Tag Archive: Illumination

Jan 21

3rd Sunday after Epiphany (Year C)

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Common English Bible and NRSV This may be the inspiration for how it is that some congregations bring the Word into the worship space.  Even if your tradition does not typically have a formal procession to bring the Bible into the sanctuary, it could be interesting to do so today. The …

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Dec 18

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Isaiah 9:2-7) Mighty God, we confess that we have walked in darkness for too long.  We carry the yoke of guilt and we have felt the sting of the rod of sin and oppression.  Wonderful Counselor, guide us to walk in your light.  Free us from our burdens, and establish …

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Dec 17

4th Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 80:1-7) Great Shepherd, we know that you are less than impressed with empty words and rituals that have lost their meaning.  Forgive us for hiding our hearts behind our traditions and comfortable practices.  Restore us, Lord, that we may be saved. Prayer for Illumination (inspired by Micah 5:4-5) Lord, …

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Dec 10

3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (adapted from Philippians 4:4-7) God of peace, we confess that we allow our hearts to be weighed down by worry and troubles.  Encourage us, by your Spirit, to take all things to you in prayer.  Guard our hearts and minds by the power of your peace and love, and help us know that …

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Dec 03

2nd Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (based on Malachi 3:1-4) Lord of hosts, we confess that we stumble more often than we walk a steady path.  We seek our own interests instead of seeking your will.  Refine and purify us, O Lord.  By the power of your Spirit, burn away all that is holding us back, so that we …

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Nov 25

1st Sunday of Advent (Year C) – Words for Worship

Prayer of Confession (Adapted from Psalm 25:1-10) To you, Lord, we lift up our souls.  In you alone, we trust.  Lead us and teach us, God of salvation.  Do not forget your mercy and steadfast love.  Instead, we pray, forget our sins.  Forgive us our transgressions, and instruct us in your Way. Prayer for Illumination …

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Feb 23

1st Sunday in Lent – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 25) Leader:   We lift up our souls to you, Holy God. People:   We trust the Lord with our past, present, and future. Leader:   Teach us, Lord, that we may know your ways. People:   Guide our every move, Holy One, that we may walk in your paths of love and …

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Jan 26

5th Sunday After Epiphany (Year B) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 147:1) Lift up your voices, you people of God! Raise up your voices in songs of praise! Let us sing praises to the Holy One! Joyfully, let us celebrate the God of Grace!   Prayer of Confession (inspired by 1 Corinthians 9:16-23) God, we have no ground for boasting, and …

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Jan 16

4th Sunday After Epiphany (Year B) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 111) Praise the Lord!  Give thanks to the Lord with every ounce of your being! God does amazing things, creating wonders that dazzle the senses. There is no end to the goodness of the Lord. The Holy One provides us with food to share and places to rest our …

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Dec 30

Baptism of the Lord Sunday (Year B) – Words for Worship

Call to Worship (based on Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11) In the beginning of God’s creating, the Spirit of the Lord swept over the unsettled and unorganized chaos and spoke: “Let there be light!” At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, the Spirit of the Lord broke through the unsettled and unorganized wilderness and spoke: “This …

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