Call to Worship, Prayer: Proper 7 B

Here’s a responsive call to worship and prayer of approach for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7 B, Ordinary 12 B).  They were written by Rev. Richard Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.

Responsive Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 9:9-20)

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
God does not let us be put to shame,
nor does he let our enemies triumph over us.
The Lord our God listens to the cries of his people.
He is swift to answer those who call upon his name.
The Lord our God is strong
and sure to save us when we are in distress. 
God's steadfast love endures forever. 
His faithfulness extends to our children's children.

Prayer of Approach

Most Loving and Compassionate God—Spirit of Truth and of Love—we come before you in humble adoration knowing our need for your grace, your mercy, and your strength.  Grant us these things by the power of your Holy Spirit. Illuminate our hearts and minds and souls that we might better follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ our Saviour and more worthily magnify your most holy name.  Help us celebrate what you have done for us and what you have promised to us—both now—and forevermore.  Amen.

— written by Rev. Richard Fairchild, and posted on Kir-shalom.