May 14, 2017

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 05.14.2017

Liturgy

Thank you, loving God, for the time
to gather this morning to worship you.

We seek your grace and peace as we
walk through the dark days in our lives.

Thank you for your promised rest,
and the promise of your guiding Spirit.
We come this morning to honor you
and refresh our spirits in your presence.

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

Community Confession

O God, we confess that we are like
Jesus’ disciples in times of fear,
easily reverting back to living behind
closed doors and closed hearts.

Holy God, we confess our doubts.
When our childhood understandings
fall away, we feel naked.

When our long-held beliefs
seem to crumble, we feel lost.
When our convictions are
questioned, we feel ashamed.

Guide us into right paths, O God.
Guide our feet into the way of peace;
guide our hands to care for others;
guide our hearts to love our neighbors.

Call us back to you, Jesus, and renew our faith.
When the ground is unsteady, loving God,
put us back on right paths by doing justice,
loving kindness, and walking humbly with you.

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

Sermon and Reflection

Sermon Podcast 05.14.17 – Troubling Questions

What are the questions, at the surface or buried a little deeper, that are most troubling in my relationship with God today?
What does it look like to rest in God’s love this morning, in the midst of unknowns and unanswered questions?

Benediction

Learn from Christ, trust him, delight in him,
give your whole daily affairs to him, and you
will never walk alone or serve without the
eternal joy which can not be taken from you.

Let the peace of God which surpasses
all understanding, keep your hearts and
minds in the knowledge of God and of
his true Son, Christ Jesus our Lord;

And the blessing of the fullness of God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
will be with you today and ever more.

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

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

[Photo by warren kirk @ Flickr]

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