Church at Thessalonica Narrative Lectionary Seeds of Prayer Resource

 

 

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Acts 17:1-9

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Mark 13:9-11

With Ref to Amos 5:24

Bulletin & Resources by Rev. Dr. Barbara Hedges-Goettl

Call to WorshipTo whom do you belong?

To Jesus Christ

Who will we imitate then?

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 

Call to Worship:

I thank God for each and every one of you!

Let us mention one another in our prayers.

Remember friends, Jesus has chosen you.

Come let us do our work of faith and labor of love, praising God all the while.

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we confess we do not like it when the entire world is turned upside-down. I am only human and like consistency and predictability. I do not do well with disruption and change. But, you sent us the living Christ to create justice. Therefore as the world is turned upside-down, let every lowly person be exalted and everyone in power be lowered. Help us to make justice roll down like waters and righteousness an ever-flowing stream, we pray. Amen

Prayer of Confession: Lord, we confess that we didn’t expect our sacrifices to look like this. We didn’t expect to lose people to a pandemic, to have to seclude ourselves from our communities, to have to give up the luxuries and even the coping mechanisms that make our lives work. Help us to persevere through the gifts and strength of the Holy Spirit, especially when we feel overwhelmed, we pray. Amen

Prayer of Dedication/the Day: Lord we pray that our work be the work of faith, that our labors are filled with love, and that we are filled with the steadfastness of hope of the Lord Jesus Christ today and everyday. Amen.

Communion Prayer (Also see Virtual Communion Resources): Lord as we stand isolated in this space. Grant us communion with one another and you, we pray. Remind us that you stand in relationship with us, forever drawing us together whenever and however with gather in your name. Send your Holy Spirit onto the elements we have here, the common food of our kitchens and pantries, so that it is imbued with your essence and love. Teach us how to practice communion in our present state we pray. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative Lectionary: #prayer liturgy

Acts 17:16-31 and John 1:16-18

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Call to Worship
When the idols surrounding us, distress us.
We come seeking God
When we talk to the unknown one
We come seeking God
When we wonder at how we live, and move and breathe.
We come seeking God. Come let us seek God together starting with worship, so that we might seek God throughout our lives.

Prayer of Confession: (unison) God, we confess that we are surrounded by idols, we confess that we do not like “the unknown” so we make things feel safe, putting them in stereotypes or boxes, trying to master knowledge of all things. I confess that I don’t always know how to worship, because faith and God still remain a mystery to me. Comfort me, lord, teach me how to wonder and hope at your grace I pray. (Silent Confession). Amen

 

Assurance of Pardon: (Romans 8:34) Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel. People: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen

Prayer of Dedication: Let us go into the world dedicating ourselves to you, and teaching people about that they too the offspring of God. Amen.

Imprisoned: #narrativelectionary

Acts 17:16-31, Luke 6:18-19 , Alternative: Psalm 142

Call to Worship

Lord, you have opened the door for us
Help us to come out, blinking, into the light
Lord the resurrection is the beginning of healing
Let us celebrate and share the resurrection with one another in worship here today.

 

Prayer of Confession: (unison) Mighty God, we confess that we feel the weight of our chains. Our sorrow and suffering, our prejudices and petty judgements, our hurts and helplessness. Each one of us has something binding us. Give us the hope and inspiration that we need to live life freed from chains we pray. (Silent Confession). Amen

Assurance of Pardon:We know that even when our persecutions seem too great, you God are stronger than any chains that try to bind us. Your resurrection frees us from all prisons. Hear the good news, in Jesus Christ we are freed: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. Amen

Prayer of Dedication: Let us go into the world free children of God, energized by hope and empowered to tell the good news, passing the freedom of justice to every person we meet! Amen.

 

Also anyone else have this running thru their head?