extraordinary stresses of this difficult time. We add up what others have and subtract what is missing in our lives. We compare and contrast and compete and calculate. Let’s stop doing the math of envy and give it to God.

Prayer of Confession 

Gracious God, sometimes other people seem to get more than we do. They always seem to have the advantage. How will we ever have enough? We bring you our stress and our worries. We bring you our frustration and annoyance. We bring you our resentment and our anger. These are all things that can separate us from you. In this moment, as we come to you in silence, help us to be honest with ourselves and with you. Have mercy on us.

(Allow a time of silence.)

Assurance of Pardon 

One: God does have mercy on us.
Many: We are grateful, because we need it.
One: Beloved Children of God, we are forgiven. This is the Good News that brings new life.
Many: We thank God for it.


You’re welcome to use or adapt the liturgy above and share the image below in whatever way is useful this week. 

Liturgy, Prayer, The People Pray

We are the weeds

Holy One, 

Sometimes we have planted carefully and nurtured new growth with passionate patience, then celebrated the bounty of our garden without noticing your little ones who go hungry.

You know what we take pride in, both our effort and our ignorance.

Please, we pray, forgive us.

Sometimes we are tempted to look at someone else’s garden and see only the weeds, without admitting our own failures.

You know what we hold onto, both our self-importance and our denial.

Please, we pray, forgive us. 

Sometimes we think we there is no difference between what you want and what we want; we are the weeds among the wheat, and the wheat crowded by weeds.

You know what we believe, both our certainty and our stubbornness.

Please, we pray, forgive us.

In Christ Jesus, who sows seeds of new life, we are forgiven!


I wrote this prayer in conversation with Psalm 139:1-12 and 23-24 and Matthew 13:24-30. You’re welcome to use the prayer or the image in any way that would be useful this week.