Epiphany -- Service Prayers -- 4th Sunday
A New Teaching I Give You
Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15
Call to Worship
our Teacher, this is what you want us to learn
Not the world’s wisdom, but
Awaken us to our need of you in our
And you will give us your
Move us with sorrow for the sorrow of the
And you will make us
strong through our tears.
Give us the humility to admit our
And you will bring
treasure out of them.
Make us hungry for justice
And you will give us food
Help us to see others through your eyes
And you will show us
ourselves with love.
Show us how to practice what we preach.
And we will se God in
Support us in standing firm for truth,
even when it costs
And the truth will also
make us free.
God of our lives,
you are always turning the world upside
challenging us to follow you
into new ventures, new challenges, new
ways to care,
new ways to touch the hearts of all.
When we get tired, or feel disappointed,
remind us that you can bring change and
out of the most difficult situations,
so that we may do justice, love kindness
and walk humbly with you always.
have heard it said:
side: Look after number one…
Right side: Get them before they get you…
Better be safe than sorry…
someone else’s problems got to do with me…?
the strong survive…
makes the world go round…
Avoid pain at all costs…
God forgive us when we, as Christ’s own people,
believe these words to be
life giving when Jesus has shown us a better way.
When we feel soiled by our
own selfishness we are brought close by Jesus,
who gathers us still, who
turns to listen to our voices,
reaches out to touch us with hands he is not afraid to get dirty,
us; who, in moments of accepting us for who we are
us that we are forgiven and worthy of love and respect.
be to God.
Call to Offering
God has led us to this place
to heal and inspire us, to gently redirect us,
until we see the world as
God does and love it with God’s love.
With our gifts, we affirm
that God’s generosity
can make us all into a new
creation by the way we give of ourselves.
Liberator Christ, you went
to the top of a mountain,
and taught a sacred word
about the meek and the grief stricken,
about the lost and the
Come to this place now,
and by these gifts help us
to see the world not as it is, but as it could be,
that we may become good news
As you have been fed, go to
feed the hungry.
As you have been set free,
go to set free the imprisoned.
As you have been received –
As you have heard –
And the blessing which you
from the Creator, Christ,
and Holy Spirit
be always with you. Amen.
A New Teaching I Give You: Service Prayers for Epiphany 4, was written by the
Rev. Daniel B. Randall, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church in
Bristol, RI and a USAF Chaplain (Reserves).
Copyright 2011 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
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