Monday, October 22, 2012

For October 28, 2012: Proper 25B,

Come! Come you who are wounded and you who are whole!
We come bearing our wounds and scars, we come to worship.
Come! Come to hear about the one who is known to be a healer .
We come to sing and to pray, to feel God's healing love in our lives.
Come! Come young and old, come and take your place as members of the family of God.
We come to worship with our brothers and sisters.
Let us pray together...

God has gathered us together to worship this morning.
Now God is sending us back out to serve the world.
God calls us to embrace the energy of wholeness and healing.
And also to carry healing and wholeness to the world at large.
So go, filled with the hope of God, ready to proclaim that healing is possible, that we are not alone, that we are loved and accepted.
We go with opened eyes, ready to see the world as God sees it, ready to be agents of God's love.
As you go out into the world this week, may you see the face of Christ in everyone you meet.
And may everyone we meet see the fact of Christ in us. AMEN

Monday, October 15, 2012

To Go with Peter's Confession of Faith Proper 19B

Who are you? Why have you come here?
We are people who bear the name of Christ, we come to learn more about him.
Who are you? Why have you come here?
We are pilgrims on Life's journey, we come to be reminded of The Way.
In whose name have you gathered? Why have come?
We gather in Jesus' name. We gather to explore who he is in our lives.
We gather to sing, to listen, to share God's love, to pray...
God made known in Jesus of Nazareth, God who calls us to follow his path;
we come as people who have set aside a place for the Anointed One in our lives,
we come as people who strive to live the love he taught and showed,
we come that we may have our hearts and souls opened so we can understand better what these things mean.
In this time of song and prayer and speech,
may we be moved forward along The Way, may we be re-energized for the ministry that beckons beyond our doors.
We pray in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the One we call Christ, who taught us all to pray saying...

Jesus, Name above all names; Emmanuel God-is-with-us,
we admit that sometimes we are not sure how to respond to your presence Gracious God.
Beautiful Saviour, Glorious Lord
You call us to embrace the riskiness of life in faith, to follow you to the Cross but we, like Peter, refuse to admit the Cross is a possibility.
Blessed Redeemer,
for all the times we have wandered from The Way of Wisdom, for all the time our uncertainty about who and how you are in our lives shines through, forgive us.
Living Word,
through Grace lead us back to the path. Through Grace may we be ready to confess who you are and to whom we belong.
These things we pray, God who forgives and blesses us. Always and always, your shower us with Grace
Thanks be to God! Amen

Who do you say Jesus is?
Teacher and Guide, Saviour and Redeemer, Light of the World, the Christ of God.
What difference does Jesus make in your life?
Having met him, having been inspired by his example, having heard his word of hope, we are pushed out to change the world around us by sharing the Love he taught.
And now as our worship ends...
we return to the world where our life and ministry happens
Go now, to change your little corner of the world in the name of Jesus
We go to show by words and actions who he is for us and the difference he makes.
So be it! AMEN!