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Sep 30

20th Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

stained glass1Worship Ideas

  • With all of the negative things that we see and hear in the news every day, the Lamentations 3:19-26 passage offers us an important reminder to stay focused on the positive gifts that God gives us every moment.  Create a collage of positive words, phrases, and pictures to decorate your worship space.
  • The 2 Timothy 1:1-14 passage reminds us of our common calling to testify to the Good News we have in Christ Jesus.  Commission the congregation to proclaim their faith – perhaps offering a laying on of hands by the leaders of the congregation.
  • Inspired by Luke 17:5-10, provide an actual mustard seed for everyone in the congregation.  It is amazing to see how little faith we really need to do amazing things in the name of God.
  • The second part of the Luke reading deals with duty and gratitude.  It challenges us to consider why we do what we do.  If we follow God’s commands because we are expecting to be lauded and praised, we are missing the point.  Instead, we are to follow God’s commands because it is what we are called to do — it is our duty – our privilege.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (inspired by 2 Timothy 1:1-14)

God has given us brave spirits:

We are empowered by the Word and strengthened by love.

God has called us to live the Good News:

We will embrace the message of grace and hope, sharing it with joy.

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Luke 17:5-10)

Generous God, forgive us for failing to see the value in what we already have. Forgive us for always asking for – demanding – more and more.  By the power of your Spirit, open us to see the strength in what you have already provided, and guide us to be good stewards of the faith you have entrusted to us.

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Lamentations 3:19-26)

Comforting Spirit, it is all too easy for us to focus only on the negative things in life, instead of celebrating all that you provide that is positive and good.  Redirect our wayward hearts, Lord.  Refocus our wandering minds.  Remind us of the hope we have in you, for your love and mercies are without end.

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