Call to Worship and an Opening Prayer
Call to Worship
Unfailing in His love,
our Merciful Lord sweeps compassion
through all our failings,
restoring us to wholeness in his presence.
Reflecting his light
in the lives we lead
may we be transformed
to glimmer like snow;
may our newness lead us to be glad;
and may we be filled with joy
as we rejoice
that in the Lord we are made complete.
You keep Your promises
and in the stories of faith
You have assured Your people of Your presence in all of life.
Leading those in need of rescue
to mountain tops and plains,
even on troubled journeys
You have found ways in which
to meet the needs of those who hunger and thirst.
You have tapped at the hardest of hearts,
and placed words that offer hope and inspiration deep within.
So even when Your people fall or fail,
You are growing in the darkness
to bring new colour, light and truth
in the future still to come.
hear us as we speak of how we fail.
For we grumble
at the place we find ourselves in life.
It’s never quite enough,
or all we hoped for.
Others tear at our confidence,
or we find people tired and wearisome.
and cause us to listen to ourselves.
with Your forgiveness
we are prune from our old ways
and stemmed and staked
to grow into Your light.
May we hear Your voice
in the words and tasks
others invite us to,
and may Your Holy Spirit
to live as Christ has shown.