P(s)aul #Narrative Lectionary

Acts 9:1-19a. and Matthew 6:24

Alternative 2nd Text Psalm 42

 

Call to Worship Lord we come to you, blind to the opportunities to be your instrument Teach us to be instruments of your grace, Take the scales from our eyes oh Lord, for we want to see your beauty. Let us begin to tell to story of your Gospel, in our worship here today.

 

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we confess that at times we breathe murder on our breath. We tear one another down, we complain, we whine. We confess that we breathe out hate of people, places and things. Sweeten our breath, we pray. Allow us to breathe in the Holy Spirit: inhaling her inspiration, her hope, her courage, so that we might breathe out the Holy Spirit exhaling: creativity, aspiration and encouragement in every particular action we perform.

Assurance of Pardon: If your soul thirsts for God, the way a deer longs for the stream, Know that our God is steadfast in love, and in the darkest nights, God’s song is with you, so go forth, singing this song of the truth to one another: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication: Let us do as the the Lord commands, Let us get up and go, gaining strength from our baptism for the work you have set before us today.

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant for 7 years, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times. "Hallows, not Horcruxes" Harry Potter

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