Call to Worship & Prayer: Proper 26A

Here’s a call to worship and prayer based on the scripture texts for October 30, 2011 (Proper 26A, Ordinary 31A)—Joshua 3: 7-17, Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37, 1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13, Matthew 23: 1-12.  These resources were written by Thom Shuman.

Call to Worship

When we stand at the edge of fear and worry,
God invites us to step into the waters of faith and trust.
When we stand at the edge of the world's pain and need,
Jesus invites us to step into the land of humble service.
When we stand at the edge of our hunger and thirst:
the Spirit invites us to sit at the Table of grace.

Prayer of the Day

you draw us near to your heart,
so that, cradled in compassion,
we might see the brokenness
of all who are around us.
you draw us near to yourself,
so that, by following you,
we may discover the deep joy
of serving the broken of the world.
you draw near to us with your peace,
so that, reconciled and restored to God,
we may be the healers to a world shattered by despair.
God in Community, Holy in One,
as we draw near to you in this time,
we lift the prayer you have taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

— written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his excellent Lectionary Liturgies website. Visit that site for other great lectionary-based worship resources.