OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
During the time of year when we celebrate the birth of our nation, we realize that we gather now to worship the God of all human history. For the same God of all Creation continues to act in our world – judging, redeeming, and loving. We come together today once again as God’s people of faith, of vision, of courage, and of hope. We gather now to praise, to pray, to learn, and to love. We gather to celebrate God’s constant promise of new beginnings and new life.
OUR PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
Almighty God, you led our forebears to this land, and out of conflict, you created in us a love of peace and liberty. In our times of trial, we ask you to keep us from withdrawing from our normal compassion. Forgive a false pride that sometimes overlooks national wrong or tries to justify injustice.
Have mercy on our hearts. Make us fair and helpful to each other. Raise up in us a sincere and thoughtful patriotism that seeks the nation’s good and searches for permanent solutions to our problems. We ask these things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
Our God is the God who ultimately judges peoples, churches, and nations. The Gospel tells us that God’s judgment comes in the form of forgiveness. Knowing this, we experience a freedom that is truly free. We are empowered to begin each day as a new creature in God’s sight.
AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH:
“In each time and place, there are particular problems and crises through which God calls the Church to act. The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, humbled by its own complicity and instructed by all attainable knowledge, seeks to discern the will of God and learn how to obey in these concrete situations.”
(From The Confession of 1967, section 9.43)
|A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:|
May the God of all nations….
lead us to be a faithful people.
May the God of all creation….
gather us together as one family.
May the God of all illumination….
help us to be a true light to others.
May the God of all power….
grant us the strength to do what is right.
May the God of all liberty show us….
that apart from the Lord, there is no real freedom.
May the God of all righteousness….
lead us in the paths of a justice for all that is truly equal.