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I Am

I am,
said God to Moses from the burning bush.

I am the light of the world…
I am the way…
I am the gate…
I am the vine…
I am the bread…
Before Abraham was, I am…
said Jesus.

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Opening Prayer

Gracious life-giving God, you call us to live out our faith in ways that honor you and bless our neighbors, and we recognize that worship is an essential part of our faith journey.

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Topics: Prayer and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 1: Teachings of Jesus and Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Invocation. Resource Types: Prayers.

Draw Us Closer

God in our distant places
Draw us closer

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Prayers, and Readings.

For Peace

Almighty foundation of all that is harmonious, lead us through this passing strife.

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Topics: Peace and Justice and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Veterans' Day. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

A Litany for Veterans

Leader: We pause to remember those who go to war in our name.
Congregation: We give thanks for courage, for love of country, for those who work to bring peace to our world.

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Topics: Peace and Justice, Prayer, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Veterans' Day. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Mass

Written March 2, 1997

Take and eat: take and meet
This is my body: I am the bread
The bread of life, the bread of lives

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Prayer of the Farm Workers

Written by Cesar E. Chavez

Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
So I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others;
For you are present in every person.

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Topics: Food and Farming Justice and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

After Weeks of Reading Spong

Lord Jesus, whom we call Christ, hear our prayer:
We have finished the book. Were you here, reading over our shoulders? Listening to our comments? What do you think?

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Prayer for Light

O God
We have said, “Your word is a lamp for our feet, a light for our path.” Sometimes it seems more like a flickering candle.

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Psalm 100

May the sounds of every city in every land–
the rush of traffic, the din of piledrivers
the hum of power lines, the roar of furnaces

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Texts: Psalms. Resource Types: Prayers and Readings.

Litany of Confession

Leader. O God, You created us and gave us life, but for what purpose? We live
and work, but to what end? Like children bringing their broken toys,
we lay here before You our lives in need of mending.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers.

Image Prayer

O God, in whose image we are made,
Be in the folding of our hands, the bowing of our heads, the closing of our eyes, that we may be conscious of Your inward presence.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Prayers.

Reflection

Praise universal wisdom; be thankful for what you learn.
You who seek insights, advocate for self-knowledge,

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice. 8 Points: Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Meditations, Prayers, and Readings.

Seeking the Truth

Sometimes it is more comfortable to avoid the truth – to fail to speak up when it is in our selfish interests to keep quiet. It is all too easy to go further than keeping quiet when we should speak out – to lie, to embroider the truth – to tell, what we like to think of, as ‘Little White Lies’.

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We Are Community

An opening affirmation

We are community
Embraced by the mystery of God’s love for all creation

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Prayers: Call to Worship and Invocation. Resource Types: Affirmations, Evolving Affirmations of Faith, and Prayers.

For Openness to Change

I wish for the source of ageless restoration to renew my spirit of transformation; then enliven enthusiasm, enlighten acumen and enhance kindness with patient understanding.

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Topics: Devotional and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Affirmations, Meditations, Prayers, and Readings.

Canticle of the Sun

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi

Let us celebrate the life of Francis of Assisi who loved all of creation. With him, let us give thanks for:
Brother Sun, who brings the day; and who radiates the divine. He is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 7: Integrity of the Earth. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons and Earth Day. Resource Types: Poetry, Prayers, and Readings.
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