Jan 6, 2014

Call to Worship, Prayer: Psalm 27

Here’s a responsive call to worship and opening prayer inspired by Psalm 27.  They were written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 27)

God is our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear?
God is our shelter and refuge on the days of trouble,
and our hope and joy on the days of celebration!

Day after day, we seek God’s face and the assurance of God’s holy love:
O God, do not turn from us or hide your face from us!
Be our guide and our light instead!

One thing we ask of God:
That we may live in God’s dwelling place all the days of our life,
and never cease to behold the beauty of God’s home.

Beloved of God, enter this worship in thanksgiving,
for God is among and within us!
Thanks be to God!

Prayer of Invocation

Gracious Light-Bearer,
Into the shadows of our isolation
you speak words of life and community.
Challenger of our lives,
you call us from places we call home
to lead us more deeply into the world you love.
With your gentle, healing touch
you redeem the broken places of our lives
and you heal the wounded places of the earth.
Inspire our worship here this day,
so that we may receive liberation in your word,
and be filled to overflowing
to share your reconciling love throughout the earth.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

~ written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, and posted on the United Church of Christ’s Worship Ways website. http://www.ucc.org/worship/worship-ways/