Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 22
Seeds of Faith
Service Prayers after
Proper 22 (Semicontinuous)
1:1-6 Psalm 137
2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10
Call to Worship
Leader: Come, listen to the One
calls seeds of faith to sprout from our hearts
each new day.
Leader: Come, see the One
who nurtures seeds of faith
with sunny grace
and a fresh embrace.
Leader: Come, bring thanksgiving, a rich soil that feeds the One
who blossoms seeds of faith into
hope and love.
rejoice in the One
harvest of wheat and grape we bless and share.
God of ever-blooming beauty,
all the earth is fertile ground for the seeds of faith
you have planted around and in us,
which allow us the freedom
to create in partnership with you all that is good and
We await the sun and rain
of daily joys and pains that cause us to grow new life
into a world that is reaching
towards the evergreen fields of heavenly gardens. Amen.
The Divine Gardener cannot sow seeds
of justice and peace
is nothing but hearts of dry, hard rocks.
that our hearts may need tilling
digging out of the deeply rooted sins
out seedlings planted with divine compassion.
God of steadfast love, you change bitter tears of
with raindrops of mercy,
let us germinate a new life, growing with integrity!
God of steadfast love, you change the cold shame of contrite
with sunrays of mercy
let us sprout a new life, growing with honesty!
God of steadfast love, you change the stony edges of repentant
into landscapes of mercy,
us branch out into new life, growing with generosity!
You tend us in steadfast love,
Unending mercies, and eternal faithfulness;
you cultivate true friendship with you
through boundless forgiveness.
In Christ, this faithful love is planted in our
Gathered as your community of believers, our family of
with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us,
we can now produce forgiveness for each other as we are
be to God!
Call to Offering
The fruits of our labor
are the results of the seeds of faith
that God first planted in
us from our very beginning;
they have grown us into
God’s image and likeness.
We bring these fruits
now to the table
to share in the banquet
feast of God’s abundant goodness.
seeds of faith you planted in our hearts
us to set before you the harvest of who we are and what we have.
our offering be like a pleasing and plentiful garden in your sight,
providing for the
greater good of all creation.
is with you.
People: And also with you.
with your hearts.
People: We have them with God.
us give thanks to the Divine Gardener!
is right to give God thanks and praise.
We give you thanks, Divine
God of heaven and earth,
who created land, sea,
and sky; all creatures great and small.
In your own likeness you
planted us in your splendid garden,
like mustard seeds of
to blossom as caregivers
of your precious world.
We praise you for the
beauty and abundance
of a planet shared by
in which we strive to
reflect ever more clearly
the brilliance of your
where all nations,
races, cultures, and societies
may live in harmonious
In that reign our myriad
colors, shapes, and contours
will form one oasis of
We thank you for
nurturing within us the witness of
Torah, Prophets and
Wisdom of the Hebrew Scriptures.
We celebrate your
harvest of Good News
in the life, death and
of your Messiah who has shared our life,
and announces that your
reign has begun in our midst.
Through our Savior, you
have sent forth your Spirit
to renew the face of the
to cultivate the church in
its mission of Justice and Peace for all,
in the radiant and
refreshing light of your beloved Jesus Christ.
People: Holy, holy, holy God of Justice and
whole universe speaks of your Just Peace,
God Most High.
is the one who brings Just Peace
in the name of our God!
Hosanna in the highest!”
(adapted from Service
of the Word and Sacrament I, UCC Book of
and A Just Peace Church
edited by Susan Thistlethwaite)
remember that in the night of betrayal, desertion and arrest,
and on the eve of
Jesus invited his
disciples to gather together
for Passover and the
Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Jesus took some bread,
and after he
had given thanks,
he broke it,
and he said,
‘This is my
body, which is for you;
do this in
remembrance of me.’
And in the
same way, with the cup after supper, saying,
‘This cup is
the new covenant in my blood.
drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’
eat this bread then, and drink this cup,
proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes”.
Therefore we proclaim
the mystery of our faith:
People: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
God, accept with favor this our sacrifice of praise,
we now present with these holy gifts.
your Holy Spirit on this bread and cup
that it may become for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ.
your Spirit upon us as well,
we may become one body in Christ.
offer to you our lives as a gift,
you thanks for calling us to your service.
Christ, we pray:
instruments of your Just Peace,
where there are
seeds of hatred, let us sow seeds of love;
where there is
where there is
where there is
where there is
where there is
O Divine Gardener,
grant that we may not so
much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood
as to understand;
to be loved as to
For it is in giving that
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.
(adapted from Prayer of St Francis)
Leader: Now let us pray as Jesus taught us…..
As we go forth to
proclaim and live
through the loving care
of the Divine Gardener,
may we spread seeds of
faith throughout the land.
May we always welcome
your sun and rain, the joyful and sorrowful.
May we know by faith
that, like the tree that produces mulberries to eat,
our lives may feed the
world that hungers
for everlasting justice,
beauty, and love
which only sprout and
grow because of you.
Seeds of Faith: Service Prayers for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost was
written by James E. Janecek, an ordained minister with standing in the South
Texas Association of the South Central Conference, currently serving as United
States Air Force Installation Chaplain, Morón Air Base, Spain.
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Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
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