Sep 16, 2018

Call to Worship: James 3-4

Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by James 3:13-4:8, one of the suggested scripture readings for Proper 20, Year B. It was posted on the Literature & Liturgy blog.

Responsive Call to Worship
(inspired by James 3:13- 4:8)

Who among you is seeking the wisdom of God?
We long to hear God’s Word spoken to our hearts.
Who among you is seeking God’s bright and holy truth?
We long to learn the ways of wisdom and righteousness.
Who among you is seeking a Spirit-filled life?
We long to live lives of holiness and light.
God grants God’s wisdom generously to all who ask.
Come near, people of God!
Let us worship in wisdom and truth. 

~ posted on Literature & Liturgy.

Opening Prayer: James 3-4

Here’s an opening prayer of invocation inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Proper 20, Year B – especially James 3:13-4:8. It comes from the Literature and Liturgy blog.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by James 3-4)

God of holy wisdom,
we are seekers on the way to a deeper wisdom and a wider vision.
Our lives are full of information and opinions,
but in the midst of it all we long to hear the voice of wisdom –
Your wisdom, God –
cutting through the noise and teaching us how to live.

God, we have come here this morning
to learn wisdom from your Word,
from your Holy Spirit,
and from one another.
We have come so that wisdom may call us out of the darkness
and into the light.
We have come to have the deeper, richer, wisdom-filled life
that you have promised to each of us.

O God,
make us ready to hear the Words spoken to our hearts this morning.
Call us to hear your wisdom
and grant us the courage to respond.

Together we pray as you taught your disciples to pray… 

~ posted on Literature & Liturgy.

Blessing: Psalm 1

Here’s a simple blessing from Psalm 1.

(Psalm 1:1-3, New Living Translation)

Oh, the joys of those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with scoffers.

But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants;
day and night they think about his law.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season without fail.
Their leaves never wither,
and in all they do, they prosper.

Call to Worship: Proper 20 B

Here’s a contemporary call to worship for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20 B).  It was written by Thom Shuman.


Contemporary Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 1, Mark 9:33-37)


Our world offers many wide avenues

and beautiful boulevards to walk;
Our God invites us to walk the road of service and sacrifice.
Our society suggests we put down our roots

in the shallow soil of pleasure and greed. 
Our God seeks to plant us on the banks of hope,

watered by the rivers of joy and grace.
Our culture promotes achievement, success,

climbing to the top, ringing the bell.
Our God tells us if we want to be first

we need to go to the end of the line.


~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.  Visit that site for many other excellent worship resources.

Call to Worship: Proper 20 B

Here’s a contemporary call to worship based on the suggested scripture readings for Proper 20 B (Ordinary 25 B).  It was written by Bruce Prewer.

Call to Worship
(inspired by James 3, Mark 9:33-37)

We come here today not because we are clever
but because God welcomes the slow learners.

We come here not because we are wise,
but because God loves us in spite of our folly.

We come knowing that the greatest persons will be found
among those who humbly serve like Jesus did,
and that the brightest ideas and the deepest truth will come
from those who see themselves as little children in Christ’s school.

O Lord, open up our mind and our hearts
and enable our lives to declare your praise.


~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page.