Nov 10, 2019

Call to Worship: November 11


Here is a thoughtful call to worship for November 11 (Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Poppy Day). It was written by Roddy Hamilton and posted on the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website (see link below).

Call to Worship: Can you hear it?

Can you hear it…

...it is the silence
that holds all our stories
the hurt for which there are no words
the pain that cannot be expressed
from war

...it is the silence
that shares the ache of the past
and knows the deep cost of conflict
that always costs too much
yet there always seems more to give

...it is the silence of a God
who has no words left
for a love that has nothing left to give
yet will give even that
may we gather
in the clutch
of such a silence

for it is in this silence
and no other
we hold together
the perplexing truth of poppy fields
and our honest turmoil of emotion
Here we gather in remembrance

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on the New Kilpatrick Parish Church website. https://www.nkchurch.org.uk/original-liturgy 

Prayer of Confession: Isaiah 65: 17-25

Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by Isaiah 65: 17-25.  It was written by Dr. Tom Cheatham.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by Isaiah 65: 17-25)

O God, still creating,
we hear your promises of a new day of joy and peace, 
and we are skeptical.
We expect things to go on the same as they always have, 
from bad to worse.
The past will keep us guilty, 
the future will make us afraid,
and the present will burden us 
with too little time and too much to do.

Forgive our lack of faith, 
our quickness to believe that you do not hear us,
and our pessimism about tomorrow.
Do a new thing in our hearts,
and let us be glad and rejoice in your abundant care;
through Christ we pray. Amen.

~ written by Dr. Tom Cheatham, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  He blogs at The Connection. http://theconnection08.wordpress.com/

Call to Worship: Isaiah 12: 3-6

Give thanks to the LORD!
Praise His name!
Tell the whole world what He has done—
His mighty acts on our behalf.

Sing to the LORD,
for He has done wonderful things for us!

Raise your hearts and voices!
shout and sing your praise!
For great is the Holy One who lives among us!

Call to Worship: Marvelous Things

Here’s a call to worship for Easter (and at other times of the year) from John Birch’s Faith and Worship website.

Call to Worship: Marvelous Things

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1

We give thanks to you, Lord,
for you have done marvellous things!

When we were walking in darkness
you were there, you were there,
when we were kneeling in weakness
you were there, you were there,
when we drew near feeling worthless
you were there, you were there,
when we were needing forgiveness
you were there, you were there,
when we were searching for your grace
you were there, you were there.

We give thanks to you, Lord,
for you have done marvellous things!

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

Oct 31, 2019

Call to Worship Litany: Psalm 145: 1-8

Here is a responsive call to worship based on Psalm 145:1-8. The repetitive response would make it easy to use in an intergenerational setting (where not everyone reads) or in a setting where worshippers don’t have access to print resources or PowerPoint.

Opening Litany
(based on Psalm 145: 1-8)

Come, let’s praise God together!
For God is great, and worthy of our praise!

Let’s tell stories of God’s power and majesty,
His mighty acts throughout history:
for God is great, and worthy of our praise!

Let’s remember the compassion He has shown toward us;
His mercy and unfailing love, generation after generation:
for God is great, and worthy of our praise!

Let’s pass these stories along to our children and grandchildren,
so that they, too, may come to know and love our God.
For God is great, and worthy of our praise!

Let’s worship God together!

Oct 30, 2019

Invitation to Prayer: Psalm 145: 18-19

Brothers and sisters,
God is close to all who call on him;
to all who pray with honesty and sincerity.
So come to this time of prayer
with confidence and expectation,
for God is among us,
and he will hear our prayers.

Oct 13, 2019

Psalm 121 Blessing


Here is a paraphrase of Psalm 121 from Reverend Sarah Agnew. It was posted on pray the story.

Psalm 121

I lift my eyes
from world to sky,
from where will I find help? 

My help will come
from Holy One,
maker of earth and sky. 

Beneath your feet
the ground may tremble,
but you will never fall;

Holy One slumbers not,
is watchful ever
over the people of God. 

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will save you,
from trouble and from harm. 

Fear not the sun’s hot flame,
nor moon’s shards of silver;
Holy One will be your shield. 

Holy One will keep you, 
Holy One will hold you;
your life is precious to God.

Holy One will keep you,
Holy One will seek you,
going and coming and ever more. 

Lift your eyes 
towards the light,
however thick the dark;

help will come
from Holy One,
maker of day and night.

~ written by Reverend Sarah Agnew. Posted on pray the story.  http://praythestory.blogspot.ca/