Epiphany -- Service Prayers
Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
one has a right to sit down and feel helpless: there's too much to do.” ~ Dorothy Day
everybody I see knows the truth but they just don’t know that they know it.” ~ Woody Guthrie
who have a voice must be a voice for the voiceless.” ~ Oscar Arnulfo Romero
“An Out-of Bounds God”
“God’s Odd Choices”
“All You Need Is … Commitment”
“Who Said It Would Be Easy?”
Call to Worship
One: We have come to worship God, the living God,
Who calls prophets and teachers to
We have come to praise God, the
Who answers the forces of hatred and
hurt with the power of grace.
We have come to worship God,
Who chooses even you and me,
to receive and carry the Word
of life and hope.
All glory to God!
God of the prophets,
is it possible that you, who
spoke to Jeremiah and Jesus,
will speak to us? We may not
be ready to believe it.
We may not be ready to receive
But we have gathered in your
name and we pray: come, holy one.
Fill us with the story of your
people; fill us with your loving Word.
Take us as we are, and make us
wholly yours. In Jesus’ name; Amen.
If we say we are completely put
together, the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our distractions,
our errors, and our anxieties,
God will meet us and renew us.
Before God and God’s people, I
confess that I have
been reluctant to speak out clearly,
naming the injustice I see and
declaring God’s vision.
Before God and one another, we
confess our reluctance
to receive our calling as
God’s people, made by God
and chosen as witnesses to
God’s dream of justice and joy.
Remind me, God, that you have made
me for your service
and recharge me with your
Renew us, God.
Grant us courage to live out your
Way of peace and grace.
We ask it in Jesus’ name; Amen.
Words of Assurance
has promised that whenever we repent, and seek a new union with God,
promise comes true now. Sisters and brothers, know that in Christ Jesus,
Thanks be to God! Amen.
called great prophets, and God calls us.
is generous, pouring out the gifts of grace and love
the life-giving power of the Word for all people.
respond with our renewed commitment to God’s vision,
by giving our tithes and offerings to the ministries of God’s church.
Let us gather our gifts together and
offer them to God in gratitude and praise.
Unison Prayer of Dedication
of the prophets, we bless this offering
people who have received your gifts of grace and hope.
return to you a portion of the abundance you have given to us.
dedicate all that we give, to your loving purposes:
in those who have been cast out;
strong on behalf of those who are weak;
out with your Word of joy and justice for all people.
your loving realm increase! In Jesus’ name; Amen.
May God bless you and keep you;
may God’s face shine upon you
and be gracious unto you;
may God look upon you with
and grant you wholeness,
harmony, hope: shalom, now and always.
Our worship concludes; our
God’s Word is within you; go
“Chosen as Witnesses”: Service Prayers for the
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year C), was written by John A. Nelson,
Pastor and Teacher of Niantic Community Church, Niantic, Connecticut.
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