Jul 6, 2020

Opening Prayer: Matthew 13:1-9

Here’s a possible opening prayer based on Matthew 13:1-9, the parable of the Sower and the Seed. Feel free to revise it to suit your context.

Opening Prayer
(based on Matthew 13:1-9)

O God,
We gather together in Your presence with expectation,
hungry for an encounter with You,
eager to hear Your Word.

Open our eyes and ears to the presence of Your Holy Spirit.
May the seeds of Your Word scattered among us this morning
fall on fertile soil.
May they take root in our hearts and lives,
and produce an abundant harvest
of good words and deeds.

We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ,
our teacher and our Lord.
Amen.

~ Christine Longhurst, re:Worship

Call to Worship: Matthew 11: 28-30

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Matthew 11:28-30 (CEV).  It comes from the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 11: 28-30)

If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens,
come to me and I will give you rest.
Take the yoke I give you.
Put it on your shoulders and learn from me.
I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest.
This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.

Christ calls us to come to worship
To rest from the things that are troubling us
To learn what Christ can teach of life
To realise what we can offer to others
And so to return into the world to serve
Let us worship God

~ posted on the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand. http://www.presbyterian.org.nz/

Intergenerational Call to Worship: Ps. 65

Intergenerational Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 65)

Come and worship,
everyone on earth,
everywhere the sun shines,
let’s praise God together!

For listening when we call,
answering our prayers,
forgiving our mistakes,
and providing what we need:
let’s praise God together!

Come and worship,
everyone on earth,
everywhere the sun shines,
let’s praise God together!

~ Christine Longhurst, re:Worship

Responsive Prayer: Psalm 119:105-112

Here’s a simple responsive prayer inspired by Psalm 119:105-112. It was written by The Rev. Erin Counihan, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer
(inspired by Psalm 119:105-112)


Your word is a lamp to my feet, Lord.
Your word is a light to my path.
Though the world around me tosses and tumbles,
I hold fast to you.
Though I have doubts and worries and I wonder,
I hold fast to you.
Though my heart hurts, my spirit aches, and I lose my way,
I hold fast to you.
Though I encounter wickedness and hate seemingly around every corner,
I hold fast to you.
Your stories and your songs, O Lord-
They comfort me.
Your will and your way, O Lord-
They nudge me along.
Your presence and your promise, O Lord-
They give me hope.
Your world is my heritage and my heart.
And I will turn toward you forever.
I will hold fast to you.
And I will sing praises to your name!

~ adapted from Psalm 119:105-112. Written by The Rev. Erin Counihan, pastor Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. Posted on RevGalBlogPals. https://revgalblogpals.org/2017/07/13/thursday-prayer-126/

Jun 29, 2020

Intergenerational Call to Worship: Matthew 11


Here is an intergenerational call to worship, inspired by Matthew 11:28-30, one of the suggested lectionary texts for Proper 9, Year A.

Call to Worship

(based on Matthew 11:28-30)

Brothers and sisters, boys and girls—
come and worship!
Even if you’re tired and worn out—
come and worship!
Lay down the heavy things you are carrying—
come and worship!
Listen to what Jesus wants to tell you—
come and worship!
See if you can discover how Jesus wants to use you—
come and worship!
For Jesus is humble and gentle,
and he will give us everything we need to follow him.

~ Christine Longhurst, re:Worship

Call to Worship: Come!


Here’s a call to worship inspired by Matthew 11:29 and Revelation 21:5.  It was written by Rosie Venner.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Matthew 11:29 and Revelation 21:5)

Come all who are weary
of wealth, of poverty, of power, of struggle, of division

Come all who are heavy-laden
with too much, with too little, with anxiety, with fear, with anger

Come all who have hope
for liberation, for peace, for freedom, for the kingdom

Hear these words
“See, I am making all things new.”

~ from I Am Making All Things New, written by  Rosie Venner.  Posted on the WSCF Europe website. http://wscf-europe.org/mozaik-issues/mozaik-25-the-powers-that-be/worship-i-am-making-all-things-new/

Prayer: Matthew 11: 28-30

Here’s a prayer of praise inspired by Matthew 11: 28-30.  It was written by John Birch.

Prayer
(inspired by Matthew 11: 28-30)

In times of weakness and hour of need,
yours is the strength by which we carry on,
the shoulder we rest our head upon.
When our load is heavy and too much to bear,
yours are the arms stretched out to help us
the grace that we depend on.
In times of weakness and hour of need,
your voice is heard,
‘Come… find rest.’
This is grace divine,
the path we tread to wholeness
of body and spirit,
the path that leads to you,
and for which we offer our offering of praise.

~ written by John Birch, and posted on Faith and Worship.  http://www.faithandworship.com/