Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers -- Proper 16

Healing Reign
Service Prayers for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 16 (Complimentary)


    Isaiah 58:9b-14      Psalm 103:1-8     
Hebrews 12:18-29      Luke 13:10-17


Call to Worship


One                 We may be thirsty and parched,

                        like an un-watered garden,

                        so we come into God’s presence:

All:                  The Divine One is a spring of water! 


One:                We may be weary from worry and work

                        so we come into God’s presence:

All:                  The Holy One offers us Sabbath rest!


One:                We may be lost or confused

                        so we come into God’s presence:

All:                  The Wise One offers us welcome and guidance!


One:                We may be bent over with struggle or pain

                        So we come into God’s presence:

All:                  The Healing One empowers us to stand strong!




            O God of all goodness,

            you welcome us, forgive us and heal us. 

You seek us out from places where we have hidden from you.

You crown us with steadfast love and mercy.

Reveal yourself to us in this moment.

            Let us know your presence so that we may bless you:

            Bless you, O God!

            Bless your holy name!  Amen.


Prayer of Confession


Isaiah’s people--the people of Israel returning home from long exile--

            sought in the Prophet’s words guidance  for building God’s kin-dom:

                        Offer food to the hungry, Reach out to the afflicted,

                        Remove the yokes of oppression and injustice,

                        Overcome despair and complaint in struggle.


We too, struggle with this guidance,

            and too often fail

                        in our attempts to build  community.

Holy One, forgive us.

            Take away whatever holds us back. 

            Show us the way to confidence and generosity so that

            we may be known as your people:

                        Repairers of the broken places and

                        Restorers of streets to safety and peace. 


O God, with your help we can change and bring you glory.   


            Silent confession.....


Assurance of Pardon


Though we may have strayed, when we come to Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, we can be sure that the kin-dom we are offered cannot be shaken.  We will not be abandoned; indeed we will have continual guidance. Each time we feed the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted we grow in the strength of our faith and our bond with God.  We are changed.  Praise be to God; this simple miracle is made available to all of us, God’s children.


Offering Invitation


As God's humble and compassionate workers,

let us participate in the healing reign of Jesus

through our pledges and offerings given at this time.




With reverence and awe for your ways,

we offer our gifts for the work of love and justice,

the work of healing, restoring and setting free in your holy name,

God of our hearts.




Now let us go forth in God’s love,

and with God’s power

let us help all people to “stand up straight”,

no matter how long they have been infirm

and no matter what day of the week it is! 

Go and offer wholeness in the name of God.



Healing Reign: Service Prayers for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost was written by The Rev. Catherine Rolling, of Portland, OR and Greenville, WV, a United Church of Christ minister and a spiritual director, currently gardening and discerning/seeking 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. 



Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115