Saturday, May 26, 2012

Pentecost 2b

L       "Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day… for we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:16, 18) Let us confess the ways we continue to trust in the temporary. 

Silence is kept for confession and reflection 

L       Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; 

C       O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. (Psalm 130:1-2) 

L       If you were to keep watch over sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you is forgiveness. Wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love (and) plenteous redemption; (Psalm 130: 3-4, 7)

Trinity Year b

L           So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:12-13) Let us confess the ways we continue to live according to the flesh.
Silence is kept for confession and reflection
L       …all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
C       (We) did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but we have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!" the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…” (Romans 8:14-16)
L       “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pentecost b

         We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:22, 23) Let us confess all that makes us groan inwardly.
Silence is kept for confession and reflection
L       Come Holy Spirit
C       Kindle in us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 104:30) 

L       the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Easter 7b

L       Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, or lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful. (Psalm 1:1) Let us confess the ways we linger in the way of sin. 
Silence is kept for confession and reflection 
L         (Our) delight is in the law of the LORD,

C       Make us like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither. (Psalm 1:2-3) 
L       …this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life and these things (are) written to you... so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Easter 6b

L       “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11) Let us confess the ways we fail to abide in God’s love.

Silence is kept for confession and reflection
L       O LORD, you have made known your victory

C       you have revealed your righteousness in the sight of the nations (for) you remember your steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 98:2-3) 

L       No one has greater love than this; to lay down one's life for one's friends…I do not call you servants any longer… I have called you friends... You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last… (John 15:13,15b,16)