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Aug 18

13th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 21B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 84 and 1 Kings 8:27)

How beautiful are the places where you dwell, O Lord!

This house cannot contain your glory; even the heavens are bursting with the goodness of your presence!

Happy are those who find their strength in you.

Hear our prayers this day, Holy God, as we proclaim your praises to all the earth!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Ephesians 6:10-20)

Spirit of God, we confess that we put on airs more often than we put on the armor of God.  We are guilty of girding ourselves with lies instead of the truth.  We try to protect ourselves with arrogance, superstition, and self-reliance instead of righteousness, faith, and your gift of salvation.  Our footsteps do not follow your path of peace.  And we are quick to use your Word to attack one another, instead of striking out against the sins we personally commit.  Forgive us, Holy God.  Gift us with the wisdom and strength to change our ways, so that we may live as your faithful ambassadors of the Good News.

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