Jan 15, 2018

Call to Worship: Praise the God of all Creation

Here’s a responsive call to worship, inspired by Jonah 3:1-5 and Psalm 62. It was posted on the Ministry Matters website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Jonah 3:1-5, Psalm 62)

Praise the God of all Creation.
Worship the One who calls us— 
speaking with a different voice, 
offering an unexpected invitation.
Celebrate the presence of our loving God.
Rejoice, the realm of God is near. 

~ from “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu. Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/

Call to Worship: Psalm 62

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Psalm 62. It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith website.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 62:5-12)

Our souls wait in silence;
our hope rests in God
our rock
our salvation
our refuge.
We will not be shaken.
In this time of worship,
we pour out our hearts
because we trust in God’s steadfast love.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Pastoral Prayer: Epiphany

Here is a prayer of thanksgiving and intercession from Richard J. Fairchild’s Kir-shalom website.

Prayer for Others

Eternal God,
you are the maker of us all, and we are your creation,
people formed in your image, as individuals, as community;
formed and fed and furnished with understanding of who you are

and of who and whose we are.
We worship you today in recognition of your calling,
of your communicating,
of your caring to invite us to share in your creative and healing work. 
We are here because we have heard you speak in us and through others. 
Help us, dear Lord, to ever respond to you
and your invitation to your grace...
Lord hear our prayer...

God of all our moments, of our days and our nights,
you speak and you act in the world around us,
not only to call all people to you,
but also to direct and guide us in the way of healing and wholeness. 
Awaken us Lord, to hear what you would say to us. 
Help us to open our ears, our eyes, and our hearts to your presence.
Help us to know when it is your voice we are hearing
and it when it is our prejudices and desires to which we are paying heed....
Lord hear our prayer...

Lord, we pray that your church may rise up with renewed commitment
in answer to your call,
that your people may be instruments of your grace and love....
Lord hear our prayer....

We pray for those who consider themselves inadequate
and dismiss or avoid your calling in their lives. 
Give them a new vision,
a vision in which you are their strength and their hope...
Lord hear our prayer....

We pray for those who, in answering your call,
must leave the known for the unknown,
the oasis for the desert, the comfortable for the uncertain.
Grant them courage and steadfast faith...
Lord hear our prayer....

We pray too, today, O Lord, for those in want and need –
for those of us and of the larger community who suffer in body or in soul. 
We remember before you…[various intercessions]
Lord, hear our pray.....

Loving Father, bless us all with an abundant faith,
a fruitful ministry, a joyful life. 
Bless us and all those who gather together to continue the work of Jesus,
who came to heal, save, and deliver us all,
and who taught us to pray as one family, saying...
Our Father....

~ written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom. http://www.spirit-net.ca/sermons/b-or02sm.php

Opening Prayer: Epiphany 3 B

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by the suggested scripture readings for the third Sunday of Epiphany. It comes from the Ministry Matters website.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by Jonah 3 and 1 Corinthians 7)

Holy One, God of all Creation,
you call us to be your people,
to carry your vision in this time and place,
to go where you send us
to help welcome your amazing good news.
As we gather in the presence of the risen Christ
to spread the news that your realm is near,
fill us with your Holy Spirit,
O God of all Creation.
Fill us with your glorious Spirit,
that we may share your good news
with a world in need. Amen.

~ from “The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012” edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu. Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/

Jan 7, 2018

Call to Worship: Come, Follow Me

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Jesus’ call to his disciples. It was written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith website.

Call to Worship
(based on Mark 1:17, Mark 2:14, Matthew 4:19,
Luke 5:27-28, John 1:43-45)

Jesus comes along side us and calls us by name:
“[your name], follow me.”

A simple call. A hard call.
Because following requires leaving.
And we look around to see who else Jesus could be talking to.
And we look around to see the trappings of the life we know.

It’s hard to leave our nets and walk away from the lake.
But we have come this far,
to this place,
where we can listen and be transformed.

~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/