Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 13
Ringing in Peace
Service Prayers after Pentecost
Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107
Colossians 3:1-11 Luke
On August 6,
1945 the world entered the nuclear age when a US B-29 bomber dropped an atomic
bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. As many as 250,000 people were
killed, most of them civilians. In the decades since, the world has lived with
the threat of nuclear annihilation and the struggle for the abolition of
you to slow worship down today to meditate on what is needed for peace, by
framing the prayers with the resonant
sound of a bell--a hand bell with a bass tone, or a Buddhist singing bowl. Set the bell to sounding, and let its
vibration run its course in the silence of the space.
Call to Worship
give thanks to our God who is
Whose steadfast love
The people God
been gathered in
the east and from the west,
the north and from the south.
Some have wandered,
finding no safety,
Hungry and thirsty.
In their trouble they cried out to God
delivered them from distress.
thank our God for steadfast love
for all humankind.
For God satisfies the thirsty,
fills the hungry with good things.
give thanks to our God who is
steadfast love endures forever!
Holy God, we gather
to give thanks for your steadfast love
and to experience afresh your desire to
gather all people
into communities of safety, justice and peace.
With Christ as our guide, we seek to grow
into “a new self”
in your image: generous, compassionate, welcoming.
Baptized into Christ,
we seek to love all of our sisters and
inclusive love that sees beyond difference
and extends the hand of peace to strangers.
Send your Spirit among us
and inspire our imaginations and wills
in the things that make for peace,
for we pray in the name of the One
who was called the Prince of Peace, Amen.
Call to Confession
the events of years ago:
the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In the decades since,
the world has lived with the threat of nuclear
and many have worked and struggled for the abolition of
O God, like a father who teaches his child to
like a mother who feeds and heals her
desire to nourish all people and rescue them from injustice.
You call us into this work of justice-making
follow other paths;
choices that lead to violence and destruction.
Meet us here and teach us how to put aside
all temptations that lead to violence,
from the smallest to the most global.
Assurance of Pardon
The apostle Paul calls us to seek the things that are
and find new life revealed in Christ.
As we have been called by Christ, we put away the things
that lead to death
and Christ’s life is revealed in us.
Friends, believe the Good News of the gospel: In Jesus
Christ, we are forgiven.
With the hope of those who are forgiven,
and with a commitment to walk in the way of peace,
let us pass the peace of Christ to our neighbors.
Call to Offering
God who has blessed our lives calls us to store our riches with God.
In thanksgiving and in faithfulness, let us share our
gifts and offerings.
these gifts in gratitude
the ways in which you have blessed our lives.
these gifts to remember
are the source of our hope and our peace.
gifts we commit ourselves to serve you
work for peace in this world.
these gifts that they might be used
ministries of restoration and reconciliation. Amen.
now into the world,
renewed in hope and dedication to serve God
and to work for reconciliation among all of God’s peoples
until the whole human family can live in peace and
Ringing in Peace:
Service Prayers for the 10th 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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