Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 24
Service Prayers for the Twenty-first Sunday
Proper 24 (Semicontinuous)
31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104 with
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8
Call to Worship
of us wonder what this faith is all about,
All: And come
hoping to learn things useful and heart-full.
One: Some of us are
“what we have learned and what we have
All: And come
longing to share our heart-full knowledge.
One: We have all
come to learn from each other and from the words of scripture:
All: You write
your sacred texts, O God,
scripture and on our hearts;
us into depths of understanding.
Meet us here and lead us deeper into you;
equip us for every good work.
Join our desire to learn
with your willingness to teach us
your ways of justice and joy.
For this purpose we gather, O Holy One. Amen.
from whom we seek a way
to live that honors you,
come and remind us of
you have written on our hearts.
God of our being,
enter us by your Spirit
and show us how sweet
Your words are.
Holy One of our
bring your comfort and
strength to this gathering
that we may all partake
of your wondrous love
and welcome you to our
Prayer of Confession
You offer us covenant and write your word
on our hearts.
Together we are the body of Christ,
and each one of us has the responsibility, the desire,
to respond to you in word and deed and love.
Yet, although you are beside us, within us, above us, all around us
we still manage to
We are pleased to be in your family,
but when it is time to do chores in your household
we are busy with
We are satisfied to receive your gifts
but when it comes to passing on your abundance
and saying where we got it
We are happy to say an occasional prayer to you who are always with us,
but when it comes to actually spending time with you,
we are already
Help us to be your people as you are our God—always and forever.
Assurance of Pardon
The God of Covenant, who names each of us as one of the chosen people,
continues to supply our needs and be our constant companion.
Though we struggle, in the words of Luke, “to pray always,”
we need not lose heart.
The Holy One will not abandon:
the Beloved is our grace, the healer of our lives.
Though we sometimes grow weary, take heart,
for our God is with us always to forgive us and remember our sin no more,
to grant justice and to offer love.
Children of the
Covenanting God, let us give generously today that God’s work may be made
manifest among the peoples. Please
prepare your tithes and offerings.
God of our hearts, accept our
offering and bless these gifts to your use in the name of Jesus, our Savior and
We leave today, meditating on God’s decree
given in scripture and on our hearts.
Let us find the Holy One day by day in
as a covenanting God who calls us to keep our
part of the bargain.
Let us go forth certain of the presence of our
Heart-Full Knowledge: Service Prayers for the Twenty-first Sunday
after Pentecost was written by The Rev. Catherine
Rolling, of Portland, OR and Greenville, WV, a United Church of
Christ minister and a spiritual director, currently discerning/seeking a call.
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