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Prayer of Dedication (for day of transition)

For the wisdom of our elders
bringing us safely to this place;
God of our yesterday, we give you thanks.

For the vision of new generations
opening windows to new views;
God of our tomorrow, we give you thanks.

Gor the promise of this community
creating new covenants blending heritage and hope;
God of our today, we give you thanks.

Children's Sabbath (1999)

Prayer of Confession

The children
Babies, toddlers, middlers, teens
playing on the playground, laughing at the mall,
yet…
some are crying in hunger, strangled by neglect, dying in the cold.

The children
created by God, welcomed by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit
baptized, confirmed, loved by the church
but then…
why are the children, so many children, in danger?

The children
united in their need
the children need us;
dear God, help us to hear that the children need us.

Invitation to Pardon

The children are
created by God, welcomed by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit.
They are the children.
You are the children.
We are the children,
created by God, welcomed by Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit.