On Mondays I am sharing liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s first contributor is Daniel Ross-Jones, of San Francisco, California, who is serving a church in Palo Alto. Daniel writes out of the teaching on prayer in Luke 11: 1-13 in such a way that congregations can use his words in several different ways. Check his suggestions. The second writer Jonathan Goodell of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, reminds us of our childhood in God. I have added some liturgy for reconciliation at the conclusion of their work.
Gift of Daniel Ross Jones
Prayer Use this prayer as you see fit. If responsive prayer is the custom of your congregation, divide words and phrases between leader(s) and people. Seed this into a Pastoral Prayer. Build further prayers off individual words or phrases. Provide a reflection on the back of a Worship Folder for worshipers to ponder.
“Teach us to pray, teacher.”
We come before you, seeking instruction:
What shall we do?
What ought we do?
What can we do?
You answer us with stark simplicity
Our prayers become our actions
and our actions, our prayers:
A delicate dance
At the intersection of love and faith.
A relationship at once present but far beyond
Here but not yet
Seen but unseen
Starkly simple but patently complex.
Teacher, how much do we add
to avoid our own confusion and insecurity?
How much do we add
to assuage our own fears and trepidations?
How much do we add
and, by adding, take even more away from others?
Bring to us the courage of simplicity
the confidence of brevity
the assurance of agility
that through the Great Spirit that surrounds us
we might meet you in the dance.
Gift of Jonathan Goodell
Call to Worship
Children of God…
…it’s been so long…
Children of God’s heart…
…it’s been so long since we felt a joyful urgency!
Green and limber like children…
…we are asking for the obvious, wanting for a clarity that only the young possess!
Demanding too, single minded, obstinate like a child!
…we are waking up to the mystery of Your Love… this morning we know that we are loved, as we seek the fair, the just, the long hoped for!
All: We are here in worship…growing into a lively hope, and a gracious certainty, welcoming God with heart and mind, body and soul… Holy and loving God, give us this day our daily feeding of Your goodness, shaken down and wrapped up so that we can share it with others. Let Your Kingdom come among us in this hour! Amen.
Gracious God, we often ask for blessings as if we were entitled to them, or ask awkwardly, assuming abundance won’t come to us. We seek desperately for things that don’t satisfy and quickly detour from our search for personal meaning. We avoid knocking on the doors of those who need our kindness and lock ourselves tight against your holy and urgent guidance. Forgive us and teach us to be persistent in prayer even as you are persistent with us. Amen
Assurance of Grace
God is eager to give the good gift of forgiveness. Ask and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. Thanks be to God.
Luke for Sharing – A Community Resource
A Collaboration of Forty-four Writers on the Scriptures from Luke
June – November, 2013
edited by Maren C. Tirabassi
All of these resources were given freely and they may be used in worship contexts. They may be adapted to fit your context. Please cite the original author when you reprint them or share them orally. For any other use please contact me so that I can put you directly in touch with that particular author.