Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Liturgy: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Mark 6:1-13 (February 4, 2024)

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Hymn GTG #494, “Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts”
Hymn GTG #281, “Holy Spirit, Come to Us”
Hymn GTG #761, “Called as Partners in Christ's Service"

*Call to Worship (based on Mark 6:7, 12)

Leader: Jesus called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs.
People: So they went out and proclaimed that all should change their hearts and lives.
Leader: In the same way, Jesus calls to us and sends us out into the world.
People: We, too, have been given this same authority.
Leader: Let us proclaim the Good News with which we have been entrusted!
People: Let us worship the Lord!

Call to Confession (based on Mark 6:5-6)

Leader: Our unbelief gets in the way of kindom work – not because it constrains God, but because it constrains US, keeping us from being able to imagine what is really possible. Let us demonstrate our belief by confessing our sins to God.

Popcorn Prayer of Confession (based on Mark 6:3)

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: Holy God, we profess to believe in your message, yet our belief comes with conditions. We find it difficult to listen to someone underqualified, or overqualified, or too young, or too old, or too much like us, or too different. Help us remember that you call messengers according to your will, and that Good News is, indeed, good news, no matter who brings it. In your mercy, hear our prayers…

(Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on Mark 6:3)

Leader: Our unbelief and skepticism separate us from God, but we are reconciled fully through Jesus’ mercy and love. In Christ’s name, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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