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Communion focusing on Justice for Women, Minorities and LGBTQ

Jesus, Lord of Love, we hear your invitation.

All are Loved by God and welcomed.

This Love changes how we see one another.

This Love embraces broken hearts and creates peace.

 

Encountering you, Great Love, causes us

to admit where we got it wrong

to own our part actively or in apathy allowing evil to thrive

to see how we have hurt you.

 

Great Love,

                We have not loved you,

                and we have not seen the image of your Love in one another.

                We have stripped humanity from one another in language and action.

                We have put our brothers and sisters in slavery

making them things to be owned, used, sold, abused

instead of siblings to be embraced.

                We have discriminated against your diversity of being.

                We have weaponized shame and minimalized the gift of difference.

                We have violently attacked the beauty of the Creator’s creation

                                with cat calls slandering women as the weaker sex

                                and turning acts of intimacy into rape and power.

                We blamed the Gays for AIDS while we beat them bloody at Stonewall Inn.

                We have not loved you in one another.

Lord of Love, have mercy on us.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us to see your Great Love in each child of God

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

 

Beloved, hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were still captive to hatred and apathy.

This proves God’s Great Love toward us.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Glory to the God of Love!  Amen.

 

God’s Great Love is with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your broken hearts that God might heal them.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Give thanks to the God of Love.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

Holy Love,

You are other, different, and unlike anything we will ever encounter.

And yet, you created us in your image.

We hear you in the dream of Martin Luther King.

We see you in the rainbow flag of Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker.

We are shaped by your Words of Love

from Marjorie Matthews, Leontine Kelley, and Karen Oliveto.

You, Love, just won’t stop.

You, Love, continue as a persistent wind of prophetic change.

Our love is fickle, flagrant, and fails.

You, Love, have never failed.

 

You, Love, travel across the cosmos on the lips of your prophets,

the songs of your peoples, and all the saints of glory as they sing:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Love and Beauty,

Heaven and Earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the Highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the Highest!

 

Holy Love,

You are among us as Jesus Christ, Word in Flesh.

You came welcoming the outcasts and scorning the in-crowd.

You kissed the leper, helped the lame to walk, the blind to see.

You, Jesus, broke human traditions to teach the Divine Traditions:

Compassion, Mercy, Grace, Jubilee.

By your own life, suffering, death, and resurrection

You gave us Love as community, as fellowship, as church.

You delivered us from hate and apathy.

You made with us a new promise of life in water and Spirit.

 

On the night in which Christ gave himself up for us,

he took the bread, gave thanks, broke it,

and gave it to his disciples, saying:

“Take eat, this is my body given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the meal was over

he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to all of his disciples,

and said:

“Drink from this all of you;

This is my blood of the new covenant,

Poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

 

Love makes us remember.

Love causes our hearts to change.

Love awakens in us a spirit of giving.

So we offer ourselves to you, to be a part of your selfless giving,

as we proclaim the mystery of faith:

 

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

Holy Love,

Come among us as the Holy Spirit.

Come as the great Comforter.

Come as the great Sustainer.

Come, make this bread and this cup be for us the body and blood of Christ.

Come, make us be the body of Christ, diverse in grain and united in love.

Come, redeem us by the blood of Christ, crushed in suffering and poured out in love.

 

Give us the vision, the perspective, and the dream of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Reveal your presence as we take each other’s hands and join in one voice.

Unite us all in You, Great Love,

in the name of the Creator, Redeemer, and Guide, Amen.

(C)2019 Nathan Decker, Worshipswake.wordpress.com

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Thanksgiving Table Prayer

Thanksgiving Table Prayer
God of Abundance,
As we gather around this table,
We remember
   that this table is connected to your table,
   the one where you broke bread and gave it to your disciples.
We remember
   that all we have been given is a gift from you,
   a gift we are called to share.
We remember
   that Thanksgiving for us is not just a day
   but a way of living our lives in constant prayer to you.
We remember and give thanks today.
<Everyone around the table shares for what they are thankful>
We remember and give thanks today,
through Jesus who gave himself for each of us.  Amen.
(C)2018 Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Call to Worship Psalm 100

—-Call to Worship adapted from Psalm 100—-
On your feet now, let’s give God a round of applause!
<Congregation Claps>
Bring God your joy.
Let God know you appreciate his presence.
Hear our Songs!
We love you GOD!
Know this:  God is God.
God made us, we didn’t make him.
We’re God’s people.  We the Shepherd’s sheep.
There is only one way to enter into God’s presence:
We come with a Spirit of Thanksgiving.
Thank you God!  Make your home inside our giving thanks!
Worship God.
For God is sheer beauty,
an overwhelming generosity of love,
faithful forever and ever.
(C) 2018 Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Ten Commandments Confession

Forgive us, Lord, too often we have broken your commandments:

Our priorities begin everywhere but with you,

Placing of faith in idols and self,

Using your name carelessly for power and gain,

We have not followed your example and had a day of rest.

We dishonor our parents,

We treat other people as less than human, murdering your image in them.

We lust.  We steal.  We lie. 

Our hunger is unsatisfied as we crave earthly things.

Forgive us, Lord, too often we have broken your commandments.

 

Hear the Good News,

Just as God gave his only Son to save us,

God gave us these commandments to guide us as a community.

The compassion of God is overwhelming our sin.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

Hallelujah!  Amen.

 

(C)2018, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Prayer for Mercy and Love

All-merciful God,
  in our worship today:
Teach joy and peace as God’s love and mercy shared.
Caress the tears of our broken world through our lived out love.
Shepherd us in your mission of mercy.
Speak in our conversations about social justice.
Heal our broken relationships.
In our worship today,
change us, transform our community, 
and re-create the world through Christ, Amen.
-(C)2018, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com.

Thank God it’s Sunday

Lord, we come looking for salvation.
We need peace, we need rest, we need a break!
Lord, save us from the constant doing and the forces that drive us to the brink.
We need peace.
Lord, quiet the voices of commotion that keep us in perpetual motion.
We need rest.
Lord, hold us in your arms to still our racing hearts.
We need a break.
Lord, we come looking for salvation,
THANK GOD IT’S SUNDAY!
(C)2018 Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Prayer of Many Names

Creator, Father, Most High God –
There are so many names to call you.
Savior, Jesus, Christ, Messiah –
There are so many ways to worship you.
Spirit, Wind, Breath, Comforter –
There are so many ways to encounter you.
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Almighty, “I AM”
We come today to call upon you, to worship you, to encounter you.  Amen.
(CC)2018 Worship’s Wake, Nathan Decker.

Prayer based on the Ethiopian Eunuch

God was not ashamed to love me.
He loved so deeply with the waters of my baptism.
He loved so fully with good news of salvation.
Jesus didn’t mind that I was different.
Jesus didn’t cast me out 
but embraced me as a part of his creative diversity.
Come, Spirit, come!
Fill us with this unashamed love.
Come, Spirit, come!
Lead us to share.
Come, Spirit, come!
Let us be your witness.  Amen.
(C)2018, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

Advent Candles Lighting 2017

LIGHTING THE HOPE CANDLE

 

This year has been devastating…

Wildfires, hurricanes, shootings, turmoil

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

to let our hearts grow dark with despair.

But there is a light shining in the darkness.

(the candle is lit)

A single candle, a small voice, a still reminder…

Hope.

Hope in the Word proclaimed by the prophets.

Hope.

Hope in the Promise of Emmanuel.

Hope.

Hope in the birth of our Savior.

Hope.

 

LIGHTING THE LOVE CANDLE

 

She places a hand on her belly to feel the kicking from within as they journey down the road toward Bethlehem…

a Babe will be born, a Savior will arrive, Love will come down.

The lost world pushes on drudgingly, slaves to a never ending care-less-ness.

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

But there is a light shining in the cold winter.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, a wonderful gift…

Love.

Love nurtured by a Mother’s embrace…

Love.

Love shared from the Father’s strength…

Love.

Love in the birth of our Savior.

Love.

 

LIGHTING THE JOY CANDLE

 

Cheerless faces marching in the land of misery…

Chained to our desires, held captive by our regrets, slaves to our brokenness.

It would be so easy to give in to apathy,

to let our hearts grow deaf, our open lips mute with pain.

But there is a song shining in the silence.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, the gift of love, a song of joy…

Joy.

Joy brought the Angel’s song to the shepherds.

Joy.

Joy inspired the Wise to follow their starry dreams.

Joy.

Joy in the birth of our Savior.

Joy.

 

LIGHTING THE PEACE CANDLE

 

War affects more than those who are fighting.

Men, women, children, babies, refugees.

Turning a blind eye, pretending it isn’t our problem,

It would be so easy to give in to apathy.

But there is a light shining in the night.

(the candles are lit)

A simple hope, the gifts of love, a song of joy, the peace of Christ…

Peace.

Peace born in a prince lain in a manger.

Peace.

Peace waging in our hearts, seeking justice, offering mercy.

Peace.

Peace in the birth of our Savior.

Peace.

 

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

 

(all the advent candles are lit)

She gives him a nod; he realizes it is time,

There is no room in the inn.

It would be so easy to give in to the apathy that surrounds them,

Yet they don’t give up, pressing on to the stable.

Light is born in the darkness.  A child is born unto you.

(the Christ candle is lit)

A simple hope, the gift of love, a song of joy, the peace of Christ…

His name is Jesus.

Wonderful, Counselor,

He is Emmanuel – God with us.

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,

He is the Christ child.

Amen.

Sheep Prayer

Good Shepherd,

Listen to your sheep as we baa…

Hear our calls of praise – you are God, you are our Shepherd.

Hear our songs of thanks – you lead us, you save us, you give us all we need

And hear our dirges of woe

-we need you Jesus

-we need your touch on hearts that are crying in greif

-we need your hand to calm our anxious fears and doubts

-we need you, Lord, how we need you!

 

Good Shepherd, send your Spirit to be your rod and staff upon our lives.

-protect us

-direct us

-and help us build the Kingdom you desire

-help us desire the kingdom you are building

All as we pray… our Father…