Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B)

Sentences, adapted from Psalm 78

Those who have ears, let them hear;
Those who take heart in the Lord, let them rise up in faith;
We shall proclaim our hope in the Lord and never forget the works of our God.
The miracles of the Lord are beyond compare,
Too many to count and too great to consider.
God divides the sea so we can pass through,
Leading us day and night so we are never mistaken.
The Lord commanded the skies above to rain down food for us to eat;
God's angels attend to our every need.
Even when we test God, the Most High, we are delivered.

Praise the Lord of righteousness. Praise the Lord.

Prayer of Confession, adapted from Psalm 51

Have mercy on us, O God of steadfast love. 
According to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities and cleanse us from our sins.

(Silent prayer)

For we know our transgressions; our sins are ever before us.
Against you and you alone have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight. 
Indeed, we are guilty. We were sinners even at birth.

(Silent prayer)

Purge us with hyssop and we shall be clean;
Wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, 
Put a new and right spirit within us.
Restore us to the joy of your salvation and
Sustain a willing spirit in our hearts.

(Silent prayer)

Teach us your ways and allow us to return to you.
Open our lips and our mouths shall declare your praise.

OR

Have mercy upon us, O God, 
According to your steadfast love;
According to your abundant mercies,
Blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity,
And cleanse us from our sin.
For we know our transgressions,
And our sin is ever before us.
Create in us a clean heart, O God, 
And renew a right Spirit within us.
Cast us not away from your presence,
And take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us the joy or your salvation,
And uphold us with a willing spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OR

Sung Response: Psalm 51

Assurance of Pardon, adapted from Psalm 51:16-17

The Lord does not delight in sacrifice. If we were to give burnt offerings, God would not be pleased, for the sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart the Lord shall not despise.

Prayer for Illumination, drawn from Ephesians 4, Exodus 16, and John 6

God of our ages past and our hope for years to come,
May we live as citizens of your eternal kingdom.
May we live lives worthy of the calling to which we have received.
May we be united in one body and Spirit.
And look for you, and you alone, to feed us and sustain us.
Amen.

Hymns and Songs of Praise Suggestions

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past"
"Very Bread, Good Shepherd, Tend Us"
"Bind Us Together, Lord"
"We Are Hungry (for More of You)"

Written by Katherine Lee Baker