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)