Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 8
Putting on the Mantle
Service Prayers after Pentecost
Proper 8 (Semicontinuous)
Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm
5:1, 13-25 Luke
Call to Worship
Holy seekers whom God loves,
Come to receive your
Here among your gathered
Take refuge in the
We come to know the
presence of a loving God
We are here to be shown
the path of life
Let us bless the One who
gives us counsel.
Let us together
celebrate the ways of the Holy God.
us your mantle of love and power in this place.
the shelter of its love let us lay before you
troubles, our longings, our hopes.
its power open us to new ways
struggle and loss
into your Spirit’s realm
of joy and peace.
Come, Holy God,
your presence there is fullness of glory.
Prayer of Confession
struggle to manifest the fruits of the Spirit,
often find ourselves bound by works of the flesh.
know the whole law is summed up
the single commandment
love our neighbor as ourselves.
we create fences around ourselves to
keep neighbors outside
tell ourselves we have no responsibility.
in our own back yard we “bite and devour” one another.
wish it were different.
Jesus calls us to follow him,
find every excuse to instead go home
to the workplace to finish something more important first.
we yearn to be more centered on You.
Despite our resistance,
can be assured that God’s strong arm redeems the people.
calls us back to God’s realm, and encourages us
a love we can never lose no matter how hard we push back,
matter how often we forget, no matter how far we stray.
need but ask and we are forgiven.
We have inherited a double share of
God’s Spirit and we are grateful.
May we, as we live by the Spirit,
also be guided by the Spirit
to provide for those who have need
for charity or justice.
Give generously in Jesus’ name from
the riches you possess.
Our hearts are glad as we help work your
wonders through our gifts.
We ask your wisdom as we put our
hands to the plow
and look not back but only forward,
visioning the kin-dom of God.
Go forth wearing the mantle given by
Part the waters of injustice.
Make a way for compassion to be
offered to all that God loves.
Putting on the Mantle: Service Prayers for the
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost was written by The Rev. Catherine Rolling, of Portland, OR and Greenville, WV,
a United Church of Christ minister, spiritual director, gardener, currently
discerning/seeking a call.
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Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church
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