April 6, 2014

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 04.06.14

Liturgy

God of the lost, the least,
and all who long for home,
when we wander from your ways
and waste the gifts you have given us,

welcome us back, we pray,
so that we may celebrate and rejoice
in your presence forever.

We give thanks and worship, praising
the name of you, the Father,
you, the Son,
and you, the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Community Confession

In prayer, let us confess to God as a community.

Father, you invite us in your divine word to rest
and trust in your sovereign care.
But we cling to control, we trust our worries more than your word
and we fill our minds, homes and relationships with stress.
Father, forgive us, and help our unbelief.

Lord Jesus,
you invite us in the gospel to find rest for our souls in following you,
but we prefer being tied to our burdens, our ideologies,
refusing the easy load you promise.
Christ, forgive us, and help our unbelief.

Spirit of God, you have filled our hearts with divine grace.
You open our eyes to the glory of the gospel,
and offer us the peace of Christ.
Spirit of God, have mercy on us.

Help us in our unbelief and fill us with faith in God’s word
and the peace of Christ.

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

Reflection

How can we reveal our authentic selves to experience connection in all our relationships?
In what ways can we can we be transformed in our attempts to support the vulnerability of others?

Benediction

Just as God’s Word was sent into the world
to heal and redeem,
so God sends you into the world t
his day
to be light and love, healing and hope.

Leave here to be light for the world,
And may the grace and peace of God the Creator,
the Redeemer, and the Sustainer
be with you this week
and remain with you always.

Go in the name of the Father,
of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

[Photo by Jacob Rader @ Flickr]

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