OUR CALL TO WORSHIP:
During the time of year when we celebrate our nation’s labors, we also celebrate the work of God’s Spirit among us. We come to worship, acknowledging that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we share together in the work of continuing God’s Kingdom here on earth. So we enter this time of worship as God’s people – people of faith, of vision, of courage, and of hope. Even though apart, we now come together to praise, to pray, to learn, to love and to rejoice in God’s constant promise of new beginnings and new life.
OUR PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
O Lord, we have filled our lives with so many things, that there is hardly any room left over for each other or for you. Our daily living has become a constant flurry of deadlines and routines. The things of true importance seem to get crowded out by the mundane.
Slow us down, Lord. Help us to rid ourselves of busyness that accomplishes nothing, of preoccupation that turns us inward, and of self-absorption that panders to selfishness. Set us free to celebrate joy. Open us to the wonders of your Creation and make us alive in your love. In Christ’s name we ask these things, Amen.
AN ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
The Good News of Jesus Christ is this: that God offers us full life at every moment of our living. In Christ, God forgives us and invites us to the freshness of new beginnings. Let us raise our praises to this God of Grace!
AN AFFIRMATION OF WHAT WE BELIEVE:
“The life, death, resurrection, and promised coming of Jesus Christ has set the pattern for the church’s mission. His human life involves the church in the common life of all people. His service to men and women commits the church to work for every form of human well-being. His suffering makes the church sensitive to all human suffering, so that it sees the face of Christ in the faces of persons in every kind of need. His crucifixion discloses to the church God’s judgment on the inhumanity that marks human relations, and the awful consequences of the church’s own complicity in injustice. In the power of the risen Christ and the hope of His coming, the church sees the promise of God’s renewal of human life in society and of God’s victory over all wrong”
(From our Confession of 1967, section 9.32)
A BENEDICTION TO TAKE WITH YOU:
Go out into the world in peace, having courage and holding on to that which is good. Return no one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, and help the suffering. Love and serve the Lord, as you rejoice in the continuing power and constant presence of the Holy Spirit.