The rest of the service

Still working on your liturgy for Sunday?
Need ideas for you or your liturgist for those parts that are equally important, but aren’t in the bulletin?

Any prayer ideas for this Sunday? Do you do something special for communion during Advent?

To get things rolling, here is a Call to Confession based on the Mark text from Matthew Thompson, First Presbyterian Church, Lamesa, TX:

John the Baptist tells us to, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” So we clean our homes and put out the decorations.

He says, “make his paths straight.” So we buy put up a Christmas tree and hang stockings.

He proclaims, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me.” So we buy gifts and attend parties.

But these things don’t prepare us for the coming Christ, the Son of God. Let us prepare our hearts for the coming of the one who changes everything. Let us pray . . .

Share your thoughts and ideas with us here!


call to confession: the Spirit goes before us

Submitted by Rev. Matthew Thompson, First Presbyterian Church of Lamesa, TX.

Call to Confession adapted from Romans 8:26-27

When we don’t know how or what to pray, the Spirit knows.
When all we can muster are sighs and groans, the Spirit knows those also.
When we feel that we aren’t even worthy to approach God,
the Spirit goes before us and with us and God welcomes us with arms open.
Let us confess our sins together, saying . . .