FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER
CALL TO WORSHIP:
The Lord has created us and given us life. Yet God has given us so much more than merely the process of living, for we also have the ability to think about life’s meaning and the strength to change the course of its direction. We live in a world where many voices are heard, each clamoring for our attention. We gather today to listen for the Voice of God, so that we can choose what is right and work for what is good.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Almighty God, we know there are parts of our lives that need to be changed. We know that many of our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions still remain untouched by Your Spirit. Breathe into us Your power. Make our faith active in word and in deed. Renew us and make us whole once again. In the name of Jesus Christ we ask these things.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The Good News of the Gospel tells us that we do not have to depend solely on our own ability to change ourselves, for it is the Grace of God that brings a new vitality to our lives and a new purpose to our living. We are forgiven. We are forgiven indeed!
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
“In Jesus of Nazareth, true humanity was realized once and for all, as He lived among his own people and shared their needs, temptations, joys, and sorrows. He expressed the love of God in word and deed and became a brother to all kinds of sinful people. God’s reconciling act in Jesus Christ is a mystery which the Scriptures describe in various ways.These are expressions of a truth which remains beyond the reach of all theory, in the depths of God’s love for humanity.”
(Adapted from our Confession of 1967, sections 9.08 and 9.09)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:
And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Creator God who made all that exists, and the continuing presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all, as we leave this time of worship and praise together.