Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 25
Prophecy, Dreams and Visions
Service Prayers after Pentecost
Proper 25 (Semicontinuous)
Joel 2:23-32 Psalm 65
Timothy 4:6-8 Luke 18:9-14
The text from Joel offers the promise of restoration and
renewed vision from God. The apocalyptic imagery hints at the promise of a new
heaven and a new earth. Similarly, Jesus’ parable calls us to humble
recognition of our need for God’s grace.
Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 65)
Praise waits for you, O God, in all
hear our prayers, forgive our sins and call
us to dwell with you!
God of our hope, you
are the life of the entire world.
faithfulness calls forth songs of joy from the
ends of the earth.
You formed the
mountains and still the roaring sea.
You calm the uproar of
You care for the land,
bless it with water,
and fill it with grain
to feed the people.
creation shout and sing for joy.
the ways that you bless our lives:
beauty and abundance of nature,
of family and friends,
of knowing you and hearing your word.
Spirit during this time of worship
we might dream your dreams
visions of the world as you created it to be.
thoughts and actions.
closer to you so that we might do your will
in your house forever. Amen.
Call to Confession
We turn to God in
not because we are
compelled but because God invites us.
We come to God
not because of our
righteousness but because of God’s grace.
In that spirit, we
offer this prayer of confession and unburdening.
God, we know that in every generation
forth prophets to proclaim your word.
you thanks that you are still speaking even today.
Spirit inspires the young to see visions of a new creation
elders to dream of a time not yet known.
confess that we fail to hear your voice
comes from an unexpected place.
that we are right,
the Good News of your reconciling love.
us with humility and awaken us anew
presence and your promise. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
The God of creation is
a God of mercy.
God is quick to forgive
and God’s promise of restoration is for all people.
Friends believe the
Good News of the Gospel
Christ, we are forgiven.
Call to Offering and Prayer of
In response to the
promise of abundant life
God calls us to share
our resources with those in need.
In that spirit of
generosity, let us offer our gifts and tithes.
God, we give thanks for the visions and dreams
share with your people.
these gifts in response to your abundant blessings
that you use them and the commitment they represent
your good news with all the world. Amen.
Go into the world,
renewed in hope and restored by God’s vision.
Go into the world to
share God’s grace and mercy.
Go into the world and
proclaim the Good News of what God has done for you.
To that end, may the
blessings of God be with you this day and forevermore. Amen.
Prophecy, Dreams and Visions: Service Prayers for the
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, was written by the Rev. Christopher Ney, Pastor
of Central Congregational Church, UCC, of Newburyport, MA.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and
Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700
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