Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
Keeps Faith Forever!
Prayers for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 5 (Inclusive)
to Worship (based
on Psalm 146)
Leader: Happy are those whose hope is in
maker of heaven and
People: for God keeps faith forever!
God executes justice for
and gives food for the
God sets the prisoners free
and opens the eyes of the blind.
God lifts up those who
are bowed down.
God watches over the strangers
and upholds the orphan and the widow.
People of God, sing
praise to the One who is your help—
for God keeps faith forever!
Faithful God, you draw
near to us
in our joy and in our
in our hope and in our
When we are bowed down,
you raise us anew.
We turn to you now in
search of your healing touch.
God of compassion and
move among us this
Open our eyes, dispel
and show us the real
life you have to offer.
We pray this in the name
of the Risen One,
Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
We confess, O God, that
the burdens which weigh us down
also narrow our vision.
Fear of scarcity makes
us focus on our own survival.
We regard strangers with
suspicion and find it difficult to share.
We speak words that we
regret and keep silent when we need to speak.
discouragement sap our energy and our faith.
We wonder how there
could be good news that is not of our own making.
We, whom you call to be
an Easter people, are in need of resurrection.
In the person of Jesus,
God invites us to
discover the freedom and new life that God offers us.
God’s forgiveness heals
God’s grace dispels our
weariness and discouragement.
God’s love clears our
God’s compassion lifts
are made new!
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
to Share (1 Kings 17: 8-16)
The widow of Zarephath
thought the end was near.
In a time of great
drought, she had only enough meal and oil
to prepare a last bit of
flatbread for herself and her son.
And yet, when asked, she
was willing to share what she had with a stranger.
With great courage, she
trusted God’s promise to provide for her family.
Her story invites us to
look at the act of sharing as an act of trust.
Let us share generously
because we can trust God
to provide us with what we need.
Prayer of Dedication
God, we give these gifts because you ask us to share.
dedicate this offering and our lives to your service,
the hungry may be fed, the oppressed may receive justice,
the stranger may be welcomed in our midst.
offer this prayer in the name of the bearer of your good news,
the Christ. Amen.
People of God, trust
God keeps faith
Go from this place
filled with new life,
ready to bear the good
news of God’s promises.
And should you find
yourself feeling worried or discouraged this week,
remember that the
wondrous love of God,
the healing power of
and the bold courage of
the Holy Spirit,
go with you today and
Faith Forever: Service Prayers for the
Second Sunday after Pentecost was written by the Rev. Heather A. Moody of
the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference, who is currently in
search of a call. Rev. Moody is a member
of the Executive Council of the United Church of Christ.
Copyright 2010 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