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Proper 28 / Ordinary Time 33

Worship
Lectionary Worship Aids
Series III, Cycle A
CALL TO WORSHIP
Make vows to our Sovereign God and pay them duly. Let all people bring their tribute to the heavenly Sovereign.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
God of fire and fury, God of mercy and salvation, who can stand in your presence when you are angry? You may rightly give sentence out of heaven, declaring judgment on kings and queens, on nobility as well as commoners. And yet you send prophets and apostles with words of warning, that we may repent of our sins and, turning from them, find mercy and salvation. Forgive our waste of time and of opportunities to improve our readiness for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

DECLARATION OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS
Hear the Good News! God has not ordained us to the terror of judgment, but to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Friends, believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

EXHORTATION
Hearten one another and fortify one another in the faith that we live in company with Jesus Christ.

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Divine Executive, remind us of our obligations to you so that we will not waste opportunities to use to the advantage of heaven the assets you have given us and be found empty-handed in the end. Amen.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
God of creativity, we acknowledge with wonder the gifts and talents you have given to human beings. What magnificent works of music have been composed and performed by many in centuries of productivity! What beautiful sanctuaries have been built to the glory of your name! What proliferations of hospitals and other institutions of healing have been raised by your inspiration! The unnumbered varieties of great works in writing and learning, on tapestry and canvas, are returns on the gifts you have given. We thank you for the opportunity of serving you with whatever talents we have, and ask that you receive them by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Sovereign God, you are properly honored with the tributes of the great and the small, by the famous and the unknown. Receive what we offer as tokens of our faithful use of whatever talents you have given us, to the honor of your name. Amen.

PSALM 123:1-4
To you I lift up my eyes,
O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
until he has mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O LORD,
have mercy upon us,for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease,
of the contempt of the proud.

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