January 17, 2016

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 01.17.2016

Liturgy

Traveling God,
we journey with you together in faith:
sometimes with confidence and hope,
sometimes with faltering steps;

from places of clarity
to the shadows of mystery;
never still, never certain
but ever-changing and growing;

never quite knowing what the future might bring,
but trusting that you hold us in love,
we thank you for your merciful presence.

Traveling God,
journey with us:
be our path and our destination.

In the name of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, we pray.
Amen.

Community Confession

O God,
We believe this: there is something within us right now—
so small that we might not know it is there;
but it has the power to grow into something our world needs.

We trust that you are never done with us.
With you, there is always a new beginning,
a new possibility to make something different of ourselves,
and to make a difference in the lives of others.

O God, surprise us with a strength we did not know we had,
with creative possibilities we never dreamed of.

We will open ourselves to the Spirit’s quiet prompting.
We will trust that you nurture within us
the gifts, talents, and character we need
to be Christ Jesus’s instrument of transformation and loving service.

O God, instill in us the confidence to
serve you in ways both great and small,
and to joyfully follow wherever you may lead.

We ask and pray in the name of you, the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

What are some ways you perform to receive love?
How do you experienced Christ in you?
What might it look like to live from the heart this week?

Benediction

Creator God,
may your peace go with us wherever we will be this day
May you guide us through the challenges,
protect us when in need
and inspire us with your love.

May we acknowledge your presence
in all the human goodness we will see.

May you bring us home rejoicing
to our place of rest this night.

Creator God,
we now go into this day in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.
See you throughout the week.

[Photo by Pedro Hurpia @ Flickr]

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