Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 11
Prayers for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Genesis 18:1-10 Psalm 15 Luke 10:38-42
Call to Worship
Christ is in our midst! How will you bid him welcome?
People: We will throw open the doors to our
We will delight in his presence.
When God shows up,
surprising things can happen.
will make ourselves ready.
will lay down our burdens and set aside our distractions.
Here we receive good
news: Nothing is too wonderful for God!
So let us laugh and sing, rest and
listen, dance and praise—
All: Let us worship God!
Wonderful, surprising God,
you bring us hope when we are
peace when we are anxious,
and joy when we are least expecting
Help us, now, to rest in your
Be our welcome Guest not only here
but everywhere we go this week.
Show us how to receive all that you
have to offer us.
May we remain open even to what
seems too incredible to be true,
for with you, so much more is
possible than we even imagine.
We pray this in the name of your most
Jesus the Christ. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
continually provide us with opportunities
to practice generous
our fear of difference, reluctance to share,
and desire to be in control make
appear weak and insincere.
we long for what is familiar and comfortable,
have difficulty honoring the stranger as a sacred guest
bears the face of Christ.
out and irritated by the work we think we must do,
miss opportunities to receive the gifts
that such guests offer us.
us, O God, for focusing on the wrong things.
us how to do what is right.
Assurance of Pardon
The Psalmist declares that those who
speak the truth from their heart
will abide in God’s sanctuary. God hears the difficult truths we
have named aloud and in the silence of our hearts.
Now let the wonderful gift of God’s
forgiveness flow through you.
May the abundance of God’s mercy and
you free to serve God with love.
Thanks be to God!
Invitation to Share
Amazing things can happen when we
When three strange guests showed up
outside Abraham and Sarah’s tent,
they rushed to create a fine feast
of the best they had to offer.
They did this having no idea
that their guests would give them an
astonishing gift of great joy.
Let us make our offering an abundant
feast of the finest gifts we have to share.
Perhaps we also will be joyfully
surprised by what God has in store for us.
Prayer of Dedication
God, we share what we have
we wish to serve you with the best we have to offer.
our tithes and offerings that they may become a bountiful feast
all who need to be filled with good things.
our eyes to see the strangers you call us to welcome.
us to receive them as you do,
with radically inclusive hospitality.
we recognize and delight in the gifts they share with us. Amen.
Go out into the world to serve God
Be ready to laugh with delight at
the good news God has to offer you.
Make room at your table for
When the work of discipleship leaves
you weary or frustrated,
rest in Christ’s presence and listen
to what he is saying.
And the blessing of God, Creator,
Christ, and Holy Spirit,
go with you today and always. Amen.
the Guest: Service Prayers for the
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost was written by Rev.
Heather A. Moody, an ordained minister
with standing in the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the
U.C.C. A member of the United Church of
Christ Executive Council, she is currently in search of a call.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
700 Prospect Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.
This title for Jesus is taken from Madeleine L’Engle’s book, The Glorious Impossible (New York: Simon
& Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1990).