Narrative Lectionary: Phil 2

Phil 2:1-13

Luke 6:43-45

Psalm 62


Call to Worship (based on Psalm 62)
For God alone my soul waits in silence
God loves each of as a mother hen protects her young
God alone is my rock and my salvation, and I shall never be shaken
God is our refuge, let us worship God today.

Prayer of Confession: (unison) Loving Jesus, if there is any encouragement from you, then help us not to do things from selfish ambition or conceit,, but let us instead do all things with humility. Help us to act not from our own interests, which are limited, but instead for the interests of others, loving each other as sibling in Christ, we pray. (Silent Confession). Amen

Assurance of Pardon: (Phil 2) Trust God at all times, knowing that God is our caring parent giving us consolation and sympathy, and assuring us in love the good news: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen

Prayer of Dedication: Let us go into the world encouraged by the power of the Holy Spirit, and proclaiming the joy of Jesus Christ to one another. Amen.

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, 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 is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 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.

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