OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
Welcome to this time together, as we gladly we acknowledge the presence of our God. Our separateness is overcome by the Spirit who joins us as One in worship. During this shared experience, let us seek with our minds to find truth, ask with our hearts to find answers, and knock with our hands on the doors of need. In doing these things, our worship will affect our lives, and our lives will honor our Lord Jesus Christ.
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
O God, your love for us is steadfast. Your faithfulness to us endures from age to age. However, our love for you often falters and our faithfulness waxes and wanes from day to day. Open us to the power of your grace. Make us receptive to the new life you have poured out upon us all. Especially this day, we ask you to grant us the strength and courage we need to walk through these recent difficult times. Be with us as we seek avenues of reconciliation with those different from us and grant the healing presence of your love for those in hurting cities everywhere. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, we ask it. Amen.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
Friends, let us all hear the Good News! Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we learn that God’s love has no bounds. In Christ, we are forgiven, freed, and empowered to begin anew. Thanks be to God!
AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
The members of the Church are emissaries of peace and seek the good of humanity in cooperation with powers and authorities in politics, culture, and economics. But we have to fight against pretensions and in-justices when these same powers endanger human welfare. Our strength is in our confidence that God’s purpose, rather than human schemes, will finally prevail. (Adapted from our Confession of 1967, section 9.25)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:
By the fire of God’s Spirit, let us be united into one fellowship of those who show concern and love for others. Let us live this week as people who want to share the power of God’s presence with all persons, as with one voice, we continue to seek justice in the world around us.