Grace Moravian Church
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Almighty God, even as the drums of warfare beat on through the night, even as the cries of injustice linger in the morning, even as the hustle of busyness rumbles through the day, quiet our hearts. Still our thoughts. Join us in our worship. Remember us in your mercy as we try to remember you, through the proclamation of your good news, in story and in song, and through the hospitality of your gracious table. Welcome us again, one Lord, Creator, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Great indeed is the faithfulness of God, and yet our hearts are not so reliable. We wander. We argue. We forget. We divide ourselves with anger and bitterness and falsehood. Let us try to come back together again, and let us start with the truth. Let us confess our sins, to God, and also, to each other.
Almighty God, Father of mercy, Father of grace, You have called us to one table, but we have pursued our own course. You have promised us the abundance of all creation, but in our greed, and in our envy, the world goes without. You have promised us the bread of life itself, but in our pride, and in our arrogance, the world goes hungry. You have promised us the waters of peace and justice, but in our violence, and in our discord, the world goes thirsty. And now we are famished, too, Lord. Have mercy on us. Forgive us, again. Transform us, at this table, and for this table, and send us from this table as servants of your righteousness, by the power of your Son, our Lord. Amen.
Even when our cups run dry, God’s grace overflows. Even when our plates are empty, God’s generosity overflows. And even when our hearts are empty, God’s generosity overflows. And even when our hearts feel barren, God’s love overflows. Saints, you have been called and claimed by God of all things, and by the abundance of God’s grace, and by the power of God’s love, your sins forgiven. Go in peace.
To God be the glory: great things God has done! To prepare ourselves to partake in this worship and of this Holy Sacrament, we pray: Healing God, we come before you broken, yet seeking wholeness, isolated, yet seeking community, overwhelmed, yet seeking simplicity, shamed, yet seeking grace:
God, we yearn for the healing you promise.
God of Justice, we come before you selfish, yet seeking a generous heart, arrogant, yet seeking forgiveness:
God, we yearn for the justice you promise.
God of Peace, we come before you afraid, yet seeking assurance, agitated, yet seeking serenity, angry, yet seeking a forgiving heart:
God, we yearn for the peace you promise.
Knowing that through Christ all things are made new, we come to this communion table to be recreated through the bread and cup, and to be renewed in our faith and commitment.
God, we submit ourselves to renewal through you. This we pray through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen
Loving and gracious God who summons galaxies into being, we give thanks and blessings to you. We bless you for our world. The diversity of our planet amazes us from the prairies and pampas of the Americas to the dusty deserts of Africa and Asia, from the majestic mountains of Europe to the paradise countries of the Caribbean. We give you thanks for the multiplicity of humanity with our complexity of color and culture yet called into oneness-of-being through Christ. With many tongues, yet with one voice, we honor you saying:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty!
Loving and gracious God, who surrounds creation with abundant love, we give thanks and blessings to you. We bless you for your love, made known to us through Jesus, which reassures and reconciles us to you, to ourselves and to one another. As Christ is our light to you, may we be lights to others illuminating the path toward communion with you, the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Friend.
Amen, Amen, so let it be!
Watchword for the Week:
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.
I am the Lord: I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Almighty God, bless us to be blessings unto your creation, your people, and your holy name. Help us to keep Sabbath this day, uniting with sisters and brothers throughout the world, honorably and peaceably. Amen
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