Narrative Lectionary Prayers for November 16, 2014
Call to Worship
One: Come, my friends! It is time!
Many: We were glad when they said to us, it is time to worship.
One: Come and celebrate our God!
Many: We have received so much from God’s bounty—the material needs of life, grace, hope, and love.
One: Come, give thanks and celebrate!
Reconciliation/Assurance of Pardon
One: My friends, we are only human.
Many: And that is grief enough to bow a ruler’s head and honour enough to lift a beggar’s head.
One: Let us go to God in prayer and contrition. Holy One, we know we have not done what we should have done; and sometimes we did what we should not have.
Many: We have ignored the needy; turned away our friends; used our gifts and graces for minor things instead of bringing about your realm.
One: We could not bring ourselves to do what we knew you would have us do. For all these, we ask with confidence for your grace and forgiveness, and resolve to be our better selves.
Many: We know that you have forgiven us before we ask; therefore we thank you, Holy One.
One: In the name of the Christ, we are forgiven!
Many: We are forgiven!
One: It is time to go.
Many: Time to go out into the world again.
One: Wherever your path leads you in the coming days, God goes with you
Many: God is always present, to guide, and lead, and strengthen.
One: May the love of God, creator, redeemer and sustainer, remain with you now and unto your life eternal. Amen.