Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 20
God is Our Balm
Service Prayers for the 17th Sunday
Proper 20 (Semicontinuous)
8:18-9:1 Psalm 79:1-9
1Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13
Call to Worship
One: Though our hearts may be grieving,
we come risking joy:
All: God is our
One: Though we weep over the woes of the day, we are
here seeking hope:
All: God soothes
One: Though our
lives are often difficult, we gather for strength:
All: God restores our souls and cares for us;
God calms our anguish and dries our tears.
Let us call on the Holy One, and rejoice in God,
ever our source of solace in our daily journey,
ever our comforter in times of trial Amen.
of our hearts,
are our Physician in times of hurt;
your balm heals our wounds.
You hear our prayers,
intercessions and supplications.
Your presence is pleasing to us and we welcome
Together in your
we rejoice in your
embrace of us
and offer you our
boundless praise Amen!
Prayer of Confession
Sometimes God we take ourselves so seriously
—our opinions, our emotions, our needs, our
that we fail to notice our effect on
And we do not make connections between our
and the resources left for others.
We do this without knowing it.
Bring our awareness to Justice for all
—to the common good, to your universality of
Remind us you love all.
Assurance of Pardon
The God of salvation, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of truth, offers forgiveness to each of us through the Redeemer sent
in human form. We are grateful that over and over we are given the chance to
begin again and that nothing we have done can separate us from God’s love.
Children of a
loving God, our hope is that as we have been faithful with little, we can be
generous in our giving so that ___insert
church name____ can be faithful with much.
May our continued work for God’s purposes be enhanced by the gifts we
God, as your church we reflect your hopes for
humanity. We offer these gifts and ask
you to guide us to shrewd and loving management of all we are given in order to
further your work in our midst.
Go forth, following as God leads you, into
faithful living. Taking the balm of
grace and healing you have received, offer it in each encounter of your day by
day living. Thus the soul of the people
is restored. Amen.
Prayerful Living: Service Prayers for the 17th 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 gardening and
discerning/seeking a call.
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