Call to Worship
Let us exalt the Lord,
who has lifted us out of the depths
and did not let those around us gloat over us.
When we called to the Lord for help,
healing entered our lives.
When sorrow and anxiety pulled us under,
the Lord lifted us out of the darkness.
Let us sing praise to the Lord’s holy name,
for anger is momentary
while favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay with us through the night,
only to be transformed to joy in the light of the morning;
wailing turns to dancing.
May we sing because of the Lord’s mercy
and unfailing love.
May our hearts never be silent.
Let us worship God…
In the morning light
You were waiting,
blazing like the sun’s dawn
and causing the horizon of a new day
to display the colour of all that lies ahead.
who has watched as we sleep
and smoothed the furrowed, dreaming brows,
You have led us through the darkness
to open our eyes
to the hues of heavenly love.
Placing our feet upon the ground
and taking out hands
that we might be led through the ambition of this day.
You shout our attention
to look beyond ourselves
with the vibrancy of a sky.
You remind us to embrace with comfort and hope
as dew and rain caress plant and earth.
You whisper to be brave
and play our part,
as the wind blows through the trees
and stirs them to life.
Some days our lives seem too full and overwhelming
that we are not willing or ready
to step out in faith with You,
Christ of the new day.
We would prefer instead to pick through our worries,
or pretend we haven’t seen a need
for us to engage with the world.
If we close our eyes
we will not see the people who hunger in the street;
if we close our ears
we will not hear the cries of the children who do not know love;
if we close our minds
we will not understand the changes we can make towards a fairer, cleaner world.
for our lack of faithfulness.
Spirit of Mercy,
You dust down the sack cloth we would wear
and reclothe us in joy,
that our whole lives might sing
with the wonder of Your presence.
Gracious heavenly Father,
we praise You for Your kindness
in the gifts we have received
and in the little miracles that sprinkle through our lives.
Help us to hear Christ’s redeeming call
that invites us to love and participate
in the feeding of others
with the good news of Your spirit in our midst.
May our gifts, talents and tithes be used
in miraculous ways.