SUNDAY SERVICE OF WORSHIP
OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
Although separate, we gather now in the presence of God, through whom all the families on earth receive their life and their name. Welcome with the prayer that the peace and love of Christ might dwell in all of our family relationships, but especially among those who are near and dear to us.
OUR PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Almighty God, we say we trust in faith, but often find ourselves relying instead on our own merit and pride. As part of our worship, we have heard your promises of abundant life, but have been afraid to believe them. We have worshiped you with our lips, but have reserved parts of ourselves for our own purposes. We are bound by our need for absolute certainty, and so we often miss your living presence in the surprises of life. Renew us by turning our trust to you once gain. In Christ’s name we ask it, Amen.
OUR ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
To those who confess their failures and resolve to lead a new life, Jesus says, “You are forgiven!” Let us all hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel, for it is real and it is meant for each one of us.
A REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH:
“In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself. Jesus is God with Humanity, the eternal Son of the Father, who became human and lived among us to fulfill the work of reconciliation. He is present in the Church by the power of the Holy Spirit to continue and complete His mission.”
(From our Confession of 1967, section 9.07)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:
As this service of worship ends, let us all remember that God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting, from generation to generation. Just as a father has compassion for his children, so God also has compassion for those who love Him, who listen to His voice, and who do His will. May we all walk together through this coming week in the knowledge that the eternal love of God goes with us.
(Based on Psalm 103)