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Hope. Injustice. Compassion. The Promise Remains.

L: Their hope rose to a crescendo on that day.1: The people waved branches and cheered as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt.2: May we always place our hope in the One who is worthy of our trust. L:

Posted in Call to Worship, Mark, Mark 11, Mark 11:1-11, Mark 11:1-21, Mark 14, Mark 14:3-9, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Quakes & Tornadoes, Virus & Famine, and Sunshine & Storms

Across the waters,the restless breath blew.And God began to create. Beneath the stars,the earth was filled with quakes & tornadoes, virus & famine, and sunshine & storms.And the people struggled to survive. God loved the ones, created from the dust and God’s

Posted in Call to Worship, Confession of Sin & Assurance, Genesis, Genesis 1, Genesis 1-2, Genesis 1-2:1, Mark 13, Mark 13:1-8, 24-37, narrative lectionary, New Testament, Old Testament

Morning Prayer

Creator of the mountains, the rivers, and the rolling hills, You reached down to the dust and molded us in your image. You breathed your divine breath into us. You made us to be in relationship with one another and

Posted in Pastoral Prayer, Prayers

We Hear Your Words

We hear your words.And twist them around. We hear your words.And sometimes use them to justify deviousness, to manipulate, to promote our own self-interest, and to harm others. We hear your words.Help us to hear and understand your words. Remind

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Mark, Mark 12, Mark 12:1-17, narrative lectionary, New Testament

That We Hear AND Listen

Jesus tells the disciples for a third time what is to come:The Human One will be handed over…They will ridicule him, spit on him, torture him, and kill him. After three days, he will rise up.” (Mark 10:33–34 CEB) And

Posted in Call to Worship, Invocation, Lent, Lent 2, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 35-45, Mark 10:29-45, Mark 10:32-52, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Easy to Say; Hard to Do

Prayer of Confession We confess it is easy to claim to follow you and much harder to act on it. Forgive us when we forget that Jesus showed us the way. Remind us that though it is hard, you make

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Lent, Lent 1, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 17-31, narrative lectionary, New Testament

It is not an easy path.

The call is made to each of us.It requires much. The call requires that we follow the ten commandments.It requires more. God asks for our whole selves. Christ asks that follow his teachings and example whit all we have and

Posted in Call to Worship, Lent, Lent 1, Mark, Mark 10, Mark 10: 17-31, narrative lectionary, New Testament

Ash Wednesday: We are Breathing

Call to Worship Come into this sacred space and breathe.Formed from dust, we are here. We are breathing. Moment of silence. Let go of the world that tells you to compete endlessly.Formed from dust, we are here. We are breathing. Moment of

Posted in Ash Wednesday, Call to Worship, Days of the Church, Invocation, Mark, Mark 9, Mark 9:30-37, New Testament

The Messiah We Have

Jesus asks Peter,Who do you say that I am? Peter responds,You are the messiah, the one who will fix the world. And Jesus replies,Not quite… “Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,

Posted in Call to Worship, Mark, Mark 8, Mark 8:27-9:8, New Testament

Forgive Us Our Arrogance

Prayer of Confession Divine One: We confess we create you in our image. We yearn for a messiah who will force the world into that which we want. Like Peter we rebuke your way and fail to follow you. Forgive

Posted in Confession of Sin & Assurance, Mark, Mark 8, Mark 8:27-9:8, New Testament
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