“O God, we give you thanks for the light your words bring to our understanding, for the hope your words bring to our fear and for the guidance your words bring to our path.”
“God who searches and knows us call us by name. God speaks in the hope that we are listening. Forming us and shaping us for service, the Spirit blesses us with gifts. Our bodies, minds and spirits are temples of blessing, a gift of trust from God’s Holy Spirit. Come and see. Follow and serve. Christ sends us to do great things.
Here I am. Send me. Even me.”
“Lifting up our eyes, we see the light of Christ.
Lifting up our hearts, we hear the truth of love.
Lifting up our spirits, we discern God’s wisdom.
Lifted up, we are ready to go forth as God’s people, with justice and compassion for all.”
“Do not be afraid, Christ is coming soon. Christ is with us even now.
Trust is this: the Spirit gives us a child. Christ is born anew in our hearts.
Fear not, dear friends, for Christmas is coming. Christmas is with us even now.”
“We do not know the year of your coming, but we do know how to prepare: We must live as peacemakers.
We do not know which day peace will reign, but we do know how to prepare: We must clothe ourselves with Christ.
We do not know the hour when the Prince of Peace will come, but we do know how to prepare: We must pray constantly for peace and walk in the light of the Lord.”
Response to the written Word from Matthew 25: 36-44
, Romans 13:11-14
, and the spoken word from Eugene D. Sperazza, C.L.M.
“Thank you, God, for calling forth our gifts, encouraging us in their unfolding. We bless you for the sense of fulfillment of responsibility, as we participate with the Spirit in the growth and use of talents you have given. And thank you, most of all, for uniquely gifting each of us for your plan of blessing the church and world communities. Amen.”
“O, Lord, we wait for you to come again into our midst. Sometimes we wait patiently; sometimes not. Always we are aware of how much the world needs you. We pray today for those in out community who need your healing and comfort. We pray for persons in leadership across our country, that together we might make wise decisions. We pray for brothers and sisters around the world, whose lives are torn apart by war. We pray, knowing that you are with us now, and that you will strengthen us to keep awake, to keep the faith, to keep working for the time when Christ will come again to surprise us anew with love and justice on earth. Amen.”
“Lord. We are a stubborn people. As Jesus reminded the disciples to trust in God’s commandments and guidance, so we are called to place our trust and confidence in your presence. Heal our wounds. Calm our spirits and souls. Challenge and encourage our service to humankind. We pray that our lives and the work of our hands may please you and accomplish your will for creation. Push us Lord to “walk our talk”. We call ourselves Christian and Christ’s Disciples, but do our everyday lives show that? Help us Lord to “walk the talk.”
Response to the written Word from Matthew 23: 1-12
, and the spoken word from Carol Rhines
“Everlasting God, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Since the creation of the world, you have nurtured us with your love. And yet we shamefully acknowledge that we do not always share your love with others. We are selective about who we choose as neighbors…only those who are clean, who look like us, who talk right, who seem safe. Loving God, teach us to love you more fully. For in loving you, our lives will show love to all others, even as your love encompasses all your creation. in all generations. We pray in the name of your greatest gift of love, Jesus Christ. Amen”
Response to the written Word from Matthew 22:34-46
, and the spoken word from Barbara Shudak C.L.S.
“Almighty God, we hear your word. So we seek your help. Help us to think the right kinds of thoughts. Help us to think about things that are true and honorable, things that are just, pure and pleasing in your site. Help us focus on things that are commendable, things that are excellent and worthy of praise. There is so much in life that is unjust and ugly. So we ask you to guide us so that we may commit ourselves to follow your paths of justice and mercy, paths that are worthy of your calling. Amen”
Response to the written Word from Philippians 4:1-9
, and the spoken word from Eugene D. Sperazza C.L.M.