Acts(ion): April 19th Narrative Lectionary Seeds of Faith Prayers

Mark 6:7-13

Acts 1:1-14

Call to Worship
This is the day that the Lord has made

Let us Rejoice and Be glad in it

The Lord calls us together from all the ends of the earth

Come let us pray together in whatever way we can

Call to Worship

There is a time for everything?

A time to dance and a time to sing, a time to mourn and a time to rejoice

There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. There is a time to look to the heavens and time to look to earth.

Let us pray and act together on earth! Alleluia, Amen

Prayer of Confession: Lord we confess that this baptism by fire is not the one we envisioned. Never did we imagine we would stand so close to poverty and death. We confess that we did not understand how fragile our human structures are. We did not imagine how dependent we are for one another in prayer and support. You would think after reading Acts every year, we would have had a better inkling of what it means to enact community on earth. But we have forgotten or lost sight of it. Help us to reclaim community of work and prayer that helps us to love and serve one another as Christ commanded on Maundy Thursday, we pray. Amen.

Prayer of Confession: Lord we confess, we would rather look towards heaven, than earth. How easy it is as humans to skip to the end. We want the kingdom to come right now, and have trouble learning that there is work to be done in the in-between. We confess that we though humans would stop being human and suddenly just all be the same, or get along, or all believe the same things. You know better Lord. Remind us how to eat, pray and live in harmony, even when we cannot see and touch one another. We pray in Christ’s name Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Christ sends no one out alone! He sends the Holy Spirit before us, companions along the way, and Christ promises to return once again. Be comforted by the ever present grace & forgiveness of God. Tell one another the truth: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Assurance of Pardon: God sends us nowhere where we cannot be touched by grace. Know the truth In Jesus Christ we are forgiven. 

Prayer of the Day/Dedication: Lord please send everything we have out in the world. Remind us to pray, encourage us to be in relationship with one another, and focus us upon the needs of the here and now, and help us to address the realities here on earth we pray. Amen.

I Want Answers: A Confession/Prayer about God of Grace


Bulletin Mark 6:1-29

Bulletin by Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl


Welcome and Announcements                   Reader

Prelude Holy, Holy           (Blue Hymnal, 140)


Opening Prayer (from Psalm 24:4-5 The Living Bible paraphrase)

 Show us the path where we should go, O Lord; point out the right road for us to walk. 

 Lead us; teach us; for you are the God who gives us salvation. We have no hope except in you,           O Lord. Amen.

Call to Worship  (from Psalm 24:8-10, The Living Bible paraphrase)               Reader         

One: The Lord is good 

Many: and glad to teach the proper path to all who go astray.

One: The Lord will teach the ways that are right and best 

Many: to those who humbly turn to him. When we obey him,

One: the path on which God guides us is fragrant with his loving-kindness 

and his truth


*Opening Hymn O Christ, the Great Foundation                           Blue, 443

*Call to Confession                   Reader                             God calls us to tell and live the truth; let us confess our need for God’s forgiveness and grace for the ways in which we do not live up to this call.

Prayer of Confession (unison)

(Silent Confession)                                                                                                                              Like Herod, we fear the truth of our role in injustice and oppression.                               We hide the truth of our own pain. We deny the truth of the pain of the voiceless.                   We close our ears to the truth in favor of what we already believe.   When the truth is hidden and twisted, we find it hard to speak up.                                               

Forgive us. Enable us to hear—and speak—the truth.



Words of Assurance (from John 8:32, 34, 36) Jesus promised “you will know

 the truth and the truth shall set you free. Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin, but if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 

Thank God for the Good News: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.                                                                                                                                                                  

Gloria Patri: (Blue #579) “Glory Be to the Father”                                          

Passing of the Peace: The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer (traditional)                       Blue Hymnal, p. 14

Celebration of Birthdays and Anniversaries             Reader

Offering Hymn God Is Here! Blue Hymnal, 461

* Doxology (Blue, #592)   Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

* Prayer of Dedication (unison)     Pastor                                             

Prayer for Illumination Blue Hymnal, 327

O Word of God, incarnate, O Wisdom from on high, 

O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky: 

We praise You for the radiance That from the hallowed page. 

A lantern to our footsteps, Shines on from age to age.

                                                                                                                              Scripture Reading: Mark 6:1-39 Reader

Message: Speaking Truth to Power                                                                              


Communion Hymn Here I Am, Lord           Blue Hymnal, 525 *Confession of Faith – The Nicene Creed (Ecumenical)           Blue Hymnal, p.15

Invitation to Communion

Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

  Lift up your hearts.  We lift them up to the Lord.

  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

  [Prayer continues]

  And so together we praise and thank you, O Lord.

Sharing of the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

*Closing Hymn Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts Blue Hymnal, 510

*Charge and Benediction                   Pastors Barb and Len

Postlude Lord, Make Us More Holy                                                (Blue Hymnal, 536)

*Stand in body and/or spirit   



Death of John the Baptist

Mark 6:1-29

Psalm 122


Call to Worship

I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord

Let us build this as a place of peace and security 

For the sake of our friends and family let us say to one another Peace be with you

Peace be with you, come let us seek good 

Call to Worship:

We are called and sent two by two

God provides us all we need

Let us pray and anoint and heal together

Come let us worship the Lord

Prayer of Confession: God we confess that we do not go into the world, we stay on the known path. We lack courage, we forget the weak, we ignore suffering. We do not honor each other, we have trouble loving and serving the Lord. Restore us to your house and teach us how to pass the peace we pray. Amen. 

Prayer of Confession:Discipleship is so hard, Lord. Often we are carrying too much baggage with us from place to place to place. When we are hurt, we have trouble shaking the dust off our feet and hear the echoes of what was said before. We doubt that we have the authority to banish demons. Encourage us in our discipleship we pray

Prayer of Confession: God, we confess that discipleship is hard. Often we carry baggage with us from place to place, much more than the recommended staff. We have trouble shaking the dust off our feet from troubling experiences. We struggle to take on the authority to banish demons. Help us to be the disciples you would have us to be.

Assurance of Pardon: Peace be with you. God’s grace reigns down and proclaims the truth In Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Prayer of Dedication/Prayer of the Day: Lord, help us to seek the good. Help us to say Peace be with you for every single individual we meet, for the sake of all of our community for our friends, neighbors and families. Let us pray for peace within all our walls we pray.

Communion: Let us give thanks to the Prince of Peace, who welcomes us into the kingdom with a celebratory meal, bringing us together. The bread and cup tie us together, build our community and sends us out for the work of peace. May we share Christ by sharing the peace here today and everyday.

Hymns: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, We will serve the Lord, Called to Partner’s in Christ’s Service, All Hail for Christ’s Anointed, Be Thou My Vision, For All the Saints, Lead On O King Eternal

With Children: Pack for a trip (pretend pack with paper items), Talk about/write down hurtful words and things: rip them up/shake the dust from your feet, Anoint each other with oil and pray for each other.

Other Weeks of Seeds of Prayer Narrative Lectionary Resources available here

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Communion Prayer by Rev. Dr. Barb Hedges-Goettl


B: Come to me,

all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.


L: I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never be hungry,

and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.


Prayer of Great Thanksgiving

B: O God, you commanded light to shine out of darkness.

You divided the sea and dry land.

You created the vast universe and called it good.

You made us in your image,

sending out your light and truth to lead us

to you and to your holy dwelling.

The sum of your word is truth;

You speak the truth, and declare what is right

And so we praise and thank you, O Lord.  


L: Then in the fullness of time,

out of your great love for the world,

you sent your only-begotten,

in whom your fullness dwells,

to be for us the way, the truth, and the life.

Revealing your truth and your love,

Jesus taught those who would hear him.

He healed those who believed in him.

He received all who sought him

and lifted the burden of their sin.

And so we praise and thank you, O Lord.  


B: In fulfillment of Christ’s promise,

you pour out the Holy Spirit upon your people,

filling us with the power of your truth.

By the Holy Spirit’s power over us

and over these earthly gifts of bread and wine,

you make this the communion of the body and blood of Christ,

and unite us to him and to one another.

And so we praise and thank you, O Lord.  


Prayer after communion

B: Having received this gift of communion, O God,

We ask that you kindle faith in us. Lead us into all truth,

Empower us to claim Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.

May his coming in glory find us

ever watchful in prayer,

strong in truth and love,

and faithful in the breaking of the bread. 

In Jesus’ name, Amen.




L: May the light of Christ

B: illuminate your way

L: show you the truth,

B: and empower you to live for him.

2: Until you feast with all the saints

in joy of Christ’s heavenly banquet. Amen.