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Rainbow Prayer

Holy God of Noah,

Whose love brought salvation to all from the floods of chaos and hatred:

In the Rainbow you gave your promise to all your creation-

A promise of love for the animals tall and small, spots and stripes, lion and lamb,

A promise of acceptance for the diversity and variety of your creation,

A promise of affirmation, belonging, and grace.

Like light shining through the prism,

Refract us to be the rainbow promise of love to the world.

Refocus our lives around your Gospel message of hope.

Redirect our vision to be the reflection of You, Jesus.

For you are the one who rises

Above the crowd’s violence,

Out of death’s dark tomb,

And to bring the rainbow light of resurrection, Amen.

-©2019, Nathan Decker, worshipswake.wordpress.com

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Prayer about our Marriage to Christ

Lord who binds us together,
   who helps us with our knotted lives,
     and who breaks the bonds of sin and brokenness.
       We the church are your Bride.
As we gather together,
  We thank you for the gift of relationships.
     We thank you for the challenge to love in our relationships.
       We thank you for the forgiveness and new beginnings born in relationships.
Help us see one another as you see us.
Free us to trust in one another as we trust in you.
Guide us in life as our loving Groom, Jesus Christ, Amen.
(C)2019, Nathan Decker

Prayer for Dreams

Lord of Vision through night and day:
Our nights and days are filled with nightmares
where hatred divides and differences are highlighted to exclude.
Give us dreams.
Fill our minds with insights into a bright future.
Fill our hearts with love to reach out to one another.
Fill our souls with your promises and your presence.
All because of Christ who died, Christ who is risen, and Christ who comes again.  Amen.

Worship for First Sunday of Lent 2019 “Temptation”

Call to Worship by Nathan Decker

God, we hunger for a word of guidance from you.

The desert winds have dried up our springs of hope.

The stones look like bread, and we throw them at the needy in our disillusion.

Our leap of faith suddenly feels like a fall from grace.

We have worshiped power.

We have failed to love one another.

We have failed to hear one another.

We have failed you.

But you Christ faced these temptations.

You refuted the twisting of scriptures.

You denied trusting in false hope.

You stood firm against the easy road.

Oh, God forgive us

and lead us to the love of Christ on the Cross.

 

Morning Prayer by Nathan Decker

Christ who came as God in the flesh

and faced down the temptations:

                Lead us to the true bread of love so that all are fed.

                Lead us to leap in our love of God and Neighbor so that all are welcome.

                Lead us to fall down and worship you instead of power.

For you gave up the power of heaven,

For you were unwelcome among us on earth,

For you were hungry and left to die.

Christ who came as God in the flesh

help us face down the temptations you have conquered.  Amen.

(C)2019, Nathan Decker, http://www.worshipswake.wordpress.com

God the Baker

Great Baker,
Mix in our hearts the ingredients of your holiness.
Stir in us love, joy, peace, and mercy.
Sprinkle intentional faith that seeks to grow.
Add a dash of courage and the zest of passionate worship.
Fold into our innermost being your presence.
Help us rest so that we may rise.
Preheat the fire of Pentecost’s excitement,
and cook us with the warm grace of Christ.  Amen.

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

Pastoral Prayer “Do Not Be Afraid”

Wellspring of Hope, Whisperer of Wisdom, ceaseless Winds of Change:

You, Lord, have spoken everything into being in love,

You have weathered the storms and shifting sands of culture,

You have conquered depression and death.

We are so thankful as your people today.

 

Mighty God, we need your strength today.

Defend us when we are attacked by cancer, illness, and disease.

Reach into the pits of despair and pull us out of our darkness.

Hold us, Lord, as we grieve the loss of loved ones.

 

There is so much to fear today – yet your Kingdom is not a Kingdom of Fear,

But one of Love.

Send your courageous Spirit into our hearts

Send your resurrected Church into the world

Send us as we pray, Amen.

Collect for a Small Group

Great Whirlwind, Burning Bush, Still Quiet Voice, LORD;

who hovered over the chaos of creation,

who breathed inspiring spring life into all creation,

who walks among us still in this fragile and tattered garden.

Challenge us to learn from one another,

so that we may recall your Spirit speaks through all creatures,

so that we may experience your presence and light in one another,

so that your voice will be in the tones of our conversation.

Jesus, Emmanuel, Wisdom Come Down in the Flesh, Amen.