Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
Get on Board with God’s New Thing:
Service Prayers for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28 (Inclusive)
Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19
The text from Isaiah, one of the most powerful and best
loved texts in the Hebrew Scriptures, is a promise to the exiles after their
return to Jerusalem.
God’s new thing is justice and abundance. In a different way, the epistle and
gospel readings are calls to faith-filled lives even in the midst of suffering
Call to Worship (Based on Psalm 98)
Sing to God a brand-new
God has made a world of wonders!
the world what can be done
steadfast love and faithfulness:
us as a dear family;
The whole earth awakes to witness God's saving
Shout your praises to God, everybody!
Let loose and sing!
Strike up the band!
Round up an orchestra
to play for God.
Add on a hundred-voice
Feature trumpets and
Fill the air with praises to God.
Let the sea and its fish give a round of
Let all who live on
earth join in!
ocean breakers call out, "Encore!"
and mountains harmonize the finale—
Welcome our God who comes with justice
to make things right!
Loving and merciful
God, we gather for worship
because you have called
us to be your people.
But we gather with conflicting
some of us are filled with a sense of joy and
hope for the future;
others feel overwhelmed by suffering around us.
At times, our lives seem out of control.
So we ask that you send your Spirit.
Allow us to leave cynicism and weariness behind.
Inspire us to be part of the new thing you are
this day and always. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
God, we proclaim
that your will is sovereign
mercy is boundless.
Yet we live
as if we never learned to trust you.
anxieties overwhelm us
fear that we have to go it alone.
from self-interest and fail to take risks for justice.
us, God. Remind us of your promise.
to discern your presence in our world
inspire us to act with faithfulness.
Assurance of Pardon
The promise of God
extends from generation to generation:
a new heaven and a new
earth where fear and want are not remembered.
We are heirs to this
Therefore, let us never
grow weary of doing what is right.
Friends, believe the
Good News of the Gospel:
In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Call to Offering
In response to God’s
great and abundant promises,
let us dedicate
ourselves anew to God’s action in the world.
Let us give thanks
through the presentation of our tithes and offerings.
Prayer of Dedication
blessing and abundance,
these gifts with humility and gratitude.
tithes and pledges represent
labor, our intelligence, and our dedication to you.
them and multiply their impact.
to build the world as you intended it to be
enjoy the fruit of their labor,
one lives in fear
the wolf and the lamb eat together. Amen.
Go into the world
renewed in hope and courage
that our God is making
all things new.
Go into the world to
leave the past behind
and join in the chorus
of praise for God’s great promise.
Go into the world to
love and serve God in all that you do.
Get on Board with God’s New Thing was written by the
Rev. Christopher Ney, Pastor of Central Congregational Church, UCC, of Newburyport, MA.
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and
Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
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