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Proper 23 Year C


Based upon Jeremiah 29. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1998. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Litany of Confession and Assurance

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We find ourselves in exile caused by relationships, economics, and failing health.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We feel used by people and systems, sometimes even abused.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We thirst for God's promised justice through swift vengeance.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We strive to protect our families and our interests from any wrath.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

We long for the day when passive peace will prevail.

But thus says the Lord:

Seek shalom wherever you are, and pray to the Lord

for your shalom shall be found in the shalom of the community.

May our actions embody our prayers

for the healing of the community

and therein may we find our long awaited wholeness.

Amen.

 

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