We pray this in the name of our Companion on the journey,
Jesus the Christ.
Prayer of Confession(from Luke 8:26-39) Leader: We confess, O God,
that we often find ourselves distracted
by a legion of destructive voices that make false promises.
Surely these are our inner demons:
Left side:We believe safety and security can reside in ample bank accounts.
Right side: We think that success leads to real happiness. We equate power with dominating others. We hold fast to pain and anger as if they were treasure in a chest. We soothe our fear of failure with substances that do harm. We feed our hunger for love and approval
with food that does not satisfy. All: Break hold of the chains that bind us, O God.
Set us free from the tombs in which we dwell. Silent Prayer Assurance of Pardon Friends, hear this good news:
In Christ God calls us forth from the tomb to the light of new life.
The healing power of God’s forgiveness restores us to wholeness.
God releases us from the chains that bind us.
We are set free to be children of God!
Amen._Invitation_to_Share'>All: Thanks be to God! Amen. Invitation to Share Jesus told the man he had healed to go home
and tell everyone how much God had done for him.
What if we were to look at our offering
as a way to proclaim how much God has done for us?
What if we were to share with the same kind of generous love
that God abundantly shares with us?
Prayer of Dedication Loving God, we share what we have
because you share so abundantly with us.
May our sharing be an act of thanksgiving and praise
for all you have done and all you will continue to do for us.
We dedicate these gifts and offer ourselves to your service.
Bless us and our gifts,
that we might be a source of help, hope, and joy to a world in need.
and the power of the Holy Spirit shall uphold you,
this day and always. Amen.
Our Help and Our Hope, Service Prayers for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, was written by the Rev. Heather A. Moody, Senior Minister at First Congregational Church of Poughkeepsie, NY.
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