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Pentecost Year B

Proper 14

Invocation

When the gentle morning breezes
carry news of loss
cushion our tender hearts, O Lord
that we might bear to carry the news
of your children
for one more day

Call to Worship

Stories of success
held in tension with stories of despair.
For the ambiguity that clouds our vision,
Lord hear our prayer.

Our highest human achievements
paralleled by our most ingenious evil.
For the streakiness of our humanity,
Lord hear our prayer.

In each of us the capacity to cherish and also to destroy.
For the already but not yet of your bloom in our lives,
Lord hear our prayer.

Prayer of Dedication

Cure our warring madness, O Lord.
Use these offerings gathered
in the service of bending our will
that our lives might be armored
not with gold
but rather with love.
Amen.


Summer Year B - Reflections on the David Story

These prayers written for the summer cycles which includes the amazing stories of David. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2000. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Invocation

God of Bathseba, we come yearning for

wisdom to embrace life

despite its tragic complexity.

 

God of Tamar, we come in search of

strength to endure

the horrific consequences of untamed greed.

 

God of Michal, we come claiming

courage to name the insults offered even now

that belie your goodness.

 

God of the Story, meet us today

with living waters abundant

to quench your thirst.

 

Litany of Confession and Promise

David loved Jonathon

yet he wore the uniform of Jonathon's killer.

David danced for joy in the streets

while Michal bore witness to his drunken excess.

David's power and status grew

as did his scorn of the blind and the lame.

David wanted to build a temple

thus proving his devotion.

David built a legacy of broken lives

thus proving his culpability.

We are David,

mourning the loss of our love and our innocence.

We are David,

guilty of exploiting those entrusted to our care.

We are David,

unexpected hero and unrepentant scoundrel.

We are David,

we belong to God.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Gather the gifts of our hands and hearts, living Spirit.

Use these gifts to build not monuments to your distant glory,

but testaments to your intimate love. Amen.

 

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