Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 17
Look Who’s Invited!
Service Prayers for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 17 (Semicontinuous)
Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke
14: 1, 7-14
Radical hospitality is a theme of both the lesson from
Hebrews and Jesus’ parable of the banquet in Luke. Find creative ways to build
your service around these images!
Consider a Communion celebration: set a festive table at the front of
the sanctuary and invite the congregants to find a place; leave a place open
for “angels” to be entertained. Organize an agape feast as worship, and
celebrate it in the context of a potluck picnic in a local park. Invite people to bring food to donate to
the food pantry. Celebrate all the ways that God fills our lives with good
things and calls us to share the bounty with others.
Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 81)
Sing aloud to God our strength and shout with joy:
God, our Host, welcomes
God reminds us,
brought you out of the land of Egypt
and fed you along the way:”
opened our mouths, God filled us with good things.
God calls us to walk the path of faithfulness, trusting
a feast for
bread, hot from the oven,
honey to satisfy our hunger.
God, you invite us to a banquet
last may be first,
humble and the mighty trade places.
share your abundance with no fear of scarcity;
greet strangers as angels you have sent!
so that we
may find a place at your table
welcome others with radical hospitality.
name of Jesus, Guest at all our tables, we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon (Based on Jeremiah 2)
Dear God, we have known
you since the time
you led our ancestors from bondage to freedom.
We have found no fault in your promise.
Yet we wander from the path that you have set and
put our faith in other “gods”
which lead us away from justice, compassion and
We forsake your
our faithlessness and our arrogance.
to right relationship with you and all those in our midst.
God is merciful and slow to anger.
God seeks the lost and extends the invitation again and
God welcomes us when we turn to God.
Friends, believe the Good News of the Gospel,
In Jesus Christ,
we are forgiven.
to Offering and Dedication
As God has welcomed us,
let us extend God’s blessings by sharing our tithes and
in support of Christ’s ministry today.
you have offered us a place at the table
have called us to share without expectation of being repaid.
called us to make a place for the poor,
outcast and the oppressed.
So we ask
that you bless these resources
they might support ministries of compassion and justice
of your children have a place at the table. Amen.
As you have feasted at the table at God’s invitation,
go into the world renewed and restored.
Go into the world to share to Good News
that there is a place for everyone at God’s banquet
Go into the world to share God’s bounty. Amen.
Look Who’s Invited! Service
Prayers for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, was written by the Rev.
Christopher Ney, Pastor of Central Congregational Church, UCC, of Newburyport,
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church
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