Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time C, May 29, 2016

1 Kings 18:20-21, (22-29), 30-39
Psalm 96:1-13
Galatians 1:1-12
Luke 7:1-10

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: O Lord, today we lift up our voices with all creation praising you. 
All: Across place and time your faithful servants can be found. 
One: Let us cross the distances today to learn what it is to be your people. 
All: May we learn what it is to be truly faithful. 
One: Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth.
All: Sing to the Lord, bless God’s name; tell of God’s salvation from day to day.  Let us worship God. 

OPENING PRAYER
O Holy One, you come in unexpected ways as the underdog, the one who doesn’t need approval, and as the kind enemy. We do not see others as you see them. Today we humbly ask that you help us see the world more like you do. Help us understand your definition of “faithful” no matter how different it may be from our own. Amen. 

CALL TO CONFESSION 
None of us is perfect. Only one human was, and he awaits us rejoining him in holy relationship. Let us confess our sins and return to our Savior. 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
O Christ our Lord, we have not been faithful. We have become distracted by the glitzy show. We have sought popularity and control. We have not given others the benefit of the doubt. Help us see where we have been blind, act where we have been frozen, and be faithful where we have been negligent. Gracious God, please forgive us this day. 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The Lord will judge the people with equity. God will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with God’s truth. Do not fear coming clean before the righteous one. I declare to you that in the name of Jesus Christ your sins are forgiven. Live into the wonder and glory of that knowledge. Amen. 

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
It is so easy to bring forth an offering for show. Let us bring forth of our pockets and ourselves  to make a difference. Let us bring forth out tithes and offerings. 

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, turn these ordinary gifts of paper and coin and ourselves into the extraordinary so that your name may be ever praised and faithful work ever accomplished. Amen. 

INVITATION TO THE TABLE
We are told to worship the Lord in holy splendor, yet we gather around this humble table. We, along with all the earth, are called to tremble before God. How can we be anything more than insignificant? Yet this table is set for us. This bread made with human hands is more nutritious. This cup overflows with justice and righteousness to fill our brothers and sisters and us with strength for the human struggles. This is the table for the insignificant whom God makes significant. Come. Receive the bread of life and cup of salvation. Come to Christ’s table set for you. 

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