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Liturgical Resources

 

The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,

Father, forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,

Father, forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,

Father, forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,

Father, forgive.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,

Father, forgive.

The lust which dishonors the bodies of men, women and children,

Father, forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,

Father, forgive.

Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Prayer of Healing

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ:
    who lived among us and knew human pain and suffering;
    who called all who were burdened and heavy laden and gave them rest;
    who healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners;
    who cast out demons and showed us the way to you through faith;
    who took our suffering upon himself,
        that we might be cleansed of our sins and receive eternal life.

 

A Service of Healing from the General Board of Discipleship 

 

Call to Worship

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us. As we gather in this place, allow your Spirit to fill our very being. As we worship/serve today, we remember our brothers and sisters who are worshiping/serving elsewhere throughout the world. Inspire each of us to work faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere. Raise our vision above the barriers of color, culture, and creed that separates us. Give us wisdom as we deal with one another. Help us to recognize and to respect different ways, rather than to judge. In the Spirit of Jesus who came not to be served, but to serve, we now walk in the world. We must reach out our hands with help and open our hearts in love. Awake in us the desire to seek your way of serving you in the world. Amen.

 

Prayer of Confession and Pardon

Merciful God,

we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have failed to be an obedient church.

We have not done your will,

we have broken your law,

we have rebelled against your love,

we have not loved our neighbors,

and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The United Methodist Hymnal
, Page 12

 

Prayer of Unity

"Remember, We are One,“ Unity Prayer #2, 2/1/2017
By Rev. Dr. Columbus Burns, S. GA Annual Conference UMC

 

Remember, we are ONE.

We all drink from ONE water.

We all breathe from ONE air.

We all rise from ONE ocean,

And we all live under ONE sky.

Remember, we are ONE.

All newborn babies share ONE common cry.

The laughter of children everywhere is universal.

Everyone’s blood is red.

And all hearts beat ONE rhythm and ONE song.

Remember, we are ONE.

We are all brothers and sisters,

Sisters and brothers.

There is Only ONE God.

There is Only ONE earth.

There is Only ONE family.

Together we live,

And together we die.

Remember, we are ONE.

Peace be with you my Sister.

Peace be with you my Brother.

Remember, we are ONE.

Bind us together Lord.

Bind us together Lord.

With cords that cannot be broken.

Bind us together Lord.

Bind us together Lord.

Bind us together with love.

Remember, we are ONE. AMEN

 

A Modern Affirmation

Pastor: 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is the one true church, apostolic and universal,

whose holy faith let us now declare

 

Pastor and People:

We believe in God the Father,

infinite in wisdom, power, and love,

whose mercy is over all is works,

and whose will is ever directed to his children’s good.

We believe in Jesus Christ,

Son of God and Son of man,

the gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,

the ground of our hope,

and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit

as the divine presence in our lives,

whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance

of the truth of Christ,

and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself

in the service of love

as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,

to the end that the kingdom of God may come upon the earth. Amen.

 

The United Methodist Hymnal, #885

 

A Companion Litany to Our Social Creed

God in the Spirit revealed in Jesus Christ,
calls us by grace
        to be renewed in the image of our Creator,
        that we may be one
        in divine love for the world.
       

Today is the day
God cares for the integrity of creation,
        wills the healing and wholeness of all life,
        weeps at the plunder of earth’s goodness.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God embraces all hues of humanity,
         delights in diversity and difference,
         favors solidarity transforming strangers into friends.
And so shall we.

 Today is the day
God cries with the masses of starving people,
        despises growing disparity between rich and poor,
        demands justice for workers in the marketplace.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God deplores violence in our homes and streets,
         rebukes the world’s warring madness,
         humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God calls for nations and peoples to live in peace,
         celebrates where justice and mercy embrace,
         exults when the wolf grazes with the lamb.
And so shall we.

Today is the day
God brings good news to the poor,
        proclaims release to the captives,
        gives sight to the blind, and
        sets the oppressed free.

And so shall we.

 

 ¶ 166 Social Principles, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016

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