Psalms And Prayers For Congregational Participation
CALL TO WORSHIP (Responsively) Hear the proclamation of Christ, IN WHOM THE WORD OF GOD IS FULLY KNOWN. Hear and be warned. HEAR AND BE WISE. Hear and become mature in Christ.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION PATIENT GOD, YOU STILL WAIT FOR US TO SORT OUT OUR PRIORITIES. WE ARE OFTEN BUSY WITH TRIVIALITIES, AVOIDING CONFRONTATION OF THE ESSENTIALS. WE ARE BEMUSED WITH THE INCIDENTAL AND NOT ATTENTIVE TO THE ETERNAL. FORGIVE SUCH PREOCCUPATION WITH WHAT DISTRACTS US FROM YOUR PRESENCE AND DOES NOT PREPARE US FOR ULTIMATE COMMUNION WITH YOU AND YOURS. AMEN
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.