Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 6
Prayers after Pentecost
21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a Psalm 5:1-8
to Worship (from Psalm 5)
Leader: Come, let us worship and bow down in
awe of God’s steadfast love for us.
People: For God gives ear to our words; God
to the sound of our cries.
let us take refuge in the God of our salvation.
For God is our shield, our protection
in times of trouble.
Come, let us rejoice and
sing for joy!
For God is surely in this place! Let us worship God!
Loving God, we come to
you eager to experience
the tender warmth of
Help us to set aside any
that would keep us from
resting in your presence.
Open our ears to hear
what you have to say to us.
Open our eyes to see how
you are at work among us.
Open our hearts to feel your
inspiration and guidance.
Give us the courage to
follow you wherever you may lead us.
We offer this prayer in
the name of our guide and friend,
Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
confess, O God,
there are times when
we want far exceeds what we need.
often go to great lengths to acquire what we desire.
King Ahab, we become resentful and sullen
we don’t get our way.
are reluctant to acknowledge
the consequences of our own actions,
your cries for justice.
when we live more simply,
remain tempted to judge what other people do and say.
judgments produce labels that we apply with ease,
barriers to your grace.
can we love our neighbors as ourselves
such barriers in place?
Assurance of Pardon
Sisters and brothers,
hear this good news:
Forgiveness pours forth
from God like tears of joy.
No barrier you erect can
obstruct the flow of these healing waters.
Receive the gift of
that you may be restored
and filled with peace.
Fully forgiven, you are
empowered to show great love.
All: Thanks be to God! Amen.
to Share (Luke 7:36-50)
In our offering today,
we remember a woman
who refused to allow
social taboos or the risk of judgment
to keep her from showing
Her faithful act of
loving generosity inspires us:
How might we demonstrate
extravagant faith without counting the cost?
Prayer of Dedication
God, we offer our gifts as an act of extravagant faith.
this offering, that it might be a witness
your realm of forgiveness, justice and healing.
this act of sharing embolden us to show great generosity
the coming week.
your many names we pray, Amen.
Go forth from this place
responding to the witness
of the prophet Elijah
and the woman who anointed Jesus:
Name injustice when you see it.
Speak truth to power when it’s needed.
Show great love even when it’s very risky.
Take refuge in God when you get lonely or scared.
And the abundant, steadfast love of God,
the peace of Christ,
and the joy of the Holy Spirit
go with you today and always. Amen.
Great Love: Service Prayers for the Third Sunday after Pentecost was
written by the Rev. Heather A. Moody of the Pilgrim Association of the
Massachusetts Conference, who is currently in search of a call. Rev. Moody is a member of the Executive
Council of the United Church of Christ.
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Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
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