Liturgy Inspired by Adam Hamilton’s “Enough”, Chapter 4

CALL TO WORSHIP:
God has been generous with us!
Let us worship our Generous God.
The richness of the land around us, the abundance of the fall harvest, the beauty of the changing seasons are all reminders that God has withheld nothing from us.
Let us worship our Generous God.
The hope which burns in our souls, the promise of salvation, the gift of sacrifice from God’s only Son so that we might be able to stand in the promise of God are all reminders that God has shared everything with us.
Let us worship our Generous God!

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
God has given freely to us the good things which allow us to prosper.
And yet we want more.
God has been generous in God’s gifts of mercy, compassion, grace, and forgiveness.
And yet we struggle to share those gifts with others.
Forgive us merciful, grace-filled God for not loving you as much as we should have.
Forgive us for not trusting you.
Our lack of trust caused us to be disobedient, afraid to follow you.
We did not do your will, we broke our promises to you, we pushed away your love which caused us to not love our neighbors. We became so numb that we did not hear the cry of the needy.
Forgive us we pray!
Forgive us, generous God, and free us so that we might joyfully follow you! Through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE:
There is hope to be found in the Good News of the Gospel: Christ died for us even while we were still sinners. This ultimate gift is all the proof we need that God loves us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:
Generous God, please accept these gifts. You have been generous with us and we seek to live in the same spirit of generosity. May these offerings be used for your will and your purpose in this world. We also offer ourselves to you, wonderful God. May we be instruments of your will and your love here in this world. Let us be defined by generosity. Amen.

BENEDICTION:
May God the Creator fill you with an abundance of grace and life.
May Jesus Christ, the Son, lead you on a path of generosity and kindness.
May the Holy Spirit fill you with joy in all that you do. Amen.

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