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.

When in Doubt: Jesus Washes Feet

John 13:1-17 and Psalm 51:7-12

Call To Worship: We come to serve Jesus, who came to serve us. Let us know the Lord. We come to be made clean, by one who will bathe us in love. Let us know the Lord. We come to be made whole, by the Holy Spirit. Let us know and worship the Lord. 

Confession: Create in me a Clean heart, O Lord. Create a right spirit within me.  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out my iniquities. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation, sustain my spirit and give me joy and gladness.

Assurance to Pardon: We are already forgiven by the God of unconditional love. Go in peace, and know that you have been made whole.

Offering Prayer/Prayer of Dedication: Let us go forth, no longer doubting that you served us so that we might know how to serve, going into the word ready to put that love to work, we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayers and Liturgy by Pastor Katy Stenta who is the solo pastor at a bigger on the inside church in Albany, NY and enjoys reading fantasy, soaking up sunshine, playing with her three sons and visiting her husband at his work, the library.