Call to Worship, Prayer: Psalm 146

Here’s a call to worship litany and opening prayer inspired by Psalm 146.  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Call to Worship
(based on Psalm 146:1, 5-10)

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will sing praises to God all my life long.
Happy are those whose help is in God, creator of heaven and earth, 
who is forever faithful; 
seeking justice for the oppressed and for the hungry;
setting prisoners free and opening the eyes of the blind; 
lifting up those who are bowed down and loving the righteous.
The Lord protects strangers and upholds the orphan and widow;
but the way of the wicked is brought to ruin.
The Lord our God will reign forever, for all generations. Praise the Lord!

Opening Prayer

We praise you, O God, for being not only the God of history but the God of our story. You have gathered us here today to remind us that although you are the one to whom all power belongs, yet you care for the weak and powerless. You care for us. We praise you for joining your story to ours in such a special way through Jesus, our Lord. He proved his great love for you and for each person in the way he lived—releasing what was captive, lifting up the burdened, empowering the powerless.

God, source of lovingkindness and strength, we worship you.
Jesus, foundation of our faith, we worship you.
Holy Spirit, ground of our very being, we worship you. Amen

~ written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on Liturgies Online.