Nov 23, 2012

Call to Worship, Prayer: Advent 1 C


Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer based on the suggested scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent, Year C.  They come from the Ministry Matters website.

Call to Worship
(Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10)

The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth
and bring my promised salvation to Israel.
The Lord is our righteousness.
The days are surely coming, says our God,
when justice and mercy will be executed
throughout the land.
The Lord is our righteousness.
The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when my promised one will teach transgressors my ways,
and heal the world with love and mercy.
The Lord is our righteousness.

Opening Prayer
(Psalm 25: 1-10, Luke 21: 25-36)

Righteous one,
to you alone
we lift our souls;
in you alone
we place our trust;
for you alone
we wait all day long.
For you are the God
of our salvation,
abounding in mercy
and steadfast love.
Help us remain alert and watchful
for the coming of your promised one—
the one who comes with power and glory,
the one drawing near
to bring our salvation. Amen.

~ Adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2009, © 2008 Abingdon Press.  Posted on the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/