Call to Worship & Prayer: Reformation

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer suitable for use on Reformation Sunday (October 30, 2011).  They were written by the Rev. Dr. Letty Russell.

Call to Worship
(based on Hebrews 12:1-2, NRSV)

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
Let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely
And let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
Looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen

Prayer of Invocation

Gather us together this Reformation Sunday, O God,
that we may celebrate the witness
of our forefathers and foremothers
and the courage that gave birth to the Reformation.
Teach us how to honor the saints of God in ages past
as well as in our present days.
May the conviction of your grace written on their hearts
be one that forms our own faith.
Inspire us in the continuing reformation of the church
and be present to us your in word and sacrament.
In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

—written by the Rev. Dr. Letty Russell and posted on the Presbyterian Promise website. 

For more resources for Reformation Sunday (October 30, 2011) , click on Reformation Day in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page. 

For more calls to worship, click on Calls to worship in the list of “Labels” at the lower right, or see this Call to Worship index 

For other prayers and prayer resources on this blog, see this Scriptural Prayer Index or this Topical Prayer Index.