Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
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A Life of Service:
Service Prayers for the 20th Sunday
Call to Worship (Mark 10:35-45)
One: We may come here for a glimpse of glory,
Jesus asks us: “Can you drink the
cup that I drink?”
One: The cup of Jesus’ own life: struggle and joy; suffering and
Fullness of life!
We may come here to get close to Jesus,
Jesus asks us: “Can you be baptized
with my baptism?”
One: Baptized into the reign of God,
the Spirit breaks down barriers among all people
creates new relationships!
We may come here for honor or fame,
Jesus challenges us: “To become great you must serve!”
One: Why are we here?
Many: To drink the cup of fullness of life;
To immerse ourselves in Jesus’
struggle for justice and peace;
To learn how to serve so that the
world may be healed.
Prayer of Invocation (Psalm
91:9-16; Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c)
Holy Dwelling Place,
Your tent is wide enough to provide
shelter for all who seek you,
food for all who hunger, and
healing for all who suffer.
Meet us here today, and fill us with
confidence in your presence,
that we may risk sharing Jesus’ cup and
so the world may become
the place of love and justice you desire
Shelter us with your light,
clothe us with your heavenly garments.
Teach us how we may best serve ourselves
and one another
this daring adventure. Amen.
Divine Shepherd, we sheep go
our own ways.
With our heads to the ground
and our attentions turned elsewhere,
we often fail to heed the
gentle nudge of your staff and your calls for home.
With so many things to
work, school, and the general
busyness of life—
we lie unresponsive to your
calls to kin-dom service.
(Moment of silence and reflection)
Assurance of Pardon
Protector Jesus, you faced
these same distractions and much, much more. You took on all of our
shortcomings in order to protect us from the cold of night and forests of
danger. In your presence, we are in green pastures!
Call for the Offering
Jesus came not to be served
but to serve. Let us follow this example and share our gifts so that we may
also experience the joys and challenges of serving.
Parent God, may this offering
assist us in continuing Christ’s work in the world to heal the grief,
transgressions, and illnesses that oppress and harm your creation. Amen.
Our lives are filled with
struggles and suffering—
none of us are immune.
The key to full life in Christ
is not to rise above it,
but to struggle together and
help one another along the way,
knowing that God is with us in
This is service.
If we seek
to serve and lift one another up,
to struggle together,
we will witness Christ’s glory.
So be it!
“A Life of Service” Service Prayers for
the 20th Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Minority
Student Life Specialist at Colorado College in Colorado
Copyright 2009 Local Church Ministries, Congregational
Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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