A Call To Worship (based on Psalm 98)
O sing to the Lord a new song,
For our God has done wonderful things!
Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth,
Lift your voices in praise and shout for joy!
For the Lord is a righteous judge who come in victory,
And all the earth will worship his Holy Name!
Call to worship (Based on Psalm 98)
Here today there is love, freely available to all.
Not our human loving, fragile and intermittent,
but God’s supreme love.
May a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth,
break forth into joyous songs of praise.
Here today is love, higher than our loftiest hopes,
deeper than the immensities of time and space,
God’s inclusive love.
Let the seas roar their praise,
and everything in them.
Let the rivers clap their hands
and the hills sing together their happiness.
The joy of the living Christ Jesus be with you all.
And also with you.
(Source: Bruce Prewer)
A Prayer of Confession
Loving God, our lives are ever open to your Spirit. You know us better than we know ourselves. Our thoughts are known to you before we think them and our words are already in your ear before we speak. O merciful God, we acknowledge that we have often spoken without thinking and have hurt those you have commanded us to love. We have closed our hearts when they should be open and withheld compassion when we should have cared. O give us grace to live according to the commandment of your love and cleanse our hearts today from all wrong. Amen.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
We rejoice and give thanks, O Lord, that your love is for absolutely anyone who comes to you with humble heart and a searching spirit. You do not withhold your love and grace because of someone’s nation, tongue or tribe.
We acknowledge that we are not so free from prejudice and intolerance. And yet, humbly we look to you for unconditional love – and we rejoice with all of creation in your lavish gift of love and tenderness toward us. How blessed we are that we should be called children of the Living God!
And there is something else we are aware of Lord. At the heart of it all, we know that if your love should ever be withheld from another because of race, or clan or station in life, it could not but be withheld from us. If you do not love all you could not love any. We rejoice in this amazing truth!
O Lord God, we lift up our hearts in praise and open our hearts to receive the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to make our hearts your heart and our lives the vehicle of witness to your divine love! Amen.
A Prayer of Dedication
For the beauty of the earth, the joy of human love and the wonder of your grace, we give thanks O Lord. All of these things are gifts from you. May the gifts we bring become instruments that will spread your gifts to others. Amen.