This week it’s a Call to Worship, Opening Prayer and Offertory Prayer.
Call to Worship
The Lord is our rock
and the stronghold of our faith,
and our souls can take rest in Him
for he saves us from our own wants and wills.
When we grow frustrated with the world around
and angry with the lies of those
who tear at the integrity of others,
it is the Lord alone
who can turn the words of hurt
into the blessings
that transform our world.
Let us rest our weariness in the Lord,
that we may not be shaken
from the steps we are invited to walk.
Let us trust the living God
with the contents of our hearts
and seek refuge.
Then may His breath inspire
richness in the talents we share,
so that we become strong in our love,
forthright in our praise,
and fervent in our cries for justice.
In every emotion,
Your voice is hear calling us to know
that we are Yours,
In the midst of human sorrow
You hold the hands of those who weep,
and bring warmth to the hands and arms
of those who will hold and encourage.
When joy is overwhelming,
You are part of the bubbling brook of laughter,
and the stilling presence
and brings rest
so that ordinary life can be lived.
In every time and age,
brings fresh challenge,
new insight and wisdom,
ensuring that the creativity of the Gospel
into places and situations
and the invitation
to know Your presence
casts new light
on all that once was known.
God of impetus and urgency,
the call You make to Your disciples
looks for a response.
It comes with urgency and passion
to step out boldly in Your name.
Forgive us for our reluctance
and uncertainty in all You call us to be.
God whose forgiveness brings courage to our lives,
may we respond with humility and trust
as we allow Your presence
to echo from all we say and do.
In our hands and voices,
You have place Your presence
to stir our world
to be a place where justice and hope
reign in the hearts of all.
These gifts we bring,
not just from our pockets,
but in our actions and thoughts,
come full of joy
and with the anticipation
that Your kingdom will be present
in all life.