The season emphasizing outreach...
P:Worship in the church-year season of Epiphany emphasizes looking out for God's plans and reaching out to God's children
C:We confess, however, our focus bends inward to our plans and our needs and our desires. We pray, Lord, for your Light to enlighten our hearts to surrender our desires for your greater plans. In Jesus Name, Amen.
P:The same Jesus who eagerly sought the will of his Father - no matter the cost - wants you forgiven and assured your sins of turning inward are forgiven. Receive the gift of his Holy Spirit to empower you to turn toward and follow him from this sanctuary into the life he's given you from here. In Jesus Name, Amen.
"Default" Prayer of the Day (w options to reflect weekly theme)
P: Lord, it is during times of transition that the people of Israel sought you most,
C: and so, as we ask "Now What?" as a congregation, and as we our lives transition from year-to-year, month-to-month and sometimes even day-to-day, so lead us to rediscover your calling for us and this Body of Christ to seek the lost and love the least of these, in Jesus Name, Amen.