October 9, 2022

Covenant and Commandments

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17


God speaks to the newly liberated people through Moses, giving the Ten Commandments.

Prayer of Confession

Eternal God, you have created us and set us free,
that we might live as your people.
You are the One who brought the captives out of Egypt
and delivered them from oppression.
At the dawning of their freedom,
you spoke to them – giving them the gift of words
to lead them into healthy relationship
with you, with each other, and with their neighbors.
You implored the people to worship only you,
knowing how easily we create idols—
how quickly we get our priorities all wrong.
Help us to be honest with ourselves and with you.
Forgive us when we set anything or anyone else in your place.
Speak to us through these ancient words,
that we may live into the freedom you give.

Congregational Song Suggestions

O God Who Gives Us Life

GTG 53

“Deep in the Shadows of the Past”

GTG 50

“God of Ever-Blazing Glory”

David Gambrell Breathing Spirit into Dust, GIA 2015 HYMN TO JOY (Beethoven) Come, O Holy House and Worship!, GIA 2017 MAXWELL (Benjamin Brody)

“I Shall Praise You, O God”

John Bell – Love and Anger, Wild Goose/GIA, 1997

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

ELW 257, GTG 88, VT 210

“O Spirit, Send Doubt”

David Bjorlin – Protest of Praise, GIA 2020

“Too Often, God, Your Name is Used”


“When God First Promised Abram”

David Bjorlin – Protest of Praise, GIA 2020

Beyond the Hymnal

“If We’re Honest”

Francesca Battistelli