Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 14
Service Prayers after
Proper 14 (Semicontinuous)
1:1, 10-20 Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40
to Worship (Psalm 50)
Come, listen to the One
speaks and summons the earth,
the rising of the sun to its setting.
Come, see the One
shines forth in the perfection of beauty.
bring thanksgiving, the sacrifice that honors the One
who shows the salvation of God.
Invocation (Psalm 50 and Luke)
God of salvation, all the
earth cries out for the beauty within us
that comes from the
covenant you made with creation.
We, your little flock
of young and old, male
rich and poor, strong
are not afraid,
for it is your good
pleasure to give us now
your kingdom on earth as
We have come: we are
dressed for action and have our lamps lit,
we are ready for a new
dawn that brings an everlasting day. Amen.
The words of Isaiah remind us
in vivid terms
that the God of justice
solemn assemblies that
hold on to iniquity.
We confess that our
hands may be stained
with sins that are like
scarlet, crimson red,
hands that need to be
washed to be like bright wool,
as beautiful as fresh
Leader: God of mercy, remove the evil of
our doings so we may
to do good!
of mercy, remove confusion from our doings so we may
God of mercy, remove fear
from our doings so we may
rescue the oppressed!
of mercy, remove hopelessness from our doings so we may
defend the orphan!
of mercy, remove complacency from our doings so we may
plea for the widow!
God of compassion, your
brings us back in true
friendship with you
through your boundless
In Christ, this love is
treasured in our hearts.
Gathered as your
community of believers, our family of faith,
we are empowered to
forgive one another as we are forgiven.
be to God!
to Offering (Hebrews)
By faith we understand that
everything seen was made by God
from things that are not
By faith we bring these things,
especially our very selves as
for constructing a heavenly homeland
whose architect and builder is God.
God, by faith we obey your call
set before you the promise and inheritance
who we are and what we have,
you have first given to us in love.
our humble offering be pleasing in your sight
many as the stars of heaven
as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore,
the greater good of all creation.
As we go forth to proclaim and live
the Good News,
may our hearts remain set on an
unfailing treasure in heaven
where no thief comes near and no
Wherever we are, may we know your
treasured love in our hearts,
and be always ready to open a door
as soon as we hear Jesus coming and
Let us follow the footsteps of
Christ into the world,
and like our Savior, may we
unconditionally serve in love
all who dwell on this home called
Treasured Love: Service Prayers for the
Eighth 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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