Worship on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost– October 20, 2013

Worship on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost– October 20, 2013

Preparing and Setting the Altar

As day slips to evening, we light a candle, to welcome you here, Lord Jesus.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

God who is Love, who created us in your image so that your love might spill out of us into a hurting and desperate world, we pray that we might feel your gentle and gracious presence in our midst this evening as we lift our voices in prayer and praise to you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

As we listen for God’s voice in the scripture and in the words of our neighbor, let us sing together.

Singing

 

 

…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…

A Time of Confession, Forgiveness, and Peacemaking
Hear the teaching of the Spirit recorded in 1 John: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Our sins are more than our own personal failures—indeed, our sins impact the world around us and the people whom we love. In just a moment, we will keep silence for a moment to consider our own sins and ask forgiveness for the ways in which we have fallen short of God’s Glory and, in doing so, have drunk deeply from the cup of death.

Silence

Hear the good news, brothers and sisters, no matter how, and in what ways, you have sinned, you now stand forgiven if you truly and humbly repent from sin and the way of this world. Share this forgiveness with your brothers and sisters by passing to them a sign of peace and forgiveness.

 

…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…
Isaiah 53:1-9
…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…
1 John 2:1-11
…we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…

Group Reflection on the Scripture

Our brother, Thomas Merton, was a 20th  century Roman Catholic writer and Trappist monk, who spent much of his life at Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky. In his No Man is an Island, he wrote, “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”


Prayers for Others

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Singing

As we go, receive the blessing recorded in the book of Philippians: “May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you.
May he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm.
May he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you.
May he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Amen.

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