Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
From Despair to
Service Prayers for the
16th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 19 (Inclusive)
4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm
14 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke
Reflection on the Passages
Today’s passages are
a study in contrasts.
passage of creation undone because of the faithlessness of God’s people is full
of despair, hopelessness and nothingness. We see God peering out from heaven
trying to find at least one soul who is seeking God – one soul that knows God. While
the vision is of a desolate land, God offers one sign of hope: part of the land
will be spared for a future. Psalm 14
speaks about God’s care and concern for the victims of those who do not seek,
nor know, God.
The New Testament passages are more hopeful. A
merciful God actively seeks those who have made the commitment to follow God
but who have lost their way. We can sense in the passages the love God has for
creation by the determination to keep looking for those who are lost. God
rejoices over us once we are found. We are reminded that we are precious to
- “Come, My People”
Sing! Prayer and Praise 12
Come, all you who are seeking God.
Come! Enter in to this
place of protection and comfort
And discover that God is seeking us!
rejoice to have God find us here,
we come seeking God!
Come! Come in and
experience God’s joy when we come together.
in this sanctuary we worship, and meet God!
Thank you, O Holy One
for this opportunity to
in this place of
We come to this new day
after a long week,
carrying all kinds of
feelings, emotions and expectations.
But here, in your
let your Holy Spirit
to a place of rejoicing
in which new hopes abound.
We will celebrate the
gift of your caring Spirit. Amen.
Leader: O Most Patient God, we recognize
we need you for life itself.
how often have we behaved
if we did not know or even care about you?
How often have we
become the ones who do not carry out justice?
How often have we tried to dominate others
even as you stand with them?
How often have we
participated in the desolation of your creation
by our treatment of the
heavens, the earth and its waters?
Forgive us for these times when we have lost
Know, All Loving God,
that we want to be among those whom you seek.
Shower your mercy upon us.
Find us, and lead us safely home to faithfulness.
Hymn Suggestions (after
the Prayer of Confession)
Fount of Every Blessing
(verse 2) NCH
a Wideness in God’s Mercy NCH
My friends, when we are
lost, all is not lost.
God is seeking us, ready
to turn our lives around,
Gathering us in to the
people of God.
Let us rejoice in God’s
Call To Offering
Like Paul, who was showered with an
abundance of mercy from God,
we too have been blessed.
Like Paul, we are called to go forth
and tell our story of Christ in our lives
so that others may also be inspired.
One of the ways in which we tell the
story is through the giving of gifts to God.
In our gift-giving we participate
in providing for the needs of God’s people.
our gifts become symbols of our intention
minister with God to
the needs of those whom God loves.
Go forth from this place rejoicing
knowing that your relationship with
God is secure.
You are loved, sought after and
in the name of God the Creator,
Christ and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Despair to Rejoicing: Service Prayers for the 16th Sunday after
Pentecost was written by Henrietta Stith Andrews, a retired UCC
Pastor who served as Associate Conference Minister in Michigan.
Rev. Andrews is a certified Spiritual Director and presently resides in Southfield, Michigan.
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