Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 1b

L            But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. (Galatians 5:4-5) Let us confess the ways we fail to live as children of God.

Time for confession and reflection

L            I will greatly rejoice in the LORD

C       my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness... (Isaiah 61:10)

L            And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. (Galatians 5:6-7)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Year B

L       See, your salvation comes…You shall be called, "The Holy People,      The Redeemed of the LORD"; and you shall be called, "Sought Out, and
Not Forsaken." (Isaiah 62:11-12) Let us confess the ways we fail to live as chosen people.

Time for confession and reflection

L       Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the honest of heart.

C       We will rejoice in the Lord and give thanks to God's holy name for you guard our lives and rescue us...

(Psalm 97:10-12)

L       …when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy... (Titus 3:4-5)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Advent 4b

L       (The Lord) scatters the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly, filling the hungry with good things and sending the rich empty away. Let us confess the conceit that separates us from God. (Luke 1:51-53)

Silence for confession and reflection

L       You have come to the aid of your people.
C           My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for you have done great things for me, and holy is your name. (Luke 1:46, 47, 49, 54)

L                   You have mercy on those who fear you, from generation to generation to remember the promise of mercy. (Luke 1:50, 54) To God who is able to strengthen you to bring about the obedience of faith through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever! (Romans 16:26, 27)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent 3b

L          Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Let us confess the ways we fail to lives of rejoicing, prayer and thanksgiving

Time for confession and reflection

C          Restore our fortunes, O Lord (that) those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy (for) you have done great things for us, and we are glad indeed. (Psalm 126:3-5)

L          “….proclaim the year of the LORD's favor… to provide for those who mourn…to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. Isaiah 61:2, 3

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent 2b

L       “…what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the day of God…? Therefore, beloved… strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. (2 Peter3:11-12, 14-15) Let us confess the ways in which we fail to live in peace regarding the patience of the Lord as our salvation.

time for confession and reflection

L       I will listen to what the LORD God is saying;

C       Truly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, for you speak peace to those who turn their hearts to you. (Psalm 85:8, 9)

L       Steadfast love and faithfulness have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other (for) you have forgiven the iniquity of your people and blotted out all their sins. (Psalm 85:2, 10)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Advent 1b

            There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.  We have all become like one who is unclean and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6,7)

Time for confession and reflection

L              O Lord,

C             Do not be exceedingly angry and do not remember our sin forever for we are all your people. Restore us, O God; let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Isaiah 64:9, Psalm 80:3)

L                        O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Give us life that we may call upon your name. (Isaiah 64 Psalm 80:18)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christ the King Year A

L         “Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.” (Ezekiel 34:20-24) Let us confess the ways we fail to live as the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand.

Time for confession and reflection

L          Let us come before God's presence with thanksgiving,
C         “Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God, and we are the people of God's pasture and the sheep of God's hand.” (Psalm 95:6-7)
L         For thus says the Lord God: As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered… (Ezekiel 34:11-12)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Pentecost 22a

L             Our iniquities you have set before you and our secret sins in the light of your face (therefore) we are consumed by your anger; we are afraid because of your wrath.” (Psalm 90:7-8) Let us confess our secret sins that provoke the Lord to anger.

Time for confession and reflection

C         Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another. Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” (Psalm 90:1, 12)

 L          “….God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

All Saints Year A

L          Fear the Lord, you saints of the Lord, for those who fear the Lord lack nothing. (Psalm 34:9) Let us confess the ways we do not reverence the Lord.

Time for confession and reflection

C         I will bless the Lord at all times and the praise of God shall always be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

L          See what love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are …when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:1,3)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Reformation Sunday

L                     Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God” for “…everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” Let us confess the ways that we are slaves to sin (Romans 3:19, John 8:34)
Time for confession and reflection
L              O God
C             make us still and know that you are God for you are our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1,10)
L              Jesus said, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32,36)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pentecost 19a

L            The Lord said to Moses: Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:2, 18) Let us confess the ways we fail to reflect the image of God.

Silence for confession and reflection

L             O Lord

          Keep us from walking in the counsel of the wicked and sitting in the seats of the scornful. May we delight in your law and remember your teaching! (Psalm 1:1-2)

L             The righteous are like trees planted by streams of water bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; everything they do shall prosper for the LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Psalm 1:3, 6)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pentecost 17a

P       Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, think about such things. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6, 8) Let us confess our anxious thoughts and make our needs known to God.

Time for confession and reflection

P       O Lord,

C       You are my God. You are a shelter from the storm and shade from the heat. I will exalt and praise your name for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things. (Isaiah 25:1,4)

P       Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4, 7)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pentecost 16a

P             What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is a pleasant planting; the Lord expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry! (Isaiah 5:4, 7) Let us confess the ways in which we do not live as a pleasant planting of the Lord.

Silence for confession and reflection

P              Restore us, O God of hosts;

C             Turn to us and tend this vine; preserve what your right hand has planted. Let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Psalm 80:7, 14)

P             Let us press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus, not having a righteousness that comes from the law, but the righteousness from God based on faith in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:9, 14)