Nov 19, 2017

Call to Worship: O come let us worship

Here’s a call to worship with allusions to Psalm 95:6, Psalm 24:1 and Isaiah 9:2. It was written by Leonard Sweet and posted on Preach the Story.

Call to Worship
(referencing Psalm 95:6, Psalm 24:1 and Isaiah 9:2)

O come let us worship and lift our hearts . . .
Not because the world is good and last week was awesome,
but because the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,
the God of the whole Earth.

O come let us worship and raise our hands . . .
Not because our lives are all sweetness and light,
But because even those who walk in darkness
can see a great light,
the Bright and Morning Star

O come let us worship and bow down . . .
Not because God gives us what we want,
But because God gives us what we need –
the holy child Jesus, God’s Unspeakable Gift.

~ written by Leonard Sweet, posted on Preach the Story.

Confession: Like a Shepherd

Here is a prayer of confession inspired by passages like Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 and Psalm 100. It was written by Rev Dan Carmichael, Minister of Lenzie Union. It was posted on The Church of Scotland’s Weekly Worship website.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Psalm 23, Psalm 100 and John 10:11-18)

Lord, like a shepherd,
You never stop searching for Your people,
Your care for us anticipates our need.
Before we recognized we needed Your grace,
in love, Jesus gave His life for our forgiveness.

We confess that we need Your forgiveness,
we confess our sins:
You are the shepherd  and we are Your flock,
but we admit the times we have tried to take Your place  
and take control ourselves.
We admit that we have not always trusted
Your good news to be good for us.
At times we have pleaded with You to care for us,
but we have held back from caring for others
and ignored the needs of others.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Forgive us in the name of Jesus.
Loving shepherd, 
teach us by the Holy Spirit to follow You
in the days and places of the weeks ahead.
Through Jesus Christ we pray, Amen

~ written by Rev Dan Carmichael, Minister of Lenzie Union. It was posted on The Church of Scotland’s Weekly Worship website.

Psalm 100 Call to Worship

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Dave Hopwood. It was posted on Area 52/engage worship.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 100)

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.
Bring your silence and your shouting,
as introverts and extroverts.

Worship the LORD with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Bring your songs and your stories,
your struggles and your sacrifices.

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
He designed and created us,
he understands us and is intensely interested in us.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
Bring your gifts and your personalities,
your strengths and weaknesses.

For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
He is just and wise,
honest and true,
caring and compassionate,
eternal and holy; he is God. 

~ copyright © Dave Hopwood/ Posted on Area 52/Engage Worship.

Prayer of Transformation

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving and commitment from Catholic Relief Services.

Prayer of Transformation

Lord, I was a pile of ash
and you made me a light for the world.
I was a stone,
and you made me salt for the earth.
I was as lifeless as clay
and you made me part of the Body of Christ.
I was sinful
and you made me holy.
I was nothing
and you made me part of everything.

Lord, in you I am transformed
and transformed still again.
When the discouraged cry for hope, make me hope.
When the hungry cry for bread, make me bread.
When the thirsty cry for water, make me water.
When the suffering cry for help, make me help.
When the sick cry for healing, make me healing.
When the bound cry for freedom, make me freedom.
When the outcasts cry for love, make me love.

Lord who is hope
who is bread and water,
who is help and healing,
who is freedom,
and who is love,
transform me anew,
and so keep me close to you,
as you transform the world. Amen.

~ posted on the Catholic Relief Services website.

Nov 15, 2017

Call to Worship for Thanksgiving

Grace and peace to you from God our Father,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
that comes from heaven: (Eph 1)

who knew you and chose you before the world began; (I Pet 1, Eph 1)

who loves you so much that he calls you his own children; (I Jn 3)

who has brought you from darkness into light
and filled you with his glorious power; (Col 1)

who has prepared an inheritance for you
that will never spoil or fade; (I Pet 1)

who encourages and strengthens you
in every good deed and word; (2 Thess 2)

who comforts you in your troubles
so that you can comfort others. (2 Cor 1)

This is our God,
the ultimate source of all things,
and the One for whom we live. (I Cor 8)

Let’s worship God together!

~ Christine Longhurst