Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost
I Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Call to Worship
Leader: Come into this household of God
might all listen to God’s Word
discern the wisdom that comes only from God.
People: How can we
discover such wisdom?
Leader: The fear of our God is the beginning of wisdom .
choose to live according to God’s will and plan,
give to each of us a wise and discerning heart.
People: May God fill
us with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs!
come to lift up to God the songs and music from
Leader: Jesus is here in our midst as living bread.
to be nourished and strengthened that we may remain with him.
so close to us that we can taste his presence.
All: Praise the
Lord! Learn of God’s compassion and mercy.
the Lord with our hearts! Praise the
Invitation to Confession
Jesus gathers us together in his presence,
us turn now to name and confess the many ways
so often deny or overlook that what we need
comes only from beyond our imaginations and knowledge.
Wise God, we give you thanksgiving
you have given us this time to look into our words, thoughts
confess that we lure ourselves into believing
we possess all of the knowledge that we need.
we go from place to place,
though we say we want to hear your Word and speak with you,
fail to see that we are always in your presence.
stray seeking other gods,
ways may be easy but cannot show us the ways of living wisely.
are afraid of being fed with the living bread of Jesus.
us with the Holy Spirit that we might live each day
to your will and plan for us and for your world.
us to discern your wisdom that we might live eternally
with you and Christ.
Words of Grace
God’s wisdom and compassion ,
receive grace that we might live anew,
by the obstacles and pride of the past.
to feast on the living bread which is given to us each day.
thanks to God who lifts us up with the gift of forgiveness.
forth into the world trusting with your hearts
wisdom God bestows upon all who seek to follow God’s will.
called to lead, do so with humility and confidence in God.
in this world a sign of Jesus’ presence.
compassion with all whom you encounter.
wisely in God’s name,
glorify God in all you do.
may the grace, mercy and wisdom of God
our support, guidance and strength
this day forward and for ever more.
Themes and Sermon Titles
-Discerning Hearts Seek to Know
-Living Wisely in a World When True Wisdom is
Hard to Find
-In the Presence of God, the All Wise
-Where is Wisdom to be Found?
-Wisdom and So Much More
-Bread of Heaven, Bread of Life
-Let the Living Bread Live within Us.
-Be Not Afraid to Feast on the Body and Blood of
-How Can Fear of the Lord be the Beginning of
Wisdom Quest: Service Prayers for the 11th Sunday after
Pentecost was written by the Rev. Dr. Bertrice Wood of Cleveland OH.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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