God you bring us together in this place,
we come to be fed, to be renewed, to seek understanding.
God you challenge us in this place,
we embrace the challenge, trusting that through challenge we grow in faith.
God you are revealed in this place,
sometimes in shining glory, sometimes in tears and struggle.
God as we worship in this place,
refresh, renew, and challenge us so that we would see your awesomeness.
We pray in Jesus' name,
as we strive to walk the path of discipleship. Amen
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of grace,
sometimes discipleship is so difficult.
We see you standing in front of us and we look for glory.
Then you tell us to expect heartbreak and challenge.
We get a glimpse of your glory,
and we are confused, frightened, unsure what to do or say.
God of grace, made known in Jesus the Christ, in the challenge and in the glory
you call us to look toward you, to listen to you
Grant us the grace and wisdom to watch, to listen, to follow, to learn,
And, in the end, to possibly understand,
As we join you on The Way
as we explore the glorious Kingdom. Amen.
Jesus stands and asks “who do you say I am?”
We join millions who have gone before and say “the Messiah”
Jesus stands in front of us and tells us the realities of discipleship
We join millions who have gone before in the challenges of living as disciples.
Jesus stands before us and offers food and drink for the journey.
Fed and nourished we go out into the world to live and serve.
Jesus stands before us, shining in glory,
and will be with us to the end of the age. Thanks be to God. Amen.