Reformation Sunday | Prayer of Confession

Here is the Prayer of Confession I will be using for worship this week!  It was written with Reformation Sunday in mind, but also carries themes of unity, covenant and love.  Enjoy!

Prayer of Confession | Reformation Sunday, Unity, Covenant, Love
Sarah E. Weaver (C) 2011

Loving God, whose gentle touch can carefully guide the restoration of unity: Help us along our journey towards peace. Forgive us for the times when we do not do the hard work required to honor our covenants with one another. Always allow your touch to be stronger than the resistance that we might give to it. Open our eyes to the cloud of witnesses who have come before us and worked towards a shared vision of shalom. Steer us to learn from both their successes and their failures. Do not give up on us, even when we stumble. Help us to love others as you love us – now and always. Amen.

Reformation Sunday | Call To Worship

Reformation Sunday already?  Hard to believe.

I wrote this liturgy last year and never got to use it.  “Snow-tober” knocked out the power at the church and we had to cancel worship!  I thought I’d post the Call to Worship & Prayer of Confession that I am using this week now in case anyone is still putting their services together.

Call To Worship | Reformation Sunday
Sarah E. Weaver (C) 2011

Today is Reformation Sunday, a day when we think about the sacrifices made and the risks taken by Martin Luther and other reformers in the 15th and 16th centuries.
We celebrate the Church that was, the Church that is and the Church that will be.
We give thanks for living in a time and place where we experience the freedom of religious belief, gathering and expression.
Help us, O God, to strengthen our own faith, and to strengthen our acceptance of those who think differently than we do.
The differences that exist among us only prove the extravagant mosaic beauty of God’s creation.
We are all children of God, creatures of a creator that knows and loves each and every one of us.
History has proven that we may never be able to predict where our journey through life may take us, but that our journey will always be filled with God’s grace.
Let us journey together.
That journey together starts right here.
Let us worship God!