Call to Worship & Prayer: Epiphany 4B

Here’s a call to worship based on the suggested scripture texts for the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. It was based on materials by Peter K. Perry.

Call to Worship

God comes into a world filled with uncertainties and darkness. 
God seeks out the voids of belief and conviction. 
God embraces the wounded and broken. 
God knocks down the walls of division and strife.
God is the candle shining in the darkness of our days.
God is the light of our lives.
God is the one who makes all things new.
Praise be to God, now and forevermore!

Prayer of Approach

Loving God,
whose touch can heal the broken places of life,
touch us today... 

God of peace,
whose spirit of peace can quiet our spirits
of confusion and despair,
reassure us today...  

Forgiving God,
whose call to repentance promises grace upon grace,
place your mercy in our souls today... 

You who heal the sick and liberate the imprisoned,
who bring justice in the midst of oppression
and strength in the midst of weakness,
pour out your spirit of power upon us today.

Open our hearts to new faithfulness,
redirect our waywardness,
and hold us gently in your goodness. 

We confess our need to you,
and we turn to you with hearts filled with hope,
remembering the promises you have made to us. 

May your name be glorified in us and through us. 
We ask it through Christ Jesus,
your only begotten son,
he who is our Lord and our Saviour,
our brother and our friend.  Amen.

— based on materials by Peter K. Perry, and posted on Richard Fairchild’s Kir-shalom website. 

For more worship resources for January 29, 2012 (the fourth Sunday after Epiphany), click on Epiphany 4B in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

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