Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 21
the Life that is Really Life
to trust God, not wealth)
Prayers for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Psalm
1 Timothy 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-31
Today’s texts present a powerful contrast.
Jeremiah shows hope and confidence in God’s by buying a field even as enemy
armies besiege Jerusalem.
The prophet sees a day when the land will be restored to productivity and lives
according to the promise of God. The epistle and gospel lesson offer clear
warnings about the temptation of greed and efforts to find security in wealth.
In a time of ongoing economic uncertainty, these are words of counsel and
Call to WORSHIP (Psalm
One: You who live in
the presence of the Most High
and sleep in the
shadow of the Almighty will say to God:
are my refuge and my fortress.
put my trust in you.
will save you from hidden traps and
you from deadly hazards.
shelter is safe.
need not fear:
wolves at night or flying arrows in the day,
disease that prowls at midnight nor
that erupts at high noon.
All: God says, “I
will deliver those who love me.
If you hold
fast to me, I will protect you from harm.”
says, “When you call, I will answer.
be with you in times of trouble.
will rescue you and honor you.
be to God!
Prayer of Invocation
give thanks for your faithfulness
extends from generation to generation.
give thanks for your promise of hope and
you for your justice.
give thanks for your care for the poor and the oppressed.
yourself to us during this worship,
that we may see you more clearly
understand your loving-kindness for all of creation.
us the life that is really life in you:
ask in the confidence of the promise you made long ago. Amen.
Call to Confession
God calls us again and again to
with God’s own self and all of
God welcomes us when we return.
God restores us when we find our
comfort in God.
Join with me now as we turn to God
in a spirit of confession.
Prayer of Confession (In
are the children of a loving God and heirs to a great promise.
promises to protect and shelter us from danger.
in times of war and distress,
strengthened our ancestors with a word of hope.
we cling to fear and try to protect ourselves
wealth and possessions that do not satisfy.
us, God, for our lack of faith and our faltering love for you.
us and renew our hope. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
The God who created us is the God
who guides us.
The God who cautions us not to set
our hopes on riches
is the God who promises to provide
everything for our enjoyment.
God calls us today to take hold of
the life that is really life.
Friends, believe the Good News of
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Call to Offering
God calls us to live faithfully, and to
invest our lives in the service of hope;
God calls us to “fight the good
fight” in the service of justice;
God calls us to attend to the needs
and to be generous in the service of
In response to all the ways in which
God has blessed our lives
and continues to offer the promise
of life in communion with God,
let us give thanks through the
presentation of our tithes and offerings.
Prayer of Dedication
Dear God, we give you
thanks for the blessings of our lives
and for the promise of everlasting
life in communion with you.
We offer these gifts as a
small expression of our gratitude.
Accept them and use them
to build a world
all have food and clothing
where all know your love. Amen.
into the world restored and renewed.
into the world assured of God’s goodness.
into the world knowing that our hope rests
in our possessions but in God’s promise.
that knowledge inspire you to serve all that you see
the name of the God of life. Amen.
the Life that is Really Life (Or, how to
trust God, not wealth): Service Prayers for the 18th Sunday After
written by the Rev. Christopher Ney, Pastor of Central Congregational Church,
UCC, of Newburyport, MA.
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Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church
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