Seeds David Anointed King: Power & Prophecies Narrative Lectionary

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David Anointed King: Power & Prophecies  2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5Mark 11:8-10, Psalm 150

Call to Worship 1

Lord, you anointed David as the human King

But then you anointed Jesus as the King of Heaven

We celebrated David’s power with cymbals and tambourines

Let us celebrate you with good works


Call to Worship 2

Back of the bread is the flour

Back of the flour is the mill

Back of the mill is the wind and the rain, and the Father’s Will

Come let us worship the source of all power, God Almighty.


Call to Worship 3

God often we think power comes from kings and wealth

Yet you remind us of the power of presence and prayer

Kings and rulers are anointed everyday, governments reign in the human world

Yet often truth is more powerful than any human being or structure

Remind us of your power, God, gift us with prophecies of hope

All glory, laud and honor to God.

Call to Worship 4

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary;
 Praise him for his mighty deeds  praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;  praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Invitation to Confess: Let all who struggle with power and empowerment come and lay that struggle at the feet of Christ.

Prayer of Confession: Lord God we all give things power over our lives. We fail to take responsibility. We fear things that are not you. We blame as much as the day is long. We forget that you have the power, we forget that we have nothing to fear but you. Take our confession and transform our hearts so that we no longer give sin or objects or other people what is due to you we pray.

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we are always looking for easy fixes. Like the people of the Bible, we would love to find a King David to celebrate when things go right, and to blame when things go wrong. We forget that only Christ can save us. We forget that Christ does not give us the easy out, but instead requires responsibility and hope. Remind us of who Christ is so that the scales may drop from our eyes and we can see our Savior at work we pray. 

Affirmation of Forgiveness: Nothing separates us from the love of Christ: all our imperfections and wrong turns and roadblocks are nothing in the face of God’s love, so declare and know the truth today and everyday In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Eucharist Prayer: Lord when you came in to the world as a tiny baby, you experienced human life. You felt the wonder of watching dandelion seeds, the love of a warm snuggle and the joy of spending time with family and friends. You experienced the world viscerally, in tactile and concrete ways. You know that we humans have trouble with abstract experiences, so you came to us a flesh and blood human who could skin his knees and hunger in the desert. Then you consecrated the simple, necessary act of eating together, putting your very flesh and blood into this simple meal, reminding us that we only have to call out and you will be particularly present to us in this communion word-act. Come Holy Spirit, fill this bread and cup with your wholeness and wholesomeness, that when we go into the world, we can ignore kings and power and instead pay sharp attention to prophets of good news, the presence of friends and family, and the joy of eating together. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: Parent God, sometimes our eye gets caught by the flashy things in our lives. Sometimes we forget to celebrate the simple pleasures of green grass, warm homes, and good food. Remind us of who is the source of goodness, and let us celebrate all that is good and wholesome in our lives, we pray.

With Children: Write down all kinds of praise words for God, Hold a parade for God, Do follow the leader/Simon Says discuss power and kingship,Write Letters to someone in power to change something: discuss how power can be changed with truth telling, Tell the Emperor’s Clothes Story.


Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of Creation

Thine is the Glory

To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Hath Done

All Glory, Laud and Honor


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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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