OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
Almighty God, it is with joy and thanksgiving that we find ourselves in your presence this morning. We ask you to bless us with your Spirit, as we promise to love, encourage, and support your Church and each other. We come to this time together to share in the Good News of your Gospel and pledge ourselves to follow the teachings of your Son, Jesus Christ.
OUR PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
O Lord, you are a God of truth and your wisdom is perfect. You are also a God of judgment, but your justice is filled with mercy. You are a God of love, even when we do not love you or each other. We ask you to forgive our shortcomings and our failures. Help us to recognize the New Life that you hold out to each of us, every day. In Christ’s name we ask these things, Amen.
OUR ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
If we ask, the Lord frees us from all we have done. This is true liberation in every sense of the word, for it allows us to begin each day as a new creature in God’s sight and in our own as well. Thanks be to the Almighty for such everlasting grace!
AN AFFIRMATION OF OUR FAITH TOGETHER:
In a broken and fearful world, the Holy Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all people about Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in the Church and in our culture, to hear the voices of those long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace. In gratitude to God and empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives.”
(Adapted from the Church’s Brief Statement of Faith, 1991)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU THIS WEEK:
And now, may the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up a loving hand toward you and yours;
And may you have peace for this day and this coming week.
(Adapted from a blessing in the Biblical book of Numbers 6:24-26)