Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time C, June 16, 2016

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
Luke 9:51-62

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We come today to refresh the love within our lives.
All: We are patient waiting for the joy and peace that comes in the Lord.
One: The kindness and generosity of our Savior humbles us.  We strive to be faithful.
All: We want to follow the Christ, but we know not how.
One: As the Lord lives and you yourselves live, we strive to follow the Lord.
All: Today we meditate on God’s works and praise God’s name.  

OPENING PRAYER
Gracious God, fill our hearts and minds today with your way.  Help us understand how we as individuals and a community of believers can follow you.  Help us understand that your path, unexpected and yet gracious, is the one that brings us life.  Help us be your disciples.  Amen.

CALL TO CONFESSION
Dear ones, our sins are nothing new to God.  We are repeating those of old over and over again.  Let us come to God and try to break the cycle yet again.

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Holy God, we are not worthy to inherit your kingdom.  We are more concerned with distractions of the flesh and our desires than with your will for us.  We are jealous, petty and prone to disagreements and dismissal of others. Bring us back to your ways, we ask.  Forgive us our sins and make us whole, returning to what your Spirit wishes for us.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Beloved, you need not carry the burden of your sins.  Go, and sin no more.  Receive the gracious love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Your sins are forgiven.  Alleluia.  Amen.

CALL FOR THE OFFERING
We are called upon by the Spirit to have self-control in our own lives and show generosity towards others.  Let us joyfully bring forth our tithes and our offerings.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION
O God, may these gifts we have brought forth today go and spread your love, your generosity and further your peace in the world.  Amen.

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