Call to Worship, Prayer: Proper 21 B

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer inspired by Psalm 24, Mark 9 and James 5, two of the suggested scripture readings for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21 B).  They come from the Ministry Matters website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 124, James 5)

Blessed be the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth!
Praise be to God, the Giver of many gifts!
Our help is in God’s name, the One who calls us here.
We come with songs of praise,
with prayers too deep for words.
Blessed be the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth!
Blessed be the Lord!

Opening Prayer
(inspired by James 5, Mark 9)

Christ Jesus,
we come into your presence
from many different places.
We come with songs of joy
and shouts of gratitude.
We come carrying heavy burdens
and sighs of suffering.
As you welcome us into your house,
lift our burdens
and receive our praise.
Salt us with your grace
and flavor us with your mercy.
Bind us together,
that we may be at peace with one another
and be strengthened to go forth
in service to the world.
In your holy name, we pray. Amen.

~ Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website.