Jun 7, 2018

Affirmation: You Call Us to Service


Here is an affirmation or statement of commitment from John Birch. It was posted on his Faith and Worship website.

Affirmation: You Call Us to Service

You call us to service;
to be your eyes and ears,
hands and voice in this, your world.

To open our eyes not only
to the beauty and love which you create,
but the injustice,
hate and suffering that humankind generates.

To open our ears not only
to the chattering of this coming week,
but the searching,
fears and questioning of all whom we shall meet.

To open our hands not only
to those we choose our lives to share,
but in welcome,
love and fellowship to all who you draw near.

To open our mouths not only
to speak platitudes and simple words,
but the truths you lay upon our hearts.
Your Word for this, your world.

You call us to service,
to be your eyes and ears,
hands and voice in this, your world.

~ written by John Birch and posted on his Faith and Worship website. http://www.faithandworship.com/liturgy_Lent_3.htm#ixzz1lkU9wBx2

Jun 6, 2018

Call to Worship: Looking for God


Here’s a responsive call to worship for the second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B.  It was written by Nancy C. Townley and posted on the Ministry Matters website.

Call to Worship

In the times of trouble,
when all seemed hopeless, I cried out to God.
And the Lord heard my pleas and answered me.
When I felt lost and alone, I looked for God.
And God found me and brought me home.
When my life was filled with joy and blessing,
I danced and praised God.
And God danced and rejoiced with me.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

~ written by Nancy C. Townley, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and posted on the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/2845/worship-connection-june-7-2015

Jun 3, 2018

Call to Worship for Father's Day


Here’s a call to worship for Father’s Day. It was posted on Worship Words.

Father’s Day Call to Worship

Come to God who gathers us in.
We come to God who nurtures us like a father.

Come to God whose arms are open and waiting.
We come to God who welcomes and forgives us.

Come to God who journeys with us.
We come to God who sees us as we really are
and loves us anyway. 

Come, praise our loving nurturing God! 


Prayer of Confession: Father's Day


Here’s a prayer of confession for Father’s Day. It was posted on the website of the First Presbyterian Church in Matoon, IL.

Father’s Day Prayer of Confession

O God, Father that you are,
you know what is right for us,
but too often we only want our way or no way,
instead of your way.

Have mercy upon us when we turn from you.
Forgive us when we do not realize
your fatherly love and direction for us.

Have mercy upon us indeed,
and teach us anew how to follow you,
Father that you are.
We pray this through your Son,
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen. 

~ author unknown. Posted in a worship order from First Presbyterian Church. http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/878014/25039268/1402607286727/6-15-14

Prayer of Blessing for Father's Day


Here’s a prayer of blessing for Father’s Day. It was posted on Bereaved and Blessed.

Blessing on Fathers
on Father’s Day

Loving God, 
we give you thanks for the many gifts you have given us;
the gift of life, 
the gift of those who love us,
and especially, today,
we thank you for the gift of our fathers.

We ask your blessing upon our fathers
who gave us rules to live by,
standards to uphold,
joys to cherish,
faith to live by,
hopes worth dreaming of
and who blessed our lives
with their unselfish and unconditional love.

We ask your blessing upon our fathers
who are unable to be with us today.
May they know how much we love and care for them.

We ask your blessing upon adoptive fathers,
that they may always know their special role of being a true father,
a revelation of God’s love for their children.

We ask your blessing upon fathers who have lost children
through miscarriage, stillbirth, crib death, 
sickness, accident and tragedy,
that they may have your continuing strength and courage.

We ask your blessing upon those
who want to be fathers or have another child,
that they may practice patience
and feel your love as they wait and hope.

We remember our fathers who have died
and for the unique way they revealed for us your love.
We ask that you keep them in your care
until the time comes for us to join them in your Kingdom.

And we ask your blessing upon the fathers
standing here before us.

Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Give them the strength 
to live the faithful and loving lives
you call them to live.

Protect and guide them.
Keep them in your care
and grant that their children may always honor them
with a spirit of profound respect.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.