Prayer Of Confession • Resurrection

I posted the Call to Worship we used the second-to-the-last Sunday in the Year of Mark, the shorter ending of the resurrection.  This is the Prayer of Confession we used that Sunday.  It would work well for Easter or even the Easter season.

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Prayer of Confession • Resurrection • Mark (shorter ending)
Rev. Sarah Weaver

Resurrecting God, we give you great thanks for your love that is so powerful that it conquered death. The Easter story teaches us that death did not, does not and will not have the final word. Yet we confess that there are moments in our lives when this seems like a scary story to share with others; like the women who ran from the tomb afraid, we do not tell people about your redeeming grace. We hold back from talking about this life-changing story. Inspire us, O God, to boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to a world that so desperately needs to hear it. Amen.

 

Call To Worship • Resurrection

Hi friends!  Sorry I’ve been quiet on here the past few weeks – I was away from the pulpit for two weeks and then last Sunday was Beatles Sunday, which meant I didn’t preach.  I’m back to work and looking ahead to the fall – trying to wrap up a few things and then plan for the upcoming program year.  I realized that I wrote some liturgy we have used this summer that I never got around to posting, so I am going to get caught up!  This is the Call to Worship we used for the second-to-the-last Sunday in the Year of Mark – the shorter ending.  This would work well on Easter!

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Call To Worship • Resurrection • Mark (Shorter Ending)
Rev. Sarah Weaver

The Sabbath is over.
Morning is here.
The sun is risen.
The women enter the tomb,
but the stone is rolled back
and Jesus is not there.
The woman are scared,
but there in front of them
is a young man in a white robe who says,
“Do not be afraid. Jesus is not here. He is risen.”
Death did not have the final word.
Christ is risen!
He is risen, indeed!
Let us worship our risen Lord.
Let us worship God!

 

Prayer Of Confession • Jesus’ Burial

When I preached on Jesus’ burial, I wrote this Prayer of Confession. I think it would work well during a Service of Tenebrae, but especially a Holy Saturday service, if you do one.

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Prayer of Confession • Jesus’ Burial
Rev. Sarah Weaver

Powerful and almighty God, we give you thanks for the transformative work that you have done in this world. As we wait for resurrection in this story, we confess that there are times in our own lives when we lack patience; when we do not trust that resurrection is coming, that redemption is possible and that grace will prevail. Infuse, within us, the fortitude to simply be in your presence – and to trust that you will carry us through whatever we might face on the journey that lies ahead. Amen.