Liturgy for Sunday, September 15, 2013

On Mondays I share liturgical writing focused on the Luke passages for each Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s scripture is Luke 15: 1-10, lost sheep and lost coin. Contributing a prayer is Nancy Hardy of Huntington Mills, Pennsylvania. Some liturgical resources of my own follow. 

Gift of Nancy Hardy

A Prayer

We aren’t really hiding from you, God, but we do get lost. Sometimes we are startled to see that the landscape around us has changed, nothing looks familiar, and we don’t know the way back.  Sometimes we fall through the cracks and find ourselves in a dark place, with no capacity to get ourselves out.  However we get lost, God, we’re stuck without you.  Thank you for being the Seeker and Finder of our souls, and help us to be worthy of your rejoicing.  Amen.

Call to worship:

Come to the angel party! You are invited.
God has been with us on the treacherous rocks of life.
Come to the angel party! You are invited.
God has been with us in the dusty corners of life.
Come to God’s celebration
where every single lonely one of us is the guest of honor.

And we have party-hats and piñatas
for every person who walks through the church doors.
Come to the angel party! You are invited.
We’re going to have a good time.

Confession:  God, forgive me when I do not go after the lost people, the lost opportunities, the lost ideas in my life. Forgive me when I congratulate myself for having ninety-nine of anything, and “write-off” someone or something precious to you. Forgive me when I do not truly celebrate a person’s recovery and new hope because I am still hugging past angers and fears. Teach me, Shepherd, Housewife, to be like you. amen.

Assurance of Grace:  God not only climbs the rocks and sweeps the corners for us but also teaches us to search and rejoice.

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.

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2 Responses to Liturgy for Sunday, September 15, 2013

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    Delightful and delight-filled

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