Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Liturgy: 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Deuteronomy 6 (August 27, 2023)

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*Call to Worship (based on Deuteronomy 6:24)

Leader: Why does the Lord command us to live a certain way?
People: So that all of God’s beloved children might live full and prosperous lives.
Leader: And why do we choose to follow these regulations?
People: The Lord our God is Good all the time!
Leader: All the time, God is good!
People: Let us worship the Lord!

Call to Confession (based on Deuteronomy 6:25)

Leader: Our righteousness does not depend on our ability to follow divine Law perfectly, but upon our desire to live in a way that honors God. Let us, then, pursue righteousness by repenting of the ways that our lives have fallen short.

Unison Prayer of Confession (based on Deuteronomy 6: 4-9)

People: O Holy One, we have been taught, “The Lord is our God, the Lord alone,” but we do not live this teaching in our lives. You are our God on Sunday, but during the week, wealth, success, productivity, and even fear become our gods. We have been taught to love you with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength, but we do not live this teaching in our lives. We’re only willing to offer our leftovers to you. We have been taught to recite your teachings to our children, to talk about them when they we are at home and when we are away, when we lie down and when we rise, but we do not live this teaching in our lives. We compartmentalize our faith until it becomes little more than a hobby for our spare time. Forgive us, Lord. Help us return to your ancient teachings, to the stories that inform our identity, and to lives that are full to the brim of you. In your mercy, hear our prayers… 
 (Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on Deuteronomy 6:21)

Leader: Just as the Lord delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, so too has God delivered us from slavery to our sin through Christ. We are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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