Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Liturgy, Advent 3: The X(mas) Files: WHEN?, Psalm 13/Luke1:46-55 (December 17, 2023)

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Hymn GTG #82, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
Hymn GTG #92, “Sing Out, My Soul”
Hymn GTG #384, “Soon and Very Soon”
Hymn GTG #100, “My Soul Cries Out”

*Call to Worship & Advent Wreath

Leader: We gather today in joyful anticipation of hearing the old, beloved stories of our faith. But familiarity can lead to complacency.
People: Prepare ye the way, listening anew with open ears and hearts!
Leader: Let us dig deeper into these holy words and ask, “When will these amazing things take place?”
People: Prepare ye the way, exploring the familiar with inquisitive minds and spirits.
Leader: [Lighting pink candle] As we listen, as we explore, as we prepare, we also wait.
People: We await you in every moment.

Call to Confession (based on Psalm 13:1, 5)

Leader: Even as we cry, “How long, O Lord, until we are redeemed?” we trust in God’s steadfast love and rejoice in Christ’s salvation. It is with this same spirit of trust that we confess our sins before God and one another.

Popcorn Prayer of Confession

You are invited to speak a word or short phrase that describes a personal or collective sin of which you repent and seek forgiveness.

When the gathered community is finished sharing, we pray together:

People: O Divine Mystery, you are at work in our past, our present, and our future. You transform us in every moment. Yet we cling to the past, complain about the present, and are unable to imagine the future that you have in store. Open our hearts and minds to see the marvelous things that you have done, are doing, and will do. Help us to see your fingerprints throughout our lives and all around us. In your mercy, hear our prayers… 
(Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on Luke 1:54)

Leader: Kindred, hear the good news: the Lord has remembered God’s mercy and come to our aid – not only in our past, but in our present and in all our days to come. In Jesus the Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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