We give thanks, O God of sacred stories, for the witness of holy scripture. Through it you nurture our imaginations, touch our feelings, increase our awareness, and challenge our assumptions. Bless we pray, our hearing of your word this day. Speak to each of us; speak to all of us; and grant that by the power of your Spirit, we may be hearers and doers of your word. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Gracious and merciful God, we confess that we have worried about possessions and lost sleep over matters beyond our control. We have forgotten you as the source of all good things, and the resource to strengthen us when our energy is drained. Forgive those times we have misused your gifts, and invested our time in vain pursuits. Set us on a new and right path, we pray in the name, and by the spirit of Christ our Lord.
- Psalter Lesson: Psalm 145: 1-5; 17-21
- New Testament Lesson: Zechariah 7: 1-10
- No. 423 – Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun
- No. 405 – What Does the Lord Require
- No. 412 – Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds
“Mean What You Pray, and Pray What You Mean” – Rev. Scott G. Loomer