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 19:1-10, the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Vince Amlin of Gainesville, Florida, offers a call to worship and a reading or prayer that puts the story into a contemporary context that makes us all uncomfortable. Then there are a choice of confessions … for those who need them.
Gift of Vince Amlin
Call to Worship
Leader: Jesus looked up and said to him,
“Zaccheus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today!”
One: Get the house ready, company’s coming!
Two: Get the house ready; clear out all this clutter!
Three: Get the house ready; give it to the poor!
Four: Get the house ready; be reconciled to those you have wronged!
Five: Get the house ready, tax collectors and sinners, rich and lost!
All: Today salvation has come to this house!
We too are children of Abraham and Sarah!
Prayer or Reading
Listening God, you hear your people’s cries. Hear our grumbles.
We were waiting for you, all dressed up in our Sunday best.
The choir was in its robes, and the acolytes had been groomed by their mothers.
The white-gloved bell ringers had polished their instruments,
And the children were holding still and mostly quiet.
The Women’s Guild had prepared a chicken dinner,
And the freewill offering was designated for the local soup kitchen.
And then they came in and told us the news,
“He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.”
So what are we supposed to do with all this food?
Gift of Maren Tirabassi
Prayer of Confession
When we do not climb up through scripture to see your presence,
when we do not climb down in prayer so we can meet your love,
when we do not come in to sacrament so we can entertain forgiveness,
when we do not come out in offering so we can give ourselves
to others in repentance and joy.
Remembering Zacchaeus of long ago, forgive us. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Seeking God, we’ve been hiding in the trees to observe. Choose us to welcome you and turn our lives upside down.Amen
Assurance of Grace
Salvation comes to us. We who were lost are found. We who had too much can give again.
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.