Category Archives: Ordinary Times

Worship Liturgy for August 7, 2011 ~ Lectionary Readings: Genesis 37:1-4,12-28,; Psalm 105: 1-6,16-22,45b;Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

August 7, 2011  Proper 14A, Ordinary 19A, Pentecost + 8

 

 CALL TO WORSHIP

 Leader: A life full of gifts

People: A lifetime of giving

Leader: A mind full of dreams

People: Passion and trust to make the dreams come true

Leader: Betrayal and broken relationships

People: Redeemed and reconciled by the grace of God

Leader: Let us worship God who forgives, even us,

People: And frees us to serve joyfully

 

OPENING PRAYER

God who transforms lives, open us to wonder and to the gifts in others. As we worship you today expand our hearts and minds to what is possible through your grace and power. In Christ we pray. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Loving God, we read of Joseph’s brothers and seldom ponder who we have betrayed or sold out in some fashion or another. We read of Peter walking on the water and often critique him as seeking attention or lacking faith. We forget the times we have jostled for position or attention and the times our wavering faith caused us to be overcome by waves of doubt and despair. Help us be who you created us to be, not at the expense of others. Forgive our speech that betrays and belittles. Forgive us when we seek to be first and forget those who are lost. We pray grateful for the dreams and gifts you have instilled within each of us. Amen.

 

 

©August 2011 Cynthia Langston Kirk

Liturgy for September 12, 2010 ~ Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; I Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-1-

Ordinary 24, Pentecost + 16

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: If you had fifty trusted and capable employees, who would not leave the forty-nine

People: To help the one who became sick?

Leader: If you were part of a church family with five hundred members who knew God’s love

People: Who would not turn their focus to the ones who had never heard of God’s grace and Christ’s forgiveness?

Leader: If you had five children, who would not leave the four in trusted care

People: To search for the one who has lost their way?

Leader: So it is a thousand times over with the Holy One

People: To God be the glory!

 

© September 2010  Cynthia Langston Kirk

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

O God, in this fast-paced, disposable world, it often seems that everything and everyone is dispensable. It is easier to care for the ones before us than to spend time, money and effort on those who are more fragile or needy. We often feel the entitlement of the older brother even though we have fumbled choices and lost our way as well. Give us the tenacity and the hope of a father or mother who will not give up until they see their children coming home. May we be filled with such Christ-like love for our family, our friends and even for those who are strangers or foreigners.  Be with people who are searching in destructive places. Be with those who have never been shown kindness or a life-giving vision for the future. Lead them home. Help us to help them find their way home. And may we all feast together in joy at your celebration table. Amen.

 © September 2010  Cynthia Langston Kirk

 

Worship Liturgy for August 22, 2010 ~ Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Ordinary 21 ~ Pentecost + 13 ~ Year C

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Leader: All praise to God

People: Who formed us in Holy image

Leader: All praise to the Lover of our Souls

People: Who equips us with gifts and anoints us with purpose

Leader: All praise to the Spirit

People: Who calls us to risk and sustains our every step

Leader: All praise to Holy Mystery

People: Whose fire refines us with courage and peace

Leader: All praise to the Prince of Peace

People: Who breaks tradition for the sake of hope and healing

                                                                        ©Cynthia Langston Kirk

OPENING PRAYER

Indwelling Love, You Who are Beyond Our Reach and Control, we come to worship eager to praise you, to be inspired, comforted and challenged by you. Thank you for the freedom to worship as we choose and for the beauty of this day. Heal our crippled spirits and free us to follow Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

                                                                        ©Cynthia Langston Kirk

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Merciful God, often we do not speak up because we are afraid or we feel we are not capable of the task. Forgive us when we do not trust your leading. Often we do not reach out to a person or a group because we fear the unknown or because we are more concerned with cultural taboos than brokenness. Forgive us when we are more concerned with what others think than how to express compassion. Be with those whose grief overwhelms every breath and thought. Be with those who face devastating disease and debilitating addictions. And, God, be with children who are abandoned, who know nothing but war and who have no one to bring hope into their lives. We pray grateful that you know us, love us and give us second chances. Amen.

                                                                        ©Cynthia Langston Kirk

Worship Liturgy for August 1, 2010 ~ Lectionary Readings: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9,43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

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Ordinary 18, Pentecost + 10, Year C

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: What has captured my heart?

People: Who can teach me a love song?

Leader: Wherein do my loyalties lie?

People: In what do I invest my time and energy?

Leader: How do I use my resources?

People: How do I share my gifts and wisdom?

Leader: All these matters are of critical importance

People: And God listens for the answer.

 

OPENING PRAYER

Holy God, open our hearts to understand the way of Love. Open or hearts to try the way of Peace. Open our hearts to live the way of Generosity. We pray in the name of Christ, Lover of us All, Prince of Peace, Generosity Incarnate. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

God of Love, when we are fearful or greedy, when we are more focused on tomorrow than today, draw us back to your purpose. When material wealth becomes more important than relationships, awaken us to that which matters most. Forgive us, O God, when we allow things of this world to pit brother against brother, friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor. Forgive us when we choose foolishly and free us to follow Christ in whose name we pray. Amen.

 ©July 2010   Cynthia Langston Kirk

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Worship Liturgy for June 13, 2010 ~ Lectionary Readings: I Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

Ordinary 11    Pentecost + 3   Year C

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CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Greater than sin

People: Is the mercy of God

Leader:  Greater than sin

People: Is the forgiveness of Christ

Leader:  Greater than sin

People: Is the guidance of the Spirit

Leader:  Thanks be to God in whose image we are made

People: The image of Love

© June 2010  Cynthia Langston Kirk


PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION

Merciful God, we are sometimes like Naboth wishing we had what belongs to another person, never satisfied that we have enough wealth or possessions. We are, at times, like Jezebel seeking to manipulate others to our advantage. And we are like the woman with the alabaster jar and the Pharisees: people who are unfaithful or judgmental, breaking the covenant to love with our words or actions. We come to you striving to look honestly at ourselves. Forgive us when we have missed the mark to love above all else.  Forgive us and free us from shame and guilt. Free us to stand for justice and dance for joy. This we pray in the name of Christ whose forgiveness is healing and whose invitation is persistent. Amen.

© June 2010  Cynthia Langston Kirk

To use this or any writings by Cynthia Langston Kirk please include the copyright in your bulletin and/or on your screen. If you want to use the writing in any other way than one time worship use, please contact Cynthia at: cynthia@piecingstories.com