James and John were ambitious and striving, but maybe your get-up-and-go got up and went without you. Are you in need of a little liturgical help for this week? Maybe just some inspiration to write something new, maybe something you can copy-and-paste…either way, RGBP is here for you! Here are some pieces you are welcome to use or adapt or simply pray through for yourself. If you use them, please give credit in any printed resources or video descriptions. Thanks!

And if you have written any words for worship for this week, please post them in the comments! If you write things for future weeks and you’re willing to share, please send them to revgalblogpals at gmail by the Monday for publication on Tuesday. Thank you for helping resource the church worldwide!

Call to Worship by Sarah Erickson (I Samuel, Job 38, Psalm 104, Mark 10)

Listen! God is speaking to us today!
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.
God calls to us in the chaos of storms or the calm of nighttime.
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.
Jesus calls us to take our place among his disciples.
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

The Holy Spirit calls us to respond with confidence and praise.
And so we respond: Bless the Lord! Let us worship God!

Opening Prayer by Julia Seymour
Divine Source of love and life, we come before you in joy and with humbleness of heart. Prepare us in mind, body, and spirit for the truth that will encounter us today. Open us, through the Holy Spirit, to live our faith in word and deed, becoming more fully the people you have made and called us to be. Amen.

Call to Reconciliation by Barb Hedges-Goettl

The Spirit that raises the dead to life lives in us, but we often remain earth-bound.
Let us confess our need for God’s renewal and forgiveness.

Unison Prayer for Forgiveness by Barb Hedges-Goettl

O God, when our spirit does not reflect your Spirit, forgive us.
When we deal death, instead of life and love, forgive us.
When we do not act like your children, forgive us.
When we forget that our suffering can make us heirs with Christ, forgive us.
~~Silent Confession~~                                            

Prayer of Confession by Julia Seymour (Mark 10)
Let us be honest with ourselves, in front of one another, and before God, from whom no secrets are hidden.

We confess that love is not yet perfected in us.
We crave what is not ours and ponder how to get it.
We speak more than we listen and we sow division more than peace.
We have failed to pursue justice to its fullest extent, creating healing for all.
We have neither loved our neighbors or ourselves in the way that we ought.
And, still, we have expected that we will have a seat of honor in heaven.

We openly admit to these failings and their weight on our spirits.
In your mercy, Lord, forgive us and turn our hearts toward true repentance.

All we like sheep have gone astray,
but our Good Shepherd looks upon us with love and grace.
By Christ’s life, love, and resurrection, your sins are forgiven.
You, like your ancestors in faith, are a friend of God.
Go in peace. Amen.

Confession of Faith by Barb Hedges-Goettl (drawing on the PCUSA Book of Order’s Directory for Worship)

As Christians, by our worship, we  give all glory and honor,
praise and thanksgiving to the holy, triune God.
Through Word and Sacrament,
we share in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Through Christian worship, we participate in God’s plan
for the redemption of peoples, time, space, and matter
for God’s glory.

In our worship, we glorify God present and active among us.
We worship with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.
We join in full, conscious and active participation
in the whole body of Christ.
We express, experience, and are called further
to the family of faith’s common life and ministry.
From worship, we are sent out  in service to glorify God
present and active in the world.
Thanks be to God for the gift of this worship
in this time and place, Amen.

Benediction by Julia Seymour
May the manifold wonders of the Lord make themselves obvious to you.
May the Spirit of unity and community encourage and strengthen you.
May the One who is Perfect Love accompany you all of your days.

Songs here are shared for your inspiration. If you wish to use any of them, please go to the original posting page on YouTube for guidance on credits and sharing.

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