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/

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/

Jun 23, 2020

Benediction: Matthew 10: 40-42


Here’s a closing benediction inspired by Matthew 10:40-42. It was written by Rev. Elsa A. Cook, and posted on Cooking with Elsa (see link below).

Benediction
(inspired by Matthew 10:40-42)

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me.
Quench our thirst for love,
Satisfy our need to be known,
Assure us that we are indeed prophets of welcome.
Let us go to proclaim this peace in God’s name.

~ written by the Rev. Elsa A. Cook. an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She writes liturgies and shares her thoughts on https://cookingwithelsa.org/.

Intergenerational Call to Worship: Psalm 13


Intergenerational Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 13)

We’ve come to worship,
to sing and pray and hear God’s Word, because:
God’s love lasts forever!
Even when God seems far away, we know:
God’s love lasts forever!
Even when nothing is going right, and we’re ready to give up, we know:
God’s love lasts forever!
When people treat us badly, we know:
God’s love lasts forever!
When we’re all alone,
and we feel like no one loves us, we know:
God’s love lasts forever!
Let’s worship God together!

Jun 22, 2020

Call to Worship: Psalm 89


Call to Worship 1

(based on Psalm 89)

I will sing about the wonders of your love forever, O God!
I will tell everyone I meet about your faithfulness to all generations!
I will declare that your love stands firm,
that your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens above!
Blessed are those who know you as their God,
for they walk in the light of your presence!


Call to Worship 2

(Psalm 89:1-2, 15, New Living Translation)

I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
for they will walk in the light of your presence.


Call to Worship 3

(based on Psalm 89)

Happy are we who hear the joyful call to worship,
for we walk in the light of God’s presence!
Let’s worship God together—
celebrating who he is and all that he has done!
For God is our strength and our protection,
the One in whom we trust.