I have the honor of serving as the liturgist for the Massanetta Bible and Church Music conferences this week. Over the course of the week, I am leading worship eleven (ELEVEN?!) times, and I have written every word of the 30 page worship book. It has been a lot of work, but it has also been an incredible joy.I will not post all 30 pages here, but I will post a few of my favorite pieces. These are the Prayers of the People from Monday Morning worship, inspired by the conference theme, “Remembering the Reformation,” and the sermon scripture for the day: Acts 5:12-32.
Let us pray.
Holy God, three-in-one,
We give you thanks for your holy spirit moving through this place.
We have seen your signs and wonders;
We have heard your teachings in the street.
We have felt the shadow of your presence,
and we have been witnesses to the depth of your grace.
We give you thanks for abundant grace
that you have showered upon this world.
We give you thanks for the saints of our faith,
who have followed your leading at any cost:
For Peter, John, and Mary, who were there tell the news of the first Easter Day;
For Paul, Lydia, and Chloe, who built the church on the foundation you laid;
For Martin, John, and Marie, who dared to lead your church in Reforming,
For all the reformers since,
who have dared to challenge the status quo.
We give you thanks, O God of wonders, for these and all the signs of your goodness.
People of God, for whom and for what else do we give thanks?
(Prayers are named aloud or in silence.)
We give you thanks, O God of Mercy,
Hear our prayers.
Your apostles carried your good news into the streets,
into the temple,
into the lives of people who were hurting.
As you did then, O God of Peter,
speak to us with your signs and wonders.
Hear our prayers and free us from our bondage.
We pray for the world that you so love:
For the ones who are imprisoned, and find no angels to open the doors.
For the ones who are sick, and find nothing to heal them.
For the ones who are lost, and fear that no one will find them.
For the ones who are hurting, with no balm to ease their pains.
People of God, for whom and for what else do we pray?
(Prayers are named, aloud or in silence.)
Bring your signs and wonders, Holy God,
into our lives and into your world.
Breathe your healing presence, triune God,
and burst through our locked doors.
We offer these prayers in the name of the Christ,
The one whom you sent to bring freedom to the world.