Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
The Bread of Life:
Service Prayers for the Ninth Sunday after
to Worship (a
continuation of last week’s Call to Worship)
One: You call your people to prayer and praise in many ways. This
day, bring us together just as you called the people of Israel to
gather manna in the desert to eat and sustain life.
Many: God of unity, give us this day our
us the nutrients we need to remain connected to you. As
spiritual beings, we desire to receive food that endures— faith,
hope, and love.
Many: God of grace, give us this day our daily
life is created and nourished by you! May we
grow into new circles of understanding and being, reflecting
the ways in which we have been touched by your holy manna.
Many: Holy Spirit, come! Give us this day our
Unison Prayer of Invocation
Sustainer, we receive the things you desire to offer us
today and each new day!
Grant us wisdom and openness to your
use its teachings to energize our bodies and spirits.
God, we confess that we often
spoon-feed ourselves items and ideas
that do not provide us the
energy we need to do your work.
This creates space between you
between ourselves and each
other, as members of Christ’s one body.
Oftentimes, we are willing to
risk our sustained health and well-being
for immediate satisfaction. (Moment of silence and reflection)
Assurance of Pardon
Through Jesus, we have been
given an example of one who was truly nourished and sustained by God. In Christ, we are forgiven, made whole, and
restored to the one body. Let us
outwardly profess our Christian unity by offering each other a sign of peace.
Prayer Before the Distribution of Holy Communion
In one hand, we embrace a piece of one common loaf.
Sharing one cup, we drink of the Christ’s
new covenant of unity.
With one voice, we lift up our prayers
you, the one great God, who embraces our differences
rejoices in our unity in this one communion act. Amen.
Call for the Offering
Jesus said, “I am
the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever
believes in me will never be thirsty.” Let us offer our loaves and
fishes in the service of God’s kin-dom.
O God, we share these gifts in
the spirit of those who shared their manna in the desert and their loaves and
fishes by the seaside: we ask that you
take these gifts and use them to feed all of creation—to produce seed and grain,
filling humans and animals alike, and to restore wholeness in the places where malnourishment
Let us go forth in faith
in our Nonperishable God,
who gives us daily what we
need to feed our bodies and spirits.
Our common need for
us together as the body of Christ.
the holy Bread of Life create
for the journey,
for troubled stomachs,
movement for aching limbs,
activity for all bodies
seek to live in sacred community. Amen.
suggestion: “One Bread, One Body” – John B. Foley, 1978
“The Bread of Life” Service Prayers for
the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost was
written by the Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Minority Student Life Specialist at
Colorado College, 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.