Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Liturgy: Seventh Sunday of Easter, 1 Corinthians 15:12-26, 51-55 (May 12, 2024)

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Hymn GTG #239, “Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing!”
Hymn GTG #750, “Goodness Is Stronger than Evil”
Hymn GTG #236, “The Strife Is O’er”
Hymn GTG #369, “Blessing and Honor”

Call to Worship (based on 1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

Leader: Where, O death, is your victory?
People: Where, O death, is your sting?
Leader: Death has been swallowed up in Christ's victory!
People: Let us worship the God of our Salvation!

Call to Confession (based on 1 Corinthians 15:17)

Leader: If we believe that Christ hasn’t been raised, then our faith is worthless, and our sins persist. This is why we put our faith in the resurrected Christ, who is victorious over both sin and death. Trusting in this victory, let us confess our sins.

Popcorn Prayer of Confession (based on 1 Corinthians 15)

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: God of new life, we confess that we allow our doubts to inform our faith. Surely, the physical world is beyond your concern. Surely, what is dead cannot come back to life. Surely, resurrection has limits. We cannot comprehend the totality of your power, your authority, or your love. Forgive us, O Lord. Help us to believe that no death is so complete that it cannot be overcome by Christ’s divine victory. In your mercy, hear our prayers…  
(Silent prayers of personal confession)

Declaration of Forgiveness (based on 1 Corinthians 15:22)

Leader: In the same way that everyone dies in Adam, so also everyone will be given life in Christ. And the very first fruit of our new life is this: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
People: Thanks be to God!

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