November 22, 2015

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 11.22.2015

Liturgy

O Lord,
open our eyes that we may see the needs of refugees;
open our ears that we may hear people’s cries for justice;
open our hearts that we may assist sojourners near and far.

Show us where love, hope and faith are needed.
Use us as ministers of your healing.
Let us not be afraid
to protect the weak because of the anger of the strong,
or to defend the poor because of the power of the rich.

Sustain us so that in these coming days
we may be able to do some work of peace for you.
We ask these things in your blessed name, amen.

Community Confession

Loving God,
We pray for the wisdom to discern your call in our lives.
Hear our prayer, O God.
We pray for the wisdom to make healthy choices
in the face of endless and confusing options.
Hear our prayer, O God.
We pray for the grace to redefine our relationships
with our family and our friends as our lives change.
Hear our prayer, O God.
We pray for the grace to form new relationships
with new friends as we move forward from this place.
Hear our prayer, O God.
We pray for the courage to swim against the current of society
as we seek to follow where you lead us.
Hear our prayer, O God.
We pray for the courage to take a stand with you
for justice and peace in this world in this time.
Hear our prayer, O God. Amen.

How are we able to use anger in a positive way and expression?
How do we discern the right things we need to do?
How can we love as a community in order to collectively love God and people with our heart, mind and strength?

Benediction

God, give us the courage to be revolutionary,
as your Son Jesus Christ was.
Give us the courage to loosen ourselves from this world.
Teach us to stand up free and to shun no criticism.
God, it is for your kingdom.
Make us free,
make us poor in this world.
Then we will be rich in the real world,
which is what life is all about.
God, thank you for the vision of the future,
but make it fact and not just theory.

We go,
In the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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

[Photo by Andy Feltham @ Flickr]

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