When every day seems the same, with no one listening to our dreams, our hopes, our fears, and worries, you pause, O God, turning your head so you can read our lips. When every road seems the same, filled with despair’s potholes, you come alongside us, Holy God, pointing out that side road that will take us closer to You. You gather us into this place and invite us to be present. Grant in this time and place that I may find the strength in prayer and community to grow in Your presence. I am your servant ready and willing. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
God of our lives, it is true we break your commandments. Much worse, we break your heart when we point the finger at those who are different from us; when we gossip about our friends and neighbors; when we think everything is all about us. Forgive us, Loving God, we pray. We long to know your ways, so open our ears to hear those words we always ignore. We search for you each day, so open our eyes to your wonders so we may see them anew. We would believe in your promises, so fill our hearts with the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior. Hear us as we silently confess our sinfulness . . . Amen.
- Epistle Lesson: 2 Peter 1: 16-21
- Psalter Lesson: Psalm 99
- No. 455 – All Creatures of Our God and King
- No. 525 – Here I Am, Lord
- No. 73 – Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory
Confirmation & The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
“Right Living as Stewards of the Gospel” – Rev. Dr. Martha Jordan