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Men’s Group Liturgy 5

I. Opening Prayer

Psalm 95 (read together):

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.

The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the desert.

II. Check In

Take 3 to 5 minutes each to share about what’s going on in your life.

III. Confession & Assurance

Confession (read together):

Righteous Father, we who

own more than we use,

proclaim more than we experience,

and request more than we need,

come asking your forgiveness.

We seek your salvation, then act like we save ourselves.

We beg your forgiveness, then repeat our errors.

We experience your grace, then act defeated.

We rely on your power, but only in hard times.

We have become confused and misguided.

Forgive our every defection.

Bring us to an unbroken commitment and a steady trust, through Jesus Christ, who is the way of hope, the truth of God, and the life of love, now and always.

Amen.

Take a few minutes to confess only the facts of your thoughts and deeds.

Assurance (read by leader – based on 2 Corinthians 3:17-18):

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and transformed!

Praise be to God!

IV. Further Concerns

Share any areas of your life that you’d like those in the group to pray about.

IV. Close with the Lord’s Prayer

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Men’s Group Liturgy 4

I. Opening Prayer

Prayer of St. Francis (read together):

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;

where there is hatred, I may bring love;

where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

where there is error, I may bring truth;

where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

where there is despair, I may bring hope;

where there are shadows, I may bring light;

where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;

to understand, than to be understood;

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

Amen.

II. Check In

Take 3 to 5 minutes each to share about what’s going on in your life.

III. Confession & Assurance

Confession (read together):

Holy Father, forgive us.

Though you should guide us, we inform ourselves.

Though you should rule us, we control ourselves.

Though you should fulfill us, we console ourselves.

For we think your truth too high, your will too hard, your power too remote, your love too free. But they are not!

And without them, we are of all people most miserable.

Heal our confused minds with your word, our divided will with your law, our troubled conscience with your love, and our anxious hearts with your presence, all for the sake of your son, who loved us and gave himself for us.

Amen.

Take a few minutes to confess only the facts of your thoughts and deeds.

Assurance (read by leader):

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

IV. Further Concerns

Share any areas of your life that you’d like those in the group to pray about.

IV. Close with the Lord’s Prayer

Men’s Group Liturgy 3

I. Opening Prayer

Set-Aside Prayer (read together):

Lord, please set aside everything I think I know about

myself,

my problems, resentments, and fears

your word, your church, the people in your church

and especially about you God,

so I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things.

Please help me see the Truth. Amen.

II. Check In

Take 3 to 5 minutes each to share about what’s going on in your life.

III. Confession & Assurance

Confession (read together):

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

Help us amend what we are,

And direct what we shall be,

So that we may delight in your will,

And walk in your ways.

To the glory of your holy name. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Take a few minutes to confess only the facts of your thoughts and deeds.

Assurance (read by leader):

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

IV. Further Concerns

Share any areas of your life that you’d like those in the group to pray about.

IV. Close with the Lord’s Prayer

Men’s Group Liturgy 2

I. Opening Prayer

Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian (read together):

Lord and Master of my life,

do not give me the spirit of laziness,

meddling,

self-importance

and idle talk.

Instead, grace me, Your servant, with the spirit of

modesty,

humility,

patience

and love.

Indeed, my Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults, and not condemn my brothers and sisters, for You are blessed unto ages of Ages.

O God, be gracious to me, a sinner. Amen.

II. Check In

Take 3 to 5 minutes each to share about what’s going on in your life.

III. Confession & Assurance

Confession (read together):

Heavenly Father, we confess we dishonor you by our words, thoughts and deeds.

Depending on our own strength we stumble;

proclaiming our own goodness we sin;

glorying in our own righteousness we corrupt everything we touch.

We turn from you, and desire lasting satisfaction from the things of this world.

We pray now, forgive us our many sins,

cleanse the darkness from our lives, turn our faces toward you.

In the name of your most precious son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Take a few minutes to confess only the facts of your thoughts and deeds.

Assurance (read by leader):

Hear the good news of the gospel:

If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father,

Jesus Christ the righteous;

and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,

and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

In Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.

IV. Further Concerns

Share any areas of your life that you’d like those in the group to pray about.

IV. Close with the Lord’s Prayer

Men’s Group Liturgy 1

I. Opening Prayer

Serenity Prayer (read together):

God, grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change,

courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference.

II. Check In

Take 3 to 5 minutes each to share about what’s going on in your life.

III. Confession & Assurance

Confession (read together):

Eternal God,

in every age you have raised up men and women to live and die in faith.

Forgive our indifference to your will.

You have commanded us to speak, but we have been silent.

You have called us to do what is just, but we have been fearful.

Have mercy on us, your faithless servants.

Keep before us faithful people for us to follow

so that, living with courage and love,

we may inherit the kingdom promised in Jesus Christ

and reign with Him forever.

Amen.

Take a few minutes to confess only the facts of your thoughts and deeds.

Assurance (read by leader – Isaiah 43:25; 44:22):

I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.

Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

IV. Further Concerns

Share any areas of your life that you’d like those in the group to pray about.

IV. Close with the Lord’s Prayer