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Proper 13 Year C

Litany of Confession

Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

We are too often stuck in the past,

nursing old wounds, rehearsing sins of long ago

allowing our visions for today and tomorrow to be stalled.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

We are gathering into barns (and bank accounts)

preparing educationally, spiritually, and emotionally for the future;

denying the pleasure of life today with eyes focused on tomorrow.

Christ have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

We are so intent on caring for our nuclear families

we miss the presence of Christ in the homeless, the aging, the vulnerable

who live just outside our doors.

Lord have mercy,

Lord have mercy,

Have mercy upon us.

 

Invocation

Based upon Luke 16. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Masters,

two and more,

competing for our money

clamoring for our time

creating chaos in our lives.

Master,

one God,

quiet us and draw us near.

 

Prayer of Dedication

Based upon Luke 16. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Knowing that many voices clamor and compete,

we pray that these offerings given

may become symbolic of our decision

to serve one master, one God.

 

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