Look at that! Two weeks in a row! This is a new feature on my blog — called Ingredients for Worship — that I am hoping to become somewhat regular but I’m still not convinced that will happen. But… wonders never cease! Muses do come! I wrote liturgy again this week. God be praised! It happened again.
I feel the need to confess that these are not my favorite prayers. I admit that I went looking for other prayers that someone else wrote. Something beautiful and lovely — and really traditional — that might work for the tiny rural church I’m serving as an interim pastor. I didn’t find anything I liked. I wasted a whole bunch of time looking until I finally gave in and wrote these prayers.
I hesitate to share them but I’m trying to remember that some of my least favorite sermons have been transformational and amazing to others. We don’t know how God will speak or how she will move. Sometimes we just have to throw something together from whatever we have in the pantry and call it dinner. Ick. That makes it sound worse. Oh well. Here’s what I found in my pantry. Might it inspire.
*Call to Worship (Responsive)
Inspired by Psalm 33
One: Our souls wait for the LORD;
All: God is our help and shield.
One: Our hearts are glad in this place,
All: because we trust that God is here.
One:Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
All: make this time together an unexpected hour of all that you hope to be, O LORD.
Prayer for Confession (Unison)
Shield us, O LORD, from the certainty of our own faith. Forgive us for the ways that we have made you into our own image for we have not heeded your call to sell all of our possessions to share with the poor. We have not kept the lamps lit and are not yet ready to celebrate for we only trust what our own eyes can see and what we see we do not like. But, faith is the reality of what your hopes, O LORD, it is the proof of what we don’t see. Help us, O LORD, to see what our ancestors saw. Make our hearts glad in the assurance of that faith.
Affirmation of God’s Grace (Responsive)
One: God is steadfast. Therefore, God isn’t ashamed to be called our God. Even when we are not ready, God puts these words on our lips:
All: In Christ we are forgiven. Alleluia! Amen.
Invitation to Holy Communion (Responsive)
One:Don’t be afraid. Do not even fear for your lack of faith.
All: May our hearts be glad because God delights in giving us the kingdom.
One: God gathers us together at this table to show love and justice. God breaks our hearts and open our minds to see the kingdom in the breaking of the bread. God pours out steadfast love in a cup that overflows.
All: May this be an unexpected hour of God’s grace. May we see the kingdom in this feast.
Check back for more Ingredients for Worship next Tuesday and don’t forget to share what you’ve cooked up in the comments below!