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
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