Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)

Sentences, adapted from Psalm 145

We shall extol you, our God and King. 
We shall bless your name forever and ever.
Every day we will bless you.
Every day we will praise your name.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.
The greatness of God is unsearchable.
All generations shall declare your mighty acts,
All people shall glorify your wondrous works.
God is mighty and good.
We sing aloud of his righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, 
The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all.
The Lord has compassion over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord!
All who are faithful shall bless you.

Prayer of Confession, adapted from John Knox Liturgy of 1560

Almighty God, 
We are unworthy to come into your presence, because of our many sins.
We do not deserve any grace or mercy from you, if you dealt with us as we deserve.
We have sinned against you, O Lord, and we have offended you. 
And yet, O Lord, as we acknowledge our sins and offenses, 
So also do we acknowledge you to be a merciful God, 
A loving and favorable Father, to all who turn to you.
And so we humbly ask you, for the sake of Christ your son, 
To show mercy to us, and forgive us all our offenses.
Forgive the sins of our youth, and the sins of our old age.
By your Spirit, O God, take possession of our hearts, so that,
Not only the actions of our life but also the words of our mouths,
And the smallest thought of our minds, may be guided and governed by you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit
Be all honor and glory now and forever. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Reprise, adapted from Psalm 145

God is mighty and good.
We sing aloud of his righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, 
The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all.
The Lord has compassion over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord!
All your faithful shall bless you.

OR

Sung response: "O Worship the King," verse 5

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

Prayer for Illumination, from Ephesians 3:14-21

"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

Hymns and Songs of Praise Suggestions

"Bless the Lord" 
"More Love, More Power"
"We Bow Down"
"How Firm a Foundation"

Written by Katherine Lee Baker