Christ Gives the Keys of the Kingdom to Peter
Perugino (ca. 1450-1523)
Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, and
henceforth is known as the rock upon which the church will be built. Confession
has continued as a means of the faith being passed from one generation to
another. It occurs during our baptisms, and when we are gathered around the
Lordís Table. It is a source of instruction, renewal, and commitment. It
provides a solid foundation.
Our help is from God,
who made heaven and earth. Come to worship the One who answers our prayers.
If God were not on
our side, we could not live. If God were not for us, we would be swept away.
God has gifted each
one of us in unique ways. In our variety, we complement one another.
We rejoice in
Godís love and faithfulness. Blessed be our God, whose word is true.
In thankfulness, we
bring our joyous songs. We are here to pay attention to Godís instructions.
We are here,
seeking to discern Godís will. We are open to Godís transforming Spirit.
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Let us pray.
God beyond our knowing, we
believe that you care for humble people who seek to follow your Word more than
for those who are pretentious and proud in places of power. You have protected
your people when they were surrounded by trouble. You have provided a way of
escape in the midst of oppression. Your love never fails. Come, Holy One, to
transform us. Work within and among us to renew our minds and build community.
Nurse us into the health you intend for all your children. You are our help and
our hope. Amen.