Feb 7, 2016

Call to Worship: Joel 2

Here’s a call to worship based on Joel 2:12-13, a text often used during worship on Ash Wednesday.

Call to Worship
(based on Joel 2:12-13)

“Even now,” declares the LORD,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.
Rend your hearts, and not your garments.”
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and filled with compassion and love.

Prayer of Request for Ash Wednesday

Here’s a prayer of petition for the beginning of Lent.  It was written by John van de Laar, and posted on Sacredise.

Prayers of Request for the Start of Lent

God of Eternal Love,
We have made our commitment to You,
and have started a new journey into purposeful growth.
But, we know that if we are to remain faithful
we need Your help and Your strength.

So, we ask...
Teach us to pray with faith and read Your Word with understanding.
Teach us to worship with passion and gather together with love.
Teach us to give generously,
serve compassionately
and use our time mindfully,
so that we may reflect Your goodness,
and that others may discover Your grace through us.
In Jesus Name. Amen.

~ written by John van de Laar. Posted on Sacredise.com. 

Call to Worship: Psalm 51

Here’s a responsive call to worship based on Psalm 51:1-17.  It comes from the Worship Closet website.

Responsive Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 51:1-17)

O God, have mercy on us, we pray.
In your mercy, make us clean from our sins.
Wipe away every failing and make us new in your sight.
Restore us, deliver us, and re-create us, O Lord.

~ posted on the Worship Closet. http://worshipcloset.com/

Opening Prayer for the Start of Lent

Here’s an opening prayer of invocation for Ash Wednesday.  It was written by Rev Mindi, and posted on the Rev-o-lution blog.

Prayer of Invocation

We have gathered here, loving God,
to mark the season of Lent,
to begin that journey to the cross.

We have gathered here to repent of our sins
publically and privately.

We have gathered here to be in the presence of one another,
where we can draw strength,
knowing that wherever two or three of us are gathered,
You are present among us.

Guide us throughout these forty days
as we journey deeper into Your embrace,
and as we journey to the cross,
let us put to death those things
that separate us from each other and from you.

May we know Your presence is always with us,
the power of Your transformative love is within us,
and may we know Your grace surrounds us
and is beyond us.

In the name of Jesus,
our companion on this journey of faith, we pray. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi, on her Rev-o-lution blog. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Prayer of Confession: 1 Corinthians 5

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by 1 Corinthians 5:20 – 6:10.  It was posted on the Worship Closet.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by 1 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10)

Wondrous God,
we confess that we have not listened for your Word as we should.
We confess that we have placed obstacles in the way of our neighbors.
We are guilty of being proud and arrogant.

Forgive us for our foolish and hateful ways.
Forgive us for taking your amazing gift of grace for granted.
Redirect us, by your Spirit,
that we may be your faithful people once again.

~ posted on the Worship Closet. http://worshipcloset.com/