OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
Come! With all that is within us, let us bless our God. For it is the Lord who forgives us and brings us to wholeness. It is the Lord who lifts us up and covers us with steadfast love and mercy. So with all that is within us, let us give praise and thanks to our faithful God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us.
OUR PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
O Lord our God, we celebrate the new life you have given us. We are grateful for the possibilities and purposes you have placed before us. Yet we admit there are times when we have allowed doubt to overcome hope, and cynicism to replace dedication. Forgive us for allowing the world’s values to be more important to us than your priorities. Help us to let go of the past, so we can move joyfully into a future that points to your love and justice. In Christ’s name we ask it, Amen.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The Lord says, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine!” Friends, let us hear and believe the Good News of the Gospel. For in Jesus Christ, we are redeemed, called by name, made whole, and truly forgiven! Thanks be to God!
AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH:
“In Jesus Christ, God was reconciling the world. Jesus is God with humankind. He is the eternal Son of God 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. This work of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is the foundation of all confessional statements about God, humanity, and the world. Therefore, the Church calls all people to be reconciled to God and to one another.
(Adapted from our Confession of 1967, section 9.07)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13)