Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
At Home with God [PDF]
Service Prayers for the 29th Sunday
(Sunday before Thanksgiving)
“Where Thou art, that, is Home–
Cashmere, or Calvary, the same–
Degree, or Shame–
I scarce esteem Location's Name–
So I may Come…” –Emily
Call to Worship (Psalm 132:1-12, 13-18; 2 Samuel 23:1-7)
to the dwelling place of God!
Come inside—your family is
feast on what has been
prepared for all . . .
All:* (Name foods that you traditionally eat
are abundant blessings to be received—
laughter of children,
the comfort of a warm embrace,
bread for the hungry soul.
All: Let us give thanks and worship the
One: Are not our own homes like this
Ordered, yet flexible
enough for daily chaos,
but open and welcoming?
homes are God’s homes—
love dwell within sturdy walls and
peace reign within grateful hearts.
Prayer of Invocation (Psalm
and Omega, beginning and end,
of creation knows your greatness.
light of morning prays for the land, and
the seas sing your praise.
us to show gratitude for this homeworld
you have made for us, and
to treat your holy house
with care and respect. Amen.
Place, at times we forget to make space for you in our homes
and in our hearts. We become selfish and seek to reserve spaces for a select
few whom we are most comfortable with. We often take credit for our houses and
other things we own, forgetting to acknowledge that nothing is really “ours”
and that each possession is a gift.
(Moment of silence and reflection)
Assurance of Pardon
Jesus came into the world and made
his home with us, bridging the divide between God’s eternal palace and our earthly
rental space. Through Christ’s temporary relocation, we have a permanent home
that will never depreciate in value.
Call for the Offering
In gratitude for what we have
received, let us give from our hearts, following Jesus’ example of extravagant
Warm Blanket God, thank you
for making us feel “at home” with you. May these gifts be used to create places
of rest and centeredness for all who journey on the path of life. Amen.
house is an unlimited capacity mansion, and
Christ invites us to dwell there
in faithful witness to the
joys of his kin-dom.
From the windows, let us shout
a joyous invitation to passersby:
“Come! Eat, sleep, and live.”
* Alternative: Before the
service, an age-diverse range of congregants can be chosen to name foods that
they enjoy eating as part of their family’s Thanksgiving experience. Children/adults
could also bring drawings/pictures of favorite foods.
“At Home with God” Service Prayers for
the 29th Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Minority
Student Life Specialist at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
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
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.