Matthew 15.21-28

One: For the times we turn away,
forgive us, Creator.
All: Forgive us, Creator.
One: For the times we believe
that only people like us
can teach us,
forgive us, Christ.
All: Forgive us, Christ.
One: For the times we hoard our love,
keeping it locked up and hidden;
for the times we try to hoard Your love,
working to keep it just for us –
for people who look like us,
or believe what we believe –
forgive us, Holy Spirit.
All: Forgive us, Holy Spirit.
One: Forgive us, God –
and in that forgiving,
help us to be whole –
the people you’ve created us to be.
(A time for silent prayer.)
People of Christ – remember,
there is nothing that can separate
creation from God’s love!
We are forgiven!

Assurance of Pardon: Romans 8.38-39 sung – Marty Haugen

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Matthew 15.21-28

All: You are great, God of all creation!
Even when we miss the point,
even when we lose our way,
your love calls us back,
again and again!
We open our lives –
our minds, our hearts and our souls –
to You.
In this time of prayer and song,
bless us, we pray!
Help us to know your love.
Help us to live your love.
Help us to be your love.
In Christ’s name, we ask it.
Amen!

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Based on Psalm 133

One: Look and see!
All: The blessings of God,
when sisters and brothers
live in unity and hope!

One: Look and see!
All: The overflowing cup,
the oil of anointing,
the morning dew on God’s holy mountain!

One: Our moments of blessing,
our moments of celebration,
our moments of learning and wonder –
All: all of this with God!
Alleluia!

One: Alleluia!

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