Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Liturgy: Fifth Sunday of Easter, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 (April 28, 2024)

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Hymn GTG #317, “In Christ There Is No East or West”
Hymn GTG #321, “The Church’s One Foundation”
Hymn GTG #296, “Go in Grace and Make Disciples” 

*Call to Worship (based on 1 Corinthians 1:12)

Leader: We come from many places, bringing with us a myriad of identities. We cry out, “I belong to Paul, to Apollos, to Cephas!”
People: “I belong to the liberals, to the conservatives!”
Leader: “I belong to the rural communities, to the urban centers!”
People: “I belong to Gen Z, to the Millennials, to the Baby Boomers, to the Silent Generation.”
Leader: But we are here because we recognize and proclaim this truth:
People: “We belong to Christ!”
Leader: THIS is our true identity.
People: Let us worship the Lord, who has knit us together as one!

Call to Confession (based on 1 Corinthians 1:10)

Leader: Like Paul, I appeal to you, kindred, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and not be divided. This does not mean, however, that we must all think and behave identically; no, it means that we must strive to be of the same mind and purpose – to follow Christ faithfully. In that spirit, let us confess our sins together before God.

Popcorn Prayer of Confession (based on 1 Corinthians 1:10-11, 18)

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: Lord of all Creation, we confess that although you have called us to unity, we sow division. Although you have called us to peace, we quarrel amongst ourselves. Although you have called us to foolish-seeming wisdom, we insist on wise-seeming foolishness. Forgive us, we pray. Grant us discerning minds that seek your will together and tender hearts that beat as one, and remind us of our shared purpose in Christ. In your mercy, hear our prayers…

(Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on 1 Corinthians 1:18)

Leader: The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed by their arrogance, but it is the power of God for those of us who recognize that humility lies at the heart of salvation. Hear the good news: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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