On Vacation

I generally don’t provide much by way of resources for Christmas, as there is already a plethora of material available (one of my favorites is re:Worship). And I traditionally take the week after Christmas as vacation to spend time with family; so I won’t be providing resources for Christmas 1 either. I will resume updating with a post for Epiphany the Wednesday before and work to get back on my two-week-out schedule following that. Have a Blessed Christmas!!

PS – So as I was preparing a hymn-sign service for December 30th I realized there is not a lot out there for Matthew 1:1-17. So I wrote an opening litany for that Sunday:

On the precipice of a New Year we cast our thoughts to the past,
we give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us in faith.

Our stories are the continuation of countless stories before us,
may our lives of faith continue on in those who follow after us.

As we reflect this day on the ancestors of Jesus,
ordinary people involved in God’s extraordinary gift of salvation,
we pray that God use ordinary us in sharing that gift with the world.

And just as many named in Christ’s genealogy were outsiders and outcasts,
and others were kings, priests, and leaders;
may we see you at work in both the lowly and the mighty,
and may our worship this day join with theirs in reflecting your glory.

Christ has come, breaking into our broken reality,
break into us, O Christ, and keep us in your Way. Amen.

Confession and Absolution & Call to Worship for Advent/Christmas

Confession and Absolution

In the name of the Father,
and of the ☩ Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Lord God,
pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and deliver us from all evil.
Open our eyes to see how we are broken
and do not live in healthy relationship with you
or with our neighbors.
Guide our confession through the Holy Spirit,
that we may return to you
through the redemption we have in Jesus, God-with-us.
Amen.

Returning to our gracious Lord,
let us confess our sins.

Silence for reflection and confession.

Merciful God,
we confess that we do not and cannot live
as you want us to live.
We confess that we regularly participate in wrongdoing

and do not live according to your justice.
We are often proud and self-righteous,

we oppress the lowly and marginalized,
we do not fill the hungry or bind up the brokenhearted,
we do not proclaim liberty to the captives,
and we do not bring good news to the oppressed.
Bring us out of the lion’s den of our sin

and clothe us with the garments of salvation,
won for us through Jesus Christ
our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

Our God is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love;
and out of that love God sent Jesus Christ
to die for us that we may be restored to life.
Therefore, as Isaiah proclaimed,
as Mary and Elizabeth proclaimed,
as Simeon and Anna proclaimed,
so too, can we proclaim to one another now:
God redeems you and restores you,
God loves you and forgives you,
God sees you and claims you!
Amen.

 

Call to Worship

 

We worship the God of the prophets, of Isaiah, of Daniel, or Joel:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God.

We worship the God of the least and lowly:
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

We worship the God of the heavens and join with the heavenly host:
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace, goodwill among people!

We worship Emmanuel, God-with-us:
My eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.

(Updated) Confession and Absolution & Call to Worship for November

Confession and Absolution

In the name of the Father,
and of the ☩ Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Faithful God of hope and compassion,
you work healing and wholeness into the world
and show your care to all people.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
open our eyes and hearts to see
how we are unfaithful and lacking in mercy,
that we may confess our sin
and know that life is found only in you.
Amen.

Knowing the difference between good and evil,
let us confess our sins to God our Creator.

Silence for reflection and confession.

Faithful God,
we confess that we have not been faithful to you:
we regularly worship other gods,
we build idols out of symbols, ideologies, and ourselves,
we persist in our evil ways
and our words, thoughts, and deeds are unclean.
We confess that we do not obey your rule
and for this we rightly deserve to die.
And so we look to you for mercy and forgiveness,
knowing that we do not deserve it.
We ask that you remember your covenant
and forget our iniquity,
for the sake of your anointed,
Jesus Christ, who died that we might live.
Amen.

Just as God heard the lamentation of the widow
and the repentance of the Ninevites,
so too, God hears our confession.
And just as God acted in their lives,
so does God act in our lives;
bringing grace and mercy
through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Know that through the work of the Holy Spirit
God has redeemed you and forgives you all your sins.
Amen.

Call to Worship

God made the heavens and the earth,
and formed us from dust, breathing into us the breath of life.
O come, let us worship our Creator!

God rescued Israel from the house of slavery,
and showed redemption through the blood of the Lamb.
O come, let us worship the God of salvation!

God worked through the lives and words of the prophets,
and continues to work in our lives today.
O come, let us worship the God of providence!

God calls, gathers, and equips people of all stations and nations
and continues to work in and through us today.
O come, let us worship the God who calls us out into the world.

O come, let us worship!

Confession and Absolution & Call to Worship for Sept 18-Oct 30

I don’t often write words of Confession and Absolution, as I like many of the ones provided in other resources. But I thought I might take a stab at writing one here with the NL texts for September and October in mind. Let me know what you think and if it’s something I should work on doing more often. I have also been enjoying the Call to Worship from the “This Far By Faith” hymnal that our parish used over the summer, so I tried my hand at one of those too.

Confession and Absolution

In the name of the Father,
and of the ☩ Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Faithful God of hope and compassion,
you work healing and wholeness into the world
and show your care to all people.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
open our eyes and hearts to see
how we are unfaithful and lacking in mercy,
that we may confess our sin
and know that life is found only in you.
Amen.

Knowing the difference between good and evil,
let us confess our sins to God our Creator.

Silence for reflection and confession.

Faithful God,
we confess that we have not been faithful to you:
we regularly worship other gods,
we build idols out of symbols, ideologies, and ourselves,
we choose our desires over yours,
and we serve our wants over others’ needs.
We confess that we do not obey your rule
and for this we rightly deserve to die.
And so we look to you for mercy and forgiveness,
knowing that we do not deserve it.
We ask that you remember us
and take pity on us,
for the sake of your anointed,
Jesus Christ, who died that we might live.
Amen.

Just as God heard the cry of Hannah
and the lamentation of the widow,
so too, God hears our confession.
And just as God acted in their lives,
so does God act in our lives;
bringing grace and mercy
through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Know that through the work of the Holy Spirit
God has redeemed you and forgives you all your sins.
Amen.

Call to Worship

God made the heavens and the earth,
and formed us from dust, breathing into us the breath of life.
O come, let us worship our Creator!

God made a covenant with our spiritual forefather, Abraham,
and promised him a multitude of descendants.
O come, let us worship the God of promise!

God rescued Israel from the house of slavery,
and showed redemption through the blood of the Lamb.
O come, let us worship the God of salvation!

God worked through the lives and words of the prophets,
and continues to work in our lives today.
O come, let us worship the God of providence!

O come, let us worship!