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Proper 7 C

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

Call to Worship

Come burdened

Come savvy

Come aging

Come discouraged

Come wanting

Come full

Come longing

Come drifting


Children of God, Come


Confession and Assurance based on 1 Kings 19

Prayer of Confession

We come seeking God in mighty earthquakes.

We come listening for God in resounding thunder.

We come expecting God in sweeping victories.

Yet God is found in a baby's touch.

Yet God speaks in silence.

Yet God is found in the least of these.

Save us, O God, from our aimless wandering.

Save us, O God, from our idols.

Save us, O God, from our self-induced chaos.

God, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.



Assurance of Pardon

Hear the good news of God's love for us;

not in the earthquake, not in the storms, not in the mighty deeds

but in the silence, in the gentle touch, in the quiet rain

God says,


"You are my Beloved. I love you."