Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
Peace! Be Still!
Third Sunday after Pentecost
One: It’s awesome when
all of the people live together in unity!
Many: When waters are rough,
We hold each other
the sea begins to swallow us,
We encourage one another
to trust and call on God.
But we also need God and each other
are no looming waves.
can splash and play in the shallow end
And venture into deeper
waters with trusted friends.
Delighting in refreshing
currents of community
And savoring each burst of
Let’s invite others to
join in the fun!
Prayer of Invocation
you are like the sea:
yet soothing and constant.
us feel your refreshing presence
as we gather near your
to wade in the
possibilities of life
that you offer us this
O God, sometimes we are like David, and
forgive us for our two-sided nature.
We face the powerful with righteous anger,
but cling to any sense of power that we attain.
We are grateful when grace is extended to us,
yet remain absent-minded of this when others
have wronged us.
We treat our own as family, yet ignore sisters
whom we see only from a distance.
As people of paradox, we long for oneness with
ourselves and others,
with Christ and creation,
so that justice and love may flow freely.
of silence and reflection)
With Christ as the uniting element,
God’s grace washes upon the turbulent shores of
and we are forgiven to begin again
to live at peace with ourselves and others,
with Christ and creation,
allowing justice and love to flow freely
through our lives.
Let’s offer each other a sign of Christ’s
for the Offering
O God, you have offered unique gifts to each
one of us.
Teach us to celebrate and share those gifts
so that we may create communities of graciousness and love.
Through Jesus, we are reminded of the
that an individual contribution can make.
Let us offer our gifts generously for the
service of all.
we ask you to take these
gifts, bless them, and use them
to calm storms and create
in our communities
new, imaginative, and
life-giving streams. Amen.
We are the waters in which God swims!
Through the currents, crashing waves, and
depths of the unknown,
a Holy Presence remains.
May God continue charting new courses and ways
of being in the world
that unites creation in a collective call of
“Peace! Be still!”
Peace! Be Still! Service Prayers for the Third Sunday after
Pentecost was written
by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi.
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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The Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi currently serves as Minority Student
Life Specialist at Colorado College in Colorado
Springs, CO and was
ordained to this position in 2007. Previously, she served
as an on-call hospital chaplain and has also worked in several
capacities with FaithTrek: Theological and Vocational Exploration for High
School Youth, a Lilly-funded program at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. As a biracial
Latina/Italian and a first-generation college graduate, her passions
include: racial justice, equal rights for all, diversity/inclusion education,
spiritual formation in higher education, and immigrant rights.