Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 7
and Our Hope
Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Psalm 42 and
3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39
to Worship (from Psalms 42 & 43)
Leader: Come, all you whose souls thirst for
the living God.
People: We come in search of help and hope.
Come, you who are
acquainted with grief or oppression.
We come bearing our doubts, our wounds, and
Come, you who are in
need of good news.
come in search of joy, truth, and light.
Come and find refuge in God your rock.
again praise the One who is our help and our hope.
Invocation (from 1 Kings 19:8-15a)
O God, you come to us not in the
chaos of the whirlwind,
not in the roar of the earthquake,
not in the crackling heat of the fire,
but in the sound of sheer
Quiet our minds, bring peace to our
hearts and stillness to our bodies
that we might meet you in that
Help us to listen for your still,
Give us the courage to go wherever
you lead us,
trusting that you will prepare the
We pray this in the name of our
Companion on the journey,
Jesus the Christ.
of Confession (from
confess, O God,
we often find ourselves distracted
a legion of destructive voices that make false promises.
these are our inner demons:
Left side: We believe safety and security can reside
in ample bank accounts.
Right side: We
think that success leads to real happiness.
equate power with dominating others.
We hold fast to pain and
anger as if they were treasure in a chest.
soothe our fear of failure with substances that do harm.
feed our hunger for love and approval
with food that does not
hold of the chains that bind us, O God.
Set us free from the tombs in which
Assurance of Pardon
Friends, hear this good
In Christ God calls us
forth from the tomb to the light of new life.
The healing power of
God’s forgiveness restores us to wholeness.
God releases us from the
chains that bind us.
We are set free to be
children of God!
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
Invitation to Share
Jesus told the man he
had healed to go home
and tell everyone how
much God had done for him.
What if we were to look
at our offering
as a way to proclaim how
much God has done for us?
What if we were to share
with the same kind of generous love
that God abundantly
shares with us?
Prayer of Dedication
Loving God, we share what we have
you share so abundantly with us.
our sharing be an act of thanksgiving and praise
all you have done and all you will continue to do for us.
dedicate these gifts and offer ourselves to your service.
us and our gifts,
we might be a source of help,
hope, and joy to a world in need.
grateful hearts we pray, Amen.
forth into the world with hope,
for no chain can bind and no tomb can contain
the healing life Christ offers each
and make room for quiet, still places amidst
the chaos of everyday life,
for there we will find God.
and dare to proclaim all that God has done for you,
for there are many who need our good news.
knowing that the light of God shall lead you,
the presence of Christ
shall guide you,
and the power of the
Holy Spirit shall uphold you,
this day and always. Amen.
Our Help and Our Hope,
Service Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, was written by the
Rev. Heather A. Moody, an ordained minister with standing in the Pilgrim
Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the U.C.C. A member of the United Church of Christ
Executive Council, she is currently in search of a call.
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
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