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Pentecost Year A
Proper 27 - Ordinary Time 32 - Pentecost +25



*Litany of Confession and Assurance (People’s response in bold)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

For the times we have failed to look,

For the times we have failed to understand the difference,

For the times we have failed to make a choice,

Lord have mercy.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

For the ways in which our choice is shallow,

For the ways in which our sight is limited,

For the ways in which we second guess,

Christ have mercy.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

For the sorrow of the "might have been",

For the pain of clinging to the past

For the doubt that clouds our hope,

Lord have mercy.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

For the small steps on new paths,

we give thanks to the Lord.

For the grace to celebrate the sunrise where we are,

we give thanks to God.

For the hope that lies ahead,

we give thanks to the Lord.

Responding to the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

*Prayer of Dedication (People’s response in bold)

Creating God, guide us to put first things first in our lives.

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Christ our Lord, enable us to follow your example.

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Spirit Alive, shine your light that our choices may be a reflection.

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.


Litany of Confession and Assurance

Based upon Matthew 25:1-13. Written for Evangelical United Church of Christ, 1999. Copyright Katherine Hawker.

Ten lamps gathered, with oil enough for all.

Ten lamps gathered,

But five are empty showing careless disregard.

Ten lamps gathered,

Five blaze with oil abundant enough to share.

Ten lamps gathered,

Five lifeless when laziness and greed collide.

Ten lamps gathered…

How many will burn tonight?

 

Creator God, giver of oil, hear us as we pray…

For generous hearts to share oil with our neighbors.

Creator God, giver of oil, hear us as we pray…

For the vision necessary to leave our comfortable seats in search of oil.

Creator God, giver of oil, hear us as we pray…

For forgiveness for the ways our selfishness and our apathy collide.

 

Ten lamps gathered, with oil enough for all.

Come children of God, into a sacred circle

Where sharing creates abundance

And no one leaves hungry. Amen.