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Where Do We Get Off?

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Here are worship materials for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost.

"Feeding of the Five Thousand," John Reilly, 1958.

Call to Worship Psalm 89 Adapted

One: God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. All: God is good to all, and God's compassion is over all that God has made. One: God upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. All: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. One: You open your hand to all, satisfying the desire of every living thing. All: In every way God is just, and kind in every action.  One: God is near to all who call, to all who call on God in truth. All: God fulfills the desire of all who fear God;  One: God also hears their cry, and saves them. All: God watches over all who love God, but will destroy all the wicked. One: My mouth will speak the praise of God,  All: and all flesh will bless God's holy name forever and ever.

One: It such praise it is as we now proclaim in greeting one another, “God be with you.”

All: And also with you.

Prayer of Invocation and Confession

Living God, bless our worship with your presence and fill our hearts with your promise. Help us to be faithful witnesses to your coming reign and steadfast participants in its coming.

This we ask through we gather as a small church, meager as the bread that though fed a crowd.

Help us, nonetheless, to be such bread for the world. Help us to nourish, by the mysterious power of the Holy Spirit, all who hunger, whether for righteousness or for food. Help us to sustain in your grace all who are weary with hopelessness or homelessness. The imperatives of the gospel are weighty and urgent, spiritual and material or, indeed, both. We can only respond rightly to these imperatives if we ourselves can come for a blessing in your midst.

Take us, then, and bless us, and even break us to be distributed as a means of grace in the world, vessels each and all of your eternal love. By this blessing, which we receive amidst this congregation, which is rich with talent and treasure and a long time in this place, we are made more than what we might feel judged to be—unworthy of such talent, too meager for such treasure. Help us to resist this estimation of things; help us to abound as by the sort of miracle done in that deserted place long ago.

We pray this in Christ, who worked miracles for being so full of you, that we might be so full as well. Amen.

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