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Pentecost Year A

Proper 17 - Ordinary Time 22 - Pentecost +15

Call to Worship

Based upon Matthew 16:25. Also Mark 8:35. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2002.

 

Those who want to save their lives

have good health insurance,

pay their bills on time,

exercise and eat rightÉ

Those who want to save their lives

will lose them.

 

Those who lose their lives

in pursuit of God

who abandon the world's values,

who live generously and faithfully,

who listen to a voice beyondÉ.

Those who lose their lives

in pursuit of God

will find life.

 

May we learn the value of loss.

May we know the value of life.

Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession

Based upon the series of readings from Exodus. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 1999.

The Pharaoh decrees death to the foreigner.

The power of fear and hate rage surround us.

In the face of evil

Forgive us our complacency.

The burning bush flickers beside us.

The presence of God invites us.

In the presence of the holy

Forgive us our lack of notice.

The Red Sea waters stand at attention.

The threshold of grace is breath-taking.

In the company of grace

Forgive us our reticence to embrace.

 

Invitation to Pardon

Based upon the series of readings from Exodus. Copyright Katherine Hawker, 1999.

Hungry bellies and grumbling souls

are not the final word.

Manna and quail and water

fill the bellies and calm the souls.

The gifts of God reign

o’er the people of God.

Come for all things are ready.

 

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